Sharina Louise’s passion for music runs so deep that
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as a little girl, she was mimicking operas while digging in her Brooklyn backyard for worms for fun. Sharina’s newly evolved vocals caught the attention of acclaimed producers and recording artists Full Force, who recruited her for work with Katie Neil, Diamonds In The Dirt, and the platinum selling artist Rihanna. Sharina’s career eventually took her to Japan where she toured in Tokyo. Sharina has moved audiences from local music festivals to Madison Square Garden and continues to perform wherever there is a mic and a crowd in need of entertainment. Lately she can be seen stretching her chops in a fledgling Rock/Soul collective that is coming soon.
Body Ecology Performance Ensemble honors the
creative, spiritual, scholarly and radical lived experiences of women of the African diaspora. Conceived after Ebony Noelle Golden's performing activism course at Medgar Evers College, Body Ecology conceptualizes performance and learning experiences with communities to build a praxis of collective wellness and liberation. Our current work, RingShout for Reproductive Justice, utilizes integrated cultural arts‐based processes to investigate, challenge and shift the intersecting factors impacting the reproductive health of girls and women of the African diaspora. Associate Artists include: Audrey Hailes, Sydette Harry, Taja Lindley, Sade Stratchan, Kelly Thomas and Jessica Valoris. Ebony Noelle Golden serves as artistic director of the ensemble. For more information visit: www.bettysdaughterarts.com and follow the hashtag #RS4RJ
Honey Wine Player, PYRO (Kelsey Van Ert) is a multi‐facet artist from the Twin Cities Minnesota. Her artistic interests lie in spoken word, music, theater, and dance (primarily b‐girling aka “break dance). In 2007 she was awarded a full tuition scholarship to be in the first cohort of First Wave spoken word and Hip‐Hop theater ensemble at UW Madison. First Wave has led her to perform at venues across the country, such as The New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway, as well as abroad in Mexico, Panama, and the United Kingdom. She currently resides in NYC.
Taja Lindley is a self‐taught mixed‐media tactile visual artist, full‐spectrum doula and reproductive justice activist who is multi‐tasking, on the grind, and inspired by the beauty of colored girls in the midst of struggle. As a young woman of color, daughter of a single mother and the eldest of three sisters, Taja is acutely aware of the challenges facing Black women today and is excited about addressing our challenges through creativity, personal transformation and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Colored Girls Hustle (www.ColoredGirlsHustle.com), an initiative that uses art as a tool to create affirming and celebratory images, messages and adornment for, about and by women of color. Her performance tonight comes out of her participation in the "Body Ecology: Performing Arts Direct Action Residency" where she explored how performing art can be mobilized as a tool for personal healing and transformation. You can find her on facebook (www.facebook.com/ColoredGirlsHustle) and twitter @cgirlshustle. Honey Wine Player, Joi Sanchez, also known as JSansChez, is an
emerging multifaceted, self‐taught artist. A native New Yorker, A mother, poet, painter, photographer, actress & writer at the beginning of her career; Joi seeks to impact to impact social change through art. She is currently the resident beautification artist & member of the historic WOW Cafe Theater "The Marathon" is her first venture into stage acting. Honey Wine Player, Jasmine Webb has been acting for a few
years now. She first started out at the University of Kentucky majoring in Theatre. She has been in such shows as For Colored Girls... as Lady in Red, Jeri in The God of Grandma, Understudy for Betty in Clover and a gospel musical Love Happened By Chance. She thanks her God and her family. www.jasminewebb.info
Dorian Davis a.k.a DorianBlu, a St. Louis
native with her Midwestern Southern “twang” accent, bold old‐school delivery, intense expressions and she is quickly making a signature mark in the comedy world. After spending years making people laugh naturally and just for the fun of it through the art of storytelling which she inherited from her late grandmother, it was at that moment when Dorian knew comedy just ‘felt right’ and she began sharing her gift on comedy stages. Dorian has made audiences laugh at COMIX NYC, Laugh Lounge, New York Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club.
Dawn J. Fraser is a comedic writer, performer and
storyteller from San Jose, California. She received her BA from UCLA, and is one of the Co‐Founders of the Art in Action Youth Leadership Program based out of Oakland, CA. She frequently performs at storytelling shows including The Moth and Ask Me Stories, and has been featured in the award winning comedy podcast Risk! She has facilitated discussions on the role of performance arts in community building in the U.S, Brazil, India, South Africa and Ghana.
Rivers of Honey is pleased to announce this month’s Honey Wine Players: Hanifah Walidah, Dumeha V. Thompson, Jasmine Webb, Joi Sanchez, Kendra Moore (bio absent), Kelsey Van Ert, among others.
Rivers of Honey Production Team
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Hanifah Walidah is a musician, playwright, educator and social arts activist. Her rich 20 year career has taken an ethnographic approach to the arts and social change. She is currently editing a short documentary interview with Ntozake Shange and is working on a new musical theater production entitled "Go In and Let Have". www.hanifahwalidah.com Dumeha V. Thompson is a dramatist ignited by all art forms that tell THE compelling story. Her experience extends to performance on stage for young audiences to performance art. She has performed with/at The St. Louis Black Repertory Co., The Muny Student Theatre, The NEC, Tribeca Playhouse, Paul Robeson Theater and created original works at/with WOW Cafe Theater, The AUM Xperience, MUD/BONE and The PLAYGROUP. She is a creative liaison and member of ASE Dance and Theater Collective. She sharpens her creative expression and critical inquiry as Teaching Artist and has expanded her skills in numerous schools and organizations in NYC including The Creative Arts Team‐CUNY, Sista II Sista, Community Counseling and Mediation, Freedom H.S. Academy, Urban Academy for Young Men, MUD/BONE, The Leadership Program and The New Victory Theater.
The Rivers of Honey Honey Wine Players presents
Shawn(ta) Smith is an Archivist, and Librarian. She is an Archivette at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Archivist at StoryCorps, and a reference librarian at Brooklyn Public Library and the CUNY Graduate Center. On her blog, she interviews queer women of color on their life transitions. Schedule an interview at hersaturnreturns.com. Jaz Cruz, Producer 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 to represent a spiritual artists space for women of color.
We pose a Question for the Audience…. Who Inspires/Motivates/Encourages You to Live, Run, Fly & Soar?!?!
written by Hanifah Walidah and directed by Dumeha Thomspon
Rivers December 2011 Work Team Jaz Cruz (Producer), Shawn(ta) Smith, Co‐Producers Co‐Founders: Hanifah Walidah & Dumeha V. Thompson
Rivers of Honey is a Cabaret highlighting the art of Women of Color 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.