Be Steadwell is a songwriter from Washington DC. Redefining the love song in a modern context-Be's lyrics focus on love and resistance between women.
With roots in jazz vocals, acapella and folk-Be composes a soulful blend of genres in what she calls queerpop. In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.
Be has performed at Strathmore's AMP (2015), The Apollo Music Cafe (2014), toured internationally with the Revival tours (2013 and 2014), performed at Toshi Reagon's "Word Rock & Sword Festival" (2013-2014) and composed music for the feature film "Stud Life" (2013).
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Jonquille Rice aka Solsis was born on August 4th and has been a Washingtonian ever since. Her love of music and expression stems deep to her childhood days of Casio keyboard compositions and singing in the church choir. A graduate of Bowie State University, Solsis is the host of Washington D.C.’s only Queer Women of Color open mic, Lyrics & Lace (L&L). Because of her extensive reach and commitment to arts, the bi-monthly event gathered hundreds of emerging singers, musicians, and poets in the greater Washington Metropolitan area to share their work. Singer, bassist, poet, audio engineer, educator and more, Solsis is a modern day renaissance woman.
As the lead vocalist of all-girl Rock & Soul band, The CooLots, and as a poet in her own right, she’s performed with organizations like Human Rights Campaign, WOW Theatre Cafe’s Rivers of Honey, and Baltimore’s Hexagon Space. Her influences include Nikki Giovanni and Me’Shell N’Degeocello while her own infectious energy has been compared to the likes of Hanifah Walidah. An emerging community icon, Jonquille has also modeled for masculine of center women of color collective, bklyn boihood, as their December 2012 Calendar Boi. Continuously bridging the gap between artists and audience, and giving voice to the marginalized through her own creative spirit.
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t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem Fellow and Pushcart Prize nominee. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. Her fiction has appeared inBlack Ivy, The Brooklyn Review and Bronx Biannual. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, No, Dear, The African American Review, Vinyl, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. In 2012 and 2013, she completed two multi-city tours as a part of a queer women of color literary salon, The Revival. She was the winner of The Feminist Wire’s inaugural poetry contest judged by Evie Shockley and is a 2015 Center for Fiction Fellow. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at: shesaidword.com.
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Elizah Turner is a Dallas born, Atlanta based visual artist in the fields of photography, design, and video. With a background in journalism, her personal work reflects the themes of social justice, self-awareness and human revolution. She works with clients to bring their vision from idea to life. With a focus on collaboration, she is a big fan of independent artists and start up businesses.
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Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Sekiya Dorsett is a queer filmmaker giving voice to issues of equality. In 2008, her first film, Wisdom and Understanding, a short experimental film, made its debut at NewFest Film Festival and the Oakland Black LGBT Festival. In 2009, her short, Sisters, a story about a lesbian woman struggling to reconcile with her mother, was screened at the Austin LGBT Film Festival.Through online media, her project, The Rainbow Collective, merged race, gender, religion, and pop culture. By day she is a Writer/Producer/Editor, where she has created work for LOGO TV and NBC Universal. To see more of Sekiya's work, check out visit sekiyadorsett.com
As founder of salon-styled poetry tour, THE REVIVAL, Jade Foster has connected over 2,000 queer women across the U.S. and abroad. Frustrated with the lack of outlets for poets who were neither totally academic or solely "spoken word," THE REVIVAL tribe engages audiences on a new literary stage. The Brooklyn-based creative catalyst aims to redefine the American Literary Arts, and continues to present creative innovations through her writings and productions.
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Andrea Boston is a writer, editor, and producer. She is the creator of Oddflower, a multimedia story series at TheOddflowers.com that documents creative women who once felt like outsiders in society. She studied journalism at Temple University and has contributed to Vested In Culture, The Source, Ashoka’s Changemakers.com, eMusic, Okayplayer, Universal Music Group, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. Her mission is to create celebratory media platforms for the magnificent and courageous women of color who go unnoticed by the powers that be. When she’s not traveling the world, she rests in Baltimore, MD. To connect with Andrea visit andreaboston.com
Women and the Word: The Revival Movie chronicles the creation of an international salon-styled tour led and supported by women. It tells the story of how Jade Foster recruited a group of five dynamic poets and musicians to become stewards of a movement that builds community among queer women of color, upholds literary arts excellence, and occupies living rooms across the country.
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