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Tashi
Acket
This
nonconformist,
U.S
Air
Force
vet
has


Rivers
October
2011
Performers


been
writing
for
11
years
and
performing
for
even
 longer.
She
stepped
in
the
open
mic
scene

5
years
ago
 in
her
home
town
of
Detroit
and
recently
moved
to
 NYC
8
months
ago.
In
that
time
she
has
been
 performing
at
Rivers
of
Honey,
the
Nuyorican
 and
marching
against
inequality.
She
is
currently
 working
on
her
first
book
and
a
workshop
for
LGBTQ
 youth
of
color.
She
defines
herself:
warrior,
womyn,
2
 spirit
lesbian,
outsider.
When
she
is
not
fucking
the
 man
politically
you
can
find
her
anywhere
black
lesbian
 related.
Find
her
on
Facebook
under
Tashi
Acket.


SHukura,
a
professional
actor.
Her
studies
in
acting


began
at
age
eleven
due
to
being
discovered
by
an
 acting
teacher
who
insisted
she
attend
the
American
 Academy
of
Dramatic
Arts.
After
college
she
began
 pursuing
a
professional
career
in
acting
by
performing
 in
various
theater
productions.
She
has
been
seen
in
 television
commercials
such
as,
MCI,
Coca
Cola,
Oxy
 Pads,
and
Wendy's.
She
also
worked
in
various
national
 radio
commercials
as
well
as
HBO's,
The
Wire
and
 Warner
Brothers
Pictures',
Liberty
Heights.
SHukura
is
 currently
waiting
for
the
right
doors
to
open
up
so
she
 can
walk
right
through
them.
Until
then
she
will
 continue
to
pave
the
 way.


May
Dance
Company:
Love
peace
and
raw
honesty


Tiq
Milan,
originally
from
Buffalo
New
York,
a
long


time
poet
and
artist,
he
works
with
LGBT
at‐risk
and
 homeless
youth
as
an
Education
Specialist
at
The
 Hetrick‐Martin
Institute.
A
hip‐hop
critic
and
 journalist,
he
was
featured
on
the
MTV
reality
show
 I’m
from
Rolling
Stone
as
a
writer
for
Rolling
Stone
 magazine.
Tiq
has
also
documented
his
transition
as
 a
transgender
man
on
documentaries
such
as
U
 People
(nominated
for
a
Best
documentary
GLAAD
 award)
and
the
Newfest
short
feature
film,
 Realness.

He
recently
co‐authored
the
 article:"Outside
your
Door:
Queer
Identities
in
Hip
Hop
Culture"
in
the
soon
to
be
 published
book
Fresh,
Bold,
and
So
Def:
Women
in
Hip
Hop
Changing
the
Game.
He
is
 also
the
Editor‐in‐Chief
of
IKONS
Magazine,
an
lgbt
pop
culture
publication.

 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
such
as
spoken
word,
 comedy,
drama,
music,
and
dance
to
promote
 HIV/AIDS
Awareness,
Social/Self
Awareness,
and
 Political
Activism.
They
performed
in
colleges
such
 as
Barnard
College
at
Columbia
University,
 Howard
University,
University
At
Albany,
 Syracuse,
to
name
a
few.
 



 


are
all
the
elements
that
inspired
tonight's
work.

Peace:
 The
Story
explores
the
turmoil
of
Peace
as
it
battles
with
 outside
negative
forces
but
ultimately
with
being
true
to
 itself,
it
pushes
through
the
dark
and
shines
it's
light
on
 the
universe.
Peace
is
an
original
work
of
May
Alice.
She
 began
 her
 dance
 training
 at
 the
 tender
 age
 of
 5
 in
 her
 living
 room
 and
 later
 extending
 her
 studies
 at
 the
 Bernice
Johnson
Cultural
Arts
Center
(BJ's).

She
became
 one
of
the
founding
members
of
the
now
world
traveled
 and
 NYC
 famous
 Kerri
 Edge
 Children's
 Dance
 Ensemble
 (KECDE!)
 and
 was
 the
 founding
 member
 of
 the
 Edge
 School
 of
 the
 Arts
 (ESOTA),
 which
 is
 a
 legacy
 of
 BJ's
 located
 in
 Laurelton,
 Queens.
Peace
 is
 not
 the
 absence
 of
 conflict,
 but
 the
 ability
 to
 cope
 with
 it.



Moses
 Harper
 is
 a
 visionary
 of
 artistic
 expression
 in
 support
 of
 social
 empowerment
 and
 healing.
 Originally
 from
 Harlem,
 Moses
 grew
 up
 in
 the
 South
 Bronx,
developing
a
passion
for
the
arts.
She
began
performing
as
a
Michael
Jackson
 tribute
artist
at
talent
shows,
the
Apollo
Theater,
and
Madison
Square
Garden.
She
 later
earned
a
BA
in
Music
from
SUNY
Purchase,
majoring
in
studio
composition.
Her
 work
 as
 a
 poet
 and
 rap
 been
 showcased
 at
 The
 Karma
 Lounge,
 The
 Shrine,
 and
 Brooklyn
 Exposure.
 She
 is
 a
 featured
 Michael
 Jackson
 tribute
 artist
 with
THRILL
THE
 WORLD
 NYC
 and
will
make
her
film
debut
in
the
 up
 coming
 musical,
 "WELCOME
 TO
 HARLEM",
 due
 in
 theaters
 November
 2011.
 She
 is
 currently
 producing
a
film
she
wrote
and
will
 be
 directing
 called
 "LOVE
 FIT
 TO
 BOX".



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
October
2011


Dumeha
V.
Thompson
is
a
dramatist
ignited
by
all
art
forms
that
tell
THE
compelling


story.
 
She
 has
 performed
 with/at
 The
 St.
 Louis
 Black
 Repertory
 Co.,
 The
 Muny
 Student
 Theatre,
 The
 NEC,
 Tribeca
 Playhouse,
 Paul
 Robeson
 Theater
 and
 created
 original
 works
 at/with
 WOW
 Cafe
 Theater,
 The
 AUM
 Xperience,
 MUD/BONE
 and
 The
 PLAYGROUP.
 
She
 is
 a
 creative
 liaison
 and
 member
 of
 ASE
 Dance
 and
 Theater
 Collective.
 She
 sharpens
 her
 creative
 expression
 and
 critical
 inquiry
 as
 a
 Teaching
 Artist
 and
 has
 expanded
 her
 skills
 in
 numerous
 schools
 and
 organizations
 in
 NYC
 including
 The
 Creative
 Arts
 Team‐CUNY,
 Sista
 II
 Sista,
 Community
 Counseling
 and
 Mediation,
 Freedom
 H.S.
 Academy,
 Urban
 Academy
 for
 Young
 Men,
 MUD/BONE,
 The
 Leadership
 Program
 and
 The
 New
 Victory
 Theater.











Fences:
In
the
Garden
of
EVE



 


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)



 


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.


Fences in the Garden of Eve : Rivers of Honey October 2011  

Written and Directed by Cofounders Hanifah Walidah and Dumeha Thompson,Produced by DJ Zena, Jaz Cruz, Shawn Smith, Featuturing Tiq Milan, Sa...

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