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Oni Nü Bey

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Photo of Oni Bey, at her home studio in Durham, North Carolina 2014

Oni Nü Bey (born Tamika Heard, 3 March 1990) is an American creator and educator. She currently manages Nü School Supplies, which provides the African American homeschool community learning resources tailored for their learners.

Early life[edit]


Bey was born in Eschenbach, Germany. Her parents are Betty Heard (1968 Mississippi, USA) and Donald Heard (1965 Florida, USA), who both served in the United States Army. At the age of 2 years she relocated with her family to Fayetteville, NC. She is the eldest of 6 children, all daughters. As a youth she participated in a range of extracurricular activities such as Math and Science competitions, Fashion and Design shows, and community service all while earning an income by performing child care services.

She attended North Carolina Central University and graduated with a Bachelors in Art Studies. She continued education after college by becoming certified to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and studying Fashion and Design in art district of Northern California.

Marriage and children[edit]


In 2015, she married artist Jhordan "Jaguar" Perry. They have two children

Son (Aug. 2016)

Son (Oct. 2018)

Artist Career[edit]


Bey has several years experience in creating upcycled costume jewelry and clothing. Costumes depict fashion of a post cataclysm time period. Her clothes and accessories represent sophisticated fashion with a counter-cultured twist. Because  she mostly uses found objects or used materials her style is often depicted as eclectic and having a lot of texture. She used her knowledge and experience in Art and Fashion Design to build her self named company, Meek Makings, of custom costume clothing and jewelry. Today she continues her independent study, designing for theater productions and independent artists.


Collaborations and Shows[edit]

"Hello Summer Fashion Series" Fashion Design Show- July 2018

Fayetteville, North Carolina

"Ready Set Sew" Annual Fashion Design Competition- August 2016

Durham, North Carolina

"Civiliter Mortuus[1]" Art Installation with Jaguar Perry- January 2016

Oakland, California

"Naturally Melanated Hair & Beauty Show"- November 2015

Oakland, California

“Through The Wall[2]” Theater Production by Flight Deck[3]- November 2015

Berkeley, California

"Sedimentary Noise[4]" Video Production with Kadet Kuhne[5]- September 2015

San Francisco, California

"Fashion Meets Art" Annual Fashion Design Competition- April 2015

Durham,North Carolina

Current Projects[edit]

Costume Designer for "We are Venom"

Costume Designer for "Undercover Lover"

Education Career[edit]


As an educator, in the classroom and at home, Bey have noticed the lack of representational material for all types of students. She see first hand the discouragement and obstacles it can cause in a young learner, while volunteering at Durham Public Schools. She fights the under-representation of children of color in the education system by providing parents and educators an online platform that promotes and sells relatable education materials. Since Nu School Supplies has started it has connected over 50 businesses with hundreds of customers.

Educator Background[edit]

Founder/President, Kappa Pi International Art Fraternity (Theta Zeta Chapter), North Carolina Central University; Durham, North Carolina 2012

TEFL Certification, April 2013

TEYL Certification- September 2013

Creative Director, Ready Set Sew Summer Camp; Durham, North Carolina 2016-2017

Director/Founder, Nu School of Life; Durham, North Carolina 2016

Owner/Curator, Nu School Supplies; Durham, North Carolina 2017

Published works[edit]

Your Guide To Creating Your Own Curriculum : (African Centered Education)[6]-Book 2018

Activism[edit]


Durham Civil Rights History Mural Project; Volunteer Painter, Durham NC 2014-2015

Ferguson Mike Brown Protest; Protester, Durham NC 2014

References[edit]

  1. "Jaguar Perry". Jaguar Perry. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  2. "Through the Wall, October 23-November 7, 2015 – Ragged Wing". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  3. "About". THE FLIGHT DECK. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  4. "Sedimentary Noise video – Kadet Kuhne". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  5. "About – Kadet Kuhne". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  6. www.amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JHNLYTF/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0?tag=everybodywikien-20. Retrieved 2019-02-26. Missing or empty |title= (help)


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