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  • Vera Oye Yaa-Anna: Liberia

    Vera Oye Yaa-Anna: Liberia

    Vera Oye Yaa-Anna, affectionately known as Auntie Oye, is executive producer of a West African dinner theatre, Palaver Hut. She teaches personal narrative to youth and adults through storytelling, dance, music, theatre and cuisine, transforming performance settings into West African villages. Her focus on storytelling as a healing art extends to her work as an artist-in-residence at Smith Farm, a health, education and arts organization for those affected by serious illness. http://www.oyepalaverhut.org/

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  • Simone Jacobson: Hip Hop As A Tool For Cultural Diplomacy

    Simone Jacobson: Hip Hop As A Tool For Cultural Diplomacy

    Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Simone Jacobson is a Washington, DC-based writer, performer and curator of artistic talent, projects and programs. She is founding co-director of Sulu DC, a monthly showcase of Asian and Pacific Islander American performing artists. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from the University of Maryland. Her writing has appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly and on multiple blogs including IHM9to5, The Lantern Review and The Couch Sessions. Her project and arts management […]

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  • John Beckham: Rappin’ with Nas

    John Beckham: Rappin’ with Nas

    John Beckham shares a story when he had the opportunity to rap with Nas. http://www.johnbeckhammusic.com/ http://www.lowercaselettersmusic.com/

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  • Ameca Reali: Law and Order or Meet the Browns

    Ameca Reali: Law and Order or Meet the Browns

    Ameca Reali (BA, SUNY, Buffalo; JD, Loyola College of Law, New Orleans) was born and raised in a small town in Upstate, NY. She is one of three children raised by a single parent in public housing. From an early age her mother taught the principles of service to others and the community and advocacy through her work in the community. Ameca graduated Cum Laud with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University at Buffalo in 2006. She […]

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  • Akurious Don: Fire’s Not Fun

    Akurious Don: Fire’s Not Fun

    Akurios Don tells us a story about an experience he had while driving a cab.

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  • Andre Perry: Charting a New Path

    Andre Perry: Charting a New Path

    Andre Perry is the Associate Director for Educational Initiatives for Loyola Institute for Quality and Equity in Education. The Institute assesses the success of post-Katrina education reforms and also creates enrichment opportunities for students in the metro area. Prior to, he served as the CEO of the Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter Network, which was comprised of four charter schools in New Orleans. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership, with an […]

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  • Kymone Freeman: Story about Working Together

    Kymone Freeman: Story about Working Together

    Kymone Freeman is the director of the National Black LUV Festival recognized as a Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Art Award Finalist for Excellence in Service to the Arts in 2006 and received a Mayoral Proclamation in 2007. est. 1997 NBLF has since become the largest annual AIDS mobilization in WDC. Freeman has appeared along side Mark Twain and Harriet Tubman in newspapers and subway cars throughout WDC metro area as a Clinical AIDS Vaccine Trial Participant and NIH “Everyday Heroes” Ad […]

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  • Vera Oye Yaa-Anna: Feeding My Clothes

    Vera Oye Yaa-Anna: Feeding My Clothes

    Vera Oye Yaa-Anna, affectionately known as Auntie Oye, is executive producer of a West African dinner theatre, Palaver Hut. She teaches personal narrative to youth and adults through storytelling, dance, music, theatre and cuisine, transforming performance settings into West African villages.

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