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Featuring Staceyann Chin, Martha Redbone, and NSangou Njikam
Civic Salon: TO BE COUNTED
A kick-off event to Public Forum's TO BE COUNTED Census Community Tour
The 2020 Census is coming, and the results will determine how political and economic resources are distributed on a local, state-wide, and federal level for the next decade. But in a climate of divisiveness and fear, what does it mean to stand up and be counted? Join Public Forum for this kick-off event to the Civic Salon: TO BE COUNTED - A 2020 Census Community Tour.
Join Public Forum for our free monthly gatherings where we come together in the spirit of community to nurture our minds and our bodies. Each month will feature a different theme driven by artists, musicians, poets, activists, and civic organizers who are using their voices to create change in their communities. Break bread with your neighbor, raise your voice in song, and leave inspired.
Free for All, but requires a reservation.
RSVP to Civic Salon: TO BE COUNTED in Joe's Pub today.
No available performances in this month.
Staceyann Chin is the recipient of the 2007 Power of the Voice Award from The Human Rights Campaign, the 2008 Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project, the 2009 New York State Senate Award, the 2013 American Heritage Award from American Immigration Council, and the 2016 Planned Parenthood Excellence in Media award. Chin is also a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.
A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann’s voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming-out there.
Widely known as co-writer and original performer in the Tony award winning, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, her poetry has seen the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets' Café, one-woman shows Off-Broadway, writing-workshops in Sweden, South Africa, and Australia. Chin’s three one-woman shows, HANDS AFIRE, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, and BORDER/CLASH all opened to rave reviews at the Culture Project in New York City.
Staceyann is the author of the memoir, The Other Side of Paradise, and is currently touring MotherStruck, her critically acclaimed solo theater piece, directed by Cynthia Nixon, and produced by Rosie O’Donnell, chronicling her incredible experiences about motherhood, which opened in New York, in December, of 2015. The most recent publication, Crossfire: A Litany For Survival, is the first full-length collection of Chin’s poetry. Staceyann is currently touring and sharing poems from Crossfire.
Be it on “60 Minutes,” in the New York Times, or The UK guardian, Staceyann has a reputation for telling it exactly like it is.
Martha Redbone is a Native & African-American vocalist/songwriter/composer/educator. She is known for her music gumbo of folk, blues and gospel from her childhood in Harlan County, Kentucky infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw culture, Redbone broadens the boundaries of American Roots music. With songs and storytelling that share her life experience as a Native and Black woman and mother navigating in the new millennium, Redbone gives voice to issues of social justice, bridging traditions from past to present, connecting cultures, and celebrating the human spirit.
Photo by Christine Chambers