Queen Mother Imakhu
Rev. Dr. Queen Mother Imakhu, a.k.a Pastor Elaine Lloyd-Nazario, a.k.a. “The Renegade Wise Woman,” is a cultural educator, African Khametic scholar, lecturer, career artist, multimedia producer, arts administrator, and yogini. She presents cultural workshops, performances, and lectures at colleges, libraries, theaters, and corporations. Her credits include:
Touring Storyteller/Vocalist/Musician (1990 to present); Dance/Theater Instructor at Warren County School of the Arts (1995); workshop presenter (theater, dance, music), and adjudicator for NJ Teen Arts Festival throughout several counties (1990-2000); Co-Host/Producer of JUXTURES radio show on WDVR Public Radio (1994-97); Director, Choreographer, Producer, and Technical Advisor for I.E.M. (It Expresses Me) Black Theatre of Bethlehem, PA (1995); Founder/Director of Allentown, PA-based ZAWADI COLLECTIVE touring theater ensemble (1995 -2005); played “Charlayne” in A. Curtis Farrow’s East and West Coast tours of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (1997-99); Lead African Dancer and Lead Drummer for Ghanaian entertainer Maxwell Kofi Donkor (1998); Board Member, Board President, Interim Executive Director of OPEN SPACE GALLERY of Allentown, PA (1998-2002); Arts Programming Director at the Easton, PA Boys & Girls Club (2001); Host/Producer of syndicated radio & TV show ASHE! (2003-10); Member of Philadelphia’s KEEPERS OF THE CULTURE Storytelling Guild (2003-05); Dance and African Drumming Instructor for Philadelphia’s Point Breeze Performing Arts Center's summer and after school programs, and disabled youth program (2003-2004); Dance Instructor for Boys & Girls Club of Trenton, The Garvey Charter School of Trenton (Dance/Drumming/Public Speaking) and the City of Trenton's SCOOP after school program (all in 2005); African-themed Visual Art Therapist for NYC Department of Juvenile Justice on behalf of Afrikan Poetry Theatre of Queens (2007-2009); Drumming Instructor for Newark’s Ironbound Community Organization’s summer and after school programs (2014 to present); Drumming/Dance/Music Instructor for Montclair State’s Sonic Explorations after school program in Orange, NJ (2016 to present); Yoga instructor, City of Newark Recreation Department (2016-17); executive director of the Newark Latino Film Festival founded by her husband and creative business partner, Ramon G. Nazario (2018 to present). Queen Mother and Ramon’s most recent film project, “I’ve Got a Vision,” produced for fellow filmmaker Nancy Vazquez, was highlighted by director Ava DuVernay on February 2019’s special online edition of TIME Magazine. A respected poet and writer, Queen Mother Imakhu emcees a monthly spoken word event at O’LaLa Empanadas for Newark Latino Artist Collective. She is also founder of the new UHEMU Black & Brown Storytellers of NJ.
Spiritually, Queen Mother is a 1997 graduate of Metaphysical Universal Ministries seminary in Allentown, PA. She has been a Khametic faith practitioner since the 90’s. As high priestess and ordained minister, the Queen Mother title was conferred upon her in traditional African Khametic ceremony in 2004, and Sunut (Doctor, Scholar) in 2013 by her spiritual godfather, the late Grandmaster Kham of Shrine of Khpra in Brooklyn, NY. In 2006, Queen Mother was initiated into the Bantu Shona/Ndebele tradition as a nganga (water healer) by Michael Ortiz-Hill, and Baba Mandaza Kandemwa of Zimbabwe. She is founder of Shenu Art & Yoga Sanctuary. As a scholar and author, she is known for her research connecting Elder Futhark runes to Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, and for connecting the Ancient Egyptian language and symbols to yoga origins. Queen Mother Imakhu has been immortalized in renown author Courtney Weber’s contemporary, photographic oracle deck, TAROT OF THE BOROUGHS, where she depicts the Queen of Cups in six of the cards. A comic book fan since childhood, Queen Mother Imakhu is proud to serve on Newark Culture Con’s panel discussion. She commonly presents cross-correlative lectures analyzing the incorporation of African cultural themes in mainstream multimedia. www.queenmotherimakhu.com