I am a multimedia artist, researcher, and educator of Afrofuturism and Black Islam in the U.S. based in Baltimore, MD.

Read more about me here.

Islam & Prints What Happens When We Nurture exhibition named “Best of” in the Baltimore Beat’s end-of-year publication.

Baltimore Beat’s review of Islam & Print’s What Happens When We Nurture exhibition.

UMBC Magazine’s alumni profile, “The Mundane Afrofuturism of multimedia artist Safiyah Cheatam”

  1. Assistant Manager of Teen Programs at the Walters Art Museum
  2. Co-founder of Islam & Print
  3. Trustee at the Awesome Foundation

︎ Work
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2019 - 2022


Apple Podcast
Google Podcast

Exhibition History:

2020, Refusing Refusal, Baltimore, MD 

2019, From Disordered to Deadly: Information and Power, Media Democracy Fund, Baltimore, MD


The Washington Post
UMBC Magazine
Open World
Radio Drama Revival
FIYAH Literary Magazine
Locus Magazine
The Black Explosion
Bello Collective
Earbuds Podcast Collective

OBSIDIAN is a speculative fiction podcast based in Afrofuturism by Adetola Abdulkadir and myself.

Driven by a deep, untapped interest in science fiction, we desire to take hold of the narratives nearest to us. Each episode tells a story that sits at the crossroads of Blackness, technology, and science, tackling issues such as surveillance, artificial intelligence, and alternative realities.

For this awards-nominated work, we are a Best Fiction Podcast finalist of FIYAH Literary Magazine’s 2020 Ignyte Award, recipients of the August 2020 Red Bull Arts Baltimore Microgrant and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation’s 2019 Rubys Artist Grant. OBSIDIAN has been featured in the Washington Post, UMBC Magazine, Open World, Bello Collective, and more. See more here.

Phase 1: Relationships

Kilimanjaro Collection

Phase 2: DNA Data Storage