Rivers August 2012 Performers Pia Monique. Pia was reborn as a choreographer while majoring in African-‐American studies and dance at Oberlin College. She was influenced while a student of the Trinity/LaMama Performing Arts Program. Pia currently studies traditional dance from Ivory Coast with Vado Diomande and performs with the group Kotchegna Dance Company. She leads PIA MONIQUE MURRAY DANCE COLLECTIVE (PMMDC) a creative exchange between artists and collaborates with musicians TECLA, Kassa Overall, Courtney Bryan and Sebastian Costante.
Jasmine Burnett is a Black Feminist, writer, activist and consultant with a focus on sex, sexuality and reproductive justice. Founder of Aunt Betty's Basement “PUSSY POWER” a sex positive community for women of color that celebrates our fluid sexualities and gender identities: https://www.facebook.com/auntbettysbasement, she premiered her first monologue, “A Tale of 3 Seasons,” a story about her Great Aunt Betty who held an “after hours” salon for Black Lesbians from the 50s-‐80s in Dayton, OH. Her was featured in Huffington Post, On The Issues Magazine and named in Clutch Magazine’s 10 Black Women Teaching Us About Sex.
Chicava HoneyChild is a burlesque danseur, actor and producer. She is the Creative Producer of New York City's Brown Girls Burlesque and teacher at BGB's Broad Squad. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College her areas of interest being performance art, women of color in burlesque heritage, and sacred sexuality and spirituality. She is working on a documentary on the legacy of Women of Color in burlesque. Niq Lewis is a Casting Producer, Editor, Videographer, vagabond filmmaker. Working as a Casting Producer & editor in lighting departments for several production houses, Niq's passion lies in her independent film. She hopes that her recent documentary, The 'i am ______' Project, will be an inspiration to NYC queer community; she's over joyed to introduce the project at Rivers.
DaRuddest Jones is a LGBT spoken word artist from the
Bronx, NYC. She has been in performance since 4yrs 7 has the opportunity to work with greats such as George Faison and Dr. Maya Angelou. DaRuddest is the founder of Rude T.ee V.ee. Artist looking for development and exposure can find assistance from her through her website www.daruddestjones.com. Essence Revealed is a dual degreed, former lap dance engineer of the upscale gentlemen's club scene, from NY to Vegas & sweet, sticky places in between. Essence Revealed, the solo play premiered at the DC Back Theater Festival 2012. The burlesque dancer can be seen all over NYC & USA (Solo & as a new member of Brown Girls Burlesque). The empowering women in sensuality leading Head Chair Dancer in Charge of Sensual Essence Chair Dance & “Bootytwerkaerobics” Workshop is an on going adventure. www.essencerevealed.wordpress.com www.about.me/essencerevealed
"P" POWER PRODUCTIONS is a Non-‐Greek Queer Sorority, an ever-‐growing Sisterhood of Queer/Queer Friendly, Eccentric and Eclectic Women. Our mission is to promote female mental, spiritual, physical, emotional and sexual wellness. Sweet Lorraine -‐Don't let the name fool you, this Burlesque beauty is so easy on the eyes you might cry! This year she peeled off everything except for her producer's hat! Producing SHADES OF BURLESQUE & CREATING THE GODDESS a cabaret at WOW Cafe Theatre, both shows featured African-‐American women. She also organized *The Goddess Walk* an anti-‐street harassment rally in Brooklyn. All of the events are a part of *The Goddess Festival: Oshun Returns* learn more at oshunreturns.wordpress.com! Find her on Facebook at facebook.com/ SweetLorraine.Burlesque
Fallon Davis is a realistic mannequin to her inner creativity. Within her wardrobe, lies her sense of style. Through the usage of color, she painted her lifestyle away from the traditional black and white ideals of society. Her dream the CEO of The F-‐L-‐Y Society Entertainment is to always remain innovative, creative, and provide a platform for up-‐and-‐coming talent. @CEO-‐ flysociety// FB: Theflysocietyent// FB: Fallon Davis/ Email: Theflysocietyent@gmail.com
RIVERS OF HONEY August 2012 The Annual Underwear Party Honoring Orisha Goddess OSHUN
DJ Zena was born, raised, and still resides in Brooklyn, NY. She’s only been DJing for a few years but plays as if it’s something she was born to do. She’s well versed in playing old and new school house music, electronica, hip-‐hop, r&b, dancehall, even alternative, rock, and heavy metal. What’s also interesting about DJ Zena is that she is actually a writer by trade and even went on to earn her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. Always feeling more timid about sharing her writings, she’s found a second outlet for expression, creating, and connecting with people through making them dance.
Shawn(ta) Smith serves this month’s Rivers of Honey as your hostess 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.
Rivers of Honey is a Cabaret held the first Friday of Every Month at WOW Café Theater highlighting the art of womyn of color.
For more information, to join us, perform, or hear about our other events find us online at http://riversofhoney.com