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Team STooPS Thanks You!!
Despite the trying times we are faced this year, STooPS was still committed to uniting our community both locally and virtually through art. In July we held Art on Da STooP featuring some amazing local artists and it was a huge success. Our neighbors and others in attendance beamed at how impactful it was to see live performance and be in community in a safe way during quarantine.
Thank you BedStuy neighbors, our virtual community, the awesome artists, and our local sponsors for making STooPS 2020 a blast!
We look forward to rocking with you all again next year!
STooPS 2020 Artists
Sway to the melodic tunes of soulful songbird Amma Whatt whose music is a modern-pop fusion of Soul, Afro-Caribbean styles, House and Jazz.
Get caught in the rapture of the afro-futurist immersive performance experience of Bridges: A Pan-Afrikan ARTS Movement with poetry by Wéma Ragophala, vocals by PitsiRa Ragophala, and music by Malcolm Melendez.
Dance to the hot jamz by DJ Sabine Blaizin whose work focuses on the exposure and pleasures of African diasporic music.
Enjoy the amazingly colorful visuals of Mut'Sun, the dynamic mother and son duo formed by Ovila Lemon and her 9 year old son, Cleson.
Get a gut busting laugh from Dave Lester who isn't even a comic- he's a Brooklyn bred social scientist whose grown up and took hilarious notes!
Enjoy the smooth dance moves by Mikaila Ware, member of the infamous dance company Urban Bush Women.
STooPS stands in solidarity with #BLACKLIVESMATTER
STooPS is born in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY-a historically black neighborhood- and conceived by our Founder, Kendra J. Ross -a black woman. While we are committed to unifying everyone in our neighborhood, we are also intentional about lifting the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This means featuring BIPOC artists, supporting small, local black owned businesses, and creating alliances with organizations that similarly are led by and service BIPOC folks. We do this as a means to do our part in undoing the systemic racism that has been perpetuated in all the threads of our society. We encourage our white neighbors, businesses, attendees, and leaders to be intentional in doing work within their own communities to raise up and honestly support BIPOC people. We all should make shifts in how we work to recognize and take steps to undo the racism that has affected all our humanity.
Pictured above is STooPS alumni artist Taja Lindley performing excerpts of her work “This Ain’t A Eulogy.” where she created a tapestry of 86 trash bags that names each of the 86 unarmed Black people killed by the police since Amadou Diallo in 1999. She performed this in 2015; we are saddened that this year her tapestry would need to lengthen. However, we are honored to feature artists whose work speak to the activism we support and practices we embody inside our organization.