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Rasheedah Phillips

Black Quantum Futurism, Afro Futurist Affair

Rasheedah Phillips is a queer housing attorney, parent, interdisciplinary artist, and Black Futurist cultural producer whose writing has appeared in Keywords for Radicals, Temple Political and Civil Right Journal, The Funambulist Magazine, Recess Arts, and more. Phillips is the founder of The AfroFuturist Affair, a founding member of Metropolarity Queer Speculative Fiction Collective, co-founder of Black Quantum Futurism, and co-creator of Community Futures Lab. As part of BQF Collective and as a solo artist, Phillips is a former A Blade of Grass, Pew, and Velocity Fund Fellow, is a current Artist resident at CERN Arts, Vera List Center and Knights Arts + USA Technology Fellow, and has exhibited, presented, been in residence, and performed at Institute of Contemporary Art London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Serpentine Gallery, Red Bull Arts, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Akademie Solitude, and more.

Rasheedah currently serves as the Managing Attorney of Housing Policy at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. She began her career at CLS in 2008 in the Community Economic Development Unit, providing legal advice, representation, and engaging in community lawyering on behalf of small childcare for profit and non-profit organizations. Rasheedah is the recipient of the 2017 National Housing Law Project Housing Justice Award, the 2017 City & State Pennsylvania 40 Under 40 Rising Star Award, the 2018 Temple University Black Law Student Association Alumni Award, the 2018 CLS Equal Justice Award, and the 2019 Barristers Association of Philadelphia Outstanding Young Attorney Award. She is a 2016 Shriver Center’s Racial Justice Institute Fellow, 2018 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity, 2020 Givelber Distinguished Public Interest Lecturer. Rasheedah is a 2008 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, and 2005 graduate of Temple University.

Rasheedah has been working in the community for over a decade with organizations such as Need in Deed on service learning projects geared toward making adolescents aware of the consequences of teenage parenthood. She has served on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations that advocate for reproductive rights and the rights of women and children, such as the Family Planning Council, Family Care Solutions, and ChildSpace CDI. She previously served as Vice-President on the board of the Friends of the Free Library, and currently serves on the board of the Leeway Foundation and the zoning board of the Brewerytown-Sharswood Community Civic Association.