I am so excited that these phenomenal dancers will be gracing the stage along with our ensemble!
Keisha Turner is a Chicago-bred, Brooklyn-based performer and educator. Since 2008, she has worked with critically acclaimed dance company Urban Bush Women as a touring company member, teaching artist, and most recently as a BOLD (Builders, Organizers, and Leaders through Dance) Network Facilitator. Turner has also presented multidisciplinary work with collaborators Margaret Morris and Onome Djere under the moniker Inner Child at Links Hall (Chicago) and WOW Café Theater (New York). Her dance master classes and workshops on community engagement have taken place across the United States and in Senegal, Colombia, and Germany. Ms. Turner’s research and performance of traditional West African dance has taken her throughout Senegal, Mali, and Guinea, with her study in Senegal being funded by the Illinois Arts Council. In her artistic practice, she values the ability of African American/African diasporic traditions of dance and improvisation to intersect with contemporary performance art to tell stories that probe issues of politics, culture, and identity.
A.R. Kadeem, hails from Brooklyn, New York. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and the Performing Arts (The Fame School) in New York City. He has choreographed over 50 dance pieces in a variety of dance genres that include: modern, contemporary ballet, jazz, tap, african and liturgical dance.
He has showcased his work at American College Dance Festival, Harlem Summer Stage, Charles Moore Dance Theater, Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University, SUNY Newpaltz, Laguardia Arts, Bric Studios, Brooklyn Friends School, The Secret Theater, St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church, Brooklyn Borough Hall, Red Hook Festival, St. Luke’s Theater, Dance New Amsterdam and the Harkness Dance Center where dance luminaries such as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Robert Joffrey, and Lester Horton showcased their talent. It was here that he was considered one of the “top seven young choreographers in New York City”. His choreography has also been featured Off-Broadway in Play The Music Softly. In June 2010, he co-founded Full Force Dance Repertory. (www.FullForceDance.net)
Jasmine Eileen Coles is a storyteller who shares stories through dance, song, and voice. She is a proud graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A in Theatre Performance. Her most joyful memories include: Red Tide Rising : Body Ecology Performance Ensemble, Shug Avery: The Color Purple. ( White Plains Regional Premiere )Monette, A One Woman Show( Off Broadway) Uncle Tom: Deconstructed ( The Conciliation Project) and several solo performance festivals featuring her original One Woman Productions.
Join us on March 8th @ the Nuyorican Cafe for a night of music, art, dance, dialogue and special performance of From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood!!
*March 8, 2014 *7:00pm *$15.00 *236 East 3rd Street, 10009
As a writer and poet this is beyond for me……Ntozake Shange‘s newest play, Lost in Language and Sound, is being read on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon as part of Poetic Theater Productions‘ Poetic License by a fantastic cast! Tickets are FREE, so reserve now! Directed by Chinasa Ogbuagu, featuring Peggy Johnson, Toccarra Cash, Amina Henry, Iman Richardson and Zoe Flowers!
I’m in this anthology!!! Check it out!
It wasn’t your fault; it was never your fault. You did nothing wrong. Hold this tight to your heart: it wasn’t your fault.
At night when you lay there and your mind fills with images and you wonder if only, if you had . . . if you hadn’t . . . . Remember: it wasn’t your fault.
Dear Sister shares the lessons, memories, and vision of over fifty artists, activists, mothers, writers, and students who share their stories of survival or what it means to be an advocate and ally to survivors. Written in an epistolary format, this multi-generational, multi-ethnic collection of letters and essays is a moving journey into the hearts and minds of the survivors of rape, incest, and other forms of sexual violence, written directly to and for other survivors.
Dear Sister goes far beyond traditional books about healing that use “experts” to explain the experience of survivors to the rest of the world. Here, we learn what the world looks like through the eyes of a survivor. From a professor in the Midwest to a poet in Belgium, an escapee from a child prostitution ring, an advocate in the Congo, and a sex worker in San Francisco, Dear Sister touches on issues of feminism, love, disability, gender, justice, identity, and spirituality.
Praise for Dear Sister:
“This chilling, heartbreaking, and necessary collection consists of letters from 40 artists, activists, writers, and students, who are survivors of sexual assault and here offer counsel to ‘sister’ survivors. Every story is shadowed by the teller’s sense of shame, brokenness, depression, and pain, but at the same time, in anticipation of the addressees’ experience of sexual assault, the letters also offer comfort, solidarity, reassurance, the possibility of healing, and testimony of survival.”—Publishers Weekly
My, “This Mask is Bananas” is easy to make and is kryptonite for dry winter skin!
Mix 1 banana with 2tbs of coconut oil & one half sliced aloe leaf.
See video on removing gel from aloe here:
Coconut oil is antibacterial, anti fungal and Aloe Vera contains vitamin A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe Vera is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12.
Add 3tbs of honey. Honey is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial treat for the face. It can reduce redness and is soothing for inflamed skin.
Add squirt of lemon. Lemon juice is a natural exfoliant.
Sprinkle in oatmeal. Oatmeal contains beta glucan, which is a fiber that stimulates skin repair and protects the skin against UV rays.
Add in 3 finely sliced and diced strawberries and a sprig of cilantro (I go light on cilantro because my skin can be on the dry side). Packed with vitamin C, strawberries are rich in alpha-hydroxy acids which help exfoliate the skin. Cilantro is filled minerals and vitamin C. It’s also an anti-fungal, detoxifier and anti-inflammatory.
Mix cilantro and strawberries into mask and refrigerate until your ready to use it.
For best results, refrigerate for 30-40 minutes then apply mask. Soooo, this batch was a little looser than I would like. If this happens to you, add more oatmeal and honey. I def went too light on both.
Follow with a good ole fashion steam treatment.
So moisturizing!!! I will be doing this mask for three days straight!
Let me know how it works for you!!
Remember, before trying any homemade mask on your face, test it on your neck or hand to see if your skin reacts.
The 3rd eye chakra (svadhisthana) is connected to vision, imagination, wisdom, intellect, insight and your clairvoyance. After doing an intense 3rd eye opening and balancing exercise, it became clear that I am so busy “accomplishing” that I don’t take the time to celebrate the successes I’ve already had. I’m came out of the meditation with a renewed outlook on my life. ”My life is good,” continually buzzed around my head as I cleaned my apartment, cooked my lunch and started my day.
A blocked 3rd eye is linked to fear of success, a lack of discipline and setting sights to low.
A well balanced 3rd Eye is linked to increased perception.
Are you taking time to celebrate you or frantically moving from project to project???
This is a beautiful and gentle meditation to balance (not open) your 3rd eye.
Affirm: I see my life clearly. My life is good.
Lightworkers , activists and healers there is a massive healing session happening tomorrow night! At 6:45 est. We are sending focused loving energy to the Pacific Ocean !!!
We will surround it in glorious indigo light and envision it as clean and pure!
Pass it on …..fb twitter instagram etc.. 6:45 est.