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Vendor And Sponsor Opps Still Available for Jan 20 “Soul Rebels” Event: Reminder from Isis Storm and the Empower Communities Project

18 Jan

(NEW BEDFORD, MA) – This Friday in New Bedford is going to be amazing. The only thing that might make it better?  A few more of you signing on as vendors, sponsors, or plain ol’ donors for Soul Rebels Unite: An Empower Communities Event and Reggae Bashment.  Specific support levels being requested are $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $3000, as well as tickets purchased and donated.  Read more about the event – and the opportunities – below, click here to download the information packet, or contact me, Reza (email,; phone, 401-217-9680.  To donate online, click here.


Dear Friend / Sir / Madam,

I am writing to tell you about some thought-provoking events coming to the local area and to tell you about a fun way that you can be involved in transforming your community.  The Empower Communities Project, originally The Empower Providence Project, is a series that kicked off its inaugural celebration in October 2010 to give local and national artists a chance to showcase their talent and approach to music and grassroots community organizing.

The aims of the Empower Communities Project are to gather resources and audiences around the topic of using art and media for changing communities, and to introduce new audiences to professional artists who play music reflecting community issues and concerns.  The series emerged as an alternative way of engaging young people and underserved communities in creating their own solutions and repairing their own cities.

On Friday, January 20, 2012, we will bring a third installment of the newly named Empower Communities Project to the city of New Bedford with Soul Rebels Unite: An Empower Communities Event and Reggae Bashment.  Soul Rebels Unite will highlight activists and change-makers from the city alongside regional, national, and internationally-known music acts, including Tem Blessed and the Blest Energy Band, featuring The Empress aka Cita-Light; singer-songwriter and recording artist, The Dubber; and Isis Storm, a collective of female hip hop artists, spoken word poets, visual artists and producers.

Soul Rebels Unite will be held at the Black Watch Pub, 266 Dartmouth Street in New Bedford, MA, with community workshops and a “People of Culture Mixer and Marketplace” going on from 7:00-9:00 pm and with live music and DJ’ing from 9:00pm-2:00am. The event is open to the public and attendees that are 21 or older.  Admission is $7 for members of the public, with special rates and tickets available to grassroots organizations and small businesses who want to help sponsor the event.

In the vein of the previous Empower events, activists, entrepreneurs, poets and musicians (including recent New Bedford School Committee candidate, Erik Andrade) will lead the Mixer and Marketplace, and prior to the event, several of the evening’s performers will engage in work with youth – specifically participating in a brown bag lunch discussion and intimate performance with participants of YouthBuild New Bedford.

To learn more about several of the featured bands, or for more information about vendor and sponsor rates, see the pages accompanying this letter or contact Empower Communities lead organizer, Reza Clifton, by email at or by phone at (401) 217-9680.


Thank you for your time and consideration,

The Soul Rebels Unite & Empower Communities Organizers & Coalition

(, Isis Storm, RI Jobs with Justice, Environmental Justice League of RI, Mount Hope Learning Center, We HEAL Sakinah’s Herbs, rhymeculture RI, Collective Thought Media, La Soul Renaissance, YouthBuild New Bedford.)



Tem Blessed is a hip hop artist that was born in West Africa, but who currently lives in New Bedford, MA where he performs and uses Hip Hop as a tool to educate, empower and inspire youth and communities. As a Green for All Fellow, and father of two, he has been active in “Greening” New Bedford through work with YouthBuild New Bedford and by making activism-focused Hip Hop music like the “Green Anthem,” which he did with another area nonprofit organization, 3rd Eye Unlimited.  Musically, he has worked to elevate underground Hip Hop and, along and with his band, Blest Energy, has consistently put out albums, including his 2009 release, “BleSSed Energy.”  On January 20, Tem Blessed, Blest Energy and the Empress aka Cita-Light will be supporting their album “Re-Energized,” which will officially be on sale beginning on January 11.

THE Dubber is a self-taught singer/songwriter who fuses American Rock, Jazz and Funk along with Reggae, Middle Eastern and Afro Beat styles to express his emotions and complete his distinctive sound.  Born in Washington DC, but currently based out of Columbia SC, the Dubber’s performance background also includes turns doing hard core metal and roots reggae.  Recently returned from a tour in Europe, the Dubber has blazed a trail internationally with honest and intimate acoustic performances of selections from his albums, including his 2010 release, “Global Warning.”  With experience playing such prestige events as South by Southwest in Austin, TX and the Mid-Atlantic Music Conference, The Dubber offers audiences a glimpse at a unique, Black American Roots sound from a seasoned music professional.

Isis Storm is a RI-based collective of women who use art, words and music – primarily poetry, hip hop music and dj’ing – to empower women and underserved communities, specifically through performances, workshops, and media projects. The group was founded by Reza C. Clifton (DJ Reza Wreckage) – an award-winning blogger, DJ, and multimedia producer – and by hip hop artist, poet and scholar-educator, Kalyana Champlain (5th Elament).  Clifton and Champlain have traveled throughout the East Coast performing and giving workshops on women’s empowerment, hip hop music, and diversity in the media.

Other Confirmed Artists:

  • Erik Andrade (New Bedford-based Spoken Word Artist)
  • King-I (Reggae artist)
  • Members of The AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra (Afrobeat band)
  • DJ Blade Mon (Radio DJ and regional Reggae DJ)
  • Rebel International (New Bedford-based Collective of Reggae DJ’s)

Join Reza Rites TODAY, 4 PM, at Roots in Providence: “Wealth Disparities and Dr. King’s Dream”

15 Jan

Join me, Isis Storm co-founder Reza Clifton, to honor and recognize the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. TODAY from 4:00-6:30 PM at Roots Cultural Center, 276 Westminster Street in Downtown Providence.  I’ll be MC’ing (hosting) and moderating the event and panel, and I look forward to the discussions and keynote speaker.  However, I’d love to have your voice and contributions at the event and there will be plenty of time for audience participation, so please plan to join us! – Reza Rites 

(PROVIDENCE, RI) On Sunday, January 15th, from 4:00pm-6:30pm (registration begins at 3:30pm) at the Roots Cultural Center located at 276 Westminster St., the RI Civil Rights Roundtable will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday with a free event on how economic disparities affect our communities. The forum continues Dr. King’s work near the end of his lifetime of leadership, focused on the economics of discrimination. Noted speaker and author, Rev. Dr. Kirk Jones of Andover Newton Theological School will open and close this event.

The event will also host a panel of speakers including Rev. Joyce Penfield, Director/Founder of The Blessing Way, Keila Rodriguez, founder of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church’s StepUp Program and Dr. Warren Simmons of Brown University, Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, with Moderator Reza Clifton.

A Networking Reception will follow the program, with birthday cake, music, and refreshments.

More info here on Facebook.

Laughter Yoga w. B-mor 7: Every Monday, January 2012, Pawtuxet Village in Cranston

7 Jan

Laughter Yoga w. B-mor 7

(Monday, Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
6:15 – 7:15 PM / $10.00

@Providence Healing Arts
2162 Broad Street, Pawtuxet Village
Cranston, RI 02905


Join Isis Storm and Friends: Spoken Word Poetry, World Rhythms and an Open Mic – Thursday, Jan 19, 2012

7 Jan, Isis Storm & Funda Fest 14 Present
“The Rhythm Heard Round the World”
A Night Of Spoken Word Poetry, World Rhythms & An Open Mic
Thursday, January 19, 2012
7:30 – 10:00 PM
Roots Cultural Center
276 Westminster Street
Providence, RI

Price: $5.00

Featuring Singer-Songwriter and Recording Artist, The Dubber; Pecussionist Kera Washington and Bassist Joanna Maria of the band, Zili Misik and performers from the women’s art collective, Isis Storm. The event also includes talent from the RI Black Storytellers’ Funda Fest and music by Isis Storm Co-founder, DJ Reza Wreckage.

To sign up ahead of time for the open mic, email or leave a comment here.

Celebrate New Author, Share and Revel in Bilingual Poetry: TONIGHT in Providence with Isis Storm and Venus Sings

8 Dec
“To witness and support another woman of color who has met her destiny as a published author – that is the essence of what Isis Storm is here to do.  For it to be a woman of color living in RI, who was born and raised in Spain and who wrote the book in Spanish – that is a demonstration of how we navigate, join and promote both a local and global consciousness.”  – Isis Storm Co-founder, Reza Clifton

Native Tongues & Spoken Word:

Bilingual Poetry and Open Mic Night

TONIGHT, Thursday, December 8, 2011

7:00-10:00 PM

The Roots Cultural Center

276 Westminster Street

Providence, RI 02903

$5 to enter, $3 for students

Open mic* sign up at 7 PM or email

*For poets, storytellers, and other lyricists and performers sharing works in English, Spanish, French and/or any language of their choosing.

Presented by Isis Storm and, Carolina Diaz presents readings from her newly released book, “Mi Madre Es Una Estrella,” a novel about a woman who finds strength in the ancient lineage of women healers and herbalists in West Africa.

The night also includes the return of Haitian Singer-Songwriter, Marc Dorcean; music by (me) Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage; AND a preview performance of “Holiday Traditions” and “A Kwanzaa Song,” two productions coming up from Mixed Magic Theatre.

Join Isis Storm and Friends to Recognize World AIDS Day: TODAY, Wednesday, Nov 30 in Downtown Providence

30 Nov

Join Isis Storm, Partners in Learning about AIDS and Other Community Partners on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 to raise awareness and commemorate World AIDS Day through music, poetry and visual art…

World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Rally: Test Today, Zero Tomorrow
Wednesday, Nov 30, 3:30 PM, Roots Cultural Center, Providence, RI


The Red Ribbon Rally Committee, Providence youth, and YOU!!

An event filled with music, performances, spoken word and even a condom competition where youth and young adults are creating HIV Prevention messages to put on condom wrappers.  The first 25 people will be entered to win a gift card!

Wednesday, Nov 30, 3:30 PM

Roots Cultural Center, 276 Westminster Street in Providence

If you are planning to drive to the event, you can park in the Grace Church Parking lot off Westminster Street for $5.00. Please tell the the parking attendant you are going to the charity event at Roots Cultural Center.

Join Isis Storm for Poetry on Black Friday: November 25 at 7 PM, First U. Coffeehouse

25 Nov

The register lines will be long, the people will be pushy, and the gifts will be fragile on Black Friday. But the power of poetry can always prevail, so we invite you to choose carefully.  THEM (busy retail stores) or US (your favorite art collective)…

Isis Storm at the First U. Coffeehouse

Friday, November 25, 2011, 7:00 PM
First Unitarian Church of Providence
Parish House Auditorium
One Benevolent Street
Providence, RI

Suggested Donation:
$5.00 and/or non-alcoholic treats or beverages

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