Monday, June 19, 2006

Las Manas-Featured Poets Sacramento

I just want to let you all know I will be in Sacramento this Friday with my 'Manas and maybe you can come through and taste a little of what we been cooking...abrazos

Tell your folks! Tell your Peoples!

LAS MANAS Spitfire Sister Circle will be featuring at
Galeria Posada w/ Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol
1421 R Street downtown Sacramento
Friday June 23

From Las Manas this friday:

Gina is an attorney, artist, and social justice activist from Los Angeles, California. Raised in both the Mexican and Italian traditions, Ginas fuerte flavor is as unique as her cultural identity. In addition to spitting fire in the Bay Area spoken word circuits, Gina is a samba dancer in San Franciscos Brazilian dance and percussion group, MaraReggae, and co-owns a jewelry business, Creadora Designs. Through her artistic, professional, and creative endeavors, Gina is committed to social justice and the empowerment of communities of color.

Maya is a Guatemalan poet, writer and the peoples documentarian. Currently she is finishing a documentary about women spoken word artists in the Bay Area called the Last Word. She also directed a documentary about a non-profit in Brazil entitled "Made in Brazil: Dreams at Work". She associate produced the documentary Reading Between the Rhymes about the use of hip-hop in education. Maya is a fervent advocate for immigrant rights, teaches workshops
to youth, opening hearts and minds to social justice and towards ending discrimination. As a co-coordinator of the End-Dependence Spoken Word/Artists' Collective, founding editor of LA REVISTA Santa Cruz, and performer in LAS MANAS and Epicentro poets, Maya enjoys organizing events showcasing artists who investigate and celebrate the intersection of politics, media and art.

Cruz is shape shifter turned poeta and playwright. She was born and raised in south-east LA (el ley) and made a woman in the Town (Oakland, if you dont know, now you know!) where she has resided for over a decade. As a thespian she has done everything from Shakespeare (with Hugh Richmond sand Colin Cox) to agit prop theater ( with Teatro Manos Arriba), to Broadway musicals (off Broadway, of course) to the original works of such avant-garde and brilliant playwrights as Rosa Gonzalez, Marc David Pinate and Luis Xago Juarez. She is perpetually enamored by her beautiful, adolescent son Elihu and is also currently enamored with everything hyphey and the Gospel according to Mary Magdalene , yaddamean?!

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