We Have The Right
To Be Right.
How it started
After experiencing racial discrimination and its parallel in the system’s response of biased and excessive force, Donisha, Kelly and Komi became creative with their own response. They decided as a united front to take a stand and formed a campaign called ‘We Have The Right To Be Right’. A team of collaborators with many backgrounds in art and social justice advocacy was created to support important ComeUnity initiatives. The platform was used to create hands-on change, express the ultimate feelings of a ComeUnity, educate, inspire, motivate and generate emotional insight into hard conversations.
As humans we feel compelled to use our art as a response to what is happening in the world. Especially as we have the Response -Ability.
Donisha Prendergast was born in Jamaica, but considers herself a world citizen. Her vibrant talent spans many disciplines – acting, directing, writing, alternative curriculum building, motivational speaking, social organizing, public
advocacy and more. With a background in theater, film production and social work, she engages the act of community building from the perspective of actively writing and righting
one’s story. Her unorthodox approach to living and creating allows her to use her Art as a tool for governance, and her voice as a platform to give insight into the diversity of the human existence beyond what the physical eyes can see.
Komi Olaf (Nigerian,1985) is a visual artist, poet and architectural designer who is best known for his ability to represent, both visually and poetically, the complexities of the world and generation he finds himself within. In recent years, Komi’s art has been shaped by a cultural and artistic movement known as Afrofuturism, which explores African and African diasporic cultures in intersection with technology.
Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, born in London, England, of Jamaican descent is a social activist through film, a self titled Afro Diasporic Impact Director and Writer.
Kelly has directed music videos, web series episodes and short films in Canada. With her expanse experience Kelly has also been invited to be a juror for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television as well as many film festivals. In November 2018 Kelly spoke at TEDx Youth Toronto with a speech entitled “Make Ripples Where You Are” speaking on making change in the world.Her most recent work includes her award-winning short film Haven (18), which premiered at SXSW. Kelly’s passion for community development, leaves every project she touches impactful. She uses film to change perspectives and share powerful stories.
Creative Director, Photographer, Humanitarian, Art Activist and Mindfulness Flow Coach.
Yvonne Stanley is an Afro-Caribbean Canadian focused on empowering and supporting her community through art, humanitarianism and mindfulness programs. A full-time photographer based in Toronto, Stanley's professional work is focused on supporting minority business owners with bold, clean, elevated photography with a purpose to support their business endeavours.
Her professional work can be found everywhere from Vanity Fair to your local supermarket and published material around the world.
Raven Gordon is a digital media and communications specialist.
She has worked inside newsrooms as well as out in the field covering live events.
She believes in the power of social media, using digital content to raise awareness and connect with others
She has a passion for storytelling, the arts, community engagement and travelling.
Currently, she is stepping into the design world, making personalized and handcrafted products to help others mark milestones in the midst of a pandemic.
Jeremy is a civil servant and creative based out of New York City. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of Youth Empowered Programs for the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, who for the first time in the agency’s history succeeded in mandating restorative justice programming and culturally responsive staffing standards across programs.
Jeremy comes from decades worth of community work and activism including advocacy for renowned political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, environmental justice and collaborative international solidarity projects spanning across regions of Mexico, Jamaica and other countries.
Additionally, Jeremy is a musician and DJ who curates a monthly event located in New York City, featuring the music of Caribbean and African artists.
Shacquille Henry, born and raised in Tivoli Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica which is known to be one of Jamaica's top political stronghold. In 2015 he started Faces of Tivoli Gardens in response to a cause, an electrical fire that destroyed an entire apartment complex which leaves 14 families homeless including his self just as he was about to start university.
FOTG main aim is to rebrand the negative image and stigma associated with the community he called home ”Tivoli Gardens”. Shacquille's a certified Electrical Engineer. “Never let where you come from determined your destination or future”.
Rebecca Ying is a multi-talented multi-racial first generation Muslim Caribbean-Canadian family lawyer, social justice activist and aspiring creative.
Rebecca and her practice are based in Toronto, Ontario. She spends her free time travelling, exploring the outdoors and enjoying diverse food with friends and family.