Asantewaa is a proud native of San Diego, CA. She is the daughter of Valerie Boykin and the granddaughter of Bertha Brandy. Both women taught Asantewaa that family and community are not only essential but truly the backbone of our survival. Asantewaa has always harnessed the spirit of rebellion. As a poet, she’s written daring pieces that challenge her audiences’ thought processes. As a designer, she has applied her love for both artistic expression and resistance.
As an activist, she’s bravely confronted injustice — both in the streets and in the healthcare system where she works as a Registered Nurse specializing in mental health and emergency medicine. She began her journey into activism in San Diego where she worked with the “Feed The People” movement. After moving to Oakland, CA, the place of her mother’s birth, she became a founding member of the O.N.Y.X Organizing Committee. O.N.Y.X was active and prominent in the struggle to achieve justice for Oscar Grant. Asantewaa later co-founded The Anti Police-Terror Project, a multi-generational, multi-ethnic organization committed to the eradication of police terror. As a co-founder of APTP, she co-chairs the First Responder Committee, creating models for independent investigation of police terror and establishing long-term support for impacted families. She uses her knowledge of nursing and activism to provide Street Medic training for direct actions and community training on Trauma Centered First -Aid.
Her highest and greatest honor is being the mother of her two-year-old son, Ajani and her bonus daughter Aryana.