HAPPY CHRISTMAHANUKWANZAAKKAH! It’s that time of year!!! I hope this holiday season finds you well. This month is very special to me for many reasons. One of my favorite Christmas memories is visiting my grandmother in New Jersey and sharing secret laughs with my father across the dinner table because we could never understand why
TODAY IS THE DAY! You’ve heard what led me to produce this performance. You’ve met a phenomenal group of featured artists. You’ve even gotten a glimpse of our rehearsal process. AND if you have already made a donation, your generosity is GREATLY appreciated!!! If you haven’t made a donation, TIME IS ALMOST UP! Our indiegogo
WE ARE ALMOST THERE! I have few words (and energy) left nowadays, but I wanted to share a little of our process with you. Who says work is no fun?! So check out some of the fun we’ve been workin’ out DAY and NIGHT: Click HERE if you can’t see the video. And we’ll look
I present to you (in the midst of costume shopping, confirming reception goodies, and trying to make sure my head stays on my shoulders!)… THIS WEEK’S ARTIST . . . TENDAYI KUUMBA Lover of Life and the pulse that drives it, Tendayi Kuumba is an innovator, performer, dancer, singer, entertainer of the soul born in Washington, DC and
We are 9 days away! I might have officially started losing marbles at this point, but I’m loving every minute of it! I’m really looking forward to all the magic that . . . first . . . has in store for you (and for me!). What kind of magic, you say?! The GENIUS kind
Can you believe the show is only two weeks away?! I sure can’t. I can’t describe all the things I’m feeling these days, but two of the most important feelings is OVERWHELMING LOVE and INDESCRIBABLE GRATITUDE! Our indieGoGo is just under 1/2 of the way there! People are buying tickets! And everyone is so amazingly supportive and rooting for, not my, but OUR success.
And speaking of US…
THIS WEEK’S ARTIST . . . SYDNIE L. MOSLEY
Sydnie L. Mosley is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer and teaching artist. She earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa and is also an alumna of Barnard College at Columbia University where she earned her BA in Dance and Africana Studies. She is currently an Alumnae Fellow with the Barnard Center for Research on Women, a position that allows her to deepen her artistic work with the resources of the academy. She presents her choreography with her Harlem-based company Sydnie L. Mosley Dances. Her work has notably been presented in the Chen Dance Center newsteps program, the FIGMENT Festival, RoofTop Dance, as a part of the New York Foundation for the Arts Boot Camp Arts Festival, the Harlem Arts Alliance Artz, Rootz & Rhythm Festival, and at The Actors Fund Art Theater. In 2012 she will present at the Joyce Soho, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Judson Church and Barnard College.
Sydnie currently performs with INSPIRIT, an all female collaborative dance company; and is dance faculty for The DreamYard Preparatory School and the Grosvenor House YMCA. Learn more at http://sydnielmosley.com
Sydnie and her company will present an excerpt from their newest evening-length work, The Window Sex Project, which addresses and tackles the every day practice in which women are “window shopped.”
Have you bought your tickets yet?
AND OF COURSE if you can’t make it to the show? Please support us by making a donation. No amount is too small! http://www.indiegogo.com/first.
Ebonie Smith is a singer-songwriter/music producer and creative entrepreneur based in New York City. She has performed at a number of NYC’s premiere venues (SOB’s, Webster Hall, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) as well as at Le Centre Culturel Francais in Cameroon, West Africa. A skilled beat-maker, Ebonie has crafted songs for artists based all over the world, most notably Israel’s African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem. She has also worked alongside soul legend Nona Hendryx of Labelle to coordinate Unfiltered Music, an arts collective for independent musicians. Ebonie is also the founder of Eudora House, a boutique music production company. While a student at Barnard, Ebonie organized the Gender Amplified: Women & Technological Innovation in Hip Hop academic conference in collaboration with the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard’s Africana Studies Program, and Femmixx.com. This day-long conference brought together hip hop producers, scholars, artists, activists, and music enthusiasts to assess the impact that gender identities have on the field of music technology and women’s participation in hip hop production culture. In addition to her Barnard degree, she holds a Master’s degree in music technology from New York University.
You can learn more about Ebonie and see her event schedule at http://eboniesmith.com/. Ebonie also has TWO (yes one PLUS one) albums available on iTunes, Third World Symphony and Urban Polka Dots.
CHECK THEM OUT!
Ebonie has created a new version of her song, “The Burden” (on Third World Symphony), which she will perform LIVE at “…first…”. Have you bought your tickets yet? (http://bit.ly/anae-first)
P.S. WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS!!! Our indieGoGo is just over 1/3 of the way there! Can’t make it to the show? Please support us by making a donation. No amount is too small! http://www.indiegogo.com/first.
WE’RE ONE MONTH AWAY!
Time surely flies when you’re having fun, and we are ALL having so much fun in preparation for the magic of “…first…”
I want to spend the next couple of weeks sharing some of these wonderful featured artists with you!
FIRST UP . . . CHARLY AND MARGAUX
Charly and Margaux are a Brooklyn-based female violin and viola duo whose music infuses elements from a broad spectrum of genres, resulting in a unique and unbridled sound. Their complimentary musical styles produce a colorfully sophisticated symphonic blend that intrigues and fascinates listeners. The two ladies split their time between composing original pieces, arranging modern interpretations of classic works, and performing for intimate crowds.
Charly and Margaux will be playing LIVE at the performance AND the reception. Have you bought your tickets yet? (http://bit.ly/anae-first)
P.S. Our indieGoGo is over 1/4 of the way there! Can’t make it to the show? Please support us by making a donation. No amount is too small! http://www.indiegogo.com/first.
We’re getting closer!
Rehearsals are groovin! Postcards are printin! And you can NOW purchase YOUR ticket to come support this amazing group of artists.
TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS, VISIT BIT.LY/ANAE-FIRST
or search for ANAE on brownpapertickets.com.
REMEMBER, the Theater @ BAX seats 70 people.
I would love for you to be one of them!
P.S. Can’t make it to the performance? You can still support the show by making a donation on indieGoGo. indiegogo.com/first
AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ALREADY MADE A DONATION. THIS SHOW WOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU!
Happy new year!
I gotta be honest, 2012 has already thrown me some hard curve balls, and I know the fire has just begun! But there are two things my father would always tell me as a child that remain close to my heart and spirit…
“To stumble is not to fall, but to move forward faster.”
“As you keep taking steps on your journey, you will be met with universal grace.”
In one week, 6 people were truly MY universal grace. Their donations to my production, “…first…”, reminded me through every moment of doubt and frustration that I have not fallen. That my dream is valuable. That I AM taking the steps meant for MY journey.
Take a moment to check out the show on IndieGoGo and also share it with your friends.
All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. http://www.indiegogo.com/first
The Year of the Dragon is approaching. My fire is burning, but I can always use a little extra fuel. Please ignite the flame by continuing to share and support “…first…”