Episode 51 - Darlene Solomon-Rogers (Blacque Butterfly)

A Portland treasure and a voice of passion, wisdom and profound insight, Darlene Solomon-Rogers aka Blacque Butterfly is an entertainer, activist and event host. Her love for the arts has allowed her to explore several layers of her calling. Be it spoken word, motivational speaking, singing, theater or event promoting she has "allowed the Creator to use her ministry to inspire others to follow their calling."  

Blacque Butterfly is a native Oregonian, born and raised in NE Portland. She is the author of “Black girl can I comb your hair.”  She has also released a spoken word CD entitled Collide -A - Scope.  Currently she is working on her sophomore album slated for release by early 2017. Blacque Butterfly promotes and showcases local talent through her events “Blacque Butterfly Presents...”

Butterfly mentors troubled youth and single mothers and facilitates a youth based theatre troupe, where she allows youth at risk to use the arts as a tool for social justice. She is a motivational speaker for women and men who are survivors of domestic violence.  Blacque Butterfly believes in the philosophy that you can be the change that you want to see in the world. She assists homeless youth and displaced families in using the arts to empower themselves and share their stories with the world.  

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Episode 29 - S. Renee Mitchell (Revisited)

Programming Note: Happy Easter and Spring Equinox folks! We are so pleased with the way the Winter season went and are hard at work on Spring 2016! We have some amazing shows lined up for you in the coming months. For today, please enjoy this resurrected episode from our archives with the ineffable S. Renee Mitchell. See you again live next week!

With over 25 years of experience as the most widely read newspaper columnist in the American West, S. Renee Mitchell left a successful career in journalism to pursue a calling as an artist, author, poet, playwright and community activist. Nominated twice for the Pulitzer, Renee left an indelible mark on the world of journalism before stepping out into this new phase of her life. She is a celebrated spoken word artist, a painter, an inspirational speaker, a woman’s advocate and an all around tornado of art, creativity and activism. Renee has shared the stage with greats such as bell hooks, Erykah Badu, Danny Glover, pianist Tom Grant, Grammy Award winners Esperanza Spalding and Dr. Thara Memory, the late singer Linda Hornbuckle and many others. She has written a libretto, seven full plays, a children’s book, a novel, two books of poetry and countless articles and short pieces. 

Renee has been described as a “Creative Revolutionist” who explores the issues of gender, race, poverty, art and identity in her diverse work. She has also been called a “creative healing griot, who nurtures hope, empowerment and inspiration.” I think she is an artistic doula who helps people give birth to their own creative power. In this episode, we discuss her 25 plus years as an award-winning journalist, what it's like to be the only person of color in a neighborhood, school or job, and what drives her to keep transforming suffering into beauty and art.