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camil.williams

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 writer, activist, musician, painter, actress and barber

Artist Resume

Books
Poetic Hustle Vol 2: Life Matters 2018

Cold Sweat 2013
Butta to Fly 2007
Aqua Beats and Moon Verses, Vol I 2006

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Art Exhibitions

Live:
Ascend: A Literary Art and Jazz Showcase 2010

Display:

Scattering Dreams Atlanta 2020

After The Sun Chicago, 2015

After the Sun Atlanta, 2015

Cold Sweat Exhibit Atlanta 2013
Humboldt Park Chicago 2007
UrbanArt Retreat  Chicago 2006

Playwright
When Sisters Sing 2017

Love Does Not Hurt 2008
Brotha Wassup Sun? 2006
Aqua Beats and Moon Verses, Vol. I 2004



Biography​

A Chicago native and multidisciplinary artist, Camille Williams has been creating art in various forms for over two decades. Her work spans poetry, music, visual arts, performance, and activism, often exploring themes of social justice, identity, and the experiences of marginalized communities.

 

Williams' artistic journey began in her South Shore neighborhood, where her culturally rich upbringing laid the foundation for her creative expression. She honed her skills as a student at Bryn Mawr Elementary and Morgan Park High School, where she joined a chorus of notable alumni including Michelle Obama and Mae Jemison.

 

After attending the University of Illinois at Chicago on a full athletic scholarship, Williams embarked on a successful career in corporate accounting. However, her artistic calling continued to beckon, and she began actively pursuing her creative passions.

 

In 2005, Williams co-founded Spoken Existence Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering marginalized black women. Under the Spoken Existence umbrella, she formed AquaMoon, an activist-performance duo that utilized Hip Hop Feminism to raise awareness and promote dialogue on issues affecting women of color.

 

AquaMoon's choreopoems, including "Love Does Not Hurt" and "AquaBeats and Moon Verses Vol. I," garnered critical acclaim and led to performances and workshops at conferences, high schools, and universities worldwide. The duo also organized "Women in the Arts" events, showcasing talented women in singing, poetry, emceeing, and visual arts.

 

Williams' artistic pursuits expanded beyond AquaMoon, encompassing acting, music, and visual arts. She formed an all-women's band, performing at venues across Chicago and serving as the house band for the "Women in the Arts" events. In 2007, Williams released her debut solo project, "Butta to Fly: A Collection of Poetry, Art, and Music."

 

In 2011, Williams relocated to Atlanta, where she continued her artistic endeavors. She joined Mpower Productions, securing a supporting role in their Christmas movie "First Noelle." She also composed scores for the film and their stage production, "Only God Can Judge Me," and later landing a feature role in the short film "Shattered Serenity."

 

Williams' artistic output during this period included painting, music composition, and preparation for her next venture, a solo art exhibit in 2013. The exhibit, featuring 30 new paintings, a live performance, and her second book of poetry, "Cold Sweat," received critical acclaim.

 

Williams' poetry was also featured in the anthologies "Java Monkey's Speaks" and "Poetic Hustle, Vol II." She continued to expand her artistic horizons, participating in various projects in Atlanta, including roles in the web series "Between Women" and "Sunny Reign," and feature performances at Charis Books, the Hammond House W.E.B. Dubois celebration, GeorgiaWAND's Mother's Day for Peace event, the Facing Race opening reception, and the WomenNow conference in Durban, South Africa.

 

In 2015, Williams held her second solo art exhibit and performance, "After the Sun," which showcased a 35-piece visual art display and a live performance of soul, hip hop, and poetry in Atlanta and Chicago.

 

Her artistic journey continued in 2017 with the co-writing of her fourth choreopoem, "When Sisters Sing," and the release of the EPs "The camil.williams experience" and "The Heart Playlist." She also featured on Narada El Sol's album "Audio Art," and created the albums cover art.

 

In 2018, Williams participated in the Artsxchange Scattered Dreams art exhibit and transitioned from corporate life into a successful career as a barber, becoming one of Atlanta's top barbers.

 

With her 2024 solo exhibit on the horizon, Williams is poised to unveil her "Sometimes I Feel" series and complete her first limited series, "The One." Her artistic journey continues to evolve, reflecting her resilience, creativity, and unwavering commitment to use each of her God-given talents.

​Acting
Web Series:
Sunny Reign 2013

Between Women 2012

Theater:

P is for... - Natasha White 2011
dyke/warrior-prayers - Sharon Bridgeforth 2011
Fallen Angels - Eloise Beasley 2003
Vagina Monologues - C.C. Carter 2005


Film:

Shattered Serenity 2012
The First: Noelle 2011
Pilot-Urban G.U.P.P.I.ES 2011
Full Length- The Lies We Tell and the Secrets We Keep 2011
Mocumentary- My Mama Said Yo Mama is a Dyke 2010
Short Film- Did I Just Look at Her 2004



Music

Performance:

Songs from the Heart Mixtape 2018

The Experience Mixtape 2017

Black Feminist Hip Hop Mixtape 2011
True Love for the Hip Hop Culture 2009
Butta to Fly 2007
Beats & Verses, Vol. I 2006
Pow Wow Poetry Showcase 2004

Composition:
Only God Can Judge Me Soundtrack 2011

The First: Noelle Soundtrack 2011

Performance/Workshop Presentations
DePaul University, UIC, University of Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Columbia College , Berea College, Bard College at Simon's Rock, UNLV, Southern Connecticut State University, Alaska Fairbanks University, Louisville University, Chicago Public Library, National Organization for Women, National Women Studies Association, Chicago Freedom School, Warrenville Youth Correctional Center

National Organization of Women (NOW), National Association of Women's Studies (NWSA), Theater of the Oppressed, Chicago Women's AIDS Project (CWAP), National Human Rights Network, Sistersong, GAWAND, WomenNow2016 and more.

II am the daughter and younger sister of really dope artists and amazing human beings. My Dad, may he rest in eternal peace, was a phenomenal sketch artist. My Mom is an awesome abstract artist. And my big brother, is everything hip hop! I grew up in a village (family, community, church, schooling) that was very supportive and art progressive, which exposed me to all kinds of expression. After years of trying to emulate my brother, I started to find my own voices as a visual artist, an emcee, a writer, performer, etc. After leaving college, I returned back to my foundation and decided to walk into my legacy as an artist. Barbering feels like a natural progression as an artist and I consider it another way for me to serve and uplift my community. Continue Reading. 

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