• February 20, 2016
  • 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Area 5 (5th Floor) 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
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Part of 29 Days of Blackness: Engage in Culture and Transformation.

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Dazié Rustin Grego curates a night of inspiring, courageous and raw poetry, performance, jazz, visual art and song, celebrating the beautiful intricacies of the Black narrative. Performances by Chinaka Hodge, Dazié Rustin Grego, Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, and Joyce Lee. 

About the performers:

Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, California, she graduated from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the 174th Commencement exercise. In 2010, Chinaka received USC's prestigious Annenberg Fellowship to continue her studies at its School of Cinematic Arts. She received her MFA in Writing for Film and TV in 2012. In the fall of that year, she received the SF Foundation's Phelan Literary Award for emerging Bay Area talent. Chinaka was also a 2012 Artist in Residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA. In January 2013, Hodge was a Sundance Feature Film lab Fellow for her script, 700th&Int'l. In June of 2013 Chinaka began as a first year fellow at Cave Canem's prestigious summer retreat.
For over a decade, Hodge has worked in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation's leading literary arts non-profit. During her tenure there, Chinaka served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks' core population as a teaching artist and poet mentor. She has acted in comparable capacities in New York and Los Angeles at Urban Word NYC and Get Lit: Words Ignite. When not educating or writing for the page, Chinaka rocks mics as a founding member of a collaborative Hip Hop ensemble, The Getback. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, Believer Magazine, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry.


Dazié Rustin Grego is a poet, performance artist and activist. Dazié's performance work and style was developed at The Experimental Performance Institute at New College San Francisco where he received his BA in Queer Performance and Activism. He has developed and produced several solo plays including 3, Where Is Adam and I AM A MAN. Giving credit where credit is due led to Dazié working with legendary ensembles and collectives, The Deep Dickollective, The Pomo Afro Homo's and Queer Identified Objects.

Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe (Actor/Writer) is an award-winning director, actor and writer. She has directed at Trinity Rep, Magic Theatre, TheatreWorks, WaterTower Theatre/Dallas, Mark Taper Forum, Southern Rep in New Orleans and Alabama Shakespeare, among others. A one-time performer with the San Francisco Mime Troupe Edris has performed at many regional and independent theaters and for more than a decade was a lead artist for Rhodessa Jones' The Medea Project; Theatre for Incarcerated Women. Edris' original solo performances have been seen at Northwestern University, the University of Illinois and the University of Florida in Gainesville in San Francisco at AfroSolo Festival, Intersection For the Arts and other small independent venues, including her own Sugar Shack Performance Gallery and Cultural Center in the Lower Haight (1991-1993). Internationally, Edris has performed in Ibadan, Nigeria and Berlin, Germany and presented scholarship on performance in Mexico, the UK and the Netherlands. Her current project is a trilogy Adventures Of A Black Girl. Her 2010 performance of the first part, Adventures of A Black Girl In Search of Academic Clarity and Inclusion was presented as part of the solo/black/women festival at Northwestern University, is being created as a video game and will be published in an anthology by Northwestern University Press later this year. The second installment in the trilogy, Adventures Of A Black Girl: Traveling While Black was recently presented at Brava Theater and Eastside Cultural Center and will be on a college tour in 2016.

Joyce Lee is an international poet, educator, and storyteller who loves writing. Joyce was born and raised East Oakland California and discovered Slam poetry at 26 (2007). Joyce lee is the 2009 and 2010 Oakland Grand Slam Champion - the only womyn to win the title two consecutive years. Joyce Lee is also the 2014 Ill List Champion and the most frequented female storyteller on NPR's Snap Judgment and is now organizing her first One Womyn Show and book of collective writings. To know more about Joyce Lee please visit TheMuseWorkshop.com

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Curated by Ahmunet Jessica Jordon (MFA).

*Poster design by Nye' Lyn Tho

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