D.O.P.E Friday Night Open Mic
The DOPE is Busboys and Poets' Director Of Poetry Events, an innovative artist who not only directs the team that runs some of the HOTTEST Open Mics and Slams in the country, but also serves as a represetative of the DMV poetry and writing community to the country!
Tonight's Feature:Join us for a GOING AWAY
SET from Current DOPE SONYA RENEE
Award winning Poet, Activist and Transformational leader Sonya Renee believes in the life shifting power of art. Sonya is a National and International poetry slam champion, author and educator who has mesmerized audiences across the US, New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Sweden, Canada and the Netherlands as well as in prisons, mental health treatment facilities, homeless shelters, universities, festivals and public schools across the globe. Believing that art is a vehicle for social change, Sonya is founder of The Body is Not An Apology, a global movement focused on radical self love and body empowerment. She is the creator of the RUHCUS Project (Radically Unapologetic Healing Challenge 4 US) a 30-day transformational healing action to address pain, shame, trauma and fear in our lives and the Director of Poetry Events for Busboys and Poets.
Sonya's wild success can be attributed to her commitment to creating art that challenges, engages and heals the human spirit. Her poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies including Spoken Word Revolution:Redux, Growing Up Girl, Off Our Backs, Beltway Quarterly, Just Like A Girl, X Magazine and On the Issues Magazine. Her first collection of poetry, A Little Truth on Your Shirt was released by GirlChild Press in 2010. Sonya’s work has been translated into Dutch, Swedish and German, used as curriculum in universities across the country and abroad, and as a tool for community and national action for organizations such as the Black AIDS Institute, HIV Campus Education, Gloria Steinem’s reproductive rights organization, Choice USA and Advocates for Youth. Sonya has shared stages with such luminaries as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harry Belafonte, Dr. Cornell West, Amiri Baraka, Jill Scott, Last Poets, Macy Gray, Whoopie Goldberg and many more. Ms. Renee has also seen commercial success with appearances on HBO, Oxygen Network, BET, CNN, PBS, NPR, TV One and MTV.
With all her success, Sonya has still found time to devote herself to social justice and activism. With a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S.A., she is the former Capacity Building and Training Director for the Black AIDS Institute, the nation’s only HIV/AIDS think-tank focused exclusively on the HIV epidemic in Black communities. She has served on the National Board of Directors for the arts and activism organization, Blackout Arts Collective. She is a lead teaching artist for Lyrical Minded, an arts and transformational learning program working with incarcerated, at-risk and mentally ill youth in locked and alternative facilities for San Francisco Unified School District. Sonya serves on the Board of Directors for the poetry of protest organization, Split This Rock and she serves as the current Director of Poetry Events for Busboys and Poets, four restaurants in the DC region focused on the intersection of art and social justice. She continues to lend her talents and time in direct service with at-risk youth, HIV +, sex workers, incarcerated, and those most impacted by social inequality. All the while, Sonya has toured the globe, as a performer and speaker at hundreds of colleges, universities, conferences, and public venues as a champion of Human Rights, International Award Winning Poet and a captivating and entertaining artist.
In 2011, Sonya founded The Body is Not An Apology, an international movement focused on radical self-love and body empowerment! The Body is Not An Apology boasts over 14,000 members on 5 continents who believe that discrimination, social inequality and injustice are manifestations of our inability to make peace with the body, our own and others. Through education, personal transformation projects and community building, The Body is Not an Apology fosters global, radical, unapologetic self-love which translates to radical human action in service toward a more just and compassionate world. Sonya is currently touring workshops, performances and lectures focused on radical unapologetic healing and personal transformation. Art can change, shift, investigate, entertain, illuminate and make us fall in love with ourselves and each other. It is from this unapologetic truth that Sonya Renee’s work is.
Finalists for the next D.O.P.E will be announced!
THIS NIGHT WILL BE EPIC!! Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear. List opens at 10:30 PM.
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