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Sharina
Louise’s
passion
for
music
runs
so
deep
that




Rivers
December
2011
Performers


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




Rivers
of
Honey
December
2011


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



“THE
MARATHON”


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
riversofhoney@gmail.com.



 



 




Rivers Dec 2011 -The Marathon