The Pearls: Rosa Lee

Rosa Lee is a Deaf artist, known most recently for her solo performance work in The Rosa Lee Show and as co-founder of the word-of-hand magazine KISSFIST. For more information on KISSFIST Magazine, visit at

She guides deaf youth in art movement and drama throughout the country and prominently appears on various DVDs/VHS tapes as a sign model. (Be sure to stop by the Statue of Liberty in New York City and ask for ASL tour via video player. You’ll find her there!)

Currently, she spends most of her time with her newborn son and her husband in New England.

The Pearls: Claudia Gordon

Claudia Gordon, the first Black deaf female attorney in the U.S., has been an advocate for people with disabilities since high school. It was her desire to address societal barriers faced by people with disabilities that motivated her to pursue a legal education and career. Since graduating from law school and being admitted to the Maryland Bar, Claudia has conducted numerous empowerment and legal education outreach and training to communities and organizations in both the U.S. and St. Thomas USVI.

The Pearls: Mara Ladines

In her “By Mara” collection, Mara’s designs celebrate deaf culture and history as she aims to increase the public’s awareness. For her individual clients, she creates original garments that follow fashion trends within the cultural and social influences of the times. Mara’s designs combine simplicity and elegance with comfort and stylishness.

The Pearls: Jules Dameron

Jules Dameron is a filmmaker with a Master’s degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California.

Having founded Deaf Women in Film with the sole purpose for supporting, recognizing and helping all deaf women cultivate their careers, she’s also an avid supporter of all who are frequent users of American Sign Language, especially associated with the film and arts industry. Hailing from Minnesota, she extends a friendly demeanor towards all she works with.

In addition to Deaf Women in Film, Jules pursues her abiding love for directing films, having directed numerous short films. Jules is the CEO of her film production company, Damname Productions.

The Pearls: Karen Putz

Writer for Disaboom, Parenting Squad, and Chicago Tribune. Listen to what she has to say about being an up and coming writer as well as devoting to her other passion, barefooting.

The Pearls: Amy Edwards

Amy Edwards – Computer generated artist who’ve worked for George Lucas and Jude Law. Her film credits are: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Bolt, Spiderman 3, Fantastic Four, and much more.


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