Rivers November 2011 Performers
Siaire Reign –The music world welcomes an
artist that dares to be different. This genre gelling, raspy‐voiced, artist is no carbon copy. As a Detroit native, one can say Siaire was truly born of Motown music. The artist palate for great music started young listening to albums around her father. By the age of eleven she was writing raps and poetry for school contests and winning them all. Ms. Reigns introductory album could be labeled as soulful and it made her a local success; featuring such songs as ‘Kick start da revolution’ and ‘Common denominator’. Two hit songs on the album, ‘Emotionally Careless’ sang by friend and fellow artist Sandra Antongiorgi and ‘We Belong Together’ Sang by Arlan Owens and music by Vo Era were written by the artist. She has performed at the Detroit African World Festival, The University of Illinois, Subterranean, They Say, The Artist Village and many other venues.
Sakinah Iman Smith discovered her love for the stage after her first performance as the “Lady in Red” in Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls. She earned a fellowship placement in the prestigious Willamstown Theatre Festival’s Summer Apprenticeship Program in 2010. She worked for a theatre troupe called Too Deep Entertainment (TDE) that used theatre arts to promote Social/Self Awareness, and Activism. They performed in colleges such as Barnard College at Columbia University, Howard University, University At Albany, Syracuse.
May Dance Company:
"Bound" is an original work, choreographed by May Alice Wells. She is a LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts alum. She continued her training at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center (BJ's) in Jamaica, Queens. By age 7 she became one of the founding members of the now world traveled and NYC famous Kerri Edge Children's Dance Ensemble (KECDE!) and by age 11 was the founding member of the Edge School of the Arts (ESOTA).
Christine Coburn Whack is a lyric soprano from the suburbs
of Chicago who currently resides in New York City. Among career highlights, she placed first in the local and regional 2010 Leontyne Price Vocal Arts Competition and played Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Helen in Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, and leading roles in scenes from Il Matrimonio Segreto, Così fan Tutte, and Porgy and Bess. Whack has also appeared as a soprano soloist in the Manhattan School of Music's Mozart Requiem, in excerpts from Margaret Garner as Cilla with the Copland House, and in North Carolina's annual Maya Angelou Thanksgiving Concert since 2008. After completing her bachelor of arts in music at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, Whack studied privately in Vienna, Austria and continued her teaching and performing careers. After obtaining her master of music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 2010 she performs in recitals and concerts around New York City and the US.
Akinfe Fatou ‐The works of dynamic writer, Akinfe Fatou... are a brilliant mix of feminism, romance and the extraordinary. Her writings are an extension of who she is as a person & artist. Akinfe Fatou is a Poet, Activist, Collaborative Artist and Author of Once As Lovers. She is a service oriented advocate for social change and the progression of disenfranchised populations. Infused with passion her work is both eclectic and intrinsic, expanding across genres.
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Rivers of Honey Work Team
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
Rivers of Honey November 2011
Gratitude + The Big Beautiful Mess
Dumeha V. Thompson Her experience extends to performance on stage for young
audiences to performance art. She sharpens her creative expression and critical inquiry as a Teaching Artist and has expanded her skills in numerous schools and organizations in NYC. She has a curiosity and commitment toward life long learning and expanding and nurturing the imagination in all generations. She is thrilled, honored and pleased to serve as Creative and Operational Advisor to Rivers of Honey. She is a creative liaison/member of ASE Dance and Theater Collective. Check for her in PLAYGROUP's upcoming Murder on The Ghetto Express at South Oxford Place Nov 19th at 8pm and Nov 20th at 3pm.
Shawn(ta) Smith is an Archivist, and Librarian.
She finds equilibrium as a Rivers producer. She is also a creative writer, editing a collection of poetry on turning 30 by queer women of color, titled: Her Saturn Returns. 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.
Brought to you by:
Jaz Cruz (Producer), Shawn(ta) Smith, Co‐Producer Co‐Founders: Hanifah Walidah & Dumeha V. Thompson DJ: DJ Zena; Videography: Illeana (Anti‐Social) & the new Rivers of Honey Honey‐Wine Players
Rivers of Honey is a Womyn of Color Cabaret 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 email@example.com
All are Welcome who support the art of Women of Color
Published on May 8, 2012
Christine Coburn Whack, Sakinah Iman Smith, Siaire Reign, Akinfe Fatou The Out Write Poetry Collective The May Alice Well Company and Rivers...