Vocalist / percussionist Christelle Durandy's range as an artist combines a collection of colors with a vast spectrum of Jazz, Latin, Caribbean and Soul influences. Christelle Durandy began performing Gwo-‐Ka -‐ folk music from Guadeloupe -‐ at an early age with her family-‐based troupe in France. She is of Reunion Island and French West Indies ancestry. Christelle grew up exposed to a wealth of music thanks to the broad collection of discs of her parents. Under their guidance, she honed in on musical skills that she later developed during her apprenticeship in France, Cuba, Spain and in the U.S. Tonight, she is inviting Yvette Martinez and Nancy Friedman, founders of the acclaimed ensemble !Retumba!, For 31 one years, !Retumba! has been emphasizing the particular strengths and sensitivities of diverse women. All Together, let's pay our respect to Obatala, the creator of human form, the shaper of human beings, the essence of clarity. Ashé
Rivers June 2012 Performers Naima is a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional artist, activist, and educator committed to social, environmental, racial, and sexual justice, planetary health, and love expansion. Co-founder/co-artistic director of Climbing PoeTree, the internationally-acclaimed performance duo that uses art as a tool for popular education, community activism, and personal transformation, she, alongside Alixa Garcia, has stirred crowds in more than 80 cities from Oakland to Atlanta, South Africa to Cuba alongside powerhouses such as Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Angela Davis, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Danny Glover, The Last Poets, and Dead Prez.
b.steady queerpop songstress filmmaker from washington dc. B.Steady explores the art of queerpop, fun music and films for queer people of color and other folks with silenced struggles. Located somewhere within the traditions of Sweet Honey in the Rock, julie dash, The Clovers, issa rae, Bobby McFerrin, audre lorde and BonIver, her work is constantly evolving, but always sincere. She released her two self-‐produced album on Itunes, and posts an original live song weekly on her queerBgirlyoutube video blog. Be is also a singer/MC in the queer pop group The Lost Bois, and currently attends Howard University in pursuit of her M.F.A. in film. Sun Singleton From music journalism to online content producer, from singing as a sought-‐after side vocalist (Blackalicious, Nona Hendryx, Q-‐Tip) to performing as a dynamic soulful lead, Singleton's immersion into all things musical has lead to a distinctive receptiveness to collaboration and innovation.
Dré Cleveland is a Brooklyn native, a poet, a dancer, and the author of God Is a Woman: 7 Keys to Self-‐Love and Empowerment for Women (aka Kioni Carter), and Love and Payne, and The Power Players Guide to Life: How I Grew Up in the Hood and Stayed Unstoppable. Dré is the founder of the premiere empowerment club for forward thinking young urbanites ages 20-‐45, The Power Players Club™. Her workshops and tele-‐classes have proven themselves to be both dynamic in presentation, and thought provoking in nature. Dré has been invited to be part of various blog talk radio shows, The Red Thread Movement and The Sista 2 Sista Youth Summit featured on Essence.com. Visit her at http://www.powerfullypositive.com
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is a Brooklyn-‐based photographer. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has been published in the Smithsonian-‐produced anthology, BLACK: A Celebration of a Culture, edited by photo historian Deborah Willis of New York University. Her writings have appeared in Vibe, Essence, The Source, Complex among other publications. The Jazz Journalist Association awarded her the Clarence Atkins Writing Fellowship in 2005. Laylah was recently profiled in exposure the journal of The Society for Photographic Education. In September 2011, Skylight Gallery will mount her third solo exhibition which focuses on literacy and women writers of color.
Chauvet Bishop was born and raised in North Carolina and has been living in Brooklyn for 3 years. She studied Massage Therapy at the Swedish Institute receiving her license in February. She currently works in a spa and takes private clients. Massage Therapy and natural healing has been a passion for Chauvet through out her life being able to touch others with the power of touch.
Rivers of Honey JUNE 2012 The Pride Show
Nikki Patin has been writing for over two decades. She has taught hundreds of workshops on performance poetry, body image, sexual assault prevention and LGBT issues. Patin has worked as a sexual assault prevention educator for Rape Victim Advocates and as a case manager & program coordinator for Center on Halsted’s youth program. Patin has performed, taught and spoken at elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities such as Francis Parker, University of Chicago, Adler School of Psychology, Northwestern University, Nancy B. Jefferson High School, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-‐Madison and – Stevens Point among others.
Honoring Orisha Goddess OSHUN
Shawn(ta) Smith serves this month’s Rivers of Honey as your hostess and co-‐producer. She is a lesbian separatist, writer, Archivist, Librarian, and Brooklyn native, whose work is focused on preserving the stories of women of color, particularly African ancestral lesbians. She is launching her own projects and has three jobs, so is very busy. Schedule a g-‐ chat to share your story on her blog: hersaturnreturns.com
Orisha of the human form androgynous creator, she shapes the child, both male and female Embrace Pride June 2012
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
Jaz Cruz 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 artist space for women of color.
Rivers of Honey Cabaret is a monthly performance highlighting the art of Womyn of Color held on the first Friday of Every Month (except for July). Feel free to join us. To be a performer or learn more, please see our call for artists here: http://riversofhoney.com
Additional Spiritual Meditation and Respect to:
Bianca Dagga is queer multicultural burlesque performer & art muse based in NYC. She is also a member of BK based Drag alliance "Switch N Play." In 2010 she was awarded "Sexiest Burlesque performer" by GO Magazine. Her performances are a platform for radical self expression & celebration of inner & outer beauty. Her work has been featured in queer conferences & universities along the East Coast. You can catch Bianca next shaking it on the BK Pride stage on June 9th!
Open Letter from Rivers of Honey Producer Dear Community, There has been controversy surrounding the inclusion of trans individuals at Rivers of Honey. The goal of this letter is to address the issues that have been brought to my attention in the hopes of bringing clarity and resolution. Further, this letter is requesting the removal of websites or facebook pages that misrepresent the values of harmony and empowerment that Rivers of Honey attempts to uphold. Firstly, I'd like to say that trans women and trans men are welcome to attend Rivers of Honey. This I think needs to be clear. We are a space that highlights women of color artist and thus cater first and foremost to ALL who identify as women.
DJ Zena was born, raised, and still resides in Brooklyn, NY. She’s only been DJing for a few years but plays as if it’s something she was born to do. She’s well versed in playing old and new school house music, electronica, hip-‐hop, r&b, dancehall, even alternative, rock, and heavy metal. What’s also interesting about DJ Zena is that she is actually a writer by trade and even went on to earn her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. Always feeling more timid about sharing her writings, she’s found a second outlet for expression, creating, and connecting with people through making them dance. Tanika LaDawn Harbor is a Performance/Healing Artist, using voice, sound, body, characterization and laughter to question, transform, ignite and entertain, navigating this through: ¼ Poet/Writer, ¼ Blues Child, ¼ Actor/Director, ¼ Drag/Burlesque. She is Poetic-‐Justice, serving the community as a New York City Police Officer, whose passion is advocating/protecting victims of domestic violence/sexual assault and mentoring youth within the community. A proud Two-‐Spirited Detroit native, though the family roots lye in a small village/town in the Louisiana Bayou, she has been sharing/performing her work for over 10 years. After completing undergraduate work in Theater and Africana Studies, Tanika moved to NYC to pursue her MFA in Acting. Tanika has been seen in NYC performances that include, FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, AUGUST IN APRIL, A TACK ON AN AMERICAN CONSCIENCE and a preview of her one-‐person show, entitled, MAKE ME WANNA' HOLLA.' www.TanikaLaDawn.com
The multiplicity and fluidity of identity is not in question within our space. By this I mean that Rivers of Honey recognizes each individual as they wish to be recognized while still maintaining that we are a space that highlights women of color artist. Often the elitist academic language around race, gender, disability, sexuality, etc does more harm than good. It acts to divide and thrives off emphasizing difference. As bell hooks states, “any theory that cannot be shared in everyday conversation cannot be used to educate the public”. Rivers is a place where artist and community alike are encouraged to develop and grow. Thus, let’s not stifle that growth by allowing the masters tools to create differences that dismantle our own house. Simply and clearly stated Rivers of Honey is a space that highlights the art of women of color. That is all. Those who feel connected to that will come. In the meantime We are collectively working to implement policy that is thoughtful and intentional to reflect our values of ALL who identify as women. However the policy has yet to be created. So, there is not Rivers of Honey policy. Therefore, what was put on Facebook does not equal policy. One’s status update is not an official document therefore neither is our facebook page. We created that space on facebook as a means to introduce Rivers, gain exposure, and invite people so that we can truly build community. So when folks contact us and say they can’t support us until we change the policy, we shrug and say, “there is no policy”. The point I am making here is that Rivers of Honey is working hard to be an intentional and inviting space to all. Mis-interpreted information does not make for truth. Our objective, although not formally notarized has always been to be an artistic space where ALL those who identify as women of color can be recognized. It is that simple. We are looking to be advocates not make enemies and would like the same in return. If anyone chooses to respond to this letter specifically or me directly then you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you! Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Jack Kerouac
Published on Jun 26, 2012
Andrea Cleveland -Pure Poetry B-Steady -queerpop songstress filmmaker from Washington DC. Christelle Durandy -Percussionist opening and clos...