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excerpts from the Stage Play “One Drop” by Andrea J. Fulton

Abdul Badi

Angoleiros Do Brooklyn

Autumn Scoggan

Kwabena A. Safo-Agyekum

Maxine Montilus

miss al boogie

Nasrene Haj

Nicholas Powers

Noni Rene

Sky Davison

Tiffany B Chanel

Timothy Prolific Jones

Veleda Roehl/Panzee Dance

Ziedah Diata

The Noel Pointer Foundation’s Phantazia String Players

 

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Abdul Badi exhibited original oil paintings and canvas prints. Learn more about his work at artofabdulbadi.com.

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Andrea J. Fulton, has roots in the midwest and in the deep south. She maintains a goal of communicating in classic ways where her timeless songs maintain relevance for people regardless of their age or background. She likes to remind people of the importance of family and the power of love, faith and acceptance, not only of others but also of ourselves. She’s a graduate of Northwestern University and remains excited about sparking conversations and touching, connecting and inspiring people to see the power in their interactions. She maintains a goal of raising the bar in the writing and production of great theatrical showcases. She has two new plays and a non-profit arts organization in development. She says she truly believes Gandhi’s mantra that “we must be the change we wish to see” and it shows. Write her at OneRightAnswer@aol.com with any comments or questions.

Andrea presented excerpts from the stage play One Drop,  a stage play with music that has gotten rave reviews. It’s the story of a mulatto in 1800’s Louisiana where power, control, love, faith and fear collide as he choose not to “pass,” a choice that calls into question his values and loyalties and also those of everyone he encounters. This is a story whose time has come and has appeal for everyone.

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Angoleiros Do Brooklyn is a cultural arts collective of Capoeiristas in Brooklyn. Our work is to sustain the art of Capoeira Angola through movement, music classes, Weekly and Monthly Capoeira circles. Members have a background in capoeira, performing/visual arts, and music but are all Capoeiristas training together and sharing knowledge about the Afro-Brazilian martial art. Their objective is to be a community resource that helps youth, families and adults connect through art and culture. Visit them on FACEBOOK to learn more.

They had a Capoeira Circle at STooPS event to further extend this art to the community.

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Autumn Scoggan holds her Bachelors of Arts in Dance and Women’s Studies from Kansas State University and has always had a great passion for choreographing, entertaining, and social activism. Her training includes the American Dance Festival, Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and the Dagra Music Center in Ghana, West Africa. Autumn is currently developing a new performing arts film series called EXPRESSION: The Film Series, performing with Maverick Dance Experience, Marjani Forte, working as the Administrative Associate with LOVE|FORTÉ A COLLECTIVE, loving vibrantly, and growing in the New York scene. Visit her on FACEBOOK to learn more and follow her work.

Autumn Scoggan‘s piece reflects themes of power, connectivity, reflection, and control. How are two women both connected and separated through history, gender, time, structure, culture, and experience? How can they go from being restrained and resistant to controlling their own destinies?

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Kwabena A. Safo-Agyekum is a first generation American hailing from Ghana, West Africa; born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He is a finance professional at Morgan Stanley Investment Management with over six years of experience.

Along with a lengthy career in financial services, Kwabena has always found time for his true passion – dance. He is an award winning dancer, choreographer and teacher, with specialization in West African, Ballet, Haitian, Hip-Hop, Improvisation, Jazz, Modern, and Stepping. Kwabena has performed works by artists such as Jacques d’Amboise, Carol Lonnie, Chuck Davis, Thomas Ford Evans, Heidi Henderson, Terry Creach, Lisa Moran, Ellen Cornfield, and Laura Dean.

Kwabena is currently a member of Ase Dance Theater Collective and Echoes Dance Company. He is the recipient of the Dartmouth College Lorraine Hansberry & James Van Der Zee Award for Performing Arts and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Visit him on FACEBOOK for more information.

Kwabena’s performances to “Fine China” by Chris Brown, “Power It Up” by Rihanna, and “All Nite (Don’t Stop)” by Janet Jackson represent a medley of his work that incorporates aspects of West African, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Modern Dance. Featuring fellow artist Richel Cuyler, these pieces are a sampling of his enduring commitment to the arts. “It is both an honor and a privilege to share my passion for dance with you.”

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Maxine
Maxine Montilus is a native of Brooklyn, New York and a first-generation American born Haitian woman. Maxine has a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from The University of the Arts, and an M.A. in Arts Management from City University London. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director and performer with Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits and member of KaNu Dance Theater. She has performed with Ase Dance Theatre Collective and Balasole Dance Company.

As a choreographer, Maxine has presented work at the “Being Bushified!” culture and community series hosted by Urban Bush Women, The Actors Fund Arts Center, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Dance New Amsterdam and the inaugural Rex Nettleford Arts Conference in Kingston, Jamaica.

Maxine has also had a long career in arts education, and has coordinated programs for healthcare facilities, public schools and individual nonprofit arts organizations.

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miss al boogie is a verb, not just a name. Called “al boogie” by some bboy friends in Breaks Kru, al originally saw the name as a joke. Yet, it stuck and she added the ‘miss’ to assert her femininity, mostly because of assumptions made on online music and dance forums.

Despite its origin, the name is a true description of who miss al boogie is. A mover, a shaker, a go-getter. A dancer, a choreographer, a singer/songwriter. A teaching artist, an artivist, a mentor.

“I love everything that’s inspired and influenced me from the past, but I don’t want to be retro. I want to pay homage to all of those styles, but put my voice, my imprint on them and bring them forward into the future,” she says.

al is continuing to balance her music, dance and teaching life and has already begun production on her next album. You can catch her live often in NYC. Stay tuned to her WEBSITE for more information and follow her @missalboogie.

miss al boogie performed a few of her musical selections with the help and interpretation of her boogie monster dancers. We like people! Come join us!

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Nasrene Haj
Nasrene Haj is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been performed at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Sarah Lawrence College, The Shops at 145 Front Street, and Harrisonburg, Virginia where she set a piece on the Shenandoah Contemporary Dance Theater. In October 2012, Nasrene founded The Creators Collective, a start-up arts organization focusing on interdisciplinary collaborations, site-specific work and an arts and local business cooperative. Nasrene’s choreography is deeply influenced by this work. Learn more about Nasrene’s work on her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, or TWITTER.

Nasrene Haj created a site-specific movement-based work for STooPS that explores the spatial and cultural character of a Brooklyn stoop. Merging individuality with uniformity, each performer will present a unique solo built from the same score. The STooPS performance will be the first time these solos are performed together and a written score with cues and hints will be available to support both the audience and performer experience.

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The Noel Pointer Foundation was incorporated in 1995 under the direction of Chinita Pointer, wife of the late Grammy nominated jazz violinist Noel Pointer. In 1998, the Noel Pointer Foundation created a string music education program for 12 students at Public School 44. Fulfilling an incredible need, they were soon asked to do the same many other New York State Schools. In 1999 NPF instituted the Summer String Program. In 2000 NPF created new opportunities for inner-city youth by opening the Saturday Strings program. The NPF Youth Orchestra, formed in 2008, performs with famous music icons and ensembles such as Mos Def, Mark O’Connor, Strings of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Since the Foundation’s inception, NPF has served over 17,500 New York City children. We offer students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grades a combination of Suzuki and traditional methods of string technique, music theory, music-based notation and history.

The Noel Pointer Foundation’s Phantazia String Players presented a compilation of contemporary R&B and classical pieces, performed on violin, viola, cello and double bass. A talented set of NPF young musicians, they played any and everything from “Stand By Me” to Brandenburg.

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Nicholas Powers is a poet, journalist and professor. His first book, Theater of War, was published by Upset Press. He has written for The Indypendent, Alternet and The Village Voice. He teaches literature at SUNY Old Westbury and co-hosts the long running New York City College Poetry Slam at the Nuyorican Cafe.

Poetry for the People is an act of participatory poetry in which a group of strangers will be led into a collective act of composition. They took a theme or idea, and had each person will contribute a line or image by listening to the person before and thinking of the person after. It created a shared experience of listening and bonding.

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Noni Rene
Noni Rene is a self-taught artist from Brooklyn, NY who at the age of 6 started learning music by playing the violin. Her decision to pursue music has not gone without conflict but ultimately Noni Rene has decided life is too precious to waste to not pursue her passion, music.
Recently, Noni Rene has released her first single, “Get Out of Here” from her debut album “It’s About Me Now.” She also has another single “Solace In Me” featuring Nisho, with whom she is working on an EP . She has performed at the Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Grand Opening Block Party and the Odunde Festival in Philadelphia, opening for Hip Hop legend, Big Daddy Kane. Although Noni considers being a rock artist, she produces and composes music of other genres such R&B, Electronica, and even Jazz.
To listen to Noni Rene visit http://www.reverbnation.com/nonirene. Learn more about her on her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and YOUTUBE.

Noni Rene performed 3 – 4 original songs off of her upcoming album “It’s About Me Now.”

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Tiffany B Chanel is a self taught designer from Brooklyn, NY. She chooses to share her passion with the world because it came upon her as a gift. We were not created to follow people trends, nor lose ourselves behind labels. We are here as individuals, made with differences in our personalities that may separate us from one another. She to show you how your personality can be shown without speaking, better yet, help you make a statement without word. Visit Tiffany on FACEBOOK, TWITTER or her WEBSITE to learn more.

Tiffany displayed  “Walking Art!” She filled her stoop with a variety of different hand painted sneakers. Two to Three pairs of these sneakers will be inspired by the movie “Do the Right Thing”. The movie was filled with tons of exclusive kicks in our very own neighborhood. Her purpose is to give people a way to express their personality through walking art.

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Tim Prolofic Jones
Timothy Prolific Jones is a Black Long Island Native who seeks to give voice to unspoken experiences and invisible communities. He is a poet, writer, activist, educator, performer, marketer, publishing consultant, and champion of independent artists. His poetry has been published in the graphic novel, Gunplay, and in the New School literary journal, 12th Street. Pro Jones has preformed at venues including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bar 13, Cornell University, New York University, The New School, and Rikers Island Academy. He is currently working on a several book projects, and possesses an uncanny ability to incorporate hip-hop into any discussion. And he really doesn’t like Rick Ross. Really. Enjoy more of his antics on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, and YOUTUBE.

Timothy Prolific Jones shared a medley of recent work that included a dedication to Trayvon Martin, open letters to Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and hip-hop culture. His poetry performances were a mix between literary reading and hip-hop cipher, with a focus on audience engagement and interaction to further the discussion of the role of art in community and culture.

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Veleda Roehl
Veleda Roehl/Panzee Dance is a doula, dancer, choreographer, storyteller and movement educator who began her formal dance training with Fernando Schaffenburg in her native Fort Worth, Texas. She received her B.A. from the Experimental Performance Institute at New College of California. She studied and performed contemporary and folkloric dances of the African Diaspora with Malia Connor, Tânia Santiago, and Amara Tabor-Smith. Her theater background includes work with director Yvonne Brewster O.B.E., and Nigerian playwright Femi Euba. She’s recently performed with ASE Dance Theatre Collective, receiving a 2011 Isadora Duncan Dance Award, with Hugh Masekela at Jazz at Lincoln Center and in BAM’s Next Wave Festival with choreographer Millicent Johnnie in “Symphony For The Dance Floor” featuring the music of DBR. Her choreography was featured in New York City Opera’s “Treemonisha”. She’s an administrative member of Nia Love and Marjani Forte’s Love|Forte Collective and currently works at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries.

Sista Wolf and Mother Love: an urban folktale (excerpt)
Two sisters born under an oath…one destiny beyond imagination. A collaborative work that uses traditional and contemporary dance to tell the story of two sisters and two families whose lives are intertwined: one human family and one wolf family. Performed by Veleda Roehl and Jovan Clay. Based on an original folktale by Veleda Roehl.

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Ziedah Diata
Ziedah Diata, a resident of Bed Stuy, has crafted participatory art pieces for her friends and family, and has shown and sold her work at fundraiser art shows in Brooklyn. Ziedah uses her pieces to draw the public into creative and challenging dialogue, primarily on issues of social justice and matters of spirit/self reflection.

This piece, “I/you/we will grow,” is an interactive living work that invites the viewer to co-create, play, build and conspire with both the artist/instigator and other public co-creators by expressing their intention directly on the piece. The work–rendered in acrylic, oils and magnetic paint–asks each co-creator to dig deep and answer the question: In your time on this planet, what will you grow? Movable magnetic pieces invite the viewer deeper into the spirit of creative conspiracy. “I/you/we will grow” had its first public co-creation at the 2013 Figment Arts Festival on Governor’s Island, NYC.

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