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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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 Write
or
Draw
what
you
are
Thankful
For
here:


Rip
this
section
of
the
program
out
and
fold
it
as
small
as
you
can.

H
old
it
until
…



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
riversofhoney@gmail.com
 




 










All
are
Welcome
who
support
the
art
of
Women
of
Color
 


Rivers Nov 2011 -Gratitude and the Big Beautiful Mess  

Christine Coburn Whack, Sakinah Iman Smith, Siaire Reign, Akinfe Fatou The Out Write Poetry Collective The May Alice Well Company and Rivers...

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