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#3amblack and #RezaRites at Afropunk 2015: Video and Photo Coverage

#3amblack and #RezaRites at Afropunk 2015: Video and Photo Coverage

https://vimeo.com/137711795 #3amblack and #RezaRites at Afropunk 2015: Video and Photo Coverage by Reza Corinne Clifton BROOKLYN, NY – On Sunday, August 23, 2015, two women hit the road for a one-day voyage to the annual Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Why would two women spend six hours in a car for half of a festival? Take a look at this video for hints, cues, and clues about what makes this…

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#3amblack and #RezaRites at Afropunk 2015: Video and Photo Coverage

#3amblack and #RezaRites at Afropunk 2015: Video and Photo Coverage

https://vimeo.com/137711795 #3amblack and #RezaRites at Afropunk 2015: Video and Photo Coverage by Reza Corinne Clifton BROOKLYN, NY – On Sunday, August 23, 2015, two women hit the road for a one-day voyage to the annual Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Why would two women spend six hours in a car for half of a festival? Take a look at this video for hints, cues, and clues about what makes this…

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#3amblack and #RezaRites at Afropunk 2015: Video and Photo Coverage

#3amblack and #RezaRites at Afropunk 2015: Video and Photo Coverage
by Reza Corinne Clifton

BROOKLYN, NY – On Sunday, August 23, 2015, two women hit the road for a one-day voyage to the annual Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Why would two women spend six hours in a car for half of a festival? Take a look at this video for hints, cues, and clues about what makes this growing cultural gathering a force that can’t be stopped and a destination not to be missed if you identify with words like underground, alternative, Pan-African, weird, different, black….

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With performers like Lauryn Hill and Grace Jones, Afropunk producers proved they were willing to offer big names while also displaying a high level of consciousness as far as the importance of including women in festivals. Unfortunately I missed both Hill and Jones, the latter of which performed and produced a show that prompted a high volume of chatter on social media afterward.

On day two, upon arrival, I shopped…a LOT because the vendors and overall marketplace there speaks to me aesthetically, personally, and culturally. Apart from that, one of the most memorable parts of the day was catching the performance by Gary Clark Jr., who I realized I recognized from his performance at this year’s BET Awards (see video clip below), when I was also impressed with his chops. I also got to catch some of the multi-decade career-spanning beautiful brown rocker, Lenny Kravitz, whose enthralling set was loud and clear enough for decent cellphone footage – featured in the #3amblack and #rezarites at #afropunkfest15 video podcast above.

Photos can also be seen on Facebook in one of the 3 AM Is the New Black photo albums; click here to link to it. Below are credits for the Vimeo film embedded above.

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Producer:
Reza Clifton

Music:
Live cell phone footage of Lenny Kravitz at Afropunk, 8.23.15

Photography:
Reza Clifton and Sophia Wright

Info on Afropunk:
afropunk.com
afropunkfest.com
@afropunk on FB and Twitter

Info on #3amblack and #rezarites
venussings.com
ambitiousblackfeminist.com
@3amblack on FB, IG, and Twitter

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Teaching and Learning at As220: Build a Blog Workshop Starts Today


by Reza C. Clifton

PROVIDENCE, RI – It’s good to teach, and it’s good to learn. For me, the two often co-exist and dance together, which is why I’m so excited to be starting up a second, four-week teaching residency at AS220 starting today, Sunday February 1, noon to 1:30pm at the Media Lab at AS220 (click here for more information and to register for class).

I teach different variations of this course – offerings that range from a few minutes up to 4 months – to high school students, adults at public libraries, and professionals and practitioners at national conferences, art gatherings, and company workshops, and have done so for over half nearly a decade. By far, my favorite aspect of teaching and presenting on the topic of online communication tools and techniques is getting to hear people describe their ideas, talents, projects and concepts. Whether it’s a piece of history being uncovered and brought to the public, a unique technique that an artist or artisan is building a brand around, a mother or father whose insight on parenting makes sense to the non-parenting world, or a grassroots group organizing a community around toxins in homes and neighborhoods, I get to hear stories, anecdotes and questions that satisfy my curiosity and I am given early access to important data, trends and movements. Plus hearing a thank you if a tip, idea or recommendation resonates isn’t so bad either.

Apart from hearing awesome stuff (imagine if I’d just said that above), teaching these classes has often given me access to my own tutors and tutorials on social media sites that I’m not using. Pinterest and Snapchat are great examples of two platforms where I simply do not have a login (but maybe someday will). I’ve even learned more about WordPress from students – the site I reference most! It’s a very rewarding feature for me to come in as the teacher, but be treated to at least one round of being a student.

So today the cycle begins again at AS220, arguably one of the most preeminent arts organizations in Providence. I’ll be ready with my prepared lesson book and assignments for the day, because that’s what a teacher does. And I’ll come ready to listen, learn and take notes because that’s what a student does. See you there!

 

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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Click on the image above to view an online version of today’s Take 5 with Reza Rites E-newsletter. Or click here to view and print the PDF version.

Venus Sings with Mighty Mystic, Music Moves The Whale Guitar: Confessions of an Ambitious Black Feminist, April 22, 2014

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Confessions of an #AmbitiousBlackFeminist
April 22, 2014

My calendar has been full of teaching, speaking, listening, reading, writing, sharing, securing, releasing and loving…

And there’s more coming up.

Join me by finding/friending/following me on FB and Twitter, @rezaclif and @3amblack; on Instagram, @3amblack; and at VenusSings.com and AmbitiousBlackFeminist.com.

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

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

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Click on the photo or here to view/read today’s newsletter, “TWEET CHAT on Grant Writing TODAY at 6:30, Photography Exhibit Feb 15: Take 5 w. Reza Rites.” To get updates directly by email, click here to sign up for the e-newsletter.

January 22 Writing for Survival Class Postponed Due to Weather; Next Date is February 5

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Hello friends, bad news: Due to the weather, I have to cancel today’s Writing for Survival class, which dealt with Writing for Drama and Performance and Writing for Public Speaking.

Good news: Class 3 is still on and scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 6:30 PM at Brooklyn Coffee Tea House. The topic of that workshop is Grant Writing and Writing for Project Management. Hope to see some new faces!

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(click on the paypal button to register/purchase one class for $30)

Info/Scholarship Inquiries:
singsvenus@gmail.com
www.venussings.com
401-217-9680

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.

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NEW LOCATION
NEW DATES

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 singsvenus@gmail.com
or by phone at 401-217-9680 for more info.

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CLASS SCHEDULE, TOPICS

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

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