Imani Russell is a Black+Boricua queer+trans actor, singer-songwriter, poet, and playwright from Crown Heights. Trained in classical music, musical theatre, and acting, Imani has performed off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is an emerging voice-over artist. As a writer, they think about the connections between time, space, queerness, and magic. Their play Audra McDonald and Marsha P. Johnson Deliver A Message About the End of the World won the 2018 Marilyn Swartz Seven '69 Playwriting Award, and their play Gold Star was produced in 2017 at The Brick Theater in Brooklyn, NY. They also write music under the name NANí and are currently working on their first album, a follow-up to their two-song EP released in December 2020. Imani believes in Black queer+trans power and safety, indigenous sovereignty, and art as an act of love.