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January 2013

Excited to report that I’m in the process of recruiting interns and volunteers, setting up trainings, and organizing a team for some current and upcoming media projects.  If you’re interested, let me know here or connect to me on Facebook or Twitter. 

(More about me below)

Reza Clifton is the Communications Coordinator of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she oversees the agency’s publications, helps coordinate Domestic Violence Awareness Month outreach and promotions, and engages in other public awareness activities to promote RICADV’s efforts to end domestic violence.

Reza is also an award-winning writer, producer, digital storyteller and cultural navigator.  Since 2007, she has been recognized for multimedia projects that appear on her flagship blog, RezaRitesRi.com; for written work and direction as health editor for She Shines, a regional women’s magazine; and for leadership as a young professional and community organizer in Providence, Rhode Island.  In 2011, two separate magazines named Reza “Most Musical” and a “Trender” due to her work bringing diverse styles of music, poetry and other mediums of art to the community.  In 2012 she organized a bilingual poetry festival in which a group of bilingual poets and performers “in residence” performed at schools, cafes, and other community venues.

Her published work, multimedia projects and coalition-building efforts have shed light on ways to examine and blend words, music, art, the Pan-African identity, and feminism, while as a DJ, she plays reggae, neosoul, hip hop, and global grooves, with an emphasis on music by women. One way in which she’s channeled and shared these interests and intersections is through Isis Storm, a virtual and interpersonal space organized by a collective of women who use art and words to empower women and communities through performance, workshops, and media projects; Reza spearheaded and co-founded the initiative and website. She has also contributed to audio and video stories aired on NPR, WGBH, and RI Public Radio – in Washington, DC; Boston, MA; and Providence, RI, respectively.

Prior to being hired by RICADV in July 2012, Reza worked as a writer, public speaker and educator/trainer covering topics like health disparities and health equity, new media trends and techniques, diversity in the media, cultural trends and arts in the global community, and gender equity and women’s leadership development.  She was founding editor of UrbanHealthWatch.net, a nationally recognized blog funded by the RI Department of Health and the CDC, co-author of a report that looked at persistent challenges and everyday realities that define “the quality of life” of RI’s Southeast Asian youth and a workforce development consultant for an educational program that served teen mothers.

Reza produces a monthly radio show called “Venus Sings Radio” for WRIU (www.wriu.org), a community- and student-run radio station based out of the University of Rhode Island, and a second program, “Sonic Watermelons,” on www.bsrlive.com (Brown Student and Community Radio) – another community- and student-run radio station, but this one from Brown University.  You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter as well as on VenusSings.com and her Tumblr, blog, Confessions of an Ambitious Black Feminist.

Reza graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2003 with a degree in African and African-American Studies – now called the Africana Studies program.  She has also studied at the Community College of RI, Rhode Island School of Design, American University in Washington, DC and at the University of Havana in Cuba.

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So…one difference between my blog here and the one on VenusSings.com is that I plan to post some of my hair pix here.

I have kept my hair naturally curly/nappy/frizzy for 14 years straight after doing a ‘big chop.’

I also transitioned without the chop more than 16 years ago, before going back to chemical-town for a short visit.

So yeah, I got pix, tips and hair tricks as well as motivational thoughts and tried and true steps.

And I’m ready to post and share with you.

Venus Sings

Still trying to get the hang of this whole Tumblr thing.  I primarily blog at www.venussings.com, and if you read/follow me there (or on Facebook or Twitter), then you know I hosted/produced Venus Sings Radio on WRIU earlier today.  

In case you missed it – or wanted in on my Venus Sings “weekend of music” –  you can catch me tomorrow in Providence at Fertile Underground.  See more details on my music blog.  

And thanks for checking in here. 

Can You Say Weekend of Music?

Jars for Food and Music for Shopping: Occupied Soul at Fertile Underground, Sunday, Jan 27, 2013

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REASONS TO VISIT FERTILE UNDERGROUND IN PROVIDENCE
TOMORROW, JANUARY 27, 2013 from 1 – 6 PM:

1) Meet and support rural and urban farmers and regular people who are part of a movement striving to improve health & spiritual life through local gardening; 2) shop local; 3) tomorrow is Fertile Underground’s first all day “Trade Jars for Food” event (8am-6pm) in which they’re accepting good-conditioned, clean Ball or Mason jars with lids and rings in exchange for food credit (ie. $1.00 for 8oz jars); 4) hear futuristic afrolicious psychedelic funk, retro latino soul vibrations, and hip hop and reggae selections and fusions because also in store is…

OCCUPIED SOUL
(Deejay Kellan and Reza Wreckage)
Spinning at Fertile Underground

Sunday, January 27, 2013
starting at 1 PM
1577 Westminster Street
Providence, RI

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Catch Deejay Kellan and Reza Wreckage on WRIU

Every Thursday, 3-6 PM, Under the Table Radio (DJ Kellan)
Every 4th Saturday, 9-11 AM, Voices of Women (Reza Wreckage)
Tune in: 90.3 FM (RI); http://www.wriu.org (online streaming)

Revealing the Best of the Best: TODAY, Saturday Jan 26 – Venus Sings Radio on WRIU

Reza at Acme_by Blue
If someone were to ask you who the best women in music are right now, would you have an answer?  You will after today. Tune in on radio or online….
Venus Sings Radio on WRIU
hosted by Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage
and Part of Voices of Women, a show airing every Saturday
Saturday, January 26, 2013
9:00-11:00 AM
Hear it: 90.3 FM or www.wriu.org
studio lines: 401-792-9030 or 1-888-303-9748

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