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Chris Johnson originated the Question Bridge concept with a 1996 video installation he created for the Museum of Photographic Arts and the Malcolm X library in San Diego, California. In 1994, he co-produced and directed The Roof is on Fire with Suzanne Lacy, which was broadcast on KRON. Additionally, he authored The Practical Zone System: for Film and Digital Photography; currently in its 4th edition. Currently, he is a full Professor of Photography at the California College of the Arts where for ten years he served as President of the Faculty Senate. He is also the Media Wall Project Manager and Public Art Management Team member for Oakland Museum/Port of Oakland.

Hank Willis Thomas is a new media artist whose works have been exhibited in several venues throughout the world, including the video projects, Winter in America, In Search of the Truth, and Along the Way (which exhibited at the Oakland International Airport, Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier on Main gallery and Pangaea Day the world film festival). He is the winner of the Aperture West Book Prize for Pitch Blackness. His work was featured in the in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenhiem, and the Oakland Museum of California. He has exhibited at the Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, and the High Museum of Art, among others. He received a B.F.A. in Photography/ Africana Studies from NYU ’s Tisch School of the Arts; and his M.F.A./M.A. in photography/ visual criticism at the California College of the Arts. Thomas is currently a resident at Cité Des Arts in Paris France, and a fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.

Bayete Ross Smith began his career as a photojournalist with the Knight Ridder Newspaper Corporation, in Philadelphia, Charlotte and Tallahasee. He received a B.S. in Photography from Florida A&M University and an M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. Bayeté has exhibited at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, the Goethe Institute (Ghana), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland), the Leica Gallery and Rush Arts Gallery (NYC), the SF Arts Commission’s “Art at City Hall” and the Oakland Museum of California. His work has been on the cover of Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), and in Posing Beauty, SPE Exposure, the Society of Photographic Education Journal, Black: A Celebration of A Culture, 25 Under 25: Up and Coming American Photographers, The Spirit Of Family (Al & Tipper Gore), Black Enterprise, Working Mother, Village Voice, and more. He worked as a fellow and artistsin-residence at the Kala Institute, Can Serrat International Art Center (Spain), McColl Center for Visual Art and Southern Exposure.

Kamal Sinclair was a 6-year cast member of STOMP, the founder of Universal Arts and director of The Beat and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. She directed the 2003/2004 Oneness Awards at Universal Studios (awarding Edward James Olmos, Michael Jackson, Ed Begley Jr., Jim Hensen Muppet Company); multiple National Black Arts Festival fundraising galas (honoring Dr. Cornel West, Big Boi, Samuel Jackson, Lynn Whitfield & Jasmine Guy); multiple Woodruff Arts Center events (honoring Ambassador Andrew Young, Wynton Marsalis, Andre 3000, Jamie Foxx and Ludacris.) She served the Fractured Atlas, Children's Theatre Company NYC and CRG boards; and the Alvin Ailey Ambassador’s Council. She is the Principal Consultant for Strategic Arts (clientele: High Museum of Art, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre, Young Audiences and SCAD. She graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (BFA) and GSU's Robinson College of Business (MBA).