Ladies First (Every 1st Saturday @ Hidmo)
8PM Open Mic / 9PM Features / All Ages $5donation
Saturday March 6th, 2010
CARA Birthday Party & International Women’s Day Celebration
Malkia Cyril, Desdamona
and DJ Miss Broadway
hosted by Gigi & Sylva with a special CARA Honor presented to Onion (Ladies First founder)
A monthly open mic and artist showcase, Ladies First provides a safe and supportive space for women, trans, gender non-confirming, two-spirit and queer women to be honored center stage. Each month holds an open mic and features artists acclaimed both locally and internationally. Ladies First is a project of CARA (http://www.cara-seattle.org/ Communitities Against Rape & Abuse) and is sponsored by: Hidmo, KBCS 91.3fm, B-Girl Bench and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.
Featured Artist Bios:
Poet, Malkia A. Cyril, is the Executive Director and founder of the Center for Media Justice. With more than 15 years’ experience as a community organizer, strategist, and communications expert, Malkia has worked with organizations such as the Applied Research Center, We Interrupt This Message, and the Community Organizing Team, and has partnered closely with Consumer’s Union, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the Media and Democracy Coalition, Public Knowledge, the Media Access Project, and Free Press.
Malkia has led dozens of community campaigns; is the author of numerous essays and articles on media, marginalization, and movement-building; and motivates the building of popular movements through the delivery of training, public speeches, and strategic consultation. Malkia is the recipient of the Media Leader award from the Alliance for Community Media, the Emerging Leader award from the Media That Matters Film Festival, and other awards from the Media Justice Fund, Rock the Vote, and others. Malkia has appeared on or in Democracy Now, Hard Knock Radio, Breakdown FM, Free Speech TV, the documentary Outfoxed, the documentary Broadcast Blues, the SF Weekly, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and others. http://centerformediajustice.org
DESDAMONA is an international, award-winning artist; who has taken her distinct lyrics, sound and artistic stylings to audiences from Minnesota to Hawaii, from Puerto Rico toGermany; gracing some of Hip Hop and poetry’s most illustrious stages.
Desdamona has had the pleasure of opening up for distinguished artists including Wyclef Jean, GURU, Bahamadia, Zap Mama, Black Uhuru/Sly & Robbie, Saul Williams, Ursula Rucker and Rhymesayers Artists. She has also shared the stage with other influential Hip Hop artists including Canada’s Eternia and bgirl Rockafella.
Desdamona has worked in over 200 schools throughout the Midwest, conducting workshops and as artist in residence, working with more than 10,000 students in public, private and alternative schools as well as colleges and universities. She has also worked in residencies and workshops in Stillwater Prison, Shakopee Prison, Red Wing Juvenile Facility and the Juvenile Detention Center in Minneapolis MN. http://www.myspace.com/desdamona
International Women’s Day March: Starts noon @ Powell Barnett Park (MLK & Alder) down Jackson to Oxidental Square/Pioneer Square.