Rivers March 2012 Performers
Valene Pizarro is a music maker. Music is his canvas. He is the medium. He’s been strumming the strings of the guitar since he was 12. His music is made up reverberations, echoes, crashes and resonances that relocate from his fingers tips into your delight. It is the reinvention of genre. As varieties of music have merged together so have his influences, talents, perceptions, and noises that bang against your eardrums. Bianca Dagga is a multicultural queer burlesque performer based in NYC. She is a member of Brooklyn Based Drag Alliance "Switch & Play." She holds the GO Magazine's 2010 nightlife awards for "Sexiest Burlesque Performer." Her work has been commissioned for queer conferences at Bard, Skidmore, & the International DragKing Extravaganza. By "taking it off," Bianca creates radical self‐expression, awareness, & celebration of beauty. You can catch Bianca next dancing alongside singer Nucomme Davis Walker for "Betty's Story: A multimedia musical tribute to Betty Mabry Davis", March 17th at the historic Apollo Theatre. 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, a New York City Police Officer advocating & protecting victims of domestic violence and mentoring youth. A proud Two‐Spirited Detroit native, she’s been sharing her work for over 10 years. After a degree in Theater and Africana Studies, Tanika moved to NYC to pursue her MFA in Acting. www.TanikaLaDawn.com Naa Akua is a female poet, emcee and a part time singer. She is a native of Mount Vernon who now resides in the Bronx. Naa Akua has performed in Philly, Delaware, Virginia, Utica, Westchester County, and NYC. In 2007 she partnered with Mr. John and formed a hip‐hop spoken word duo called Speakers of the House. In 2011, their first EP "If you build it" has hit the ground running. Naa realizes it's the shine, love, & grind that empowers her to reach creative heights.
As composer and poet Tara Thierry has performed before discerning and appreciative audiences in various venues including coffeehouses, cafes, the Schomburg, Rivers of Honey, and WowCafe Theater. Her voice has been described as “like chocolate” and her music “like water.” She is currently developing visual, poetry, and performance art collaborations. Rosita Libre de Marulanda, grew up in Colombia, South America. She writes loving poetry from the depths of her heart about two young wimmin just blossoming into puberty when female sexuality clashes with the patriarchy—one is 11, the other 13; one is lesbian, the other retarded; one passes, the other one doesn’t.
Serena Owusua Dankwa started her musical journey as a student, performer, and teacher of the classical guitar in Switzerland. A lover of all string sounds, she picked up the West African kora and began to immerse herself into the culture and ("world music") politics of music in Africa. While presenting radio and television programs on European folk and African pop, she went back to school. In London, she studied African history, gender, and anthropology, then started her own ethnographic research in southern Ghana. Currently on a fellowship in New York, she is writing up her doctoral thesis on female same‐sex intimacies in postcolonial Ghana. A. Lyric is a multifaceted artist from the Bronx. She's an actor, singer, songwriter, poet and now published author; recently publishing her first poetry chapbook entitled "Love In All Its Shades, not your grandmother's LOVE poems." Gracing stages with her passion & sincerity, A. Lyric made a name for herself on the poetry scene. She can be seen performing an eclectic array of Jazz, Blues, R&B and Funk at several venues in N.Y.C including Sugar Bar, Shrine and Uncle Charlie's Lounge. She writes & arranges her own music and will release her first music album in Spring 2012. Check out her YouTube channel ladilyric10 to view her videos or follow her on twitter @SheIsALyric.
Rivers of Honey March 2012 Owning, Expressing, and Experiencing your Super Sexiness
DJ Zena, or Zena J. Murphy, is born, raised, and still resides Brooklyn, NY. She’s only been DJing for 3 years but plays as if it’s something she was born to do. Well versed in playing old and new school house music, electronica, hip‐hop, r&b, dancehall, even alternative, rock, heavy metal, and industrial. Zena is actually a writer by trade earning her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. DJ Zena can be found on facebook, on twitter @ZenaGrows, and by her blog title DJ Zena with the address ZenaGrowsinBK.tumblr.com
Shawn(ta) Smith serves this month’s Rivers of Honey as your hostess, storyteller, 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 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.
Honoring Orisha Goddess OSHUN. Additional Spiritual Meditation and Respect to: Shango/Chango/Xango ‐ Orisha of fire, masculinity, lightning, dance, magnetism, Freedom Chango is the god of fire, thunder, power, and sensuality. He has the power to help you win wars, defeat your enemies, and can help you gain power over others. He will ensure you are victorious over all of your difficulties. Chango is believed to have once been a Yoruban king; thus, he must be treated as such.
You: Make an Altar to Chango: To serve Chango, you should construct an altar for him. He prefers to be on a fireplace mantel, on your business desk, or anywhere you choose.
His altar should be constructed using the following elements: Patron saint: St. Barbara, St. Jerome; Day and number: Friday, 6; Country and owned places: Trinidad, sky, trees; Cloth and Bead colors: Red and white; Favorite animals and objects: Horses, rams, turtles, pheasants, machete, wood, double axe; Favorite food: apples, yams, corn, and peppers; Planet: Sun and Mars; Place in the house: Fireplace, business desk; Ritual greeting: Kaguo, Kabiosile
Use Chango as a focusing tool for the purpose you seek. First, light a white candle. Concentrate on the outcome you wish to occur and ask Chango for assistance in creating this change. Make an offering for three days following your request. Appropriate offerings for Chango include any of his favorite foods, animals, and objects.
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://tinyurl.com/8493y4v
Published on May 3, 2012
Featured Artists: A. Lyric -Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Poet Tara Thierry -Acoustic and Calabash Shawn(ta) Smith -Storytelling Serena Dankwa...