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Jé R. Hooper is the founder of FrequencyHouse Productions, a Ph.D Interdisciplinary Arts candidate at Ohio University and an Ethical Culture clergy-leader with the American Ethical Union. He is best known for his works entitled, “Moving Upon the Face of the Deep” featuring Dr. Cornel West, “The Black Sacred Communion” and a collaboration with his life partner, storäe michele, entitled, [the listening heart]. His recent film production, “Humanitas: A Conscious Coloring of Kindness”, a story the about the relationship of W.E.B. DuBois and Felix Adler, was sponsored and funded by American Ethical Union’s Mossler Fellowship. As a result of blending his love for performance and academic scholarship, Jé utilitizes the beauty of Black homiletic tradition with an orality of rationality and reason. In this, he intentionally syncretizes humanism and the Black Trans-Atlantic American culture to provide tools of ‘knowing’ to re-negotiate conventional humanist congregations to reflect the practical-life of community as radically affirming and courageously brave incubators for all people to grow in ethical living. It is through critical, yet creative, secular ritual formations that he supports people in contesting cultural bias within race, gender, religion, sexuality, and ablism. These intersections of thoughts and practicality console and agitate communities in re-imagining and re-claiming a narrative that honors the inherited worth and dignity within all people at it’s highest regard.