About Reza Corinne Clifton,
(aka) Reza Rites / Venus Sings / Reza Wreckage
I have many nicknames because I am a writer, digital storyteller, and cultural navigator from Providence, RI. This means I make my income in several different ways, including through the following channels and opportunities: by sending and publishing written work and multimedia stories; by DJ’ing at professional, cultural and family events; by giving speeches and lectures; and by running workshops and providing consultancy on special projects. I am also the producer of radio shows on WRIU (wriu.org) and BSR (bsrlive.com), the Secretary of the Southern New England Association of Black Journalists, and the co-founder of the Wells-Walker Society – a media collective founded on the principles of emancipatory journalism.
(ABBREVIATED CAREER HIGHLIGHTS)
2007 & 2009 Metcalf Diversity in the Media Award Recipient
2011 Most Musical
2011 Most Soothing Voice
Brown Student and Community Radio
2012-2013 Communications Coordinator
Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
3 AM is the New Black
Reza Clifton is an award-winning writer, producer, digital storyteller and cultural navigator from Providence, RI. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2003 with a degree in African and African-American Studies – now called the Africana Studies program – and she studied at the Community College of RI, Rhode Island School of Design, American University in Washington, DC and the University of Havana in Cuba.
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.
Reza has also worked as a contracted 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 currently 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.