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Maria bauman-morales

(She/Her)

My people is…wide, thick with ambition and resource. They love me and they look out.

launching April 1

MARIA BAUMAN-MORALES is a NY-based “Bessie” award winning multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer. She creates bold artworks for her company, MBDance, via dream-mapping and nuanced, powerful physicality. Bauman-Morales’s artworks center the non-linear and linear stories and bodies of queer people of color. She is a 2018 UBW Choreographic Center Fellowship Candidate, 2017-19 Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and was 2017 the Community Action Artist in Residence at Gibney Dance. She's a Core Trainer with The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, and co-founder of ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity) undoing racism in arts fields.


Gabrielle civil

(She/Her)

My people is rising, risinG, risING, riSING, RISING . . .

launching April 8

GABRIELLE CIVIL is a black feminist performance artist, originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered fifty original performance art works around the world tackling race, body, politics, grief, and desire. Since 2014, she has been performing “Say My Name (an action for 270 abducted Nigerian girls)” as an act of embodied remembering. She is the author of the performance memoirs Swallow the Fish and Experiments in Joy (both published by The Accomplices). She teaches Creative Writing & Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space. (Photo Credit: Dennie Eagleson)


Samia abou-samra

(They/Them)

My People Is...

Pure Hearts and Deep Love
Wolves and Dogs and Whales and Merpeople. Lebanese Diaspora made from the earth of Ornet-el-Hamra, Dbayeh and Innabit Broumana
Matn Mountains and Mediterranean Oceans and Desert Baked Goodness
Music and Wailing and Music and Wonder
Magic and Crossroads and ManWomanYoungOld

launching April 15

SAMIA ABOU-SAMRA is an igniter of purpose towards a world of Radical Love. An Alchemist: they create music as Wailing - the cry, the longing prayer to inspire the deepest love. A Director of Genius: they facilitate the creation process for geniuses and design systems to support them.  A Hakim: they invest in healing, wisdom and the elevation of consciousness. They are the founder of Whale Wonder: a playspace that incubates incubators for the elevation of consciousness. And the co-founder of Turtle Tank: an incubator for Radical Love and Freedom that supports radical creators, entrepreneurs and leaders in creating wealth and well-being.


Adelina anthony

(She/Her)
Pictured: L-R. Antonio, Adelina and Marisa Becerra

My people is… here, have always been here, and are the creative forces shaking up the world for the better.

launching April 22

Originally from San Antonio, Tejas, ADELINA ANTHONY is the eldest daughter of eight. She identifies as a Two Spirit Xicana Lesbiana Artista and grounds her works in indigenous tenets, especially the practice of story as medicine. She is an award-winning and critically acclaimed artist working primarily in the areas of acting, writing, producing and directing in theater/television and film. Along with Marisa Becerra, she is the co-founder of AdeRisa Productions, an indie film company focusing on Xicanx/Latinx/Mexican and QTPOC works since 2012.


D’Lo

(He/Him)

My people is

QTPOC

POC

Islanders

Immigrants

Tamil - Sri Lankan

Artists/Artivists of all kinds who want to shake shit up (not kanye style, though no thank you)

People who are helping change the world for the collective good

but,

of the above folks...

the ones who know how to love/respect/be kind

share/listen/grow

are my favs

launching April 29

D’LO is a queer/transgender Tamil Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comic. You’ve seen D’Lo in LOOKING (HBO), TRANSPARENT (Amazon), SENSE 8 (Netflix), Mr. ROBOT (CW) and the Emmy nominated mini-doc series THIS IS ME produced by Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker. He also can be found in the documentary based on his life/work called PERFORMING GIRL and Sundance Fellow Adelina Anthony’s film BRUISING FOR BESOS as Rani. He’s also been featured in Buzzfeed & Fusion videos, and in many webseries including EASTSIDERS, DYKE CENTRAL, Issa Rae's Color Creative & Project Greenlight produced MINIMUM WAGE and his own series PRIVATE DICK. He tours his solo shows (stand-up & theater) on the university/college circuit and theaters internationally, facilitates writing and performance workshops nationally, and also is a co-producer with Disoriented Comedy - all Asian-American touring group. D'Lo is currently in development on a scripted series based on his life that is set up at BTR Media and Paul Feig’s Powderkeg Media.


Ni’ja whitson

(They/Them)

My People Is:

collard green growers who crossed southern lines and made railroads with what was found

or left behind

ohio kansas alabama walkers

first nation and african

root working

dreamers

too many ancestors and not enough teachers on how to become one

launching may 6

NI’JA WHITSON is a gender nonconforming/astral transmogrifying interdisciplinary artist and writer who has been referred to as “majestic” by The New York Times and recognized by Brooklyn Magazine as a culture influencer. They are a Creative Capital Awardee, MAP Fund grantee, Jerome/Camargo Fellow, Hedgebrook Fellow, featured choreographer of the 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial, and a Bessie-Award winner. Whitson is currently an Assistant Professor of experimental choreography at UC Riverside and is the founder/artistic director of The NWA Project.


Ebony noelle golden

(She/Her)
My people is eternal.

launching May 13

EBONY NOELLE GOLDEN is an artist, scholar, and culture strategist. Her creative work consists of site-specific performance rituals and live art installations that explore relationships between creativity and liberation. She is the founder of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC a culture consultancy and arts accelerator based in NYC.


Virginia Grise & Shayok Misha Chowdhury   

virginia grise

(She/Her)

My people is…

dreaming and I want to stay in the dream as long as possible so I gather all my people, to create the world we imagine now.

VIRGINIA GRISE is a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing and the Yale Drama Series Award. Her published work includes Your Healing is Killing Me (Plays Inverse Press), blu (Yale University Press), The Panza Monologues co-written with Irma Mayorga (University of Texas Press), and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). She earned her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

shayok misha chowdhury

(He/Him)

My people is…

cowdung and crowcall and mournful conch.

SHAYOK MISHA CHOWDHURY is a queer Bengali director, writer, and theater-maker based in Brooklyn. Misha is currently in residence at Ars Nova, Soho Rep, the Drama League, and The Flea, and was recently a Directing Fellow at New York Theater Workshop. Upcoming: Beast Thing with Aleshea Harris; Speech with Scott Sheppard; MukhAgni with Kameron Neal; rasgos asiaticos and Your Healing Is Killing Me with Virginia Grise. Misha was featured on the Grammy-winning album Calling All Dawns, and his poetry has been published in The Cincinnati Review, TriQuarterlyAsian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. He is on faculty at Williams College. 

launching may 20


Marjani Forté-Saunders

(She/Her)

My people is… (a free write)

AFRIKAN, BLACK NATIVE/AMERICAN,
a Riot, Inflicted and Infectious, Infinite and Absolute,
perfectly whole and a bottomless well.
My people is Alpha and Omega. Supple and Solid. Porous and perforated. Bloody, bruised, and the most perfect magenta known to these cosmos.
We glow, and sizzle, and burn to ashes, but we are carbon, so our ashes repopulate our graves.
Alpha and Omega. The ultimate Both/And, the most Glorious Oxymoron... I could go on like this forever,
But the moment has ended.

launching may 27

MARJANI FORTÉ-SAUNDERS is a Mother, choreographer, performer, a collaborative artist, community organizer and most recently a 3 time Bessie award winning choreographer.  Anchored in a steady collaboration with partner and composer Everett Asis Saunders the duo have produced seven award-winning works over the last 10 yrs. Marjani is an Inaugural recipient of the Jerome Artist Fellowship, the UBW Choreographic Center Fellowship and a two-time Princess Grace Foundation awardee. Humbly, she defines her work by its lineage stemming from culturally rich, vibrant, historic, loving, irreverent conjurers!


BONUS TRACKS

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rajasvini bhansali

2003 Interview…“She is a Ghazal in search of her reframe.” Excerpt From Rajasvini’s Poem, The Story of Flat Feet (Published in Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic). Listen to her read it in this Episode.

In 2003  I received a grant from The Funding Exchange/The Paul Robeson Fund For Independent Media  - to produce: The Finding Voice Productions radio show, creative writing workshop series and spoken word event series in Austin, TX.

The radio show featured Austin based artist/activists and aired on UT Austin’s KVRX FM on the Radio Caraco show thanks to Alan Gomez. The Finding Voice Productions Radio Show was produced by myself and Jackie Cuevas. Shows Were  Directed By: myself, Jackie Cuevas, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Maggie Jochild, Carole Mettellus and Desi Perez Perez. Sound Engineer: K T Shorb. Tecno Diva Anna Sisnett (who created the show blog amongst other things) 

Writing Workshops Where Facilitated by:
Rajasvini Bhansali, Florinda Bryant, Zell Miller 111 and Maggie Jochild

Spoken Word Events Where Curated by: 
Shia Shabazz, Zell Miller 111 and  Virginia Grise

Additional Sponsors Where: YWCA racial justice program (thanks to Diana Gorham), Resistencia bookstore and Paco’s Internet Cafe (Jackie Cuevas and Jennifer Margulies’s House).

Today I am sharing an excerpt of a conversation that Rajasvini and I recorded at Paco’s Internet Cafe in 2003. In it, Rajasvini reads some of her poetry…she shares a bit about how growing up in India shaped her sensibilities of poetry and the arts, and she shares a few lessons she learned from June Jordan about “relentless imagination, political clarity and revolutionary trust” and the work of bringing the dance to the revolution with our poetry.

For Finding Voice Productions in 2003, Rajasvini facilitated a workshop series called Poets on the Frontlines…she bought in fellow Poetry For The People poet/activists alumn Maiana Minahal and Maria Poblet. After working with the workshop group in Austin…they took to the road and joined up to read at a Finding Voice Productions Spoken Word Event that Virginia Grise curated called Reclaiming Eros…in San Antonio at Cafe Latino. Also on program were: Rachel Ruiz, Carl Thomas, Vincent Valdez,  Alex Rubio, Esperanza Garza, David Zamora Casas and Dolores Murff.  


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Rajasvini

Rajasvini is Executive Director of Solidaire. Solidaire is a community of individual donors and foundation allies who are committed to funding progressive social movements. Born and raised in India, Rajasvini earned a Master’s in Public Affairs with a focus on technology and telecommunications policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor′s in Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences from UC Berkeley…where she was a part of June Jordan’s Poetry For The People. Rajasvini has been involved in community organizing and volunteer board roles for the last two decades.


launching June 3

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