Rivers September 2011 Performers
BETTE STUY is a 21st century Black Janis
Joplin! Coming out of a Bed‐Stuy, Brooklyn, BETTE has experienced life the world over, with a spirited and compassionate global perspective. Growing up in a Brooklyn church, her Gospel, Soul and R&B chops are undeniable. But what separates BETTE from the pack are her incredibly passionate and unforgettable LIVE SHOWS. BETTE is currently in the studio recording her new Soul/R&B album called “Songs to Sing When Your Dog Dies” that is set to inspire the world. BETTE has had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest names in show business, including Ray Charles who invited her to collaborate with him on one of his final projects. BETTE toured with Arrow (“Hot Hot Hot") throughout the Caribbean Islands and has performed live on the mega popular radio show with Rob Stenders on Yorin FM (Amsterdam) to a European broadcast market of over 15 million people. BETTE continues to blow away crowds at a broad range of notable clubs, including B.B. King’s, The Knitting Factory, The Viper Room and The Groove where Chaka Kahn made her debut years earlier. In her spare time, BETTE volunteers at “God’s Love We Deliver”, a charitable organization that provides food to New York’s less fortunate families, studies her guitar, and writes provocative and inspirational songs about her relationships. This lady’s destined for stardom!
Shawn(ta) Smith, Host
is a librarian and an Archivist working to Archive the Rivers of Honey herstory. She is a writer, practicing witchcraft between sentences. Find her on hersaturnreturns.com
Rivers of Honey Work Team
Queen Aisha Aisha was born in New York City and raised in a house where famous African‐American writers, artists and musicians often congregated. Her uncle, the late James Baldwin, when not busy writing his next novel in the South of France, often had all night literary and political "jam sessions" with other world famous black writers such as Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison. Influenced by African‐American, African and European literature and culture that she grew up experiencing, Aisha went on to perform in various plays and musicals as a member of Dr. Glory Van Scott's Children's Theater, The Harlem Theater Company and The Falcons Dance Troupe in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Aisha is a professional Event Planner, and has organized events and meetings for some of the top Fortune 500 Companies which include: Sybase, Context Integration, and Ernst & Young. Her lifelong spiritual quest, led her to train, and work with author, and renowned Shaman, Malidoma Some, and act as a member of the Harlem Village Steering Committee, which was responsible for the planning and implementation the year long Shamanic training. The Harlem Shamanic Training Group was the first group Malidoma trained that was entirely composed of men and women of the African Diaspora. Aisha acted as a major force in the organization of the first and largest Ancestralization for Africans to take place outside of Malidoma's village in Dano, Burkina Faso. Her focus currently is in organizing retreats for Women of the Diaspora that focus on the importance of ritual, healing and renewal. Aisha currently resides in Washington DC, where she is working to complete her childhood memoirs: One Thirty‐Seven West Africa Street: The Story of an African/American Girl.
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.
Gail Dottin - Usually these bios are spaces where
Rivers of Honey September 2011
folks roll out their impressives and I’ve got more than a few‐‐graduated from some name‐brand schools, been chosen for a golden ticket or two. But that’s not what’s important. I was in a class this summer at my church in which we 1) affirmed that to say I AM anything is to claim the God in ourselves and 2) were instructed to go in and ask God what our personal prayer should be. Being both a person who can follow instructions well and one who is often piqued by what Spirit will say, I got quiet one morning and listened and this is the prayer I heard: “I AM a powerful, prolific, well‐paid dope‐ass writer”. That’s my bio. My life is really about living out that prayer. I AM here to share the dopeness of God that comes through my words and stories.
M. Asli Dukan is a producer,
director and editor from New York City. She graduated from The City University of New York with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Media and Communication Arts in 1999 where she received the best editing award for her thesis film, “Sleeping on a train in Motion.” Her media works have screened at the Blowin' Up A Spot Film Festival and M.A.L.I. Women’s Film and Performing Arts Conference in Texas, Citivisions and the Imagenation Film & Music Festival in New York, the Black to the Future Science Fiction Festival and the Langston Hughes Film Festival, both in Seattle and on Move the Frame, a video dance television program based in New York City. She has been nominated for the Renew Media grant twice and received the Urban Artist Initiative Grant in 2009 in New York City. In 2000, she founded Mizan Media Productions to produce short and feature length SF films and music videos. She has produced and directed several music videos, including “Boot” for Tamar‐kali and “Do You Mind” for Hanifah Walidah, which debuted on LOGO in 2008. She is in post‐production on the feature length documentary, “Invisible Universe” which explores the history of African American images in fantasy, horror and science fiction literature and film and is in development on the feature length horror film, “Skin Folk” based on the book by award winning SF writer, Nalo Hopkinson.
photo by http://www.tonysavino.com/
Rivers September 2011 Work Team Jaz Cruz (Producer), Shawn(ta) Smith & Hanifah Walidah 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.