The Mic Movement
amplifying art in berlin & beyond


Alexis Pauline Gumbs, PhD is a Queer Black Troublemaker and a Black Feminist Love Evangelist based in Durham, North Carolina. She has researched, written, published and taught extensively on Audre Lorde and is the founder of the School of Our Lorde ( Check out her work on the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist community school ( and the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive project amplifying Black LGBTQ brilliance ( Get up to the moment Black Feminist love at or email Alexis at

Blue VanDeCruze is a 12th grade student at the John F Kennedy School in Berlin. She enjoys talking, reading and playing the violin.

Whilst residing in Berlin for the past ten years, Carl Albrecht has been soaking up all the inspiration this city has to offer. As an painter, 3d artist, producer and photographer, Berlin plays a mayor role in all his creative works.

Chantel C Graham
Chantel C is originally from the Southeastern United States and has lived in several major German cities over the last 14 years. She's a poet, a dancer, an actor-simply a creative-and a researcher.

Denise is a Guyanese-born, New York City raised, Berliner. She is a dreamer, writer, activist who sometimes bakes.


Karina Griffith
Karina Griffith is a Caribbean-Canadian filmmaker living in Berlin.  Her short, essay documentaries blur the lines between documentary and drama. She is currently writing her first feature film, set in Guyana.

Nick Paratore

Licensed Jet-setter and Perpetual Expatriate Nicole has lived outside of the United States since 2006 and has no intentions of turning back. She most likely inherited her migrating spirit from her grandmother, who emigrated from Jamaica to America shortly after Nicole was born. Nicole prides herself on being a world traveler, already visiting 23 countries on 5 different continents. She currently resides in Berlin, Germany, a city quickly identified as her kindred spirit. Since moving to Berlin, Nicole began vlogging and blogging as a means to maintain contact with family and friends around the globe. Today she is the woman behind, her personal travel and adventure blog. When not plotting her next adventure, Nicole can be found in her kitchen nurturing her reluctant domestic goddess. (She makes a great Red Velvet Cupcake) Some of her most memorable cities have been Reykjavik, Istanbul, Sydney and Rabat. Her incurable wanderlust and insatiable curiosity has led her to unique experiences that range from taking local cooking classes, to snorkeling in the great barrier reef, to going off-roading on 4X4s. She’s also a sucker for most things pretty, and loves spending shorts stints in small designer hotels. Apart from travel, Nicole’s interests include natural hair care, plus size fashion, and crafting. Her youtube channel: Nicole is the New Black covers an array of topics and has a growing audience. You can also follow her on twitter @nicolenewblack


Rochelle Rowe
Rochelle is a London-born Berliner of Barbadian parentage. She has written widely about race, class and gender and has a new book about Caribbean beauty culture out later this year. She mixes hair and skin potions in her kitchen.

Sharon Dodua Otoo
Sharon is a Black British mother, activist, author and editor of the English language book series Witnessed published by edition assemblage. Her most recent publication is The Little Book of Big Visions. How to be an Artist and Revolutionise the World co-edited by curator and conceptual artist Sandrine Micossé-Aikins (edition assemblage, 2012). She is also on the board of the “Initiative of Black People in Germany” (Die Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland [ISD-Bund] e.V.) A translation of her short story: "The Circle and Square Story" was published as “Die Geschichte vom Kreis und Viereck” in Wie Rassismus aus Wörtern spricht. (K)Erben des Kolonialismus im Wissenschaftsarchiv deutsche Sprache, edited by Susan Arndt and Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (UNRAST Verlag, 2011). Sharon's first novella the things i am thinking while smiling politely was published in February 2012 (edition assemblage). She lives, laughs and works in Berlin.