Tashi Acket This nonconformist, U.S Air Force vet has
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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".
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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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on Jul 29, 2012
Written and Directed by Cofounders Hanifah Walidah and Dumeha Thompson,Produced by DJ Zena, Jaz Cruz, Shawn Smith, Featuturing Tiq Milan, Sa...