Voices Rising Presents Pride – 2012! June 29

VOICES RISING PRESENTS: blackberri + amber flame, crystal ybarra, imani sims, okanomode

FIERCE PRIDE | JUNE 29, 2012 | WASHINGTON HALL| 8 – 10 pm (Doors at 7 pm)

Show Tickets $10-25. sliding scale

Advance Tickets www.brownpapertickets.com

Since its debut in 2007, Voices Rising has showcased the best queer performers of color. Brilliant feature performers like Evelyn Harris, Edwina Lee Tyler have hit the stage and set it on fire. Our lineup always pairs the night’s feature with Seattle’s hottest emerging stars to kickoff the showcase. Artist and activist Storme Webber founded Voices Rising to create a space where we can celebrate our best and brightest artists and the best parts of ourselves. Past shows have featured performances by standout artists such as Nedra Johnson, D’LO, Mami Watu & Avery R. Young, Christa Bell, Dakota Camacho and many, many more. Visit voicesrising.org for more details about our work.


Blackberri is a singer, song-maker, poet, writer, photographer, health educator and community advocate. Born in 1945 in Buffalo, NY , Blackberri grew up in Baltimore. He has written and performed original music for films including Word is Out and Looking for Langston, as well as recording the soundtrack for the Haight-Ashbury radio history of SF “Knocking at the Gateway of Gold.” He appeared in the first anthology of Gay Men’s music. His debut album Blackberri and Friends (1981) featured his classic song “Eat The Rich.” Blackberri has performed music and appeared in Marlon Rigg’s groundbreaking films Tongues Untied, No Regrets, Anthems, Affirmation, and Black is Black Ain’t. He has become one of the most visible black queer artist in the country and lives in Oakland, CA.


Last of the Redhot Mamas is a collaborative band created by poet and singer Amber Flame. This ensemble weaves lyrical poetry and soul based blues with instrumental and vocal grooves.


Crystal Ybarra: Automatic. Iconoclastic. Psychosomatic. Enigmatic. Melodramatic. Erratic. Traumatic. Climactic. Whackytastic and smoothly charismatic.


Imani Sims is a brilliant queer poet who uses her poetry as a vehicle for community transformation.


Okanomodé (pronounced uh-kahn-uh-mah-day) is the grandson of a pastor & protégé of afronauts, poets, sex therapists & porn stars. A musical, literary & visual shape-shifter, he ceaselessly re-defines genre, gender, spiritual & sexual expression with irrefutable funk & grace.




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