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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
riversofhoney@gmail.com.


Rivers of Honey September 2011 Program  

Featuring Artists Bette Stuy, Queen Aisha, Gail Dottin, M. Asli Dukan, with Producers: Shawn Smith & Jaz Cruz

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