The Kitchen Sisters with Otabenga Jones and Associates

Otabenga Jones & Associates

Founded in 2002, Houston, TX

Otabenga Jones & Associates is a collaborative arts organization founded in 2002 by Otabenga Jones Esq. and his four protégés: D. Jabari Anderson, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans, and Robert Pruitt. Since then, they have dedicated themselves to pursuing a research/pedagogical mission that is threefold: 1) to put a match to the plantation penitentiary structures in the English language that repress the growth of free black thought 2) to establish a cross generational dialogue extending from the present moment to the Middle passage, and 3) quoting Dan Freeman, the protagonist of Sam Greenlee’s novel The Spook Who Sat by the Door, to “mess wit’ whitey”. Their work manifests in the form of actions, writings, images, and installations. The creative cadre has shown in venues nationwide, such as the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the High Museum, the Menil Collection, the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Kitchen Sisters


The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are the producers of the duPont-Columbia and James Beard Award-winning series, Hidden Kitchens on NPR’s Morning Edition and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Their latest season of stories, Hidden Kitchens: Kimchi Diplomacy: War and Peace and Food was given a 2017 James Beard Award. Their Radiotopia podcast, The Kitchen Sisters Present… was awarded a Webby for Best Documentary Podcast. They are also producers of the NPR series The Hidden World of Girls {Girls and the Women They Become} hosted by Tina Fey. They are currently creating a new NPR Morning Edition series, The Keepers – stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians.