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Liberation: A Festival of Arts & Culture Honoring Juneteenth

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Monday, June 13, 2022 (All day) to Sunday, June 19, 2022 (All day)
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Our partners at Southern California Grantmakers are offering this event. Liberation Festival is coming back for the second year! In honor of Juneteenth, SCG is thrilled to once again host this virtual experience showcasing eight Black musicians, dances, rappers, and poets creating works on the themes of Black joy, expression, and excellence. 

From June 13 to 19, join us for a week of performances, artist interviews, and daily prompts for self and collective reflection.

Register now to receive daily videos showcasing artists and their stories accompanied by guided questions for self-reflection and meditation. Join us to pause, re-connect, and honor this sacred day. 

Featured Artist

Joe Brown, Choreographer, Dancer & Educator

A choreographer, dancer, and educator from NYC — Joe Brown is known for his powerful, resonating approach to performances, incorporating Stepping and his highly-stylized percussive technique. His keen sense of musicality, geometries, storytelling and rich cultural blends of Stepping, Hip Hop, Dancehall, and African dance have garnered much praise in Hollywood. While he has a full-time career in entertainment, Joe also holds both bachelor and masters’ degrees in engineering and architecture from MIT and SCI-Arc—both which have played a major role in his creations. Joe’s credits include: So You Think You Can Dance, The Masked Dancer, GAP and working with artists such as Lizzo, The Weeknd, Rihanna and Beyoncé (Homecoming).

The Growth Eternal, Composer & Musician

The Growth Eternal is Tulsa-native Byron Crenshaw - descendant of Black Wall Street pioneers. Currently resides in Los Angeles and is a jazz bassist, vocodorist, producer/songwriter/composer, and artist.

 
 
 
 
 
Lakhiyia Hicks, Spoken Word Poet

Lakhiyia is the Spoken Word Consultant, a public health cultural shapeshifter, freedom art alchem&ist, inviting us to remember who we are, call all of our fragmented parts home, and get y/our power back. Lakhiyia holds a Bachelors from Northwestern, Masters from USC, Cornell University Certificate in Womxn’s Entrepreneurship, lecturing years at UCLA, and is currently a Critical Disability Studies Adjunct Instructor in the Portland State University School of Social Work. Pedagogy/Theatre of the Oppressed ground Lakhiyia's feet with deep roots in multidisciplinary means for being the fact of our freedom in a world designed to systematically undermine belonging as birthright. Growing up GenderQueer, Blxck, Queer, and Bible-Belted in the U.S. Midwest, Lakhiyia–who's name means “home” in isiXhosa and Haitian Creole–founded HOMEplxce, an educational and business consulting space committed to Self-determined Intergenerational Wealth Creation as a practice of Economic and Transformative Healing Justice.

Kenji Igus, Tap Dancer

Kenji can be seen tap dancing in a variety of media including doing work for ESPN, Capezio, Kenji has choreographed two shows for Universal Studios Hollywood, Kenji Has consulted on a Coen Brothers movie, “Hail, Ceasar” and starred in Rhythm is my Business, a film showcasing tap dance in the modern world sponsored by Levi's Jeans. Kenji  is featured as a writer for a Google Arts and Culture’s editorial to bring more information on Tap Dance to the general public. Currently, Kenji tours internationally with the iconic show, Riverdance. 

 
 
Alli Gray-Odeniyide, Dancer, Choreographer & Teaching Artist

Allison “Alli” Gray-Odeniyide is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist based in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from UCLAʼs Department of World Arts and Cultures with a concentration in Dance and has since had an active career as a performing artist and dance educator. Since 2009, Alli has been a principal member of Versa-Style Dance Company a non-profit organization and dance ensemble committed to breaking misconceptions of Hip Hop/ Street Dance by instilling the roots, history, and social/political issues surrounding the art form of this generation. Her personal passion and  choreographic work draws upon the styles from the African Diaspora, where she feels deeply connected to the powerful ancestry of the movement and music of such styles as House, Afrobeat, Funk, and Hip Hop. Alli believes in the healing agent of dance to cultivate empowering possibilities of one’s self and greater community.

Malik LovesYall, Father, Artist & Educator

Malik LovesYall is a Father, Artist, and Educator who uses Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul & Jazz music to provide a platform for Creativity and Community. Inspired by his recent passage into Fatherhood, Malik LovesYall creates with the purpose of encouraging both fellow parents and non-parents alike to pursue our passions while embracing our responsibilities. With music as the vessel, Malik seeks to uplift and affirm us all as we find our rhythm in the dance with creativity and responsibility. Malik believes that music is a powerful tool for healing, connection and self-discovery, and seeks to provide an uplifting and energetic experience for all to get in tune with one another, and their most authentic, and highest selves.

Toyin Sogunro, Dancer & Educator

Born and raised in the D.M.V. Oluwatoyin Sogunro, better known as Toyin, is a professional dancer and educator; a cultural ambassador of Black street dance and club dance forms. Toyin spends her time traveling extensively to different urban arts communities globally, broadening her perspective and understanding in all sorts of dance forms. As well as sharing her own talents and teachings in these spaces. Most, if not all, of her work revolves around preserving the authenticity of Black culture through street and club dance.

 
 
Etsegenet Tadesse, Guitarist, Bass Player, Singer/Songwrite & Arranger

Ethiopian musician, guitarist, bass player, singer/songwriter, and arranger Etsegenet was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She started her musical career at a very early stage of her life and began singing at her elementary school. After Etsegenet graduated from high school, her pursuit of music continued and she joined a private college "Mekane Yesus School of Jazz Music" in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she got her Associate Degree in music performance.  In 2011, Etsegenet won a scholarship to study music abroad where she moved to Los Angeles, CA, to join the "Los Angeles Collage of Music" (LACM) in Pasadena, CA.  After graduating from LACM in 2013, Etsegenet was blessed with the opportunity to work, perform and record music with musicians from all over the world including: Pharrell Williams "Happy" music Video, Mychael Danna, Zap Mama, Dexter Story's band "Wondem", and Sal Masekela's band "Alekesam" to name few. She performed in festivals and venues including Bonnaroo Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, The Roxy Theatre, Ford Theater, Grand Park Los Angeles, Natural History Museum LA, Record Surplus, Union Station LA, The Broad Stage, and many more. 

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