Tallahassee PRIDEFEST is proud to showcase the talents of various musical performers, dancers, visual artists, and authors during our week-long series of events. Take some time to learn more about these talented LGBT and supportive individuals below.
For a complete listing of events during PRIDEFEST 2013, visit our Events page.
Celebrate Pride in Drag
3RD ANNUAL MISS TALLAHASSEE PRIDEFEST PAGEANT
Sunday, April 14th
7:00 – 11:00pm
Club Rehab, 926 W. Tharpe Street
Adonis Anye Sanchez
Celebrate Pride in the Arts
LITERARY NIGHT AND ART SHOW & SALE
Wednesday, April 17th
6:00 – 9:00pm
The Family Tree, 2415 North Monroe Street (in the Tallahassee Mall)
Stephanie Barber is a Master of Architecture graduate from Florida A&M University. She is employed as an Office Administrator and Engineering Assistant at a local structural engineering firm. Stephanie is also a small business owner of the Thread Shredder website (etsy.com/shop/ThreadShredder) that specializes in custom clothing and jewelry and also the art company Ancetia Barber Art (etsy.com/shop/AncetiaBarberArt) where she has painted several murals, photographed life events and participates regularly in shows. Stephanie was raised in Tallahassee and has been an avid painter since elementary school.
MANDEM is the art-name for Maize Arendsee, shared with her life-partner Moco Steinman-Arendsee (and, more recently, with their two-year-old daughter, Kitsuko). Maize Arendsee has an academic background in classical civilizations, gender studies, and critical theory. After completing her Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities, she enrolled in the studio art MFA program at Florida State University. Maize and Moco have a working relationship is highly symbiotic; it might be rather awkwardly described as a “Vulcan Mind Meld.” Together as MANDEM, they have a long art publication history, including book and CD covers, literary/art journals, and dozens of gallery shows. Visit MANDEM online at www.MythpunkArt.com.
Terri Seaton began her art career with lessons from her beloved teacher Ms. Cammack while growing up in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She expanded her talents by studying at the University of Arkansas. Terri has continued to draw her imaginative art after moving to Tallahassee while experimenting drawing different characters from Broadway musicals as her daughter became involved in community theatre. She has experimented with clay sculpture, polymer clay, pen, pastels and acrylics but enjoys the detail ebony pencil provides and the vibrant colors from colored pencils. Terri accepts commission work and has drawn everything from family portraits to armadillos. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional contributors: Lisa Comingore, Michelle Comingore, Greg Mannheimer, Matthew Seeger
Originally from Sylacauga, Alabama, Dawn Betts-Green lives in Tallahassee with her partner of 15 years, Anna. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Library Science from FSU. Her essay “Doing Things in Threes” has been accepted for the anthology It’s All in Her Head: Women Making Peace with Troubled Minds edited by Laura Andre, which is currently in search of a publisher. Her writing can also be found at her blog, The Askew Police.
Being a bespectacled were-grammarian as well as a professional paper-pusher, Amber Green submerges herself in fiction in an attempt to find high adventure (as opposed to anything involving actual expenditure of sweat), lots of nookie, or sometimes just a reality that makes sense. Her website is www.shapeshiftersinlust.com and she occasionally blogs at somewriteithot2.blogspot.com.
Cathryn E. Lokey MS/Ed.S, NCC has been living and working in Tallahassee for over 12 years. She developed, and currently runs, the school counseling/guidance program at The School of Arts and Sciences, named one of the top eight charter schools in the country by the U.S. Department of Education. She also works as a personal life coach specializing in self-discovery and the development of personal identity. Her publications include Discovering Self, a guided self-inquiry journal designed to help the reader/writer develop the skills of self-inquiry and self-discovery, and The Perfect Daughter, an account of her own process of self discovery and her dramatic transition from her life as a member of the Mormon church to her life as a lesbian. Cathryn holds a master’s degree in counseling and human systems and a specialist degree in education. She is a National Board Certified Counselor and member of the American School Counselor’s Association and the Florida School Counselor’s Association. She is the proud mother of one adopted son. For more information on her current work go to cathrynlokey.com.
Erica N. Belcher, aka Tiny Shim, is a published author who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with a major in women’s studies and minors in African-American studies and political philosophy from Florida State University. She began writing professionally in 2009 and has written articles on such topics as grant writing and standardized testing. Her first short story “In Due Time” was published in the anthology “The 21 Lives of Lisette Donavan” while she was residing in South Korea where she was teaching English as a Foreign Language. To learn more about E. N. Belcher visit her website at www.enbelcher.webs.com.
L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion, selected by Lee Ann Brown for the 2012 Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series. Poems in the collection have been published in such journals and anthologies as Los Angeles Review, jubilat, African American Review and The 100 Best African American Poems, edited by Nikki Giovanni. Wilson, a Cave Canem fellow and Pushcart Prize nominee, is an award-winning newspaper editor and a doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying African American and multi-ethnic American poetics. You can find him online at llamarwilson.com and carolinawrenpress.org/sacrilegion.
Additional contributors: George A. Aspros, Marie Logan
Celebrate Pride in Women
A Tribute to Talented Women
Friday, April 19th
8:00pm – 2:00am
The Warehouse, 706 W. Gaines Street
Soul is not something we acquire. Soul is embedded into our very beings based on our surroundings and our experiences. And when that soul searches for release, it emerges in the essence of Monica Monet. Born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, a town infamous for its role in the Civil Rights movement, the soulful sounds of Monica Monet were influenced by such phenomenon that embodies life, love, heartache and rebirth. Moving to Atlanta in 1997, Monica Monet signed a recording contract with Beyond Entertainment. Under this management, she penned second album entitled “Season”. After the release of this album, she decided to take some time for self refection. Monica Monet moved to Jacksonville, Florida. There she furthered her penmanship, transitioning from song writing to chronicle the discoveries she made in her journey of life and music.
Dee Abood and Cathy Levenson form the vocal unit of the 5-person folk-rock band, Travelin’ Light that performs regularly at venues including the Mockingbird Cafe and Wild Greens Community Cafe. Their sweet harmonies and Dee’s finger-style guitar combine to make a joyful sound of original, traditional Americana, folk and rock music.
Additional performers: Haley Cove, Cabarisque’, The Assets, DJ Andrea Grant, AB James DJ
Celebrate Pride in the Plaza
The Premiere Event of Tallahassee PRIDEFEST
Saturday, April 20th
12:00 noon – 6:00pm
Kleman Plaza in Downtown Tallahassee
Main Stage Entertainment
Mecca Thornton, a sixth grader from Imagine School at Evening Rose, will open the day’s festivities with a singing of the National Anthem. Mecca participated in an audition and was chosen to represent her school.
Gabrielle, a Tallahassee native born and raised, has been singing since the age of 11 when she discovered her music abilities; coming from two parents with backgrounds of singing as well; music has been her passion since. She has performed at a number of venues releasing a one of a kind sultry voice that has touched many. Though she has come a long way from doing school talent shows, she always focused on the love of the craft. However she learned her most influential lessons as far as music was concerned from two very important people in her life at that time. Her mother taught her early, “only sing what you feel so that others can feel it too, and that the audience knows when a performer doesn’t believe in what they are trying to convey”. Her late aunt Mildred Jean Thompson who was a well know artist, as well a musician in Atlanta, GA would say, “Always follow your dreams, and don’t leave this world without being able to say you did what you set out to do from beginning to end.” Those lessons always stayed in Gabrielle’s heart and mind, and she tries to live by those words everyday of her life.
Jubilee King Bee hails from the beautiful city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has been doing music professionally since 2007. In 2008, his first album, Prideology was released. His style can be defined as Futuristic Hip-Hop with hard thumping House Beats and a tribal flair. His music covers topics such as love, lust, sexuality, political change, and society. Besides being a rapper and singer he also produces most of his tracks and is also DJ’s for balls and events in surrounding Florida and Georgia areas. Jubilee is also the founder of the LGBT student pride union at Florida A&M University where they worked hard for equality on and off campus.
The Wailin’ Wolves Band is a high energy act led by “Wailin’ Bert” Calderon & “Slim Shaw” From. The band is based in the Tallahassee, FL/ Thomasville, GA area playing a wide variety of Blues, Rock, Funk, & Originals. They offer a great variety of songs with both a male and female lead vocalist and two lead instruments. Band members include “Wailin’ Bert” Calderon, “Slim Shaw” From, Raychill Muller, Charlie McCall, and Michael Hollaway. The Wailin’ Wolves is a harmonica/guitar led band featuring blistering harp solos and sizzling guitar with a “tight as gnat” rhythm section.
8Fifty Reddeyez, born Rasheka Denise Williams, on November 10, 1981, in Tallahassee, Florida, is a female Hip Hop Artist and Songwriter. Starting her career in the entertainment business as a young, aspiring Hip Hop and African dancer, she realized she had a talent in music when changing her poetry into songs at the age of 16. Now signed to T-Pain Official Dj, DjLilboy’s: Next Up Records, she is currently working on her upcoming album “Jack of ALL trades” which is scheduled to be released fall 2012. Since recording her first single “Hip hop” in 2002, 8Fifty Reddeyez has been on the road to success. With her new hot single “A song for her” flowing the airwaves and clubs, she has been booked for numerous shows in the North Florida area. Being called “Ambitious” by many engineers, they describe her as a very talented and determined artist. Branching out on her humble beginnings throughout Tallahassee, Florida, performing at events, such as, Florida State University: Relay for Life, Tallahassee PrideFest 2k11, Blazin 102.3 Birthday Bash, and Florida A&M University Homecoming Friday Night Strike; just to name a few, 8Fifty Reddeyez believes victory is possible. Nevertheless, while learning and studying leadership/artist development from artists such as Dj Fatboy Rhymer(Pretty Ricky dj), Alyric, Chevy P(Field Mob) Yo Gotti, Brisco, and DjLilboy, 8Fifty Reddeyez understands the talent has to be within the artist.
Hip Hop is a challenging job; When you’re young, beautiful and talented it doesn’t provide much ease for the task. Marcy Malone, Miami’s newcomer is an advocate of this feat. She was raised between Tampa and Tallahassee and at the age of 17, she found herself back in her birthplace, the city of Miami. Marcy is the youngest of three children and always used poetry as an outlet to express herself. When she discovered how to turn these poems into song formats she realized that she had a special gift… which would later prove to be a present to the hip hop game…A star in the making! Marcy Malone’s musical influences include: Erykah Badu, Outkast, Mia X, Mary J. Blige, and Trick Daddy. Marcy has opened shows for and are not limited to Trick Daddy, Plies, Gucci Mane Pretty Ricky, TPain. Currently, Marcy is working on several mixtape projects and videos. She’s co-founded a corporation called Diva Dollz Inc. which represents empowerment of all women, races, and ages. Marcy is also Vice President of a company called P. Power, Inc. which stands for (Positive & Progressive, Organized, Women, Elevating, Righteously). With a unique perspective and a passionate drive to succeed, Marcy Malone is ready to take on the game. Keep your ear to the streets for this saucy, lyrical, go-getting diva on the move!