Melaine Ferdinand-King is a thinker and cultural practitioner from Brick, New Jersey. She received her B.A. from Spelman College, where she majored in sociology with concentrations in African Diaspora Studies and Gender Studies. As a resident of Providence, she works as a graduate student in the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and organizes cultural programming and healing spaces for Black and brown folks. In addition to her scholarly endeavors, she works as a curator, archivist, event host, and project manager in the city. Her most recent practice includes co-curating the inaugural Black Biennial at the Gelman Gallery of RISD Museum.