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Poet, Actor, and Womanist Jessica Raquel

This week’s guest is our Expression Session feature -  poet, actor and womanist Jessica Raquel.

Jessica is a proud 2018 Florida A & M (FAMU) graduate. She is passionate about genuinely telling the narratives of Black Women through acting and poetry, and has performed in venues across the world - most recently at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

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During our time together Jessica shared about womanism, her wonderful experiences at her HBCU, the groundbreaking work they did in Edinburgh, and  having courage and purpose with the work we create.

Jessica also performed 3 inspiring poems during our interview - they will especially appeal to our lyricist followers.

And we’re excited to hear even more from her when she Features at Sunday’s Expression Session.

Her new album “Sample” is available on Soundcloud

You can also follow Jessica on Instagram

Jessica Raquel will be our feature on this week's edition of the Live and Online: Expression Session.  Register below! 

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Waiting on the Bus with Dennis Amadeus

Dennis Amadeus is a writer, educator, performance artist and community organizer. With his passion to teach and inspire young people, Dennis has travelled across the nation performing and conducting art-based workshops.

Led by his activism, Dennis has also organized community fundraisers and book drives to support many causes, including  sending 1000 Books to Swaziland, Africa to build a community library.

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In this episode we talked about about feminism, activism and growth, and Dennis told the story of how he connected with his purpose and Faith. Dennis also performed two new poems and the title track from his new poetry album ‘Waiting on the Bus’ - which is out now.

Listen with faith and purpose to Dennis’ latest feature performance in THE Celebration.

You can also follow Dennis through his site, and  on Instagram and Facebook.

Dennis Amadeus will be our feature on this week's edition of the Live and Online: Expression Session.  Register below! 

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Syrian American Poet Dania Alkhouli

In this week’s episode I interview Syrian American author and poet Dania Alkhouli. Dania is also the feature for this Sunday’s Live and Online Expression Session.

Dania’s second book “Oceans and Flames” was published last year and paints moving images of being a survivor of Domestic Abuse.  Dania tapped into her resilience and overcame the violence, and now she speaks out on the significance of empowering women and men to break the cycle.

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Dania shares 3 powerful poems from her book and talks about the Non Profit  and traveling exhibition she founded with her mother - ‘A Country Called Syria’. The non profit showcases the history and rich culture of her country, and helps local communities connect with its rich heritage and resilient people.

You can follow Dania on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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Dania Alkhouli will be our feature on this week's edition of the Live and Online: Expression Session.  Register below! 

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Celebrating Our 2 Year Anniversary With the Heard Em Say Slam Team

On this week’s episode, I celebrate the 2 Year Anniversary of the Live and Online: Expression Session.  What better way to mark this  milestone than to bring back my first poetry guest, Walter “Wally B.” Jennings. 

To make this even more epic, Wally brought the 2018 Heard Em Say Poetry Slam Team to join us.  The interview I share with Wally and the Heard Em Say Team is powerful, relevant, and necessary. 

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We spoke on how poetry transforms, the power of youth voice, and the team shared with us 3 poems - including one team piece!

You are going to really appreciate this one my friends!  Enjoy!  

Please be sure to check out and support Heard em Say's Fundraiser. 

Social media links:

Kianna - @eelarahs

Miracle - @mir.mai

Genesis - @blacccthebrat

Gabby - @gabby.roofe

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Heard em Say will be the features for this month's 2 Year Anniversary edition of the Live and Online: Expression Session.  Register below! 

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Courageous Celebration With Adaora and I

EID Mubarak my friends!  Today marks the end of the sacred month of Ramadan.  As millions of people around the world celebrate this special day, I’d like to invite you to consider: 

“What are you courageously celebrating in your life?"

This week’s episode is a relaxed and intimate conversation between Adaora and I on that very subject.  Through our poetry, thoughts, and reflections we explore what courageous celebration looks like in our lives.

This is part writing workshop and part heart to heart discussion.  I know you will love this unique and inspiring episode.  

Enjoy!  

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