The JXN Project is powered by two daughters of Richmond, who also happen to be sisters – Enjoli Moon [left] and Dr. Sesha Joi Moon [right].
Enjoli is the Assistant Curator of Film and Special Programs with the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and Creative Director of the Afrikana Independent Film Festival, which holds the distinct honor of being the first and only Black film festival in Richmond – hosting a variety of pivotal cultural figures such as Angela Davis and Nikki Giovanni. Although a grassroots effort, Afrikana has been hailed as the premiere space for Black arts and culture in the city – while quickly becoming the regional hub for Black indie cinema. She is also the founding chair of BLK RVA, a Richmond Region Tourism initiative designed to connect Richmond residents and visitors with Black-owned businesses in the area. She and her work has been featured in local and national publications, such as Style Weekly, Huffington Post, BET, Essence, Black Enterprise, Travel Noire, The Root and Virginia Currents on PBS. She was recently recognized as one of the 2021 "People to Meet" for Virginia Business Magazine and received the 2020 VCIC Humanitarian Award, as well as the 2020 Richmond Times-Dispatch Strong Voices Award. She is also the recipient of Style Weekly's Women In the Arts Award and Top 40 Under 40. However, her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her son, Jonah – an artist and aspiring filmmaker.
Sesha is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Prior to joining NIST, she served as a Senior Talent Management Strategist at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Special Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she has received the Commerce Spirit Award and Spotlight on Commerce for LGBT Pride Month. She is a Senior Fellow of the Excellence in Government Fellowship with the Partnership for Public Service, as well as a Senior Research Fellow with The Conference Board’s Engagement Institute. She recently completed Harvard Business School’s High Potentials Leadership Program and is currently completing a diversity, equity, and inclusion certification program at Cornell University. She has been an invited speaker by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Center for Urban and Racial Equity as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Conference. She is also a micro-influencer who curates an instablog called @AngryBlackFemale, which consists of 11K+ members.
In 2018, Afrikana and Angry Black Female joined forces to create a travel series called A Blackass Field Trip, which are intimately curated excursions designed to educate Black people on the Black experience by exploring Black spaces across the Black diaspora that have influenced Black history – with direct ties to Richmond, VA. Past trips included the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum in Montgomery, AL and the Whitney Plantation in New Orleans, LA – and a planned trip to Barbados was recently rescheduled due to COVID-19.
In addition to its co-creators, The JXN Project is supported by a project team of experts ranging from graphic design to public relations and cartography to website development – to include Meredith Carrington, Nigel Richardson, Morgan Dye, Todd Waldo, Amy Wentz, Andre Johnson, Bryan Wallace, LaToya Gray, Michon Moon, and Jonah Hodari.
Photo Courtesy of Jenaé Harrington