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Spoken Soul Festival
Through a women’s creative soul we empower our world.

MISSION

The mission of the Spoken Soul Festival, a three-day event, is to produce an annual festival that will help advance the careers of a variety of women artists including poets, fine artists, photographers, filmmakers, and designers. The festival gives talented female performing artists and craftswomen from South Florida a free venue to showcase their talents. We provide three months of free publicity by featuring them in our festival publicity campaign. We hold workshops for at-risk youth and for women where they have opportunities to learn about careers in the arts and create their own work, and we provide networking opportunities at our brunch and throughout the festival.

HISTORY

The Spoken Soul Festival began as an effort to support the first annual SWAN/Support Women Artists Now Day by a group of South Florida’s multi-cultural women artists and art community leaders. It was inspired by a call for support by WITASWAN (Women in the Audiences Supporting Women Artists Now) and WomenArts, a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to helping women artists. In the first four years of Support Women Artists Now Day/SWAN Day, there have been over 700 SWAN events in 21 countries around the world. WomenArts has recognized SWAN Day Miami as one of the top five SWAN events worldwide because the festival is one of the largest SWAN events and one of the most effective in training and supporting the participating women artists. Along with this recognition, WomenArts has awarded SSF with a $1000 grant in 2011 and 2012. Since its launch in March 2008, the festival has been awarded proclamations from the City of Miami Beach, Miami Dade County and the City of Miami as well as a City Of Miami special City Seal. Featured artists have been commissioned or featured for shows during Art Basel - Miami, Gibson Guitar Showroom, New York Fashion Week, and Gen Art’s Fresh Faces Miami.

EVENT DESCRIPTION
Spoken Soul Festival features three events: SWAN Community Program, SWAN Spoken Soul Showcase – SWAN DAY, and Vanessa Baez Memorial Women's Brunch.

SWAN Community Program gives the production team, sponsors and featured artists an opportunity to give back to our community by showing young girls and women empowerment through the arts.

SWAN Spoken Soul Showcase is the celebration of SWAN Day. The goal of this artistic showcase is to help transition novice artists to a career as a successful artist.

Vanessa Baez Memorial Women's Brunch celebrates everyday women with extraordinary courage. The brunch provides an opportunity for women to celebrate the life of Vanessa Baez while networking and fostering creativity through the sharing of performance art or stories by inspirational guest artists or speakers from the local community.

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Supporter of women Visual Artists and Performance Artists.
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Acting, Art therapy, Arts in Education, Blogging, Ceramics, Choreography, Composing, Consulting, Crafts, Curation, Dance, Design (other), Directing, Environmental art, Film/Video, Folk arts (other), Gallery, Graphic design, Illustration, Interdisciplinary, Literary arts (other), Management, Mixed media, Multimedia, Music, Painting, Performance art, Performing arts (other), Photography, Playwrighting, Playwriting, Poetry, Presenting, Sculpture, Teaching, Television, Theatre, Visual arts (other), Writing
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Spoken Soul Festival is interested in the education, development and community impact of all and any art forms that support, promote, and celebrate women artists in South Florida. Our greatest interest is to provide a FREE venue and platform for talented women artists to network and be showcased, not only during our annual festival but all year long.
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Spoken Soul Festival seeks financial, product and media sponsorship from local and national partners that target the women market and care about positively impacting the overall creative well being of their community. This sponsorship will help us provide
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Spoken Soul Festival

  • Parallels Youth Community Outreach Day

    One the goals for the Spoken Soul Festival is to support women artists making a difference in the community. Niki Lopez is no stranger to us. She’s a Visual Artist, Designer and mom who was one of the sponsors for 2013 Spoken Soul Festival.

    Niki has produced a month-long art exhibit “Parallels” at the 1310 Gallery, which combines art, performance, & community outreach. Parallels’ community partner is the FLITE Center - a center for foster care teens that prepares them to live successful lives after leaving foster care.

    On Thursday, August 1, Niki joins Alana DaCosta in hosting Parallels Youth Community Outreach Day. The teens will have a gallery tour, and paticipate in an I AM creative workshop, taking the first step to being the source of their own destiny.

    Niki has been the primary funder for this workshop, and knows that she can reach and help more students with a bit of our support. We ask that you open your hearts, click the link and see how you can contribute to this worthy cause. With multiple reward levels, even the smallest donation brings Lopez one step closer.

    Your contributions will help give these teens the opportunity to not only be explore art, but a day focused on their creative self expression. Thanks in advance, DIOSAS!

    http://www.gofundme.com/3gt524

  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: Jessica Concepcion Q&A

    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    I was about 5. I remember always having a pad of paper, pencil, crayons or markers with me. I could draw before I could speak, so art was really my first language. My aunt, Esther, is a pretty creative woman and when I was young she would often take me to parks to draw or take pictures. One day she asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I don’t remember my response but I remember her holding up one of my drawings and telling me “You can do this!”. I remember how excited I was at the possibility of being able to do something that I loved when I grew up. 

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?

    Aside from my aunt, Esther, who gave me my first push, and my mom who has been and is my biggest supporter, the woman who inspired me the most was Robin Cody, my first year painting teacher at Ringling School of Art & Design. I had never really painted before her class and she gave me confidence when I struggled in my later years at art school. In her class, I was able to explore the medium and work freely in a way I had never experienced with male instructors. She was my only female art teacher and someone I turned to when simultaneously trying to find my voice and meet my instructors’ expectations. At the time, the latter was winning and I was therefore losing my individuality. She went to her slide folder, pulled out one of my pieces and told me she had shown that piece as an example to new students. She held it up and asked me “Where is she? You have to find this person again”. It was a breakthrough moment for me and a lesson I carry with me in moments of self-doubt. 

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why? 

    I wish I was more business conscious with my artwork.

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    I hope my work brings a sense of hope or playfulness to my audience. I work with birds a lot and I admire their curiosity, grace, purpose and freedom. I try to convey those attributes along with symbols of playfulness from childhood. People always have something interesting to relate back to me when they see my nest series, be it their own childhood memories or their interpretations of what the paintings mean. By and far, they’re always smiling when they speak. I hope that trend continues.

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    As a full time successful and profitable artist. I’d also like to work with kids. Who didn’t love art class as a kid?

    6- What is your favorite quote or affirmation?

    “Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso

    Andriod or iPhone - iPhone
    Sneakers or Wedge- sneakers
    Lipstick or Lipgloss - lipstick

    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis – Angela Davis

    Lady Gaga or Madonna – Lady Gaga
    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford – Bette Davis
     

    Social Media (liked and followed you)-

    facebook.com/JessicaConcepcionArtist

    twitter.com/jess_concepcion

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: Fania Five Q&A

    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    There was not a specific moment in my life. Art for me happened as a transformative process, nurturing a seed that  has always been there. Since i was a child i remember very vivid images in my mind that developed with rich characters and intricate stories that later transformed in to paintings, photography protects, and general art projects. These stories and their inspiration have always been an integral part of who i am and the way i see the  world.

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why? 

    During my life i have always been inspired by the female figure and essence, specially those depicting strength, sensuality, beauty and the constant struggle of the being. my work has been inspired in several ways by the strong symbolic content similar to those found in khalo paintings. Actual fictional female characters have been the ones that have had the most impact in my art: Jamie Hewlett’s tank girl, innita by NO, aeon flux, the many women of Manara and Serpieri and Valentina by Crepax.

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

    Is difficult to point one thing i would like to change since i believe I am constantly making changes, mutating, experiencing new ways of doing things. Even failure becomes a welcomed experience. Life is not linear, it fluctuates trough experiences that shape us, that teach us, making us instruments of a constant process of evolution and transformation in which changes happen constantly in a rather undefined frame of action. 

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    My work has a big symbolic and “psychomagic” component. I used my art initially as a tool to deal with life itself: emotions, traumas, celebrations, is a whole universe from which i can shape any outcome and desire. Trough the years my work ha helped me in many aspects not only as a form of self expression but as a away to resolve conflicts in my life. I believe this is what i have to offer to my community and the world: art as a healing tool. In 2010 I founded The Elastic Mind Project, a non profit organization that through the use of art programs, is helping neglected children from the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia to deal with traumas associated with poverty, violence, and abandonment.

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    Doing what i like to do the most, painting!

    6- what is your favorite quote or affirmation
    For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.

    Andriod or iPhone  iphone
    Sneakers or Wedge both

    Lipstick or Lipgloss lipgloss
    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis 
    Lady Gaga or Madonna Madonna 

    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford Bette Davies

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: DJ Nancy Q&A

    1- How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist? 

    I’m not sure I ever gave much thought to wanting to be an artist… I simply realized and accepted, one day, that I was.

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?

    I am inspired by any woman that is doing what I’m doing… making their dreams happen, against all odds, and all costs. Pursuing one’s dream, or making a living off of your artistic talent, doesn’t come easy. There is a true dedication and intention behind the work an artist does, whether it be a painting or a musical set. There is a struggle we all go through, and constant obstacles we must overcome. I am inspired by those women that know what it’s like to hustle, and juggle all the work on their own (social media, marketing, website, networking, etc.), because there’s a dedication and ferocity in their spirit, that will land them that next “big” gig, or opportunity. I look at women in my industry, such as Tracy Young, and the legendary DJ Baby Anne, who I’ve admired since I began deejaying back in ‘99, and they give me hope. I look at them, and I tell myself, “I want to be where they’re at. I can do this.”

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

    This is always a tricky question to answer, because a part of me believes everything has happened exactly as it should, and that I have gotten where I am today because of it. Needless to say, and as cliché as it may sound, I wouldn’t change a thing. The other part of me wishes I had been more consistent, and believed in myself more, earlier in my career. However, I’m not one to dwell on "what if’s" anymore; today, it’s about living in the solution, and what I can do right now.

    4- How would you like your works to most impact our community and why?

    I would like my work to impact my community in a positive manner. I hope to inspire other women, who have been in my shoes, and motivate them to pursue whatever goals and dreams they have. Like anyone else, I’ve made poor life choices in my past, and today, I do my best to lead by example, in my personal and professional life. One of the ways I do this is by living a drug-free lifestyle, and getting involved with community service. I organize an annual collection of goods for the homeless, called “Starr in the City,” right before the holidays. I also volunteer my time, talent, and services to charity events, where 100% of the proceeds collected benefit a charity or cause directly. I believe in community service, and the “we” concept: “What I can’t do alone, WE can do together.”

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    In 5 years I hope to have continued a successful path as a producer, touring the world, uplifting spirits with my musical creations, and staying humble through it all.

    6- What is your favorite quote or affirmation?

     I have a few that I love, here they are:

    "If God brings you to it, God will get you through it." - Anon.

    "If you judge people, you have no time to love them." - Mother Teresa

    "Doubt everything. Find your own light." - Buddha

    Andriod or iPhone  - iPhone

    Sneakers or Wedge  - Sneakers

    Lipstick or Lipgloss: More like chapstick!

    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis: Angela Davis

    Lady Gaga or Madonna: Madonna all the way!

    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford: This is a tough one, but I’m going with Bette Davis.

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: Omilani Q&A

    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    I was 7. Wrote a song & at first my parents didn’t believe I wrote it - had to sing in the living room in front of my whole family (11 children) and the next week I did my first real show. 

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why? 

    Artistically I am inspired by La India, Celia Cruz, Jill Scott & Erykah Badu. However the greatest influence comes from soul singer Betty Wright - through her I learn excellence in artistry, rendering a “story” on stage as well as a sense of humility. She is an amazing mentor.  

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

    If I could change something it would be living closer to my family. We grow older, pursue careers, and then realize life is not forever. I recently lost my grandmother & wish I could’ve held her hand as she crossed dimensions.  Time & space did not permit. I would change that. 

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    I’ve always been an activist artist, taught from young to share. My art is a reflection of real life so I hope it speaks through my work & I always try to find ways to return the inspiration back into the community. I work mostly with teens but do workshops for young children too.  

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    Hopefully on your radio, television, iPods - but still sharing with the community. Infinite possibility. 

    6- what is your favorite quote or affirmation?

    "Disfrute bien de la vida, aunque tomando medidas - Azúcar!!" Is my all time favorite & life motto :)

    Andriod or iPhone — IPhone, of course
    Sneakers or Wedge. Neither, ballet flats
    Lipstick or Lipgloss.   Haha!! i keeps the lipgloss poppin!!!
    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis - Can I put my fist in the air??? Angela Davis!!!!
    Lady Gaga or Madonna - Gaga all day!
    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford  - had to Wikipedia this one…Bette Davis? I guess, because that Mommy Dearest movie seems kinda creepy. 

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: Eva Ruiz Q&A

    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    By the age of six I danced and drew as much as possible, I knew then I wanted to be part of the art world.

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?
    (The woman doesn’t have to be an artist - for example my biggest artistic inspiration is my mom)

    Artistically I have been very inspired by Frida Kahlo; I believe it takes a lot of courage to have your heart completely exposed to the world.

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

    I am a bit shy around big crowds, I feel more comfortable in solitude, with family and close friends, often I am invited to do live painting as a form of performance, I find myself a little uncomfortable and anxious, I am also a very social person, so I guess I if I had to change one thing about me, it would be to be more comfortable around large crowds and be more open.

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    I would like my work to remind people to be more loving and grateful for their lives. I would like to remind people about nature and all the things that we sometimes take for granted, the beauty of a tree, a simple walk, I would like my work to remind women and people in general of their inner beauty, show them what beautiful and powerful creatures we are.  Remind people that there is an inner world, it must be nurtured and tended like a garden.

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    I see myself traveling as often as possible, working with non profits and organizations that are focused on children and women, using the arts as a vehicle to heal and inspire.  Planting community gardens and showing people how to compost. 

    6- What is your favorite quote or affirmation?

    This is translated; I have always read it in Spanish:  May thoughts of love fill everything and everyone.  Above, down and along without obstruction, hatred, feud.  Remember, your heart is the natural temple of God.

    Andriod or iPhone: Android

    Sneakers or Wedge: Sneakers
    Lipstick or Lipgloss: Lipgloss

    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis: Angela Davis

    Lady Gaga or Madonna: Madonna
    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford: Joan Crawford

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: Nadyia Duff Q&A

    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    I was always into art at a young age but I first realized I wanted to be a professional artist when I was about 16 years old in an introductory art class.

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?

    The women that inspire me the most artistically are my mother and other female artists. My mother has always been my number one supporter and my number one promoter. She always has artistic suggestions, and positive critiques to give me. Whenever there is a positive change in my artistic style it was probably influenced by my mother.
    Other female artists influence me to reach to their level of success and even beyond. I am enthralled to see the art coming from women artists. I’m not just talking about visual artists but of women artists from all the facets of “art”.


    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

    If I could change one thing about myself it would be my height. I would like to add an inch to my legs so I can at least reach the 5 foot mark :). That was just a joke and honestly I am content with the way I am and the person I am. I would probably really only want to change my economic status.

    4- How would you like your works to most impact our community and why?

    I would like my work to get people to stop, look, enquire, and admire. I want the people of the community to take a minute out of their daily hustle and bustle and enjoy the image in front of them. It might make their day a lot better than it was before.

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    In 5 years I see myself still teaching and creating art. However, hopefully to/for a broader group of pupils and audiences.

    6- What is your favorite quote or affirmation

    My favorite quote comes from Norman Peale

    “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
    - Norman Vincent Peale

     
    Android or iPhone = Android
    Sneakers or Wedge = Sneakers
    Lipstick or Lip-gloss = Lip-gloss
    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis = Angela Davis
    Lady Gaga or Madonna = Madonna
    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford = Joan Crawford

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: Adelle Carlton Q&A

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    Adelle Carlton – Featured Artist 2010 & GODDESS Host Committee Q&A

    1- How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    I always felt like an artist from childhood. I was always doing something creative, drawing, painting, sewing and design…singing. 

     2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?

    The women who inspire me most are my mom and my daughter. My mother sewed and made not only her clothes, but clothes for her family as well. And she was always so well put together. Remembering some of her looks over the years, brings a smile to my face… My daughter is a second generation artist, scultptor, painter and mixed media artist. She is a beautiful person inside and out. I could go on…

     3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

    If I could change one thing about myself…wow. Change is constant…Ok, one thing, I would like to get my teeth fixed. Perfect teeth! 

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    I would like for my artwork/jewelry to impact the community in as many ways as possible. I think the level of impact that I like to see is when a person connects to one of my pieces. The gemstones have metaphysical properties that can be beneficial to our personal well being. Introducing others to the world of gemstones is a mission that I am willing to take. If my work serves to inspire others to create art or start a business, that is positive impact.

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

    In 5 years I see my business Between Spirit & Stone, thriving and prosperous. My work continuing to evolve and expand. Energy work will be in the forefront. Travel, speaking engagements, seminars and the like…Why not?

    6- What is your favorite quote or affirmation?

    My favorite quote is “Each one , teach one.” 

     Andriod or iPhone: Android

    Sneakers or Wedge: Wedge
    Lipstick or Lipgloss: Lipstick

    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis: Angela Davis

    Lady Gaga or Madonna: Madonna

    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford: Bette Davis

    Adelle Carlton
    Between Spirit & Stone

    adellecarlton@hotmail.com

    facebook.com/adellecarlton

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio:Maha Adachi Q&A

    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    I was probably about 22 years old. I had been plagued with self-doubt for many years. I loved to create and express myself but I didn’t think the life of an artist was for me until I was able to find my own lane, voice, and calling.

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?

    My grandmother Daisy Mae Jones has always been my greatest inspiration because she knew enough to believe in me when I had no faith in myself. To her and my Aunt Mary I have always been a “star”. I am also truly inspired by the body of work delivered through Nikki Giovanni and Ella Fitzgerald.

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why? I would change my schedule and alter it to include more quiet time on the beach.

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    I would like to inspire people who were born into poverty and underdeveloped communities to have the mentality that you can be from the ghetto but you don’t have to be mentally stuck in the ghetto. Your mind is free to create and be an individual expressive beam of light and hope.

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    I would like to have a third child and lots of fun with my family. As an artist I want to develop my songwriting portfolio and work more as a voice actor. I would love to be living closer to the Design District in Miami and preparing for my son’s HS graduation from one of the top schools.

    6- what is your favorite quote or affirmation?

    "If you ain’t bumping heads with the devil y’all probably running in the same direction…" -Unknown

    Andriod or iPhone- Android

    Sneakers or Wedge- Wedge Nike’s

    Lipstick or Lipgloss- Lipgloss

    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis- Angela Davis

    Lady Gaga or Madonna- Madonna

    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford- Bette Davis

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: Ily Goyanes Q&A

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    Ily Goynes

    Miami New Times Cultist - Author – Foodie – Editor SSF Supporter

    1- How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    When I was a kid, from 6 to about 10, I wanted to be the first female president, but I always loved to read. When I got into my tween years, I realized that I loved the arts so much, film, photography, literature, poetry, and paintings, drawings, and so forth, that I knew I wanted to follow in the footsteps of all the great minds that had inspired, saved, healed, and enlightened me.

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?

    This is a tough question for me since there are many. I’ll try to be brief. My mom and paternal aunt are definitely two of them. They are both artists in their own right, one current and one who gave up her dream. I knew that I could never give up my dream. I had to keep at it until I made it or died, whichever came first.

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

    My inability to turn down new projects. I tend to overextend myself.

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    I would like my work to touch people the way that others has touched me. To open their eyes and to give them hope. For everyone, but especially women, Hispanics, and LGBT people.  

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

    At the Oscars accepting my Academy Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture. Oh, you mean realistically? Hopefully with a few more books published, a couple of awards, a New York Times bestseller, and a few Art Basel shows under my belt. Plus, being a millionaire and married to Miley Cyrus wouldn’t hurt. 

    6- What is your favorite quote or affirmation?

    Damn it! Tough question number two! I’ll try to be brief again, but there are a few I have to mention. 

    "Expect anything from anyone at anytime." —me

    "A true friend stabs you in the front." Oscar Wilde

    "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." e.e. cummings 

    "The best way out is always through." Robert Frost

    Andriod or iPhone: Android
    Sneakers or Wedge: Flip flops
    Lipstick or Lipgloss: Neither

    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis: Helen Gurley Brown

    >Lady Gaga or Madonna: The Gaga
    >Bette Davis or Joan Crawford: Bette Davis

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio:Marie Whitman Q&A

    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    I remember writing “poems” pretty much as soon as I could write!  However, I didn’t have the consciousness that I was doing anything   “artistic.”  It was just my way of processing the world.   I always poured over the lyrics inserted inside albums.  I had a Mom who took me to concerts starting at age 7 or 8.  I have this vivid and visceral memory of sitting eighth row at a Billy Joel concert and I was about 8 years old.  Thanks to my Mom’s huge record collection I was already a music fan especially of storytelling song writers, so I sat transfixed as he pounded his piano and sang these musical stories.  It was magical for me.

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why? 

    My Mom has always been a bit of a rebel in the sense that she has followed her dream and calling in spite of it being tough and non-traditional.  Her integrity and authenticity has always been a priority, never compromised and she has inspired me to do and be the same.  I just celebrated my Great Aunt’s 100th birthday so it’s pretty top of mind right now that I come from and have been influenced by a long line of strong Sicilian women! 

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

    When asked what I’d like to change about myself, I used to to wish I wasn’t so sensitive or empathic.  But I’ve learned that this enables me to create and share from a unique and connected place.  So now, I embrace it.   I am in the process of changing my tendency to be “shy” with my creative voice.  It seems I am more comfortable with a whisper than a roar.  But sometimes a roar is needed!  

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    I am drawn to telling stories of redemption, triumph over tragedy and of finding the gifts in even the darkest of hours.  It seems when I create it is with this sensibility of unearthing and harvesting the delicious and divine from even the most unlikely of places.  I dig creating, teaching and performing as a vehicle for sharing this sensibility because we can all use a little more prodding to look for the Light that’s around us, in others and inside of us.   If I can do that for and with even one person reading my poems or with one teen whose been labeled “at risk” - well, right on. 

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    Still writing, creating, sharing songs, teaching….perhaps working on a musical duet with…ummmm…I don’t know Eddie Vedder.  Maybe enjoying my original musical being performed on broadway!  Hee-hee, I like to dream big.  

    6- What is your favorite quote or affirmation?
    "Be where your feet are"

    Andriod or iPhone - Android
    Sneakers or Wedge - Sneakers by day, wedge by night!
    Lipstick or Lipgloss - Lipstick. Deep red please.
    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis - Angela Davis
    Lady Gaga or Madonna - Madonna!  I am a child of the 80’s and sported the rubber bracelets and mesh proudly!  
    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford - Bette Davis

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: ROSA MARCELIN – DESIGNER Q&A

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    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    I always wanted to be an artist but never had the nerve to pursue until 2005. Finally I found something I could do to express my artistic side and share with everyone!

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?

    (The woman doesn’t have to be an artist - for example my biggest artistic inspiration is my mom)

    My mom……she’s held 50 jobs (I guess that’s a Caribbean thing). She is beyond talented in so many ways and I always wished I could be as talented as her. She can cook, make you clothes, fix your hair, decorate your home all while counseling your spirit or knocking you in your head!

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?
     

    CONFIDENCE (screaming) The lack of confidence has stopped me from achieving many goals. You can move mountains when you believe in yourself and your abilities.

    4- How would you like your works to most impact our community and why?

    For women to feel free to be unique!

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

    Totally independent with the ability to do for myself and family!

    6- What is your favorite quote or affirmation?

    "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can & the wisdom to know the difference". This way I can stop stressing over nonsense!


    Android or iPhone
    Sneakers or Wedge
    Lipstick or Lip-gloss
    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis
    Lady Gaga or Madonna
    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: Gisele Magalhães Q&A

    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist? 

    5

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?
     

    Fernanda Montenegro; Example of dignity, dedication, professionalism, and love for the arts. 

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

     No changes! I embrace every part of me! 

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    If I can bring awareness to your own essence, I have completed my task! 

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    I see myself forever learning, and expanding into all wonderful things Life has to offer!!  

    6- What is your favorite quote or affirmation? 

     “I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.” - Dalai Lama

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: Cristyle Q&A

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    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    I don’t think I truly settled into that thought until maybe 25. I think that’s when the full understanding came in that I could really have a career in music.


    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?

    Rachelle Ferrell inspires me to truly utilize my gift. To not be lazy. She is a consummate musician/performer. And you don’t get to her level unless you put in time to really learn about music. To work at learning as much as you can about your particular vocal gift and crafting your technique. She makes me want to tap into all of my artistic capabilities and be the best I can. I equally adore Anita Baker. Besides being a phenomenal artist & musician, she has had her hand in all aspects of her brand for all these years. I admire her business sense and longevity. That’s my lady!

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

    Only 1 thing?? Hmm…that’s a tough one! Probably my work ethic. Sometimes when things don’t come to me easily I get discouraged. For example, when writing a song, I normally listen to the track to get inspired to write the lyrics. A lot of times ideas will jump out at me and I can create a solid foundation, but oh when that doesn’t happen! It annoys me so bad. I’ll put it to the side for probably too long. I’m starting to teach myself to just sit with the music. Let it marinate, without expectation. See what comes, jot it down. Be more willing to work toward it in a different way.

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    Wow, that’s a big question! Well, a lot of my stories are derived from my own life experience or from people I’ve known. So of course many can relate to what I sing about. It’s truth. So I think I at least want people to feel that its ok to tell the truth. That we don’t have to be ashamed that we long for love, like I sing about in Why Me or that we sometimes are in unhealthy relationships, knowing better, but don’t leave until its gotten so, so bad as in Poison. That’s life! Once we tell the truth about it we can learn stuff to help us navigate it better. 

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    Returning home to a beautiful family of my own after another successful tour with my phenomenal band! 

    6- What is your favorite quote or affirmation? 

    "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent…" - Calvin Coolidge

    Andriod or iPhone - Andriod

    Sneakers or Wedge - Wedge for sure!
    Lipstick or Lip-gloss -
    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis - Can’t decide, they both were great rebels in their own way!
    Lady Gaga or Madonna - Madonna, I guess, old school Madge preferably :)
    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford - Bette Davis was a bad lady!

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  • Inside Spoken Soul Studio: Tyla Smith Q&A

    Tyla Smith Q&A

    1 - How old were you when you realized you wanted to be an artist?

    I was always one, from the moment I could pick up anything that created color or lines… don’t think it was an option!

    2- What woman or women inspire you the most artistically and why?

    My Mom.  I wouldn’t be who I am or be able to keep going through the most adverse situations without everything she taught me and her support.

    3- If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would that be and why?

    To not have the physical limitations and constraints that I have.

    4- How would you like your work to most impact our community and why?

    I just want to share my vision of beauty with others and make other people’s lives brighter when I can.

    5- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    Able to make a living with my own successful company creating beautiful images for the world to see.

    6- what is your favorite quote or affirmation?

    "You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only one who does what you do." -Jerry Garcia

    Andriod or iPhone- Android

    Sneakers or Wedge flip flops
    Lipstick or Lipgloss- chapstick… 
    Helen Gurley Brown or Angela Davis- Helen Gurley Brown
    Lady Gaga or Madonna- Madonna
    Bette Davis or Joan Crawford- Bette Davis

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    Interview by: Marie Whitman

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  • 2012 With Allissa Christine and our Poster


    2012 With Allissa Christine and our Poster

  • 2012 Best Of MIami Winner!!! Best Event to Meet Smart...


    2012 Best Of MIami Winner!!! Best Event to Meet Smart Women… :-)

  • 2012 Poster for the festival, Saraswati by Loni Johnson.


    2012 Poster for the festival, Saraswati by Loni Johnson.

  • 2011 Poster Interpreted by Janette Valentine


    2011 Poster Interpreted by Janette Valentine

  • Saraswati interpreted by artist Mia Roman for 2010


    Saraswati interpreted by artist Mia Roman for 2010