Overlooked Giants takes a deeper look into the lives of Queer Women of color who have, and are, making careers for themselves throughout various industries. Each of these women share their experience of being a woman of color in a world that has often relegated them to the margins. AhSa-Ti Nu conducted in-depth interviews, recording their narratives about what it is like for them to carry the weight of being queer women of color as they work to change the narrative.


AhSa-Ti Nu meets with trombonist, scholar, activist, a third-generation musician, educator  and founder of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music (OPC Music), Angela Wellman.Hailing proudly from Kansas City, Missouri. She has performed with the McCoy Tyner Big Band, Joe Williams, Al Grey, Slide Hampton and other noted musicians. Ms. Wellman has a Masters degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music and is a Ph.D. Fellow in the School of Education, department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Growing up in Kansas City, Ms. Wellman was nurtured in a musical family and community. Her initiation into the world of Jazz as a player began while hanging out at jam sessions at the famed chitlin’ circuit Local 626, the once–Black musicians’ union in Kansas City and now sanctuary for the spirits of jazz pioneers such as Ernie Williams: The Last of the Blue Devils, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, and countless others who got their start in that very place. Ms. Wellman is the proud founder of the nation’s first Public Conservatory of Music, The Oakland Public Conservatory of Music (OPCM). Founded in 2005 in Oakland, CA, OPCM is dedicated to the study of American Musical culture and identity.


You can connect with her through the following:


Twitter – @angelawellman4

Instagram – @wellmanangela

FB –https://www.facebook.com/angela.wellman.7


AhSa-Ti Nu meets with entertainer, producer and entrepreneur, Quimani Brown aka Qui510. Qui first made international noise as Sony Music Group’s [Europe] recording artist “TriQui Di”, who from an early age laid her foundation as a Rapper/Emcee & Break Dancer while singing in her church & school choirs. She is the Founder/CEO of I Told U Entertainment™, a boutique entertainment company that prides itself on being “a small company doing BIG business”. Last but not least. Qui has been planning, promoting and putting on events since she was 17years old. Often called the “Female P Diddy of Partying in the Bay”,Qui has committed herself to giving people an incredible experience with every party, event, production, and concert she puts her name on.

She is a phenomenal woman with a heart of gold and a message of love for all. Check below for links to her website and social media information.






AhSa-Ti Nu meets with comedian and humor educator, Karen Williams. Williams has the unique distinction of being the nation’s first openly lesbian black comic to include specifically lesbian material in her act. Curve Magazine calls Karen Williams “…a laugh riot!” The Sydney Morning Herald proclaims that Karen Williams is “ferociously funny, with perfect pace, timing and structure.” She is known for her quick repartee, insightful commentary, audience rapport, and sheer like-ability. She is a comic craftmaster, a gifted actor, a multitalented writer, and an inspirational lecturer, whose HaHA Institute attracts clients from the public and private sectors. Armed with her “healing with humor” philosophy, Karen is a modern-day alchemist and motivational humorist, whose audiences revel in her cathartic laughter and whose peers consider her a comic’s comic!

Williams graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State University with a personally-designed major in “Humor and Healing.” She earned a Master of Education degree from CSU’s Adult Learning & Development program. She is the founder of HaHA Institute, which was established to encourage the fullest and highest activation of human potential for compassion, wisdom, and life force through the daily use of humor and healing arts, which includes stress management, nutrition, exercise, massage and healing touch, aromatherapy, and spiritual practices.

Be sure to connect with her:

Website – www.hahainstitute.com

Social Media:

Facebook – @karen.williams.7547

Twitter – @KarenTheComic

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIkAePmR8CU&feature=youtu.be


AhSa-Ti Nu meets with Zahra Noorbakhsh, the Feminist Muslim Iranian-American comedian and cohost of the award-winning podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. The podcast was listed as a “must listen,” by Oprah Magazine and was invited to the Obama Whitehouse to record an episode. She is a Sr. Fellow on comedy for social change with the Pop Culture Collaborative. In addition to her two sold-out performances of her stand-up comedy special “On Behalf of All Muslims” at the Golden Thread Theater in San Fransisco, her solo performance of “All Atheists are Muslim: A Romantic Comedy,” was originally directed by CNN’s W. Kamau Bell. Reza Aslan says “always insightful, always subversive…Zahra’s comedic romps disrupt an outdated narrative.” Her writing is featured in the NY Times and on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

In this episode we get up close and personal as Zahra talks about her experiences of being a Queer, Feminist Muslim Iranian-American comedian. Prepare to laugh and enjoy. Be sure to follow her on social media and tune into her podcast. 

Website: www.zahracomedian.com

Social Stuffies:

Facebook – @ZahraComedy

Instagram – @zahracomedy

Twitter – @ZahraComedy


AhSa-Ti Nu meets with composer, guitarist and vocalist Gaye Adegbalola. Best known musically as a founding member of Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women (1984 – 2009). The group recorded exclusively with Alligator Records. Additionally, she has 6 recordings on her own label, Hot Toddy Music (Todd is her family name). More importantly she is the proud mother of son, Juno Lumumba Kahlil.

A true griot of our time through both her music and just easy conversation. In addition to being a queer black woman of color artist she is also a powerful activist, as she sat-in, picketed and protested against racism and segregation. In her songwriting she tries to provide a voice for those who have been marginalized by society. By maintaining the blues tradition, she sees herself as a contemporary griot – keeping her history alive, delivering messages of empowerment, ministering to the heartbroken, and finding joy in the mundane. Her most recent CD released in January, 2019, is called “The Griot” and has received rave reviews.

Please be sure to follow her on her website, social media and purchase her music!


Twitter: @gayeblueswoman