• Watch Remembrance

    by FreeQuency & Spirit McIntyre

    Cinematography by Gian Smith & Malcolm Johnson

    Concept by Zuri Obi-Lewis, Gian Smith, Mwende "FreeQuency" Katwiwa, Spirit McIntyre

    Sound by Thomas Walsh

    "Remembrance"

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    Special thank to Write About Now Poetry for releasing this project on their platform.

    FREEQUENCY | www.freequencyspeaks.com |Facebook-FreeQuencyAKAFreeQthaMighty| Instagram@MwendersInSuspenders | Medium @mwendekatwiwa
     

    Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa is a 26 year old Kenyan, Immigrant, Queer Womyn speaker and performer. The 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, a 2017 TEDWomen speaker and ranked 3rd at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, FreeQuency is a highly sought after performer, speaker, author, host, youth lecturer & facilitator, social justice teaching artist and workshop leader. Having spent her life at the intersection of arts, education and activism, she/they and/or her/their work in Reproductive Justice, #BlackLivesMatter organizing & activism, LGBTQ+ advocacy and poetry have been featured on Upworthy, OkayAfrica, TEDx, the New York Times, For Harriet, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, & other outlets. FreeQuency is a founding member of the New Orleans chapter of the Black Youth Project 100, a founding committee member of the New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM), festival coordinator for the New Orleans Youth Poetry Festival a blogger with the AfroFashion and Culture Blog Noirlinians and a member of Wildseeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective. She currently works as a community organizer at the Reproductive Justice group Women With A Vision where she runs the Young Women With A Vision program.

     

    SPIRIT MCINTYRE | www.spiritwerks.com | Facebook - spiritwerks | Instagram @mcintyrespirit

    Somebody Call My Name [Composer, Lyricist, Vocalist, Cellist c. 2016]
     

    Spirit McIntyre, pronouns: Spirit, They & Them, is a Cellist, Vocalist, Lyricist, Wellness Advocate, Sound Healer, Reiki Practitioner, Compassionate Facilitator and Diligent Community Member who promotes empowerment and healing by any medium necessary. Spirit believes in: the importance of breath, the power of deep listening and witnessing, holding space for complex emotions, healing intergenerational trauma, honoring lovability, and being seen and seeing. Spirit incorporates these beliefs in their facilitation, healing, performance and lyfe practices, which focus on: Black, Queer, Trans, Gender-Non-Conforming and Non-Binary identities, Health & Wellness, Reiki, Self-Expression, and Grief work. They are motivated by their, self-coined, “Expansive Love Practice” -- an exercise in non-hierarchical love that allows them to authentically give and receive love in all that they are called to do.

     

    GIAN SMITH | www.pbesoul.com | gian0@yahoo.com
     

    Gian Smith is a New Orleans based artist. His craft spans over several media including writing, acting, and video production, but he is probably most notably recognized as a spoken word poet. Gian has made several television appearances, some on local New Orleans stations, some international including VH1 And HBO. His poem ‘O Beautiful Storm’ was featured in a preview for season 2 of HBO’s Treme which resulted in an interview on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. The 3 commercials Smith featured in ran over the course of about four months on HBO. Smith is also well known locally for his community organization including NOYOpresents: Pass It On open mic. He and his partners have co-hosted the event since November of 2008. Smith can often be found at local High Schools and Middle Schools when asked to speak to children and aspiring poets. Gian’s latest exploration of the arts has landed at filmmaking. In 2014 Smith introduced his web series “open mike” to the world and in 2015 followed that up with great success with his short film “The Adulterer” which featured in a dozen film festivals around the country including winning the prestigious Remi award at 49th annual Worldfest Houston international Film Festival, a distinction shared with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and many others as young filmmakers. Currently Smith is working on a feature film entitled “The Possibility of Harriet” expected to be completed in 2018, as well as developing “The Adulterer” into an episodic series to be self-distributed. For more information, performances and movie trailers visit www.giansmith.wordpress.com