London Bridgez

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Jamara Wakefield
Born (1982-01-25) January 25, 1982 (age 34)
Boston, MA
Occupation Poet/Theatre Artist
Nationality American
Subject Jazz, Blues, African-American and Black Diaspora History, Gender and Sexuality, Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic
Notable works Love Words Soft Spoken, SHE
Website
www.londonbridgez.com

Jamara London Wakefield (born January 25, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American spoken word poet, community organizer and writer, better known by her stage name London Bridgez.[1][2][3][4][5][6] She founded Neo.logic Beatnik Assembly,[7] an idea shop and creative arts production company, and organized the TEDxRoxburyWomen event featured on Basic Black, a TEDTalks event in Boston.[8]

Wakefield was born at home on 19 Mt.Ida Road in the Uphams Corner Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.

She has released two EPs, Love Words Soft Spoken and SHE.[9] In 2014 she released her third studio album Children of the Night [10]

Although she started as a solo poet, she sometimes has an entire band or performs with a live scratch DJ.

Performances[edit]

She has appeared throughout New England and across the US. Performances include Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast sponsored by the Aids Action Committee,[11] a YWCA fundraiser to support the production of VDAY Lawrence, Queer Women of Color Week[12] Provincetown Women of Color Weekend,[13] the Hispanic & Black Gay Coalition Panel Series, the Milwaukee Pridefest, Fresh Fruit Festival, National Day of Silence, NYC Pridefest Stage, Sister's Talk Radio and the Aids Walk Boston Opening Ceremonies.

Other performance credits include the Nuyorican, Tutuma Social Club, Williamsburg Jazz Center Brooklyn, The Indigo Lounge Los Angeles, Manhattan Neighborhood Network TV One Different Community Voices Show, Nashville based BB KING’s Restaurant & Lounge, Boston Greenfest, The Strand Theater- Boston, Acoustic Soul Lounge- Manhattan, MIT, Northeastern University, Emerson College.

She performed as "Lady in Green" in Pariah Theatre's June 2014 rendition of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf originally written by Ntozake Shange.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spoken Word Poet & Solo Theater Performer". London Bridgez. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Jamara Wakefield". TEDxWomen. 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  3. ^ "» "Know Who You Are": Interview with Spoken Word Artist London Bridgez / Live Unchained". Liveunchained.com. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  4. ^ RJ Frometa. "London Bridgez". Ventsmagazine.com. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Basic Black - BBlack Perspectives Now". Wgbh.org. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Tufts Daily". Tufts Daily. 2008-09-12. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "TEDxRoxburyWomen - Big Ideas by Local Women: "Invented Here" | TEDx". TED.com. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - Love Words Soft Spoken by London Bridgez". Itunes.apple.com. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Children of the Night by London Bridgez". Itunes.apple.com. 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  11. ^ "AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts: Home". Aac.org. 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  12. ^ "Queer Women of Color and Friends (QWOC+ Boston) » QWOC WEEK". Qwocboston.org. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  13. ^ "Provincetown, MA". Women Of Color Weekend. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2014-05-19.