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January 25, 1982 |
|Subject||Jazz, Blues, African-American and Black Diaspora History, Gender and Sexuality, Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic|
|Notable works||Love Words Soft Spoken, SHE|
Jamara Mychelle "London" Wakefield (born January 25, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American spoken word poet, community organizer and writer, previously known by her stage name London Bridgez. She founded Neo.logic Beatnik Assembly, an idea shop and creative arts production company, and organized the TEDxRoxburyWomen event featured on Basic Black, a TEDTalks event in Boston.
Although she started as a solo poet, she sometimes has an entire band or performs with a live scratch DJ.
She has appeared throughout New England and across the US. Performances include Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast sponsored by the Aids Action Committee, a YWCA fundraiser to support the production of VDAY Lawrence, Queer Women of Color Week Provincetown Women of Color Weekend, 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. 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.
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, Anna Deveare Smith's Mattering Forum, and BAM Fischer. In 2016, she was a short list finalist for the 2016 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights. Her piece Why I Love Being Black: Reaching Deep Into the Earth was published in The Indypendent a New York City-based free newspaper and online news site.
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- "iTunes - Music - Love Words Soft Spoken by London Bridgez". Itunes.apple.com. 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
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