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OUTSPOKEN 2010: Queer People of Color Spoken-Word and Live Music Showcase

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on July 23rd, 2010

Tickets will be available at the door tonight!

Thursday, August 5, 2010
QWOC+ Boston in Collaboration with Spectra Events presents OUTSPOKEN 2010!

PRECINCT Live Music Bar (formerly, TOAST LOUNGE)
70 Union Square
Somerville, MA

Featuring Spoken Word Performances from  Uriah Bell, London Bridgez, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, Nataly Garcia, and Kit Yan!
Live Music Performances from Bells Roar, Rajdulari Jazz Project, Zili Misik!

Doors at 7:00PM, Performances begin at 7:30PM

Do not miss the third installment of the highlight of last year’s QWOC Week! Performances will commence PROMPTLY at 7:30PM, and a Dance Party will follow with DJ Sun One.




Jhanea “Jha D” Williams is a spoken word artist, producer and MC. She is known for her story-telling style, aggressive, yet warm & welcoming presence, and her openness. Although she is willing to bless any ‘stage’ that will have her, most of her work has been within the LGBTQ community; she has been hosting LezbnsNPower’s bi-monthly open mics for almost a year. Jha D firmly believes in the power of verbal communication and has a plot to get Everyone (yes, even You!) on the ‘mic’.


London Bridgez builds creative bridges between spoken word and music. Her stage performance is interactive truly building a bridge between her words, the music and the audience. London is an artist and activist who uses her poetry to educate audiences on Aids, violence against women and Cancer.London is currently a member of the NYC-based Urbintel production company the producers of the “Word Out” performance troupe. WORD OUT is the first show of its kind a “poetical” stage production featuring the best gay and lesbian poets in New York. London will be performing in Word Out touring in 2010-2011.

Uriah Bell — Unapologetic, opinionated, outspoken, sometimes shy, black, gay and at times crazy — has accepted the sum of his whole to embrace and develop the writer within. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, an only child until age twelve, Uriah reached out to the power of prose to express himself
when words fell on deaf ears. Considered more of an outlet than an art, Uriah used the power of his words to express himself to family in times of conflict and dispute. Uriah’s first collection of poetry, “Mood Swings”, was published in 2008. Yet, determined to have sole creative control over his work, in 2009 Uriah founded his own publishing company Rising Voices Press under which his second collection of poetry entitled, ‘epiphany: poems in the key of love’ was published. He is currently working on a anthology of personal stories from people who are currently living with HIV/AIDS.

Kit Yan Recently Featured in the HBO Documentary Asians Aloud, Kit Yan tell stories through slam poetry from the lens of a transgender Asian American from Hawaii now lost in the big city of New York. Bitch magazine states that: “The eloquence of Kit’s spoken-word delivery lies in the anti-racist, anti-homophobic, gender-inclusive, language that ties his lyrics together.” Kit is a nationally ranking slam poet and the first ever Mr. Transman 2010. Check him out on Myspace, follow him on Twitter, and friend him on Facebook!

Nataly “SistaTellit” Garcia is a spoken-word artist and troupe member of Isis Storm based out of Providence, RI. She has been writing poetry for over two years and has recently been branching out into slam poetry. With her work she hopes to be a voice of strength for young women, to inspire them to use their talents and be unafraid to blossom. Her love for the arts, very much like her afro is too big to fit in a box… or this picture. When you hear the words of SistaTellit, you will know why Isis Storm, a  affectionately gave her this nickname.  Her honesty and fearlessness allow you to reflect and become an even better YOU after the show is all said and done.

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene taurean mango-eating, Nigeria & syracuse, new york raised, part time vegetarian, hard core carnivore, b-girl-in-training, river-goddess-worshipping, raw corn on the cob eating, mac & cheese from scratch making, bottom of the pot licking, fierce fire breathing, fuschia-colored poem writing, no bra wearing, frohawk rockin, all night dancing, bright color lovin, never a lesbian, sometimes queer, always a dyke POET. A fiercely passionate Nigerian dyke, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright, actress & chef, she uses her poetry to chisel a verbal sculpture of her soul while addressing political issues. Fly has self-published three collections of poetry, released a CD and organized two independent, national poetry tours. she has melted microphones in over 25 US cities. “I taste like sugarcane, move like water, come from Naija, my kiss taste like forever.”


Bells Roar Sean’ Desiree’s music comes from her experiences with homophobia, sexism, racism, love, community organizing, and the list goes on.  Bells’ Roar is a project dedicated to staying independent and speaking out against the social injustices affecting all people. The tone of the project is best described by the source of its name, feminist writer bell hooks.  Sean organizes locally within the LGBTGNC communities of color through her work at the Audre Lorde Project, whose mission is keep our communities safe by exercising community accountability, rather than relying on police action.

Rajdulari Jazz Project The lead voice for so many of New England’s eclectic world, jazz and funk groups, Rajdulari hails from Boston and is a ten year veteran of the local performance scene. Her past performance credits include such venues as Jazz clubs Regattabar, Ryles, Scullers, along with many performances at the Emerson Majestic Theater, Saunders Theater, Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, The Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Agassiz Theater, and The Mayor’s Summer Jazz Concert Series. As a lead vocalist, Rajdulari has performed as a member of the 8-piece, all female world music band, Zili Misik, (winners of the ROCKRGRL/Berklee All Female Battle of the Bands competition), with the David Zoffer Differential (alternative jazz fusion/prog rock, with Guy Mendilow & the Mendilusian Wine (voted Boston’s Best Music Act 2005) and currently with her own band, The Rajdulari Jazz Project. the former slam poet known as valerie.”

Copyright Anh Dao Kolbe 2010 - Zili Misik

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Zili Misik has been bridging cultures, generations, and continents for ten years. With captivating sounds that evoke the African continent, Zili retraces routes of forced exile and cultural resistance through diasporic rhythm and song. Powerful Haitian, Brazilian and West African rhythms infuse Zili’s original creations and traditional folksongs. Reconnecting Haitian mizik rasin, Jamaican roots reggae, AfroBrazilliam samba, Afro-Cuban son, and African American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo soul, Zili Misik honors its influences while creating a sound that is uniquely its own. All-female, zili takes its name from Haitian spiritual entity, “Ezili” who is envisaged as mother, lover, and warrior. Zili’s lyrics glide seamlessly from English to Kreyol to Portuguese to Spanish, spinning tales and visions of lives lived and yet to be.

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