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Rivers of Honey May 2011 Michelle Antoinette Nelson aka LOVE the poet, daughter of Leonetta Nelson, is a prominent poet/author on the national performance and literary art scenes, and in the field of creative writing education. She has appeared on CNN as a speaker at the Jena 6 rally in Washington, D.C., coproduced and appeared in "Passion Fruit Tea" (a short film based on her poem with the same name), authored the book “Black Marks on White Paper”, released multiple spoken word CDs, and has performed on college campuses nationwide. Michelle is also an active member of the Maryland Speaker’s Bureau, a member of the Punany Poets (as seen on HBO), the creator of Live Lyrics! Creative writing workshops, founder/host of BE FREE Fridays (monthly open mic series), and an active member of Poetry for the People Baltimore. For more information visit

Tara Thierry, daughter of Irene Thierry. As composer and poet for the emerging Tara Thierry and Cry of Heart music and poetry project, Tara has performed before discerning and appreciative audiences in various venues including coffeehouses, cafes, the Schomburg and WowCafe Theater. Her voice has been described as “like chocolate” and her music “like water.” As an upright and electric bassist, Tara has worked with a variety and diverse range of talented artists such as Tamar-Kali, Akim Funk Buddha, Abdoulauye al Hassan, Kali Fasteau, and was house bassist for Africa Night at St. Nick's Pub for 3 years. Tara Thierry's music can be heard in independent films like The Second Room, documentary Recycled Christmas Tree, and the soon-to-be-released Shaman’s Room. She has also provided sound clips for the Does HIV Look Like Me ad campaign. Tara was part of the cast of "Same Train," a musical theatrical production written by Audelco Award-winner Levy Lee Simon; and bassist for the Black Rock Coalition Tribute to Nina Simone performing in Paris, France and NYC.

MAHINA MOVEMENT –this month’s FEATURE performers is the phenomenal female trio who combine poetry and song to create passionate music tied to flesh and bone, straight from the heart. Born and based in NYC, MAHINA MOVEMENT’s extraordinary melodies tell stories of the personal and political wrapped with courage, strength and awareness of human struggle and connection. 3 voices and one guitar blend into a powerful force, mixing folk, rock and rhymes in English, Spanish, and Tongan simmered with indigenous roots and culture. MAHINA MOVEMENT’s rare sound and vision creates a raw, fierce artistic “movement” combining traditional and contemporary poetry, music, painting, theater, and ritual. MAHINA MOVEMENT has performed on over 400 stages, including having performed with Amiri and Amina Baraka, Kool Herc, Sonia Sanchez, Suheir Hammad, Sarah Jones, Deepak Chopra, Medusa, Tony Kushner, Noam Chomsky, Dead Prez and countless others. Tanika LaDawn Harbor, daughter of Shirley Ann Harbor is a Queer, Brown, Two-Spirited, Performance Artist/Actor/Writer/ Drag King performer by night and justice by day, serving the community as a NYC Police Officer. A proud Detroit native, though the family roots lye in the Louisiana Bayou, Tanika moved to NYC to pursue her MFA in Acting and after graduating, made Brooklyn her second home. Tanika's work is infused with notions of race, gender, sexuality, spirituality and growing up urban. Tanika has been seen in NYC performances that include, For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, August in April and a preview of her one womyn show, entitled, Make Me Wana Holla.' Tanika is currently writing a choreopoem entitled, Passing Strange, which chronicles the lives of several masculine identified womyn of color.

JOLANDA, honoring her mother, Elaine Marie Porter, is a singer/songwriter and multiinstrumentalist whose exposure to music came early. From studying classical voice and orchestral music in high school, traveling overseas to Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland as a featured soloist, perfecting her craft while earning her B.A. in Music, to fronting one of NYC's upcoming indie bands – Jolanda’s sound is colorful and complex with a cross-genre appeal. With her debut EP release this Spring, this Brooklyn transplant will soon be known for her unique, rich vocal timbre and poignant songwriting. JOLANDA is a talent on the rise! JOLANDA is the lead singer for NYC based alternative band, Wishes and Thieves.

Rivers of Honey May 2011 ~LOVE GROWS~

Producers of May 2011 Rivers of Honey Rivers Manager Jaz Cruz and Shawn(ta) Smith, Your Lesbian Librarian.

JAZ CRUZ, daughter of Irma Iris Cruz aka Tata aka Joey, is an Artist, Writer, Barber. She has been a member of WOW for eight years and a Producer and organizer of Rivers of Honey for six years. She single-handedly resurrected the Rivers of Honey framework. Shawn(ta) Smith, “Your Lesbian Librarian” is daughter of Judy Mae Locario. She is a librarian, archivist and writer. She is a member of WOW because she loves collectives! Check her out on her blog

Rivers of Honey is a Woman Artist of Color space born at WOW Café Theater held on the first Friday of Every Month (except for July). To join the Rivers crew, or to perform, contact us at

Rivers of Honey Parties in Brooklyn Ileana Rosa Marin aka Anti-Social, daughter of Rosa J,Marin, WOW member, filmmaker, blessed Rivers of Honey with the Opening Film dedicated to Oshun, with narration by Shawn(ta) Smith, and music credit: Louvacao a Oxum by Maria Bethania

Saturday, March 19th, 2011, 10pm OUTPOST LOUNGE 1014 Fulton Street, btw Classon & Grand DJ, cash bar, chill house party, good vibes $5 suggested donation at the door Every other Saturday: th TOMORROW –May 7 , st May 21 & June 4th

Love Grows - Rivers of Honey May 2011  

With artwork from - Ileana/Anti-Social, Filmmaker - JOLANDA, Singer/songwriter, - Love the Poet, Poet (coming in from Ba...

Love Grows - Rivers of Honey May 2011  

With artwork from - Ileana/Anti-Social, Filmmaker - JOLANDA, Singer/songwriter, - Love the Poet, Poet (coming in from Ba...