These are guests from our first event. Stay tuned for Resistance Con 2.0!

Dasan Ahanu
Christopher Massenburg, better known as Dasan Ahanu, is a public speaker, organizer, workshop facilitator, poet, spoken word performer, educator, songwriter, writer, emcee, and loyal Hip Hop head born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to performing, Dasan has hosted many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events across the state. He is one of the founders of Black Poetry Theatre (BPT) where he has been a writer, director, producer, and cast member for their productions. As an active participant in poetry slam, Dasan has competed regionally and nationally as a founding member and coach of Durham, NC’s own Bull City Slam Team.

Stacey Kirby
Stacey Kirby is an artist from the American South currently based in Durham, NC. She is a recipient of the ArtPrize Eight Juried Grand Prize (2016), the NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists (2014-15), an ArtPrize Pitch Night Grant (2016) for North Carolina, and an Indies Arts Award. Kirby’s ‘performative interactions’ and collaborative projects combine installation and performance in both alternative, private and public spaces. Fueled by the current political climate and issues of citizenship, Kirby invites visitors to become active participants in her work to empower the voice within all of us.

Keith Knight
Carrboro, NC-based cartoonist Keith Knight is the award-winning creator of 3 comic strips: (th)ink, the Knight Life, and the K Chronicles. He has presented his comic strip slideshow on racism and police brutality at schools, churches, libraries and conventions, worldwide. He is a Belle Foundation grant recipient and an NAACP History Maker. His work can be found in the Washington Post, Daily KOS, the San Francisco Chronicle, and MAD Magazine.

Makeda Lewis
The Makeda is an illustrator, conceptual and multimedia artist working out of Atlanta, GA. Her work focuses on many different themes including but not limited to black feminism, alchemy, the life-death cycle, gender identity and expression, radical honesty and queerness as personal and political, as with many things. She is the author of a published coloring book called Avie’s Dreams. She likes tiny things, gold jewelry, brussels sprouts and listening to black women laugh. She is 26 years old.


Tristin Miller
Tristin Miller received a BFA in Painting & Drawing from UNCG and has been teaching Youth Art classes, Adult Beginning Drawing, and PAGE by PAGE: Building the Sketchbook Habit workshop since 2012. Miller’s work has been shown locally and regionally. She’ll be instructing the Zine-Making Workshop at Resistance Con.