Co-Founder, Dry Powder Works/Chromatic Black
Abeni Bloodworth is a writer and artist-activist. Co-Founder of Dry Powder Works (DPW). DPW is a multimedia production and distribution ecosystem designed to name and disrupt the master narrative through good storytelling. Powered by 3000 Black creatives throughout the Diaspora, the company is premised on the belief that “We are the stories we tell ourselves.” DPW’s theory of change utilizes story to socialize indigenous wisdom and inspire a re-imagination of power across social, economic, political, cultural, and ecological fault lines. She has over 25 years of experience supporting organizations through periods of growth, change, and transition - disrupting systems by linking philanthropy to narrative change and leadership to transformative impact. To date, she has raised over 150M+ dollars to support transformative change. She has lived and worked on four continents (West Africa, Eastern Europe, Central America, and North America - including the Big Island, Hawaii); served as an executive director, program officer in philanthropy, development officer, a board member, and launched two successful ventures. Architect of the Activist Playbook for Transformative Media, she is currently co-producing with Level Forward an adaptation of the Paula Giddings biography Sword Among Lions: The Ida B. Wells Story and the episodic series, Blackball, the story of the Negro Baseball League told through the rivalry of two teams.
Abeni is a long-time board member and former Board Chair of the Institute for Media& Education and currently serves on the Boards of the Predistribution Initiative, Imperative 21, and the Vindicate Society Venture Capital Fund. She received her B.A. in English and Political Science from Spelman College, an M.S. in Managerial Sciences from Georgia State University, and holds a Certificate of Fundraising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. For fun, she enjoys exploring our country’s National Parks, listening to Gregory Porter, and cooking elaborate Sunday meals for friends. Now, she finds herself dreaming of New Zealand and re-reading James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, Malidoma Some, and Rumi.