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October  22 

Virgie Tovar 

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on weight-based discrimination and body image. She is a contributor for Forbes where she covers the plus-size market and how to end weight discrimination at work. In 2018 she was named one of the 50 most influential feminists by Bitch Magazine. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help people who are ready to break up with diet culture. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight and in 2018 gave a TedX talk on the origins of the campaign. 

 

Khaya  Love

Kharyshi Wiginton a multi-dimensional artist. She’s a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino with a degree in theatre arts and dance. Kharyshi’s contributed her talents to productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, For Colored Girls, Pippin and Godspell. She was Artistic Director for Equal Opportunity Productions, and in 2003 she accompanied 12 youth and 7 mentors to South Africa for an international cultural exchange project. Artistic Director for Soze II. In 2005, she went back to South Africa as a member of the group Colors of the Diaspora where she participated in an international cultural exchange project for adults, and presented a show in the 2005 National Arts Festival in South Africa. Kharyshi’s a fierce dancer, writer, spoken word artist.

Vanessa   Rochelle  Lewis

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis is a writer, performance artist, facilitator, the former Senior Editor of Black Girl Dangerous and Everyday Feminism, and the founder and Head-Femmestress-In-Charge of The Ugly Conference and PleasureNess Literary Academy. She is a healer with a satchel full of medicine words; a Faerie Goddess Mermaid Gangsta for the Revolution; a lush-bodied, Black femme Goddess motivated by sensuality, pleasure and freedom; a fighter with fists born of circumstance and a heart that refused to harden; and a sunbeam drama kid, always ready to explore the whimsy of imagination with others. Like her superhero Lizzo, she is deliciously, decadently, and unapologetically 100 percent that Bitch.