Elevating: 20 Years of Arts and Activism, LIVE!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY

2:30 PM-4:30 PM

AKILA WORKSONGS will kick off its anniversary year with a one-night only Off-Broadway showcase at BPAC. The show, Elevating: 20 Years of Arts and Activism, LIVE!, is a performance collage of poetry, music, dance, and drama and will take place on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:30pm. For more info, http://www.akilaworksongs.com/. In alphabetical order, confirmed artists include:

Camille A. Brown – Award-winning choreographer for the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire; Artistic Director, Camille A. Brown and Dancers
Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai – Poet, author, 3x feature on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam
Masauko Chimpbere of Blk Sonshine – internationally acclaimed musician
Mo Beasley – Award-winning poet, playwright, and actor
Pyeng Threadgill – Award-winning jazz vocalist and composer
Ras Baraka – Poet, educator, and author; Principal, Central High School, Newark, NJ
Safiya Washington, Poet, Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement alumni and 2011 National Brave New Voices Gland Slam Poetry Champion
Toni Blackman – Internationally acclaimed performance artist; the first Hip Hop Cultural Envoy/Musical Ambassador of the US State Department

The showcase host and DJ are comedian MK Lewis and DJ Lumumba, respectively.