Aliona L. Gibson

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Aliona L. Gibson was always in search of something interesting and creative to pursue, her first book, Nappy, was published by a small Black-owned press in New York. The book was her first published writing ever.

A few years later, she followed up with For Black Writers, which she self-published and originated as a workshop for the African American Women on Tour conference. She co-presented the workshop with friend and fellow author Monique Gilmore-Scott. Influenced by a high school graduation trip to Kenya, she joined the Peace Corps ( as an opportunity to be of service to the world and to experience living in Africa. On February 4, 1999, she landed in South Africa to begin a two-year stint as a School & Community Resource volunteer. In 2000 she started the Great Black South Africans project while in Timbavati village, Acornhoek, where she lived with a family. Once she returned to the States, the project became an obsession and she worked three jobs to make it happen!

Fueled by a failed attempt to compile an anthology of African-American Returned Peace Corps volunteers, she came up with an idea to make a documentary. To learn the in’s and out’s of creating digital videos, she enrolled in a video production class at Laney College, a junior college in Oakland. She then joined her local public access station, Berkeley Community Media, and the rest, as they say, is herstory! Head Designs: For Your Frame of Mind, her first documentary short, began the independent film/video festival circuit in the summer of 2006.

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2 Books by Aliona L. Gibson