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Reza
“Reza Rites,” pictured here, received a 2007 & 2009 Metcalf Diversity in the Media Award for work that appeared on her website, RezaRitesRi.com. The awards are judged by an independent panel convened by Rhode Island for Community and Justice, who sponsors and honors awardees at an annual breakfast in May. In 2007 she earned it under the “Technology for the New Millennium” category, the first year an internet category was awarded, and it was for her article “Jerusalem Women Speak, RI Woman Answers.” In 2009, she earned the recognition in the internet category again for the “Rhode 2 Africa” Interview and Podcast Series. YWCA Northern Rhode Island was also honored in 2009 for it’s publication, She Shines, a magazine for which Reza served as Guest Editor in the Spring 2009 edition, Minority Health: My Health, My Community Health.

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January 26, 2011

Check out this video interview with me, Isis Storm co-founder Reza Clifton from the January 2011 edition of Amped Sounds Magazine. I also served as a guest writer for the issue, detailing the best music from 2010. Read that article here.

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January, 11, 2011
Submitted by Reza Rites as a Comment
Regarding: “Processing the AZ Shooting” a post on the National Council for Research on Women, “Real Deal Blog”

Thanks for your post about processing the shooting in Arizona.  I am a blogger, media producer and DJ that recently started a new online radio show called Sonic Watermelons on a student- and community-run station in Providence, RI.  I want to share what me and a colleague have done to process last Saturday’s shooting.

First let me say, we started Sonic Watermelons with talking about Women in Politics in our premiere episode, and we’ve returned to the topic, for instance after the presidential elections in Brazil.  We’ve made it part of our responsibility to make electoral politics more open and friendly to girls and women, and as selfish as this may sound, Saturday’s attack was also an attack on our work too.

Below is how my partner and I processed the weekend’s event and how we used our small, independent media space to address it and other recent issues.

RADIO TOWN HALL MEETING
Examining Opposition without Alienation
Sonic Watermelons, Monday Jan 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – An assassination attempt on a woman in office in a polarized state, a polarizing issue that just got stickier in Rhode Island (the nation’s smallest state), and the disenfranchisement of millions of American citizens, including in our nation’s capital.  We’ve got to talk (and listen).

Tune in to the archive of the “Town Hall Meeting” on Brown Student and Community Radio, January 10, 2011 on “Sonic Watermelons with Venus Sings and Isis Storm.”  A weekly program that combines news and interviews with hip hop, soul, and global grooves, the January 10 edition of Sonic Watermelons included a special set of guests: Washington DC and Maryland-based “emancipatory” journalist, college professor and hip hop educator, Jared Ball; Cheryl Contee aka “Jill Tubman,” co-founder of Jack & Jill Politics, a blog offering a black bourgeoisie perspective on U.S. politics; Dr. Toby Ayers of Rhode Island for Community and Justice, a non-profit organization that works to unify diverse communities in RI; and Providence community leader and Native American “culturalist,” Raymond Watson.

Or goal was to dig deeper into the recent news, yet focus on what we can all do to better practice opposition with alienation.

Learn more about the January 10 show and playlist and find a link LISTEN directly to the audio:  http://www.bsrlive.com/playlists/sonic-watermelons/365216

Learn more about the hosts and guests

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Musical Kisses and Event Reminders from Reza Rites & Isis Storm

Updated Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 6:00 PM (EST)

Tonight and throughout the rest of the month:

Get kissed by the melodies and words of Isis Storm & All Our Special Friends…

5th Elament in Newport
Alongside Ioneye Live, Inphynite the Ghost, rhymeculture & other special guests

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
9 PM – 1 AM
THE RHINO BAR
337 THAMES ST.
Newport, RI
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Michelle Cruz in East Boston
Presented by Poetry Club House
Thursday, November 18, 2010
7:00 PM
The 303 Cafe
303 Sumner Street
East Boston
Presented by the Poetry Club House, a group based out of East Boston that caters exclusively to the needs and ambitions of emerging poets, slam performers authors, and singer-songwriters, Michelle Cruz will be joining an exciting line-up that includes storytellers, spoken word poets, and an indie folk group.  For more info:  http://www.poetryclubhouse.com/shows.html.
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Sonic Watermelons on BSR
(Brown Student & Community Radio)
Monday, November 22, 2010
4-6 PM
Presented by Venus Sings & Isis Storm (every Monday)
Hear it live or archived: http://www.bsrlive.com
Contact: http://www.IsisStorm.com, http://www.VenusSings.com
Studio phonelines: 401-863-9277
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HOUSE MUSIC MEETS SPOKEN WORD POETRY…

A Sultry and Sweet Night of Outstanding Poetry
With Venus Sings, Isis Storm, Rudy Cabrera and Ryk McIntyre

Friday, November 26, 2010
7-10 PM
State Ultra Lounge
1 Throop Alley
Providence, RI 02903

$5 in advance
$7 at the door

Enjoy a night of outstanding poetry with a diverse group of spoken word poets and hip hop artists well-known in the state and region for their lyricism, imagery, and emotional performances: Rudy Cabrera, Ryk McIntyre, and Isis Storm featuring B-mor 7, Monsurat Ottun, DJ Reza Wreckage and other Special Guests.

PLUS, DJ’s OSHEEN & DUPE bringing Providence for the FIRST TIME EVER a collaboration between House Music and Spoken Word!!!!!

Info/Tickets/Sponsorships:
(web) www.VenusSings.com
(email) singsvenus@gmail.com
(phone) 401-497-5246

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A Sultry and Sweet Night of Outstanding Music
With Venus Sings, Michelle Cruz, and Christylez Bacon
Plus Opening Performance by 5th Elament

Saturday, November 27, 2010
7-10 PM
State Ultra Lounge
1 Throop Alley
Providence, RI 02903

$5 in advance
$7 at the door

Join Washington DC-based Grammy-nominated musician and progressive hip hop artist, Christylez Bacon alongside New England Urban Music award nominee and jazz vocalist Michelle Cruz, and Diversity in the Media award-winning producer, Venus Sings/DJ Reza Wreckage for a night of outstanding music in a sultry and sweet atmosphere. Plus poetry and introduction by local hip hop femcee and recording artist, 5th Elament.

Info/Tickets/Sponsorships:
(web) www.VenusSings.com
(email) singsvenus@gmail.com
(phone) 401-497-5246

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PLUS…
News from Isis Storm Co-founder, Kalyana Champlain, aka 5th Elament:
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Reza Rites on Radio, Isis Storm Invades Boston, And Other Upcoming Events

Updated Friday, October 22, 2010, 6:00 PM (EST)

Art Shaw of The Poetry Clubhouse in East Boston looks on as Isis Storm co-founder, Kal Champlain/5th Elament, performs spoken word poetry and tracks off her new album, ‘Thru the Muck.’  Shaw invited 5th Elament to perform on Thursday, October 21 at an event he organizes at 303 Cafe in East Boston.  It also served as the launch of the Isis Storm “Boston Invasion.”  Read more below. [Photo by me, Reza Rites.]

The Storm is coming…

Read about upcoming events that are happening which feature ladies of the Isis Storm collective.  Some are part of the Isis Storm “Boston Invasion,” like the one tomorrow at Fenway Park.  Of course you can also hear about these events and more on 5th Elament Radio on WRIU, Venus Sings Radio on WRIU, and on the new, online radio program, Sonic Watermelons on BSR – Brown Student and Community Radio.  Hope we see or hear from you soon, and thanks for your support.

– Reza Rites & 5th Elament
(Isis Storm co-founders)
http://www.IsisStorm.com
beginthestorm@gmail.com

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TODAY,  Friday, October 22, 2010

Tamara Diaz represents the Isis Storm visual arts team…
The Latin Hues Art Exhibition 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010
6:00pm – 9:00pm
The TSETSE Galleries
51 Empire Street
Providence, RI

The Colombian American Cultural Society is proud to co-sponsor the 2010 Latin Hues Exhibition at the TSETSE galleries in Providence Rhode Island. This year’s exhibition will run from October 15, 2010 until November 15th 2010. Everyone is invited to participate in the opening reception which will be held on Friday October 22, 2010 from 6pm to 9pm.

More info:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159020207454743

Website:
http://web.mac.com/mvmartinez/HispanicHeritageRI/RI_Latino_CommUNITY_Celebration_Events/Entries/2010/10/15_Latin_Hues_Art_Exhibition_2010.html

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Saturday, October 23:

Venus Sings Radio on WRIU
Hosted by Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage

Saturday, October 23, 2010,
9:00 – 11:00 AM

Hear it: 90.3 FM or www.wriu.org
Contact: www.VenusSings.com
studio lines: 401-792-9030 or 1-888-303-9748

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Saturday, October 23:

Isis Storm Performs at Fenway Park

Part of the Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch in Boston

Saturday October 23, 2010
10AM-1PM
Fenway | 9th Floor
1340 Boylston Street
Boston, MA

Catch Isis Storm performing at the Audre Lorde Cancer Awareness Brunch presented by the Fenway Women’s Health Team – an annual inspirational event for women and their friends who have been affected by cancer. For more info: http://eventful.com/boston/events/annual-audre-lorde-cancer-awareness-brunch-hosted-/E0-001-033948073-8.

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Monday, October 25:

Venus Sings and Isis Storm Present:
Sonic Watermelon on Brown Student and Community Radio
An Online Radio Show

Because the world is a big place with big ideas and lots and lots of music.

Monday, October 25 (and every Monday)
4:00-6:00 PM
www.bsrlive.com

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Tuesday, October 26

Isis Storm at the Autumn Poetry & Music Showcase in Boston

Presented by Poetry Club House

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
9:00 PM
EDDIE C’S Bar & Grill
34 Maverick Square
East Boston, Massachusetts

Presented by the Poetry Club House, a group based out of East Boston that caters exclusively to the needs and ambitions of emerging poets, slam performers authors, and singer-songwriters.

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Thursday, October 28

Michelle Cruz Album Release Party
Presenting The Recovery

Thursday, October 28, 2010
8 PM – 12 Midnight
SideBar
127 Dorrance St
Providence, RI

Join us at SideBar on Oct 28th as we celebrate the music of New England Urban Music Award/Jazz nominee Michelle Cruz and her new release, ‘The Recovery’: Nevaeh Recordings Presents the Michelle Cruz CD Release Party. Plus, Reza Wreckage as MC.

More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152852268083824.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Venus Sings Performs at BOWL-A-THON:
A fundraiser to support the YWCA Greater Rhode Island

Saturday, October 30, 2010
East Providence Lanes
80 Newport Avenue
East Providence, RI

Gather your friends and family and join Isis Storm co-founder, Venus Sings / Reza Rites and a host of other community members for a fun afternoon! You bring a minimum of $100 in pledges and YWCA Greater RI will provide the shoes, the bowling, the food and the prizes. (Don’t forget your Halloween costume!) Registration at noon! Go to http://www.bowlathon.net/event/YWCAGRI for more information and to register your team and gather donations! You can also write nebwilson@gmail.com if you want to receive information and a pledge form by email.

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“Reza Rites” Will Help Moderate Political Debate: Wednesday, October 13 at 8 PM

Updated Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 1:00 PM (EST)


Have you submitted your question yet??

PROVIDENCE, RI – I, Reza Rites, am going to be co-moderating a political debate tonight with Congressman James Langevin, who currently reps RI in Wash. DC, and Mark Zaccaria, who is ready to take his post. Catch it live tonight from 8-9 PM and learn more about the RI Congressional District 2 race.

The program will be televised tonight live on Newschannel 5 (Channel 5 on Cox cable) and on ABC6-TV digital station 6.2 (Channel 62 on Cox digital and 6.2 on digital aentennas), and on radio at WRNI (1290 AM in Providence and 102.7 FM in Westerly). It will also be archived online at ABC6.com.

What questions would you like asked of the people who will represent us in Washington, D.C.? Email me today by 4 PM to have your questions considered.

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Venus Sings and Isis Storm Cover Native American Health Issues and Traditional Music on Sonic Watermelons on BSR

Updated Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 1:00 PM (EST)

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Monday, October 11, many around the country were commemorating the explorations and accomplishments of Christopher Columbus, for it was the annual federal holiday honoring his adventures of 1492. Yet not everyone sees reason to celebrate this “discoverer” of the New World. Here on IsisStorm.com, and in partnership with UrbanHealthWatch.net, we decided to take a look at another angle of the Columbus legacy: Issues and Disparities in Native American Health. We also showcased local and international music to keep folks thinking.

One of the experts we turned to was Donald Warne, M.D., who, according to the health documentary, Unnatural Causes, comes from “a long line of Oglala Lakota traditional healers,” and was “trained in medicine at Stanford and public health at Harvard and has studied diabetes education and minority health policy.” We also turned to the topic of sexual violence against Native American women, a topic that’s been covered in great detail by the activist and educator, Julianne Jennings, and by the nonprofit/NGO, Amnesty International (and Amnesty USA)  Special thanks are also due to Corey Taylor / DJ Blade Mon, the videographer/producer behind two of the traditional drumming videos we played, and the selector/curator of several of the reggae tunes we shared as well.

More on Indian Health and the Columbus Day Edition of Sonic Watermelons on BSR

Music and Drumming from the Columbus Day Edition of Sonic Watermelons on BSR

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If It’s Radio in RI, then It’s Isis Storm

Updated Monday, October 4, 2010, 2:32 PM (EST)

If It’s Radio in RI, Then It’s Isis Storm

Today, Monday, October 4

Sonic Watermelons on Brown Student & Community Radio (BSR)

An Online Radio Show Presented by
Venus Sings & Isis Storm
Because the world is a big place with big ideas and lots and lots of music.

Monday, October 4, 2010
4:00-6:00 PM

Studio phonelines: 401-863-9277

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Thursday, October 7

5th Elament Radio on WRIU

Hosted by Kal Champlain, aka 5th Elament

Thursday, October 7, 2010
3:00 – 6:00 PM

Hear it: 90.3 FM or www.wriu.org
Contact: www.5thElament.com, www.IsisStorm.com
Studio phonelines: 401-792-9030 or 1-888-303-9748

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Dancing in the Rain, Isis Storm out in the Community

Updated Friday, September 24, 2010, 5:25 PM (EST)

From Newport to Worcester, and of course Provvy Prov…
Join Isis Storm out in the Community and Dance in the Rain

–> Friday, September 24 – Isis Storm artist, Tamara Diaz, showcases works at The Power of 4″/”El Poder de 4″ exhibition opening, 5:00-7:30 PM, Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI.

–> Friday, September 24 – Fourth Friday Fiyah at Sala’s hosted by J9 with this month’s feature…5th Elament! 343 Thames Street in Newport, 9 PM.

–> Saturday, September 25 – Isis Storm co-founder, Reza Wreckage hosts Venus Sings Radio on WRIU. The fourth Saturday of every month from 9 – 11 AM on 90.3 FM or online at http://www.wriu.org

–> Saturday, September 25 – 5th Elament Album Pre-Release Banger & Performance at the Bon Vue Inn, 1230 Ocean Road in Narragansett.

–> Saturday, September 25 – Michelle Cruz performs at the Afrika Nyaga! Drum and Dance Festival, celebrating the 50th Independence Day for 17 African nations with a festival that features the music and dance of West Africa and the diaspora.

–> Sunday, September 26 – 5th Elament performs Cuts from Her New Album at the The Artists’ Exchange’s 3rd Annual Fall Out of Summer Art’s Festival, 11:00am – 5:00pm, 50 ROLFE SQUARE CRANSTON, RI.

–>Monday, September 27 – Venus Sings and Isis Storm host Sonic Watermelon(s), an online radio show. Every Monday from 4 – 6 PM on http://www.bsrlive.com

–>Monday, September 27 – 5th Elament, DJ Reza Wreckage, and visiting Isis Storm Men We Love artist, Majesty, perform at Dirty Gerund at Ralph’s Rock Diner, 148 Grove St. in Worcester, MA. Show starts at 9 PM and there is a weekly open mic.

–> Tuesday, September 28 – 5th Elament OFFICIAL PROVIDENCE HIP HOP RELEASE PARTY at Forbidden City, 224 Atwells Ave. in Providence, RI. Hosted by DJ Reza Wreckage with performances by members of Isis Storm and an all-star cast of those nearest and dearest to 5th Elament.

–> Wednesday, September 29 – Isis Storm ft. DJ Reza Wreckage and Emerald Stone, plus visiting Isis Storm Men We Love artist, Majesty, perform as features at the Rhino Bar, 339 Thames St. in Newport, RI.

–> Wed. October 6 – URI – Who You Callin a B**?: Women in Hip Hop and A New Kinda Feminism Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum (Rm. 101) Facilitated by Kalyana Champlain, Communication Studies

–> Wed. October 13, 8-9 p.m. – ABC6, Ch. 6.2, 5; WRNI – New media producer Reza Clifton & WRNI pol. reporter Ian Donnis moderate the political debate for CONGRESS #2, Dem. – TBA; GOP, Matson

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Storm to Storm: Reza Rites/Venus Sings Speaks with Michelle Cruz and 5th Elament

Updated Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 2:30 PM (EST)

PROVIDENCE, RI – Both of these posts come from another blog I keep, VenusSings.com, but I know both posts would be of great interest here since they’re both about “Storm to Storm” pieces I’ve done recently.  Below I’ll provide you with an excerpt of the article followed by a link to the full piece and a link to the corresponding audio podcast.  Please enjoy!

Thru the Muck to Venus Sings Radio: A 5th Elament and Venus Sings Podcast

(posted today, September 22, 2010)

KINGSTON, RI – Where are the women in hip hop? It is a common question and refrain at live hip hop shows, locally and globally. But more varied has been the cause for this absence and the response to it.

Women viewed as non-players in the rap game is common, as is the emulation of women who have taken on hypersexual caricatures to maintain attention – sometimes over artistic development and advancement. Women who have devoted significant time to showing off their skills in wordplay, metaphors, and imagery – they are often mocked for being manly or unfeminine, and, even when women are included, concert promoters, executives, and even some attendees, underestimate and undervalue the selling power of such acts.

That is the scene you have to be aware of if you choose to come out as a woman in hip hop, especially as a “femcee.” By and by, though, these challenges have not stopped women from stepping up and demanding space in the game. One woman doing this is Kalyana Champlain, aka 5th Elament – my co-founder and partner in Isis Storm, my colleague at WRIU, my on-stage performance leader, and my friend of many years.

Click here to Keep Reading.

Click here to Listen to the Podcast

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Playlist Mania – Michelle Cruz on Venus Sings Radio, July 24, 2010: The Podcast and the Preview

(originally posted August 22, 2010)
by Reza Corinne Clifton
(Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage / Reza Rites)

KINGSTON, RI – On Saturday, July 24, 2010, Venus Sings Radio on WRIU was a very special and sultry edition. That is because I brought in Michelle Cruz, a singer, songwriter and guitar-player from Pawtucket, RI who is adored and admired by fans locally as well as along the east coast for intensely intimate and “surreal” musical blends and live performances. Click here to listen to or download a podcast with musical and conversational highlights from the show.

I’ve followed and worked with Cruz for several years, through projects including Rhode 2 Africa and Isis Storm, and as a former visitor to Venus Sings Radio. It’s an easy choice, really; she has consistently released and promoted singles, has an interesting personal past as the only American-born member of her otherwise Cape Verdean household, and she regularly garners recognition, like recently being named a finalist in a contest tied to the Lilith Fair nationally-touring concert series and having a song named number one jazz song of the month on thesixtyone.com. Even with all this, Cruz had another reason to join me: cataloging her years of songwriting and responding to clamoring cries for a central place to find her music, Cruz is working on a full-length album.

Click here to Keep Reading

Click here to Listen to the Podcast

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Sonic Watermelons on Brown Student and Community Radio:  Monday, September 20, 2010 from 4-6 PM

Updated Monday, September 20, 2010, 12:30 PM (EST)

Don’t forget to listen to the new Venus Sings/Isis Storm online radio show today on Brown Student and Community Radio:  Sonic Watermelon(s) because it’s a big world with big ideas and lots and lots of music.  Mondays from 4-6 PM at http://www.bsrlive.com.

PLUS, IF YOU MISSED LAST WEEK’S SHOW…

Venus Sings & Isis Storm Premiere Online Radio Show by Talking Women in Politics and Women in RI

by Reza Rites / Venus Sings
Originally Posted on VenusSings.com as…

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Monday, September 13, 2010, I entered Faunce Hall at Brown University to debut a new online Radio Show, Venus Sings and Isis Storm Present: Sonic Watermelon(s) on Brown Student and Community Radio “because the world is a big place with big ideas and lots and lots of music.”

The show will be broadcasting on Mondays from 4:00-6:00 PM on bsrlive.com, which is part of BSR – Brown Student and Community Radio. Besides the online frequency, BSR broadcasts as WELH Providence, 88.1 FM, every night from 9 PM – 5 AM. But my job on Monday the 13th was to premiere a show that will be the audio stomping ground for Isis Storm, and what better way to do this than by not only playing poetry and music, but taking on the big topic of women in politics and women in RI. I did this by talking with Women’s Fund of RI (WFRI) Executive Director, Marcia Cone, PhD.

Hear a podcast of the interview it in its entirety by clicking here.

During our conversation, which was taped just earlier that day in her Providence office, Cone cited a trend in funding cuts that traditionally support women and girls – often what is contrary to what many political figures cite. She also talked about the challenges of getting women to run for office, numbers that have seen few improvements even looking at yesterday’s primary elections.

On the other hand, Cone did take the time to celebrate the work WFRI has accomplished, for instance through it’s grant-making to organizations and individuals who are making a difference for girls and women in RI. She says the organization will be celebrating a decade of work in the coming months, but in the meantime, she encourages women and community members who are disengaged to talk to each other, investigate issues that matter personally, and get involved.

For more information about Women’s Fund of RI, visit http://www.wfri.org. Keep up with Sonic Watermelon(s) on BSR on http://www.VenusSings.com or http://www.IsisStorm.com or every Monday from 4-6 pm on http://www.bsrlive.com.

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Acoustic Soul, Spoken Word Poetry and HIV Awareness: Updates from Isis Storm

Updated Thursday, September 15, 2010, 4:41 PM (EST)

Greetings,
Here is a reminder about performances coming up by Isis Storm and new posts on the Isis Storm blogs.  There is info and up-to-the-minute updates about other shows and events if you follow us on Facebook as well.  Thanks for your support and hope to see you tomorrow.
– Reza

An Acoustic Night of Celebration

with Isis Storm

Thursday, September 16
8:00 pm – 10:30 PM
Brooklyn Coffee Tea House
209 Douglas Ave.
Providence, RI
Tickets: $12.00 ahead of time & at the door
Featuring performances by Isis Storm co-founders Kal Champlain, aka 5th Elament, & DJ Reza Wreckage. PLUS, Singer Songwriter, Michelle Cruz, hip hop “femcee” B-mor 7 & other special guests from Isis Storm.
Special Door Prizes, Music for Sale & $2.00 of every tix toward the 25th Annual AIDS Walk Rhode Island, “Walk for Life.”
Performance/Ticket Info: www.IsisStorm.com / 401-207-3403 / beginthestorm@gmail.com
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More Info: Acoustic Night & HIV Awareness – Thu Sept 16

We are writing to invite you to take part in an HIV awareness show coming up on Thursday, September 16 and to tell you more about an initiative called Isis Storm.  Keep Reading:  http://wp.me/pERiZ-cx.
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Kal Champlain aka 5th ELament, co founder of Isis Storm has OFFICIALLY RELEASED HER NEW ALBUM! Go to www.5thelament.com to purchase.  Keep Reading:  http://wp.me/sERiZ-784.
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Michelle Cruz on Venus Sings Radio, July 24, 2010: The Podcast and the Preview

On Saturday, July 24, Venus Sings Radio on WRIU was a very special and sultry edition. That is because I brought in Michelle Cruz, a singer, songwriter and guitar-player from Pawtucket, RI who is adored and admired by fans locally as well as along the east coast for intensely intimate and “surreal” musical blends and live performances. Keep Reading:  http://venussings.blogspot.com/2010/08/playlist-mania-michelle-cruz-on-venus.html.
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Venus Sings & Isis Storm Premiere Online Radio Show by Talking Women in Politics and Women in RI

On Monday, September 13, 2010, Ientered Faunce Hall at Brown University to debut a new online Radio Show, Venus Sings and Isis Storm Present: Sonic Watermelon(s) on Brown Student and Community Radio “because the world is a big place with big ideas and lots and lots of music.”.
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DO I BELIEVE?

By Kal Champlain aka 5th Elament
…in what I am doing? In my mission? In my ability to carry this thing out? This post is for my artists struggling, my people in transition, my brothers and sisters trying something new.
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DJ Reza Wreckage and 5th Elament Perform with Reziztanze, Sat. Sept. 18…

The RED & BLACK CoverFire Release Party starring REZIZTANZE!!!! with special guests, including: Flizz of Who Dem? ** DirtyDurdie ** 5th Elament ** and more.  Plus Reggae, R&B, Hip-Hop spun by: DJ Floss B; Opening set by: DJ Reza Wreckage. 71 Richmond St. Providence, RI // (18+ w/ proper ID) // Doors: 9pm // Show: 10pm // Party Rocks Til: 2am!!! and tickets available through me, Venus Sings (401-497-5246).

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The Storm is Coming…with New Partnerships, Performances and More

Updated Thursday, September 9, 2010, 5:15 PM (EST)

PROVIDENCE, RI – We told you Isis Storm was coming at you… take a look at our upcoming performances, workshops, and even a political debate being moderated in part by me, Reza Rites.  What else is new?  Published author and cultural anthropologist, Indigo Bethea has a performance coming up on Friday, September 10 at a cafe in West Warwick.  In addition, Isis Storm co-founder, Kal Champlain, is moving along with her album release as is singer-songwriter Michelle Cruz, both of whom will preview works on Thursday, September 16.

Speaking of the 16th, besides a chance to hear singles off of Cruz and Champlain’s upcoming albums, the Brooklyn Coffee Tea House show will serve as the first showcase of a partnership between Isis Storm and Partners in Learning About AIDS (PL-AIDS), a recently formed non-profit organization in Providence, RI that aims to educate and treat high risk HIV populations.  As representatives of and advocates for women of color, and with a crew that includes health journalists, we’ve wholeheartedly embraced our need to speak up when, as some statistics show, “Black and Latina women make up 82% of all women with AIDS in the U.S.”

Yes we’ve got work to do, but what’s a more fun way to do it than “through the power of art and writing.”  Hope you’ll join us!

  • Thursday, September 9 – DJ Reza Wreckage and 5th Elament Perform at the All American, 7570 Post Road in North Kingstown, 9 pm – 1 am.
  • Friday, September 10 – Indigo Bethea features at Ohm Word Bound at Feels Like Ohm, 115 Washington St. in West Warwick, 7 – 10 pm.
  • Sunday, September 12 – B-mor 7 performs at Universal Brotherhood Day – 5:00 – 7:30 PM at the Vedanta Society of Providence, 227 Angell Street, Providence RI. Universal Brotherhood Day is an Interfaith Symposium on “Religion and Social Responsibility.” The program includes multi-faith music and dinner. Info: (401) 421-3960, info@vedantaprov.org
  • Monday, September 13 – Venus Sings & Isis Storm present Sonic Watermelons on BSR, Brown Student & Community Radio, online from 4-6 PM at www.bsrlive.com. Sonic Watermelons because it’s a big world with big ideas and big sounds. (Hear the extended promo here: http://m.podshow.com/media/22274/episodes/248066/venussings-248066-09-09-2010.mp3
  • Thursday, September 16 – Isis Storm (An Acoustic Night of Celebration with 5th Elament, Michelle Cruz, Venus Sings, B-mor 7 and other Isis Storm guests) – Brooklyn Coffee Tea House, 209 Douglas Ave. in Providence. Tickets are $12.00 ahead of time & at the door and two dollars from every ticket goes to support the “Walk for Life” 25th Annual AIDS Walk RI.
  • Thursday, September 16 – 5th Elament and Emerald Stone join the line-up at Third Thursdays Live Hip Hop at the Spot Underground, 9 pm – 1 am, 15 Elbow Street in the Jewelry District of Providence.
  • Saturday, September 18 – Jerky’s – the RED & BLACK CoverFire Release Party starring REZIZTANZE!!!! with special guests, including: Flizz of Who Dem? ** DirtyDurdie ** 5th Elament ** and more. Plus Reggae, R&B, Hip-Hop spun by: DJ Floss B; Opening set by: DJ Reza Wreckage. 71 Richmond St. Providence, RI // (18+ w/ proper ID) // Doors: 9pm // Show: 10pm // Party Rocks Til: 2am!!!.
  • Friday, September 24 – 4th Friday Fiyah hosted by J9 at Salas Restaurant, 343 Thames St. in Newport.
  • Saturday, September 25 – 5th Elament Album Release Party & Performance, with DJ Reza Wreckage at the Bon Vue Inn, 1230 Ocean Road in Narragansett (bonus – see 5th and Wreckage perform in Pawtucket for Hip Hop artist Planet Asia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOjZPxRyKEc).
  • Sunday, September 26 – Artists Exchange – 5th Elament Performs Cuts from Her New Album at the The Artists’ Exchange’s 3rd Annual Fall Out of Summer Art’s Festival, 11:00am – 5:00pm, 50 ROLFE SQUARE CRANSTON, RI
  • Monday, September 27 – 5th Elament & DJ Reza Wreckage perform at The Dirty Gerund in Worcester, MA (http://dirtygerund.com/schedule).
  • Tuesday, September 28 – 5th Elament OFFICIAL PROVIDENCE HIP HOP RELEASE PARTY at Forbidden City, 224 Atwells Ave. in Providence, RI.
  • Wed. October 6 – URI – Who You Callin a B**?: Women in Hip Hop and A New Kinda Feminism Multicultural Center, Hardge Forum (Rm. 101) Facilitated by Kalyana Champlain, Communication Studies
  • Wed. October 13, 8-9 p.m. – ABC6, Ch. 6.2, 5; WRNI – New media producer Reza Clifton & WRNI pol. reporter Ian Donnis moderate the political debate for CONGRESS #2, Dem. – TBA; GOP, Matson

***

Updated Friday, September 3, 2010, 3:15 PM (EST)
Sent as part of the Isis Storm/Reza Rites newsletter

Hi Friends,
I’ve got good news and bad news to share about Isis Storm, but don’t worry, because the bad is certainly not awful.  Besides, below is only a sample of the good news we’re sharing.  We’ve got new community partnerships in the works, educational workshops being scheduled as we speak, music shows and events being planned outside of RI, and a new Venus Sings/Isis Storm radio show coming soon to www.BSRlive.com.  With all of this, what more could be happening?

Well, not just one, but TWO (count them one, TWO) Isis Storm artists are releasing new albums:  singer/songwriter/guitar player, Michelle Cruz; and Isis Storm co-founder, recent Master Degree recipient, educator, poet, and hip hop “femcee,” Kalyana Champlain/5th Elament.  Click here to read about, and hear a podcast with, Michelle Cruz and I talking in July on WRIU about her release.  And to hear more about 5th?  A podcast of her special visit in August to Venus Sings Radio is coming soon, but until then, check her out at www.5thelament.com, where you can hear tracks from her album and learn about additional shows, promotional giveaways and ways to support its release.  And to learn more about Michelle Cruz, visit www.MichelleCruz.com.

Thanks for your support, and be in touch (www.IsisStorm.com, beginthestorm@gmail.com) if we can play for you, work with you, or connect with you.

Sunshine and laughter,
Reza Rites / Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage

***

Now, let’s start with the bad:

ISIS STORM LABOR DAY RETREAT IS POSTPONED

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE OR HELP PLAN THE NEXT ONE:  beginthestorm@gmail.com
***

NOW THE GOOD / SAVE THE DATES:

Thursday, September 16:

An Acoustic Night of Celebration with Isis Storm
Brooklyn Coffee Tea House
Providence, RI

***

Saturday, September 18:
the RED & BLACK CoverFire Release Party
starring  REZIZTANZE!!!!

with special guests, including:
Flizz of Who Dem? ** DirtyDurdie ** 5th Elament (Isis Storm) ** and more

Plus Reggae, R&B, Hip-Hop spun by: DJ Floss B
Opening set by: DJ Reza Wreckage (Isis Storm)

Sat. 9/18/10 @ JERKY’S Music Hall
71 Richmond St. Providence, RI (18+ w/ proper ID)
Doors: 9pm // Show: 10pm // Party Rocks Til: 2am!!!

Tix: $5 in advanced // $10 in RED or BLACK attire // $15 if not!***

Saturday, September 25:
Narragansett Album Release Party:

Kalyana Champlain is 5th Elament in
Thru the Muck

The Bon Vue Inn
1230 Ocean Road
Narragansett, RI

***

Tuesday, September 28:
Providence Album Release Party:

Kalyana Champlain is 5th Elament in
Thru the Muck

Forbidden City
224 Atwells Ave.
Providence, RI

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