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Call Me Mother Project

The Call Me Mother Project (CMM) is an interactive performance installation and exhibit that combines digital storytelling, text-based art, spoken word, film, and live performance, as a platform to examine Black folks and the profound ways they and their communities navigate the journey towards motherhood.


Our Mission

Titled after a poem crafted during the middle of her miscarriage, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton partners with a cohort of national artists to create a project that beckons attendees through a choose-your-own-adventure style sequence, inviting reflection, empathy, and deep-rooted connection with motherhood. 

Our Why

With death rates three to four times higher than the national average, Black womxn suffer higher complications due to systematic racism and implicit biases across the healthcare field. In Harris County, TX, these staggering rates contribute to mothers and their newborn children’s deaths. These incidents, labeled “deaths of disparity” by the Health and Resource Service Administration, have been deemed completely preventable. This art raises the question, “Who is deserving of life and legacy in the eyes of our healthcare system?” 


Our How

By offering opportunities for audiences to interact, connect, and reflect on their own life experiences, CMM seeks to humanize their experiences and push for conversations and policy solutions for more equitable births and care in all communities. This work tells the stories of real womxn who have hoped, lost, loved, and believed in a future birthed out of the fire and the families and communities that are equally affected .

This project is fiscally sponsored through Fresh Arts and plans to open in Fall 2025. 


Each of these nationally-known artists has had their own journey to and around motherhood. Their rich experiences and brilliant talents combine make CMM unique and unforgettable experience.

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Curator and Lead Artist

Performance and Text-based Art

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton is an award-winning author, playwright, director, performer, critic, and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, TX. Praised by the NY Times as an artist who “defies categorization”, her genre-bending works span from stage to canvas to page. A former Resident Artist with the American Lyric Theater, Rice University, and the Houston Museum of African American Culture, her upcoming projects will debut at The Kennedy Center and American Lyric Theater. She resides in Houston, TX.

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Storyteller and filmmaker

Keda Sharber is a Houston-based storyteller who uses film, photo, and written/spoken word to investigate and reveal the beautifully complex truths of her community. Since 2009 she has produced a variety of content including documentaries, web series, short films, fine art photography and written pieces that all share the same goal of shattering stereotypes and rewriting the narrative of Black people. A self-taught artist, Keda has held a solo fine art photography exhibit, had her images published in calendars and magazines and been awarded grants for her documentary film work.


Emmy award winning composer, Jasmine Arielle Barnes, is a Baltimore native, Dallas based composer. Her music has been described as “refreshing..,engaging...,exciting” by San Francisco Classical Voice, "Beautifully lyrical" by The Telegraph (UK), and “the best possible blend of Billie Holiday and Claude Debussy” by Boston Globe. Barnes has been a resident artist for Opera Theater of Saint Louis (2023/24), American Lyric Theater (2021-23) , Chautauqua Opera (2021), and All Classical Portland (2021). 

Singer and Composer


Poet and Painter

Vogue M. Robinson – poet, author, mentor, painter, and teaching artist was raised by her grandmother, Martina Carpenter in Perris, CA. Robinson is a graduate of SDSU where she earned her B.A. in English. While traditional classrooms proved a challenge, she remains passionate about sharing what she has learned with others. Robinson appreciates human beings who put truth and heart into words.  She served as Clark County Poet Laureate (2017-2019) and is the first Black woman to receive the Silver Pen award from the Nevada Writers' Hall of Fame. Robinson serves as a teaching artist within the community.


Stacey Allen is an award winning performance artist, curator, and advocate for arts education, educational equity, and reproductive justice all while being a wife and mother to three beautiful children. Maintaining her artistic practice while navigating Motherhood has come with challenges, but integrating the art of mothering with her insistence on telling Black stories through movement and material culture has been worth the while. Her brainchild, Nia’s Daughters Movement Collective received a Congressional Recognition for their mission aligned work of creating and supporting art and wellness initiatives through the lens of Black women and girls. 



Omari Maynard is an educator by trade and an artist by craft. He has received his bachelor's degree in Marketing from Hampton University, an MBA and a Masters in Sport Business Management from the University of Central Florida, and a Masters degree in Special Education from Long Island University. With these degrees, he has worked for the NBA, for sports marketing companies, not for profit organizations, and the Department of Education. Today he draws his creative inspiration from his family, life experiences, cultural influences, and his environment.

Painter and Activist

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Digital Artist and Illustrator

Joshua Mouton is the owner and lead artist of J Smooth Ink. This native Houstonian is a graduate of Full Sail University with a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design. His keen eye and love for depth helps him develop websites, logos, and build brand identities for individuals and companies. His love of art was birthed out of a childhood affection with cartoons and anime, which continues to spark his exhibit-worthy works. Mouton has worked with a large array of clients including the Houston Grand Opera, The Children’s Museum of Houston, and the Houston Arts Alliance- to name a few. As a father, he looks to pass on his artistic love to his children.


Poet and Culturist

Born in Saginaw, MI, award-winning writer/spoken word artist Truth B. Told (born Christopher Owens) has wowed audiences from Ford Theater in Hollywood to the Alvin Ailey Theater in Manhattan & Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The multiple slam champion has been featured on BET's Black History Moment series and Dove/Twitter's #SpeakBeautiful campaign, has appeared on MTV, VH1, and PBS, and has even written a successful pitch for a company on ABC’s Shark Tank. 

Owens is founder and CEO of Culture PHX, a community-focused company founded in September 2017 which curates events and initiatives to empower Black and other underserved communities that has garnered national headlines for its work with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty. Owens’ newest endeavor, CultureHUB—Arizona’s first Black-owned co-working and event space—opened December 2023 on historic Grand Avenue, providing a culturally safe space for Black entrepreneurs with creative and corporate backgrounds and endeavors. CultureHUB’s motto is “Connect Dots, Build Culture, Thrive Together.”

OUR Advisory Team

Ashley Alridge- CEO, The Brown Egg

Kevin Anderson- CEO, The T.R.U.T.H. Project

Dr. Valerie Bahar- Assistant Medical Director of Community Health Choice

Michelle Barnes- Executive Director, Community Artists' Collective

Nikki Greenaway-OB/GYN

Kay Matthews- CEO, Shades of Blue

Chris Owens- CEO, Culture Hub

LaToya Shields- Director of Harris County Pathways Community HUB

Amy Smith- Senior Director of Operations and Communications for Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council 

Sponsors and Partners

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