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RENAISSANCE — Women and Trans People of Color in Hip Hop & Slam Poetry (11/30)

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on November 28th, 2011

Spectra Events presents 

RENAISSANCE, a monthly performance revue, is a night of elegance infused with stunning musical performances from seasoned women of color performing artists and musicians. Each month, the event kicks off with a networking event for women of color and allies, followed by a live concert that features a wide variety of musical genres: big band blues, vocalist trios, classical jazz quartets, soulful R&B, and more.

For the month of November, we are proud to feature women and gender non-conforming people of color artists in Hip Hop and Slam Poetry.

Wed November 30th |
Networking at 7:00pm, Show at start at 8:00PM
Church | 69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston MA
21+ (w/ valid ID, no exceptions)
Dress Code: Hip Hop Renaissance, Go Wild ;-)

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Featuring the talents of the following artists (bios below):

  • Micah (Queer MC, Conscious Hip Hop)
  • Porsha O (Hip Hop Feminist, Slam Poetry)
  • Janae Johnson (Lyrical Nerd, Slam Poetry)
  • J Mase III (Nerdy Humor, Slam Poetry)
  • GaBrilla Ballard (Lyrical Songstress, Renaissance HipHop)
  • Villa Tali (Female MC, Sisterhood Hip Hop)

This show is for everyone ages 21+

Stay tuned for more Spectra Events at http://www.spectra-events.com/

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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 Tumbler and on Twitter, and of course, like his Facebook page!


PORSHA O Porsha Olayiwola is a self – proclaimed hip hop feminist.

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, MC LYTE, pioneering female hip-hop artist, Dr. Cornell West and Dr. Angela Davis. 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.

To follow Porsha, send her a friend request on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

J MASE III J Mase III is a Black, Trans, Queer, Rowdy-as-Hell Poet with a capital [P] based in Philly.

As a performer and teaching poet J Mase III has rocked venues from San Diego to NYC at colleges and radio stations to group homes and youth centers. An organ donor, J Mase is the author of “If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around” and creator of the multi-city performance event “Cupid Ain’t @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine’s Day Poetry Movement”.”

You can stalk him at Facebook, Gigmaven and YouTube.

JANA’E JOHNSON “Jana’e Johnson is a “not so average” writer-turned slam poet originally from Sacramento, California.

After spending a year honing her craft, she is emerging in the Boston Poetry scene as a queer poet focusing on storytelling and political satire. You can find Jana’e performing almost every Sunday at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA.

Send her a friend request on Facebook!


GABRILLA BALLARD GaBrilla Ballard is a New Orleans native, singer, songwriter, mama and creator of urbanmamasong.com, a blog about balancing motherhood, artistry, wellness and love.

GaBrilla describes her music as ” Soul Roots Music”. She goes on to say “I wanted to acknowledge all the musical influences that inspire and influence me–gospel, blues, jazz, world; without having to say, you may hear a little this or that. By saying Soul Roots Music , I am acknowledging all those musical genres, but all within the context of soul music.”



Villa Tali  is a young, talented  single mother — a Boston raised (born and bred) positive influence to the youth looking to break into the industry and change the rap industry’s view of this “good ole boys club” or “brotherhood”.

In her words:  ”Too many sisters with powerful voices are waiting to be heard. It’s hard for a female to gain respect. But as long as we give it to each other they have no choice but to let us in!”

Check out her page on  Facebook and MySpace.



  • Doors open at 7:00PM | Show begins at 8PM
  • Tickets are $8-10 Advanced / $12 on the Guest List / $15 at the Door
  • Group discounts available! Contact Spectra Events for more info


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