Mai Imakhu

"Imakhu means To Be in Service to The Creator and The Community."

Mai Imakhu Elaine Lloyd, also known to the world as Rev. Queen Mother Imakhu, has enjoyed a well-rounded, forty-plus year career as an artist, activist, motivational speaker, lecturer, and yoga instructor.


     As an arts educator who believes Black and Brown youth empowerment comes through cultural heritage instruction, Imakhu has taught African/Latino drumming, dance, theater, music, visual and literary arts throughout her forty-plus year career. She has also specialized in teaching physically challenged, at-risk, and detention home Black and Latinx youth throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Locally, she taught in after school programs for Ironbound Community Corporation of Newark, and Oakwood Avenue Community School in Orange, NJ. Imakhu has been equally as passionate about teaching all generations to find clever ways to mindfully protect our planet. 

     Proud mother to two adult daughters. Imakhu was born in Elizabeth, NJ, raised in 1960’s Kenilworth, NJ, and can remember seeing crosses burned in the small town. 

     Former columnist/reporter for FIRST WORLD NEWS. Director and playwright. Touring actress, storyteller, vocalist, poet, dancer, and musician/percussionist throughout the U.S. and Canada. Founder of AKERU MultiMedia in 2004. First African American woman to found and run her own 24/7 online Black & Brown Consciousness radio station in 2005. Host/Producer of video/podcast series, ASHE: The Truth is Black & Brown (2003-present), highlighting politics, cultural news, poetry, and art, return to the airwaves in fall of 2021.  Imakhu is the original creator, executive director/producer and co-founder of Newark Latino Film Festival, LLC (2018), founder/director/producer of Newark Latino Fashion Show (2019), co-founder/producer of Cultures Across the City Music Festival (2019). In 2019, Imakhu founded UHEMU Black & Brown Storytellers. In 2021, she founded Greater Essex LatinX Art & Film Fest.


Spiritually, Imakhu was ordained as an Interfaith Healing Minister by Metaphysical Universal Ministries Seminary of Allentown, PA, an Ordained Minister by Spiritual Healers & Universal Ministries in 1999, and in the same year established Universal Circle of Light Ministries, now known as SHENU Khametic Ministries, LLC. Mai Imakhu is known for her expertise in Ancient Egyptian culture, yoga, and language, and her lifelong immersion in African/Afro-Caribbean traditions. In 2006, Imakhu was initiated as a Bantu nganga and peacemaker by Michael Ortiz Hill.

 Over the years, Imakhu has served the greater Newark community by offering free yoga and meditation, spiritual and business mentoring to the city's underground artists, and pandemic food distribution to Newark artists, residents, and our neighbors-with-no-addresses.  Imakhu was recently honored by the Newark Interfaith Alliance for her ongoing commitment to community service.

  On a personal note, Imakhu’s interest in history and culture are close to home. Her father, Tommie Lloyd, was the first African American accepted into the NJ Tool & Die Association. Her father was Gullah Geechee from South Carolina.  Imakhu’s mother, Jean Whitley Lloyd-Mayfield, was the first African American Girl Scout Leader in Kenilworth, NJ – at a time when crosses were still being burned. In the 1600’s, Virginia manumission laws were changed because her maternal ancestors were left land by their slaveholder in his will – something unheard of at that time. They were never able to take residence because their lives were in danger. This was the side of the family that ultimately became Artis (originally Ortiz).  Imakhu lectures on the rich history of her family, which is Bantu, Haitian, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Gullah, Melungeon, and Bajan. She has been studying the hidden history of enslaved people of color in the Americas and Caribbean with a personal quest and devotion.



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