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Empowered is a night of poetry, live music and speaking series curated to empower Women of Color and encourage them to heal from their traumas and change their narratives.

Organizer/Publishing Author/Speaker - Slandie is a poet, freelance writer and a cultural curator. After years of trying to assimilate into a society that would never celebrate her duality as a black woman and an immigrant, Slandie decided to catalyze her rebirth through her poetry. She completed her first poetry chapbook Dénouement inspired by emotionally reconnecting with her mother. Dénouement is a record of Slandie’s healing as she regained balance over her mental health, unearthed a deeper understanding about the ways maternal relationships (or lack thereof) affected her, defied society’s constructs of race and gender, planted and nurtured self love until she blossomed. Slandie owns the blog Hidden Angles where she hopes to use her voice to inspire others into taking action and remind women that they have a voice that’s meant to be used without needing permission or validation. Slandie is the president and founder of Black Millennial Book Club - an initiative created in an effort to bring Black Millennials together to read books written by Black Authors.

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Poetry and Live Music - Rhonny is a Dominican writer and artist from Boston who is on a mission to melt away the toxicity of the world. He is an advocate for the healing and nurturing of the Divine Feminine in men. His work depicts vulnerability as a strength. He taps into his traumas to create beautiful poems and songs in which he draws stories that are healing for himself & others. His artwork also features various pictures of light and colorful balloons that serve as metaphors for pain and traumas. He believes that healing is a celebration, and that the balloons are the wounds you let go of.

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Speaking on “The importance of Mental Health: A Holistic Approach” - Keyona is a LMHC, who earned her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in holistic practice from Lesley University. Keyona recently opened a home-based wellness boutique / private practice - Inspired release - where she provides therapy and treatment to women, youth, and their families. She has integrated her 15 years of clinical mental health experience with what she knows to be true for herself and so many others: awareness of the body, movement, and curiosity are crucial to emotional/mental well being and soul level healing. Inspired Release's mission is to maximize the healing and level of wellness experienced by guests by engaging in contemplative practices, within the context of supportive, nurturing, community. Her belief in the body as instrumental in mental and emotional healing led her to become an ACE certified personal trainer in 2003, AFAA certified Group Exercise Instructor in 2006​, Vinyasa Yoga instructor in 2009, and to train with Project Adventure in Adventure Based Counseling. When she is not counseling or guiding workshops, Keyona enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, and creating expressive art pieces.

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Speaking on “Self awareness and awareness of others within the constructs of race and gender” - Tiffany is a charismatic, energetic, down to earth Southern Belle with a Midwest city twist. After growing up in the DC Metro area and then moving to Chicago where she received her yoga certification, she decided to make Boston her new home in 2013. She brings over 8 years of experience and teaches many styles of yoga catering to all fitness levels and body types. Along her teaching journey, Tiffany found that yoga was not as accessible to the community as much as she desired. She founded Trupeace Wellness - a wellness collective designed to create opportunities and spaces where people from the community could gather and connect to mindful living. Her commitment to sharing Trupeace Wellness’ vision makes it possible to partner with both for-profit and non-profit local wellness programs to make and mindfulness more accessible. In her own self-care journey, she realized committing to “self” was both challenging and rewardful. Through other Women's stories about their self-care journeys, she also found out that she wasn't alone. In early 2018, she curated “The Mindful Woman: Goddess Coffee hour” and “Mindful Woman: Roots to Blossoms Self Care Series” as safe spaces to allow women to come together from all different backgrounds, to be vulnerable, to be radiant, to reconnect to self-awareness, self-love, and to share both the intricacies and simplicities of their journeys. She leans heavily into divine wellness as she fosters spaces that motivate, incite open expression, and expunge fears of "not being good enough" or not being worthy. Tiffany is a true inspiration and leaves a mark of self-love and self-awareness whenever she expresses her self.


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Speaking on “The dynamics and impacts of Mother/Daughter relationships” - Massiel is a dominican writer, educator, and communicator. She is well known for her influence on social media through her blog Yo Soy Bau, where she writes about literature, dominican politics and urban culture mixing her experience as a reporter and her passion for poetry, personal and literary essays. Deeply committed to the empowerment of Dominicans in Boston, Massiel has been recognized for her community and academic leadership by mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston City Council, and in 2017, by El Mundo Boston Newspaper’s Latino 30 Under 30, a ranking that celebrates the 30 most influential latino leaders in the city of Boston each year. On March 8th, 2016, International Women’s Day, Massiel was selected alongside other 6 Dominican women as one of the 7 most inspiring Dominican young women of the year by Dominican news channel Noticias SIN. Massiel has published three short stories, El Cazador de Ciguapas(2014), El Arte de La Pesca (2016), and El Simulacro (2017). Massiel graduated with a B.A. in Writing, Literature and Publishing From Emerson College, and is currently pursuing her graduate studies in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.


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Speaking on “Planting and Nurturing self love” - Allegretta is a motivational speaker. As a result of her self-love coaching, spiritual awakening guidance, motivational speaking, and adoptee advocacy, those who engage in Allegretta Alive's speaking events become the creators of their own joy and heroes of their own story. They rediscover the ability to cultivate their own happiness, strengthen self-trust and self-validation skills, and positively transform how they feel about themselves - ultimately, transforming how they experience their life! She works with many people of diverse backgrounds and leaders across various industries who commit to their part in the Self-Love Movement that elevates humanity and builds a compassionate society. Her "Spirit of Self-Love" podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, and YouTube. Who do you know?


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