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REZA DOES REGGAE: Venus Sings on Reggae Showcase, Sunday Jan 31, 2016

PROVIDENCE, RI – Hi friends, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted here on November 12, 2015, to be precise, was the last time I shared anything new. In the interim, I have set some things up, lined some things up, and hung some things up. There is more info and there are more posts coming soon; one hint and way to catch up in the meantime is by following me @rezaclif on Facebook and Twitter.

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TOMORROW, Sunday, January 31, 2016, I’m covering The Reggae Showcase, a weekly program produced by Peter Dante for WRIU, a broadcast service of the University of Rhode Island. I am one of several different DJ’s selected by Dante to guest-host annually on the Reggae Showcase, which has been on-air for over twenty years. Chune in!

Venus Sings Edition
Sunday, January 31, 2016
2:00-5:00 PM


cropped-venus-sings-website_logo1.jpgA few other notes to put in your ear:

Photos from my Music Moves collection are currently up at the URI Providence Campus and the reception for it is Sunday, February 7, 1-4 PM, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI. More info about the exhibit – Race Matters! – and the inclusion and integration of my work, are coming soon right here to In the meantime, searching through #musicmovesreza and @3amblack on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter will take you to behind-the-scenes and up-to-the-minute updates about the project. Or visit the Music Moves page here on


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A final update:

A quick shout-out is owed to my team at Sonic Watermelons, the show I started in 2010 on Brown Student and Community Radio (BSR). Not only are Jose and Deejay Kellan working as hard as ever to help keep the show full of interesting guests and great music, they have also joined me in extending our net to bring more people onto the team. Special thanks go to some of our earliest and most dedicated new recruits (and former guests, in some cases) Jessica LaBrie, Michelle Arias, Rachel Simon, Erroll Lomba, Vatic Kuumba, and Kabir Lambo.

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With new faces, voices and talents at the table, Sonic Watermelons experienced an exciting start to the new year with a flurry of inspiring visitors and conversations as well as a bump in listener traffic and community engagement. We also have more expertise at the table, which means our podcast game is about to get serious too. If you’re not tuning in weekly yet, you should probably start:

Sonic Watermelons ~ Every Tuesday, 7-8 PM ~ ~ @sonicwatermelons on Facebook ~ @watermelonradio on Twitter 


I look forward to returning and adding more content here to And I look forward to continuing to build with you folks.

Sunshine and laughter,
Reza Rites


REMIX! New Social Media and Blogging Workshop Starts Tomorrow, May 7, 2015 at AS220

Hi Friends,

I’m super excited to present a remixed version of my social media/blogging class starting this Thursday, May 7 at 6:30p at the As220 Media Labs in downtown Providence (entrance on Lucie Way).

What’s the difference between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? How do I start a blog and what the heck is Tumblr? What’s the right platform for sharing my talents and skills online? What’s the trick to posting daily?

These are just some of the questions I’ll explore while participants select a platform and implement my compilation of tips and best practices for showcasing art, interests and talents online.

I look forward to seeing some new faces and I hope you’ll help me spread the word.


Sunshine and Laughter,
Reza Rites

Music Moves TODAY in Warwick and More News: A Look at Today’s Take 5 with Reza Rites E-Newsletter: 6.26.14

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Take 5 with Reza Rites, June 8, 2014: Music Moves Updates and More


Take 5 with Reza Rites
Sunday, June 8, 2014

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Hi friends,
Feeling somewhat behind with sharing updates and good news – whether it’s here on AmbitiousBlackFeminist.(tumblr.)com, over on, or in my Take 5 with Reza Rites E-newsletter. On the other hand, I can say that I’ve been pretty diligent on Facebook and Twitter, @rezaclif, and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @3amblack, so be sure to follow me there if you want to show support, get the play-by-play, or are trying to track me down. If you are not following, for instance, then you’re missing notice about #musicmovesreza pop up art shows, interviews and topics on Sonic Watermelons and Venus Sings Radio, and efforts here in RI around the #bringbackourgirls campaign.

One thing I’m super excited about is “The Return of Reza Rites to Warwick Public Library.” Check out my Music Moves exhibit, which is up all month long (June 2014) on the interior walls at 600 Sandy Lane, and sign up for the next run of my #writing4survival class, “Put Your Artistic Self Online,” which starts Saturday June 28.

I’m excited and proud of this work, and I’m thrilled to have so many different ways to share and tell stories – yours and mine. Thanks for supporting, sharing and celebrating with me online and offline.

Sunshine and laughter,
Reza Corinne Clifton

“Reza Rites / Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage”
Writer – Digital Storyteller – Cultural Navigator
Twitter/Facebook: @rezaclif

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International Call for Peace: Bring Back Our Girls Activists in RI Join Extraordinary Rendition Band for Rally for Peace in Providence TODAY on May 22

Picture 35 Providence-based band members and activists from Extraordinary Rendition Band, who originally planned the march in response to gun violence in Providence, have joined forces with the Rhode Island Young Professionals and Take 5 with Reza Rites to link today’s event with organizers around the country who are rallying on May 22 to “Bring Back Our Girls.”

PROVIDENCE, RI – Following Providence’s 6th Homicide of 2014, the Extraordinary Rendition Band is teaming up with concerned Providence students and families and inviting community members, activists, students, musicians, families, politicians and everyone in between to take part in a ‘Rally for Peace’ on Thursday, May 22nd from 5-7pm. With the addition of RI activists working on the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign (including the Rhode Island Young Professionals – RIYP – and Take 5 with Reza Rites), organizers are gathering for a comprehensive “International Call for Peace.”

“Whether it’s sex trafficking in Nigeria or gun violence here in Providence, families and communities are losing their sons and daughters – all to senseless violence,” said Mary Gwann, a community member active in RI’s Bring Back Our Girls campaign and the Vice President of RIYP. “It’s time to stop the violence and it’s to time to call for peace.”

The demonstration will begin with a meet-up at the steps of the Cranston Street Armory on Parade St followed by a parade through the West End – the neighborhood most recently affected by violence. The rally will be held on the same day as events being held all over the country as part of the #bringbackourgirls efforts for the nearly 300 girls kidnapped last month while at a school in northeastern Nigeria.

It is time to unite as a community and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH to violence in Providence, Nigeria and all over the world.


UPDATED 5/22/14:




TWEET CHAT on Grant Writing TODAY at 6:30, Photography Exhibit Feb 15: Take 5 w. Reza Rites

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Please Share, Tell a Friend: ‘Writing for Survival’ Workshops with Reza Restart Wed, Jan 15

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Click on the image above or here to read my latest e-newsletter, which includes a request – as well as resources to support my ask – that you “Please Share, Tell a Friend” that my ‘Writing for Survival’ Workshops are restarting on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Tools include a graphic, which can be used as a FB cover (click here), and a full-page flyer (cick here) which you can post on social media, email or print and post. Below is more information about the program.



Writing for Work
Writing for Self
Writing for Survival

Four-Week Writing Workshop Series
Led by Reza C. Clifton (Reza Rites)

Workshop 1:
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 PM

@Brooklyn Coffee Tea House
209 Douglas Ave.,
Providence, RI

(Dinner included, free parking)

$30 for each/individual class; register/pay in advance here

$100 to pre-register for all 4 classes; register/pay in advance here

Scholarships/discounts are also available;
contact Reza by email at
or by phone at 401-217-9680 for more info.



Wed., January 15 – Workshop/Class 1 –
Intro, Writing Daily, Overcoming Writer’s Block and Working Past Other Obstacles

Wed., January 22 – Workshop/Class 2 –
Writing for Drama and Performance, Writing for Public Speaking

Wed., February 5 – Workshop/Class 3 –
Grant Writing and Writing for Project Management

Wed. February 12 – Workshop/Class 4 –
Sharing Poetry, Essays and Your Brand Online

Take 5 to Learn More about ‘Writing for Survival’ and Adventures in the World of Reza Rites

newsletter_11.27.13Curious about how to participate in the Writing for Survival Workshop Series that starts this Sunday? Looking for original greeting cards for this holiday season? Not on the Take 5 / Reza Rites newsletter list but feel you might be missing out?

Click on the image of the newsletter to the right – or here – to access the most recent update, sent this week on Wednesday, November 27.

Click here to register for this Sunday’s writing workshop class and here to register for all 4 sessions in the series.

Click here to connect to the #3amblack shop on Etsy to view and purchase original greeting cards – with and without poetry.

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Take 5 with Reza Rites: The November 5 Newsletter

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