Rivers of Honey October 2013 Performers

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is
an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright, actress, video blogger and mixed media visual artist who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane. Etaghene has self-published three collections of poetry, toured nationally and performed in over 30 u.s. cities. She is contributing Writer to None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa, a sound documentary project that collects the stories of QLGBT Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. She has toured nationally with her multimedia one-woman show, Volcano’s Birthright{s}. Etaghene has written and directed 2 poem videos (“The First Time” [2010] and “i deserve somebody” [2011]) that marry film, poetry and music. Etaghene has self-published 3 chapbooks of poetry: afrocrown: fierce poetry (2000), write or die (2004) and tongue twisted transcontinental sista (2006.) She independently released an album of poetry and music entitled liberty avenue, nigeria, usa (2004.) She has shared stages with Amina Baraka, Bonfire Madigan, Sharon Bridgforth, Staceyann Chin, climbing poeTree, Invincible, Las Krudas, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Lenelle Moïse, DJ Moni, Queen GodIs, Ongina Ryan, Hanifah Walidah & innumerable other brilliant magic-makers. Find her at http://myloveisaverb.com/
Photo by Ep Li

Tina Vernon

Fusing her Texas roots, old time religion, and city slicker sensibilities, Tina Vernon transcends genre distinction. This year, her highly anticipated solo performance piece, WANTED, in which she merged music for the first time with her playwriting, premiered in Seattle in a co-production between the Hansberry Project and the Central District Forum for Arts and ideas to rave reviews. She has been selected as a touring artist for the National Performance Network and is now working on a political love story about the Cuba/US embargo. This fall, she will travel internationally experimenting with new forms of media and music. Her music has been featured throughout the US, including but not limited to performances at Littlefield in Brooklyn, the Triple Door in Seattle, the WhatClub in Los Angeles, Opening Bell in Dallas, and for Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People.” Visit her Facebook: website for more info: www.tinavernon.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tina-Vernon/440812252635790?ref=hl

Makeda Voletta, also known as Queen Lioness, the Body Scientist and the Renaissance Amazon is a Native New Yorker born and raised in Harlem, NY with her twin brother. Makeda is a student of the dances of the African Diaspora especially those in the Americas of Congo descent. She’s danced for Haitian and Congolese folkloric companies in NYC and is a student of Afro Puerto Rican, Haitian, Afro Dominican and Congolese drumming styles. Makeda has a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Nutrition from the University of Delaware and completed graduate work in Applied Physiology and Nutrition at Columbia University. Makeda is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Olympic Weightlifting Coach and Sports Nutritionist. For the past 7 years she teaches "Sensual Strength Training," a class on how to use the cosmic yoni egg to strengthen and connect to the muscles that support our sexual organs. Makeda has also been a Sacred Sexual Educator and a warrior for Women's reproductive rights since she was in Junior High School. You can find out more about Makeda Voletta at
https://www.facebook.com/mvoletta http://thebodyscientist.com

2013 – 2014 Resident Artists Chauvet Bishop

Originally from North Carolina, Chauvet is a licensed massage therapist/ healer, and has been the licensed massage therapist for Rivers of Honey featured performers. She is a poet, singer, student of life, supporter and lover of art and all things beautiful.

the burlesque class series by Deflouered Productions, Foxy has performed both nationally and internationally in London, Connecticut, California, Phili, and NYC. Foxy was the headliner for DC Gurly Show. Her motto is

After completing

Foxy Squire


EMBRACE YOUR SPECTACLE. She shares her love for deviant art and dark beauty through burlesque.

Takara Estes – Altar goddess – born and raised in New York has been dancing African diasporic professional dance from West African to Hatian dance for 16 years, Orisha dance for 4 years. She continues to share her gift of dancing, and working as a dance assistant for a non profit dance company "ourfolklore " for young girls.
is co-founder of Philadelphia urban creators a nonprofit teaching sustainability and entrepreneurship to youth in north central Philly. When she's not teaching or turning compost she's interning for Philly's largest poetry collective Spoken Soul 215, helping run the city's largest open mic! Jeaninne has been performing and writing for almost 10 years and hopes to infuse artistic and sustainable practices into less fortunate communities all over the country.

Rivers of Honey October 2013 Transformations
Embrace your Oshun Energy!!!

Jeaninne Kayembe – Host

DJ Zena Hello beauties! I've been DJing for about 5 years now. I have experience playing for various types of events, from nightclubs down to neighbor bbq's. My favorite genres to spin are old school house and R&B music. I can also do electro and Afro house, hip-hop, dancehall, alternative, and rock music. I have a full setup and am capable of entertaining at any event. My prices are negotiable. If anyone's interested, hit me up 917-524-9263 or at facebook.com/djzena. Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Co-Producer lesbian separatist, writer, Archivist, Librarian, and Brooklyn native, whose work is focused on preserving the stories of women of color, particularly African ancestral lesbians. She archives at the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Jaz Smith-Cruz, Co-Producer – Artist, Writer, Barber.
She has been a member of WOW for eight years and a Producer and organizer of Rivers of Honey for seven years. She single-handedly resurrected the Rivers of Honey framework to represent a spiritual artist space for women of color. You:

Co-Produced by Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz & Jaz Smith-Cruz
Flyer & Program Design: Shawn Smith-Cruz Direction: Jaz Smith-Cruz Lights: Jasmine Presson Video: Jaz Smith-Cruz Sound: DJ Zena Artist Massages: Chauvet Bishop House Manager: Tanesha Ford Staff: Lomo, Lorraine, Gaelle, Jane

With our Ancestors, we honor the Goddess & Orisha

Oshun, Ochun, Osun, Oxum, Ochún, Osun, Oxum New Email: riversofhoneynyc@gmail.com

Rivers of Honey is a Cabaret held the first Friday of Every Month at WOW Café Theater highlighting the art of womyn of color. For more information, to join us, perform, or hear about our other events find us online at http://riversofhoney.com Rivers of Honey is a member of WOW Café Theater a woman and trans theater collective. For more info: http://wowcafe.org