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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















Rivers of Honey March 2012  

Featured Artists: A. Lyric -Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Poet Tara Thierry -Acoustic and Calabash Shawn(ta) Smith -Storytelling Serena Dankwa...

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