Local Poets Celebrate Black History Month at the Pittmann-Puckett Gallery

Local Poets Celebrate Black History Month at the Pittmann-Puckett Gallery

Saturday, February 20, 2010

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Poets Eboni Hogan and Natasha “T” Miller, and performance artist Billione step onto the stage on Saturday, February 20th. Miller’s poetry interrogates what it means to be American in the age of Obama, while Hogan is quirkier, offering candid and often lurid tales of her many misadventures in the Big Apple. Native Detroiter, Billione, provides a grounding voice – sometimes spoken, sometimes sung – as he ponders the meaning of love and life. All three performers come to Ferndale on Saturday, February 20th for the 8:00 p.m. performance. The show is free to the public with a brief open mic slot as the performers warm up.

Natasha “T” Miller is a 24-year-old spoken word artist/slam poet raised on the west side of Detroit. In 2007, only a year after first hitting the stage as a performance poet, she was crowned the Detroit Poetry Slam’s Grand Slam Champion. Since then, she has been on three national teams and been a two-time Women of World Poetry Slam finalist.

Eboni Hogan is the voice of rebels wearing hand-me-down clothes, any girl with a few extra kinks in her hair or one too many words in her mouth and not enough ways to say them. This 24-year-old Bronx native studies theatre at New York University and has performed in over 30 U.S. cities. In 2006, she took part in a 5 month artist residency as a part of NYU’s Hip Hop Theatre Initiative in Ghana, West Africa.

A Detroit native, Billione is a versatile writer whose writings have appeared in newspapers, literary magazines and publications including Cellar Roots and the Michigan Citizen. A singer/songwiter, poet and social activist, his performances have raised funds for numerous organizations that support literacy, HIV/AIDS awareness and human rights. In 2007, Billione published his first chapbook of poetry entitled Love: In Hindsight and plans to publish his third book entitled 360 May 2010. Billione’s influences include Langston Hughes, Adaora Bandele, the Last Poets, Nina Simone and the late Michael Jackson.

The February 20th Spoken Word Performance is part of an array of February events celebrating Black History Month. The month of activities rounds out with a youth performance entitled “Trouble of the World” on February 24th that features Affirmations’ youth program members performing literary works by historic African American authors. In addition, books by noted African American authors are on display throughout Affirmations’ building and African American movies are featured in both men’s and women’s film groups.

For information about the Pittmann-Puckett Gallery, future exhibits or how to get involved, please contact Social Activities Coordinator, Rosalea Brown at 248-677-7230.

Affirmations is Metro Detroit’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender people and their allies. Open since 1989 and located in Detroit suburb of Ferndale, Affirmations provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and have fun. For more information, visit our website www.GoAffirmations.org/.