We are creative revolutionaries guided by love and grounded in spirit. We are artists, activists, educators, facilitators, coaches, and strategists. Our knowledge and expertise in communications, fundraising, event planning, organizational development and facilitation comes from over forty years of combined experience. We have raised millions of dollars, launched high-impact organizations and campaigns, created award-winning films and projects, supported organizations to transform their practices and operations, and coached leaders to be effective.
TAIJ KUMARIE MOTEELALL – PRINCIPAL
Taij is a visionary changemaker who has blazed a successful path in the arts, activism and philanthropy. She started Media Sutra as a vehicle for self-determination and collective liberation. Manifesting this vision in partnership with like-minded and like-hearted people, Taij aspires to build Media Sutra into a hub through which artists, activists and social entrepreneurs can practice interdependence and thrive.
Taij loves helping clients to make their vision and dreams possible. She supports clients to develop compelling visions and to infuse their work with breakthrough strategies that ensure success in fundraising, communications and programs. Through trainings and coaching, she also supports leaders to be purpose-driven and joyful by centering wellness and empowerment.
Taij has written and performed nationally and internationally, raised millions of dollars for social service and social justice organizations, established new organizations, transformed existing organizations, and supported leaders as a facilitator and coach. Most recently, she founded Standing in Our Power, a national network of cis and transgender women of color movement makers committed to co-creating a new story of holistic transformation, sustainability and wellness for all across the gender spectrum. As the Director of Programs for Spirit in Action, she helped to revamp the organization’s mission, vision and theory of transformation, while supporting national networks to advance progressive communications, democratic education and transformative leadership.
As the former Executive Director of Resource Generation, she built an inclusive and sustainable organization while supporting young people with wealth and class privilege to move millions of dollars to social movements. During her 6-year tenure at the East Harlem Tutorial Program she helped to more than double the agency’s budget, the number of young people served and the number of local sites where programming was offered. Taij also co-founded Blackout Arts Collective, a grassroots network of artists, activists and educators using the arts, culture and creative process to raise awareness and catalyze action around issues impacting communities of color.
Taij is our Jedi Strategist. Contact her today for a consultation.
MANAUVASKAR KUBLALL – PRINCIPAL
Manauvaskar is a filmmaker, photographer and cultural maverick who creates content with a unique visual aesthetic and compelling stories that spark the imagination and speak truth to power. He started Media Sutra as a vehicle to tell stories that support marginalized and underrepresented communities to be seen, heard and activated. By telling the stories of individuals, organizations and movements through film, photography and design, he inspires and impacts lasting change. Manauvaskar loves to create things that amaze people and make them excited to be recognized. He believes in justice and creativity for all.
Manauvaskar has partnered with national organizations to advance social movements for education justice, gender equity, racial justice, immigration reform, housing rights, criminal justice and more. He produces events that increase both the visibility and sustainability of organizations while featuring dynamic performers and presenters. Events produced by Media Sutra has featured Laverne Cox, Melissa Harris-Perry, Louraine Toussaint, Anita Hill, Jose Antonio Vargas, Linda Sarsour, Sonya Renee Taylor, Julie Mehretu and Toshi Reagon to name a few.
An award-making director, Manauvaskar’s films garnered over a hundred film festival selections and were broadcasted nationally, highlighting: Maroon 5, Rahzel, Tribe Called Quest, Van Jones, and Goeplle. His first feature length film, American Beatboxer premiered nationally on Sean ‘P-Diddy’ Combs’ Revolt TV. Manauvaskar has produced and directed numerous films for organizations across the country including YES!, Spirit in Action, Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA), and Chhaya CDC. His fine-art and photo-journalistic photography captures the heart and soul of people and unforgettable moments. His designs, which include original illustrations, reflect his fine-art training and cutting-edge style.
Manauvaskar is our Creative Guru. Contact him today for a consultation.
SIMONE D. JHINGOOR – PRINCIPAL
Simone is an artist and activist who brings knowledge and expertise in communications, fundraising, event planning and transformative coaching. Media Sutra has been an outlet to live into her full joy and purpose. Simone is passionate about supporting leaders to make a lasting imprint on the world by tapping into their inner wisdom and realizing their dreams. She supports organizations and movements to be healthy, impactful and sustainable reflections of the more equitable and peaceful world we are aspiring to create.
Simone served as the Director of External Communications at the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) where she led the organization’s communications efforts and managed relationships with institutional funders. She raised a total of $1.4M from 2012 through 2015 in funding for programs that annually supported the stability of 35,000 women and their families in the South Bronx. Simone also helped to raise the profile of the organization through securing targeted print, radio and TV coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily News, WNYC, Crains NY, NY1, Bronx News 12, WFUV, and Bronx Net. She is a also a co-founder of Jahajee Sisters, a movement-building organization dedicated to empowering Indo-Caribbean women to address gender injustice in their community and beyond.
Simone is a seasoned events planner and workshop facilitator. She believes in the integral connection of the arts to activism and also to a transformative process that allows for healing from trauma and internalized oppression. For over a decade, Simone has penned and performed poetry that speaks to her unique experience as an Indo-Caribbean woman growing up in the Boogie Down Bronx. She has produced dynamic cultural events to create a platform for artists, and has led arts and activism programs that convene women and people of color in spaces for creative expression, truth-sharing, and personal/social transformation.
Simone is our Transformative Wizard. Contact her today for a consultation.