Please join us as we welcome Jacinda Bullie & Jaquanda Villegas for a celebration of FILLINZ: PUT SOME RESPECT ON IT.
For 20 years, Kuumba Lynx has served as an empowering space for youth in Chicago. Kuumba Lynx co-founders Jaquanda Saulter-Villegas and Jacinda Bullie in partnership w/ local artists Monica Trinidad and Steph Skills released FILLINZ, a prose coloring book. FILLINZ has been touring with the Hip Hop Theater Production. It has also reached audiences at the Kennedy Center and Stanford University.
A Fill-in is a straightforward letter style outline. We like to think of a fill-in similarly, as the labor that happens on the inside, the unexplainable sensory work. Like the way we show up for love and liberation. Often as fill-ins where our city’s education, justice, economic, health, & cultural institutions fail. The feelings perpetrated too often by patriarchal, white supremacist, oppressive state sanctioned systems. We are trying to figure out a way to survive, to thrive. A Fillin is where we add color to a neglected and often dismissive landscape. It says, “I am here” and “I matter”. Now is the time to be bold & courageous with our FILLINZ.
Jaquanda Villegas attained a BA from Northeastern University in Communications with a focus in Theater and Dance. As one of the three Founders, and a Co- Directors of Kuumba Lynx (KL) (Arts/ Education Organization) Jaquanda has been instructing youth in various writing and theatre programs throughout the city since 1994. Kuumba Lynx utilizes Hip Hop Arts/ Education as tools for social change and youth liberation. KL reaches 2,000+ youth and community members annually through its city-wide Hip Hop Arts programming. The KL Hip Hop Arts Programming continuum allows participants to engage through Drop In Arts, Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensembles, Arts Residencies, and Community Cultural Events. KL was named 2013/2014’s Hip Hop Organization of the Year, by Words Beats and Rhymes. In 2014 KL Founders Jacinda and Jaquanda were also recognized and honored by The Universal Zulu Nation for their contributions to the Global Hip Hop culture with the “I Am A Voice” Rappin Tate Humanitarian Award”. As the Co- Director of the Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble (KLPE) and Chicago KL Teen Slam team, Jaquanda has championed 6 consecutive Chicago Slam wins. As well KLPE won the 2013 Movement & Music festival presented at Chicago’s historic Auditorium Theater. In 2017 Jaquanda was recognized by Rolling Out magazine’s one of Chicago’s Top 50 to watch for the Co-developing Half Pint Poetics (11 year running citywide poetry slam for youth (8-14)). In 2018 Jaquanda was recognized by Columbia College’s Dance Department given the Be Real Award recognizing her 20+ years of Arts & Activism and the preservation of Hip Hop.
prior to Youth Development & Culture Keeping work, Jacinda Bullie was a contributing writer for Chicago’s Fly Paper and Uptown Youth F.O.R.C.E. newsletter. During her senior year she co-founded Future Dope with Audri & Alycia Blue Eyes experiencing a short momentum in Chicago’s underground Hip-Hop scene as a promoters. Duro, Cashus D, members of X-Men and Dem Dare combined with “a bow tie & bean pie” conversion, Black Panther Party Survival Day programs, and numerous trips to 63rd & Halsted Zulu Nation meetings, provided Jacinda with a respect for original Hip Hop & a emerging movement of resistance. By ‘96, her love of Hip-Hop and commitment to transformational justice led her to co founding Kuumba Lynx, where she has contributed to Chicago’s urban arts & critical resistance community ever since. She is most proud of both curating Native Lynx, a collaborative program between KL & the the American Indian Center & most recently her work work as the co artistic director of the Chicago Hip Hop Theater Fest.