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OUTSPOKEN: Queer People of Color Spoken Word and Performance Showcase
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Doors at 6:30PM, Performances at 7PM
379 Somerville Avenue
QWOC+ Boston in Collaboration with Spectra Entertainment presents OUTSPOKEN 2009!
Hosted by Letta Neely, Featuring Performances from London Bridgez, YaliniDream, Letta Neely, and more!
Co-Sponsored by Truth Serum Productions and Chubrub Productions
Featuring Acts From:
- London Bridgez
- Letta Neely
- Uriah Bell
- Starr Chung from Between Us Bois
- Valerie Yanford
- Miss Gingerita
Do not miss the second installment of the highlight of last year’s QWOC Week! Performances will commence PROMPTLY at 7PM, and a Dance Party will follow at 10PM with DJ Hayze (New York).
ABOUT THE OUTSPOKEN ARTISTS
Letta Neely is an earthling who loves pussy. She’s a dyke who believes in the power of the people, believes in each one teach one. She’s a daddy who knows for a fact that magic exists and who relies regularly on the Higher Power to work through djs to save her life. “Gotta have house music all night long…” Letta is a butch consistenly thanks the Gods, the Goddesses and all they relatives for Femmes.
YaliniDream has toured nationally throughout the US as well as performing in Canada, England & Sri Lanka. She was director of Mango Tribe’s NYC run of Sisters in the Smoke and the Creation Myth Project. She wrote & performed in Strange Rain which was part of the First National Asian American Theater Festival in 2007. YaliniDream directed & facilitated Andolan’s Sukh aur Dukh ki Kahani–a storytelling project with Bangladeshi and Indian domestic workers in Queens, NY– which was part of the Culture Project’s 2008 Women Center Stage Festival. As a movement artist YaliniDream is trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Laban Movement Analysis as well as US Urban dance forms such as Hip Hop & House. Her dance aesthetic is influenced greatly by South Asian folk and contemporary traditions.
London Bridgez is an artist and activist. She believes in using her artwork to support philanthropy and social justice. London supported the 2008 PUMP UP THE VOTE fundraiser to rally new voters in the tristate ; proceeds benefited civic engagement advocacy and pancreatic cancer research. She wrote and performed a commemorative poem on Cambridge’s CCTV for World Aids Day and read at the opening ceremonies for Aids Walk Boston. She also worked with the YWCA to support the production of VDAY Lawrence MA to end violence against women.
Uriah Bell is a native of Detroit, and current resident of Boston who has been an advocate in gay rights, and the fight in HIV prevention. Uriah has worked with multiple non-profits in our continuous fight for a cure. Uriah’s writing has been recognized in multiple magazines and publications. Uriah is currently working on his second book of poems entitled “Poems in the Key of Life”. This is expected to be released in the Fall of 2009. In his second book, Uriah digs into his roots and past to explore racism, ethnicity, family dynamics, sexuality and religion. His second book of poetry will force the reader to address these topics within themselves and their everyday surroundings.
Star Chung started writing at the age of 13. What started off as raps & flows, became poetry; which then transcended to Spoken Word. She fell in love with spoken word in 2006; and since then has written over 100 pieces of work. She has performed locally & out off state including Connecticut, Rhode Island, & New York with her performance drag troupe; Between us Bois. What to expect from her work? An explicit approach to gender roles with a splash of witty humor about everything that life throws at ya. So, put your seat belt on tight; because she’s just gonna loosen your mind up. Currently enrolled at Salem State College as a Senior, double majoring in Psych & Criminal Justice. Employed & Super Single.
Valerie Yanford started writing rhyme scheme with any sort of sincerity at age 17. Since then she has written more ‘poems for a stage’ than she has ‘poems for the page’ but still loves to speak, be heard, and listen to rhythms amongst like-minded audiences as often as possible & impossible. After leaving boston in 2003 and the Amazon Slam disbanding, Valerie stopped competing (as much) & regressed to appreciating. She feesls any and all poetry/prose is worthy of achieving… Now, she says, “I’m kinda just me… the former slam poet known as valerie.”
Miss Gingerita is a member of “Boston’s Best Dance Performance Troupe 2009” The Babes in Boinkland. She recently appeared in Cherry, The Pussy Revolution at Jacques Cabaret, but has also performed at The House of Blues with Richard Cheese, The Boston Burlesque Expo, TraniWreck, and Jerkus Circus! Her favorite performance of all time is “The Slutcracker” because this show literally jumpstarted her burlesque career.