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OUTSPOKEN: Queer Women of Color & Trans POC Spoken-Word and Live Music Showcase (8/4)
OUTSPOKEN is HERE! Art is a fundamental part of LGBTQ communities of color and certainly always present when it comes to QWOC+ Boston. In the words of a QWOC Week collaborator, “expression through art allows us to overcome barriers by communicating in a different and powerful way.” Spectra Events is excited to bring you a fantastic lineup of talented black performers. All of their work touches on feelings and thoughts we can relate to… the good, the bad and the ugly. So join us for this great night full of soul and creativity!
After the show, DJ LadySpindrift (yes, she actually spins) will bring down the house with old school R&B, hiphop, house, and top 40!
MEET YOUR HOST: HIPHOP MC MICAH!
MICAH is a hip hop artist, and transman from Massachusetts. He has been writing and performing for the past 4 years around Boston, NY and LA. He writes from his own experience in an attempt to show that regardless of all those differing identifiers, human beings have much in common, and much to learn from each other. He just released his first single, the queer anthem “Did it On Em”, and is in the process of recording his first mixtape through Base Trip Records. Follow Micah on Tumblr and on Twitter, and of course, like his Facebook page!
THE BLACKOUT ARTISTS
JANA’E JOHNSON is a spoken word poet originally from Sacramento, California. She has performed in numerous slams in Boston, California, Delaware and Virginia; and has recently opened for poet & activist Andrea Gibson. Although she just finished her first year in Boston, she has been involved with the LGBT Community. In particular she is a member of the Boston Dyke March Committee and she was the EMCEE for this years’ Dyke March in June. Jana’e currently works at Simmons College as Assistant Athletic Director.
LETTA NEELY is a spoken word artist — and one of the original OUTSPOKEN Artists (2008) — who has authored two books of poetry, “Juba” and “Here,” and was named “Best Local Author 2001″ by a Boston Phoenix reader’s poll. Twice a Lambda Literary Awards finalist for lesbian poetry, Letta frequents poetry readings around New England and is a regular slam poetry winner. She is an ardent civil rights activist who has done anti-homophobia training and educational outreach. Letta has also conducted writing workshops privately, in public schools, and at juvenile detention. You can follow Letta’s work and words at her brand new blog and Like her Facebook page (and maybe she’ll update it)!
MOFROISM & THE FEEL will be representin’ at OUTSPOKEN with lead singer, vocalist, and slam poet Monique Jarvis, a transformative and compelling fusion of jazz, r&b, funk, and folk with a backdrop of spoken word that issues a soulfully urgent call for social change. Monique is now director of a national award-winning performance arts after school program in the South Bronx and founder of the uncompromising and compelling Spok’N Truth Trio, Mofroism and The Feel. At RENAISSANCE she will be performing with Kera Washington of Zili Musik and bassist extraordinaire Laurie Goldsmith. You can follow Mo’nique Jarvis on Facebook.
PORSHA OLAYIWOLA hails from the southside of Chicago. She is most aptly described as a woman, poet, lover, warrior, sister, and feminist. Porsha received her B.A. in African American Studies while dabbling in U.S. History and Women & Gender Studies from the University of Illinois. She spent the last year in service, helping to alleviate America’s poverty. Poetically, Porsha O. intertwines the spirits of Audre Lorde, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells Barnett, and June Jordan with the bluntness of Hip Hop Feminism, creating poetry that speaks for itself. Porsha O. has opened for Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut, Dr. Cornell West, professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies, MC LYTE, pioneering female hip-hop artist and Dr. Angela Davis, activist. A founding member of the Chicago-based political-performance group, “The Unwritten Amendment,” she uses poetry to create a dynamic flow of infra-politics that rebels against the norms and rigidity of society. You might catch her generating a cypher that is all her own; a cypher that is uncontrollable, undocumented, and just plain ole dope. To follow Porsha, send her a friend request on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
ROBIN “BOBBIE” WHITE is the award-winning author of two volumes of poetry, and a forthcoming collection of short fiction, Intersections (Sunset Pointe Press). She is also the author of Omphaloskepsis Twelve Powers Journal a tool for focused transformational writing. In addition, Robin has pseudonymously authored seven children’s books. She is currently working on her third collection of poetry, When Love Departs: Writings of Transition and Loss (Sunset Pointe Press eBooks). She is a Chicago Literary Award Winner, an Urban Media Makers Winner, and is the recipient of the prestigious Lambda Literary Award for Independent LGBT Press as the founder/owner of Kings Crossing Publishing. Visit her websites to learn more about her work: www.robingwhite.com and omphaloskepsisbybobbie.blo
SAPPHIRA CRISTAL, 22, with her bubbly personality and killer smile, reigns from Houston, TX. Often called the “Gospel Diva,” she is a wild energetic entertainer who captures her audience with her “unflinching Focus”. She can be found locally at Jacques Cabaret and Machine Nightclub in Boston. This Fabulous Ebony Diva is a classically trained singer and actor and can also be seen in the Ryan Landry original, ” Peter Pansy,” in Provincetown, MA. She is also a regular featured performer at Spectra Events. Catch Sapphira online via any one of her web channels, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube!
Thursday, August 4th
Doors at 7PM, Show Begins at 8PM
381 Somerville Avenue Somerville, MA