poetry

(Video) Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne by Shanelle Gabriel

My good friend, Mahogany L. Browne (Poet/Curator/Author) released a beautiful book of her poem "Black Girl Magic," illustrated by Jess X Snow and published by Macmillan. She called on myself and a few other poets (Shannon Matesky, Roya Marsh, Elizabeth Acevedo, Falu, Eboni Hogan, and Imani Davis) with their own Black Girl Magic flavor to film the words of her poem.  Here it is!

FYI: You can purchase this inspiring book at Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, and wherever awesome books are sold.

 

UPDATES!!!!! (Shows and more) by Shanelle Gabriel

Hello family, 

You know 2016 is over once (the holiday formally known as) Thanksgiving hits. I can't help but be thankful for the blessings in my life: watching my niece get a perfect score on her spelling test for the 6th time, graduating my first cohort of students at the life skills and job training program I work for, finishing a song with the great folk at JahRock'n Productions, the upcoming events I'll be performing at, and reflecting on the past. Man, I'm blessed, and I know 2017 will be even more amazing. NYC, check out these events, one of which will be streamed live on Facebook for my non-New Yorkers. Also, check out some videos you may have missed. 

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Upcoming Show:
The 2016 African Diaspora Awards Saturday, 12/3 @ 6pm

Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th Street New York, NY 10022)

This Saturday, I'll be performing at the 6h Annual African Diaspora Awards, a special initiative that aims to celebrate exemplary individuals who have made a significant difference in the African community in the United States. This black tie event will be hosted by African comedian/Instagram sensation Dulo (@IamDulo) and will be honoring some amazing movers and shakers in the community. Oh, and with the promo code "ADA2016" you can get 30% off your ticket! 

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-african-diaspora-awards-tickets-28716778658

 

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Upcoming Performance: WWOC Coat Drive & End of the Year Reading (Thursday, 12/8 @ 7pm)

#DECOLONIZETHISPLACE Gallery (55 Walker Street, New York, NY) & LIVE Facebook Stream

Performing a poem of my own and one from my favorite woman writer of Color on Thursday, Dec 8th @ 7pm at the #DECOLONIZETHISPLACE gallery in downtown Manhattan. Hosted by The Women Writers of Color Group & Reading Room. This event will also be available via Facebook live. It is free and for the people. We ask that you bring coats and/or offer a donation to the shelters we'll be supporting. Hosted by Mahogany L. Browne, and also featuring Lynn Procope, Crystal Valentine, Venessa Marcos and more. 
 


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Throwback: "Damn Near" Official Music Video

In case you missed it, this was one of my FAVORITE songs off of my second album, AIM HIGH. The video for "Damn Near" was done by Broadie from Wasted Imagination Productions and has some DOPE visual effects at the end. Shoutout to model Krystal Garner and stylist Q Diva (on the keys) for making cameos, as well as Therapy Wine Bar for hosting us. Check out the video here and lyrics below: https://youtu.be/alYhiKy_TrQ 

DAMN NEAR

You've been the spring in my step
7 months of intimate breaths
You say I'm the one but not yet
(You might be my next regret)

Priority to me
Yet you can't say the same for me
Sayin what will be will be
(Like we don't shape our own destinies)

I'm damn near your everything
As if damn near is comforting
Got my heart on string
On your words dangling

Bridge:
Given you the world
I don't understand
Why I'm not your girl
You're not my man
But I'm damn near it
Ain't that some...

Hook: 
Damn near (4x)
Ain't enough

Poem: Tired of orbiting around your world but never landing/ Made you my galaxy/ 

Thought our love would come crashing together/ 

but you got me drifting/ You know what...

My patience is running thin
You say wait but I don't think I can
Asking me to give you all of me
(Like getting half of you should make me happy)

You say what did I expect
Well we didn't damn near have sex
My heart you didn't damn near protect
You're just another regret

And I'm supposed to act like it's all fine
When damn near's just a freaking waste of my time
Damn near doesn't even make you mine
This is it, it's the last time I settle for…

Hook

Ooh, I want it all baby (repeat 8x)

Collecting broken women to make yourself whole
This type of game I pray gets old
This kinda lovin' you can't afford
It's high risk but high reward

Hook

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Thank you for being a friend. Keep in touch on social media! 
Take care,
Shanelle Gabriel
HBO Def Poet/ Singer/ Activist & Lupus Advocate

www.shanellegabriel.com
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Newness by Shanelle Gabriel

This is new
Like
First breath
For sale sign removed from
Emerald grass
Awkward playground kiss
Leaning back in heated seats
Kicks wiped with licked fingertips
I'm treasuring this

This is fresh
Like
Blueberries handpicked
Or just picked out
Hand on hips
Neck rolls and bent wrists
Back spins and windmills
Dookie chains
Flat tops with the part
You too fly

This is love like
Bottomless mimosas
Wet noses and protection
A seat on the train after a long day
Broken windows turned to stained glass
Your favorite song sung on a stage
Or
Faucet mics
Finding a missing piece to a game you once played
A piece of you you didn't know you missed
This is life
Loving this fresh newness

Upcoming Show: THE SOUNDS OF PASSION (Roanoke, VA) 7/25 @ 7pm by Shanelle Gabriel

Next event: THE SOUNDS OF PASSION (one night, 3 part event)
July 25th from 7pm - 12am
Downtown Roanoke, VA
Patrick Henry Hotel Ballroom

Part l
The Laugh At Lupus Comedy Show

Part ll 
The Sounds Of Passion 
(With a performance by ME and Sunshine Anderson)

Part lll
Light Up The Night ( finish the fight)
An evening event with a DJ, spinning the best tunes to get you moving

Tickets are only 40.00! 
Email makinglupuslookgood@gmail.com for tickets

See me rock and strut my stuff @ "Runway for a Cause" - Baltimore, MD by Shanelle Gabriel

 

Come see me sing and strut my stuff on the runway at the "Runway for a Cause" Benefit Fashion Show for Lupus THIS SUNDAY, August 24th from 3-7pm @ The Gala Center in Baltimore, MD. Also featuring Vanessa Rae Bent, DJ Tweety, gift bags by Sephora, a light buffet and more!
Tickets can be purchased at the door or here:http://oterialstylz.ticketleap.com/runway-for-a-cause/

 

 

 

Recap: 3/22 Show at The Cutting Room NYC by Shanelle Gabriel

Hello!

It was a great time this past weekend at The Cutting Room NYC! I had such a blast performing with such an amazing band: Shoutout to Nate Jones on bass, Walt on guitar, Divine on Keys, Kamaala for always being the dopest background singer a gal could ask for.

While I did mostly songs and poems from my album, AIM HIGH, the biggest treat in my opinion was closing the show with Pharrell's "Happy." People were on their feet jamming and clapping and singing along. It was simply great having so many people there showing love!

Here are some pictures:

 

Markita & Giselle- my support sisters since Utica College days

My crew that I grew up with at Lighthouse SDA Church

New Poem: "My Love Feeds on Your Love" by Shanelle Gabriel

A poem from my show "Slam 103: Historical Remix" for the Lincoln Center Meet the Artist Series


Inspired by Pablo Neruda's "If You Forget Me"

"My love feeds on your love, beloved,

and as long as you live

it will be in your arms

without leaving mine. "


 

 

I can't lie...

It's true...

I've got a BIG appetite

I crave random things all the time

On any given night peanut butter and jelly is what I crave

These days guacamole is all the rage

I’m always hungry

My belly a bottomless pit

My mom swore I had a tapeworm

I tried to explain it

Was just something I was born with

I'm always hungry

Starving...

For love and attention

Thirsty for true affection

From loved ones and strangers

My love feeds on your love

Wishing I didn't have this constant

Gnawing at my being

Wishing I could be one of those people

Who don't need people

Seem to be so full of themselves that they're always full with themselves

No room for anyone else

But I know the truth

No matter how hard they try to deny,

The craving strikes

See we were created to love

To love love

Not to live on bread and water alone

But on living connection

We need friendship like oxygen

In a world where to feed on

The need for engagement with humanity is called weak

A world where to expect people to fuel your life with love

is considered vanity

To admit you just want to be wrapped in someone's arms

held tight and told everything will be alright

Is not low self-esteem

It's a part of our being

My love feeds on your love

And your love on mine

Our happiness hangs on how much good we can give to others

How many prayers we can answer for the Divine

My love feeds on your love

So learn to savor the way kind words

Tastes on your lips

As long as you live

Let morsels of hate roll off your plate

Don't be afraid to open your table

To put your heart in someone's arms

Cause no matter how hungry you might be

Someone else out there is starved

We all feel awkward

Get lonely

Think no one understands

The pain we feel

Hurt people tend to hurt people

But through healing others

Our own hearts can heal

And the world may run out of guacamole

Peanut butter and jelly

But I can say with certainty

The passion in your pot

Will never run empty

May the spoon of your tongue

Always ready to serve words

To be heard by someone

Who needs a lil somethin somethin

To get them through

A bad day and a tough time

Tell them

My heart, my soul, my love

It will be yours, in your arms

without ever leaving mine.


Recap: Atlanta's AIM HIGH Album Release Show by Shanelle Gabriel

If you live in Atlanta and didn't come out last week to celebrate the release of my album AIM HIGH at Acoustix Bar & Lounge's S.M.A.R.T. Thursdays, YOU MISSED OUT! It was an awesome night with so many great people in the building. Eshe from the 90s group Arrested Development killed the stage, singer/songwriter Rudy Currence hit the open mic, and Chris Cocktails, the host, kept us cracking up the whole night. Here are some photos… (Video footage coming soon)

 On stage! "Crushing Hard" in full effect with the D Rhodes band!

 

 Grammy winner, Eshe from the group Arrested Development, SMASHED the stage! An awesome singer, dancer, and performer, her energy is amazing!

 

  Chris Theory, the amazing producer behind "Damn Near" and both versions of "Aim High", and my background singer for the night, the dope vocalist (and make-up artist), Miss Bri Did It. :) 

 

 My sister Lianne (all the way from NYC) was there with her friend Karla, who's known me since I was a baby!!

 

 Look who showed up in support: Rudy Currence! Freakin amazing singer, pianist, and songwriter. So proud of him and blessed to have heard him get on the mic later that night. 

 

 Me, the hilarious host (and my Phrat brother) Chris Cocktails, and the lovely Eshe at the end of an amazing night!


My spotlight on the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Website by Shanelle Gabriel

So thankful to be mentioned on the world famous Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)'s blogsite. I, along with the awesome Jive Poetic, are listed as Mahogany L Browne (poet, teaching artist, and curator for the Nuyorican Poets Cafe)'s favorite Brooklyn poets.

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BAM 150 Guest Post: Brooklyn Poetry Picks by Mahogany L. Browne

I have the dream job. I write poems for a living. I work with poets every week. I eat, sleep, watch, dream, and digest poetry. In the mornings, I sit at the intimate Australian-owned coffee shop near the Brooklyn Museum, or the woman-owned global soul food café on Underhill near the Brooklyn Central library, and read poetry for hours. Whether online, in books, or via YouTube, I feast on figurative language for daily inspiration. My research of poetry—specifically contemporary poets—arms me as a curator and teaching artist in New York City. It allows me an accessible artillery when introducing poetry to New York City’s Public School system. As a BAM teaching artist, I recognize the necessity of acknowledging all of poetry’s nuances, and take the research of Brooklyn’s own treasures seriously. Here are a couple of my favorite Brooklyn poets! 


Shanelle Gabriel, a native of Brooklyn, is my go-to poet when facilitating lectures on the necessity of humor and poetry. The Flatbush resident is a singer and actress, mainly writing in free verse. Her topics range from gender roles to rites of passage and lupus awareness. She is a crowd favorite with her sultry vibrato and is an active advocate for youth mentorship.  

 

 

 

 

Come to My Live Performance in NYC Valentine's Day Eve! by Shanelle Gabriel

Scholarich is partnering with The Source Magazine to host a great Valentine's Day themed charity event, February 13th, at Santos Party House (Upstairs). I'm performing!!! This event serve as fundraising for the community endeavors of Scholarich Foundation that implement programs that engage and support the urban youth in their academics. So lets spread love and get great people out to celebrate!
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January Updates! [Midwest tour, new album, new video] by Shanelle Gabriel

 Behold all things are made new..


January is all about planning for February and beyond. Glad to get back on task after the insanity of the last few months. Thank you for all the prayers, condolences, and positive energy many of you sent regarding the loss of my mother and brother-in-law. I appreciate all of you and thank you for your love & support. MUAH!

Alright now, shout out to my new assistant, Lyday Patterson, who will be working to help me make an impact both as an artist and as a company, Starting Something Productions, Inc. Big tings a gwan! And February is a BUSY month. I'll be in Texas for the latter half of the month with a stop in Seattle, but next week, I hit the road next week for a mini-tour in the midwest:

2/5- University of Central Missouri
2/6- Avila University
2/7- University of Missouri- St Louis

For a complete list of dates, go to my Calendar. Hope to see you soon!
And if you want to book me, drop me a line at info@shanellegabriel.com.

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Aim High: The Album 

I've been in the JahRock'n Productions studio ALL week getting this new album wrapped. AIM HIGH is going to be an AMAZING project. The next few months are going to be intense, but I'm really looking forward to sharing my stories, my poetry, my music, my lyrics with you. This album features some dope friends of mine: Kel Spencer, Livewire, Heesun Lee, and GreyMatter, all dope artists that rep NYC as well as the awesome Willie Hyn who's holds it down in Atlanta and a cameo from YouTube star/ comedian/ poet SpokenReasons. Production by Chris "Theory" Bradley, DJ Static, Marshall "Soulful" Jones, and Team JahRock'n. I can't wait to let you all hear it!


 
 
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Video: "Daddy's Girls" (Live from Urban Grind in Atlanta)

Here's a poem I created for my father. I'm a bonafied Daddy's Girl, and proud of it. Thought I'd share my first off-book live performance I did at ATL's Urban Grind last month.
To see it CLICK HERE-> http://youtu.be/XzBzzCi7Qbo

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Till next time,
Stay Blessed!!

Shanelle Gabriel

 

Shanelle Gabriel highlighted by Listerine and Wal-Mart's "Your Mouth Matters" Campaign by Shanelle Gabriel

Listerine & Wal-Mart wanted to show how important your mouth is, so they started a campaign and sweepstakes to celebrate people doing positive things... and they chose to highlight my work as a teaching artist, specifically at Urban Word NYC! Here's the video profile they did on me
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January Updates! [Shows in NYC & Atlantic City, Article, NYC Workshops) by Shanelle Gabriel

 Happy New Year!

I know we're a week in but I wanted to make sure I had some news for you all regarding January's happenings! After a month of planning and re-evaluating where I want to be in 2012, I've got a lot in the works: new music/ poetry, videos, service projects, shows, and more that will be revealed in time! I don't want to overwhelm you so here's what's going on in the next few weeks:

 

Live Performance in NYC - Friday, January 13th @ 6PM

MUSIC, FOOD, FUN and ME :) .... and at the same time you get to learn about the BLK ProjeK and its mission to create economic development opportunities that address food justice, environmental justice and public and mental health. I'll be performing Friday at The BLK Project's Welcome Party & Fundraiser @ Museum of Motherhood:

401 East 84th St (between 1st Ave and York, lower level Dunhill Building), New York, NY 

Also performing: The Paxtons, OHBO! Niyre. Tickets are $35/ VIP $60. 

 

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Live Performance in Atlantic City, NJ - Monday, January 16th @ 5PM

It's a blessing to have been asked to be the guest of honor at The Greater Atlantic City Dr. Martin Luther King Day Of Stars, a free music, poetry and from the heart tribute and festival celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will take place at The Shore Mall in Cardiff, New Jersey. The event begins at 12pm, but I'll be pretty much closing out the night. IT'S FREE! 

 

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Feature Article at Kansas State University 

 I was featured in a great article in the Kansas State University Collegian after my performance there last month. I thought I'd share! (Thank you, Jakki Thompson, for writing such a great article! And thank you K-State for welcoming me to "The Little Apple", Manhattan, KS.) 

Check it out: http://www.kstatecollegian.com/news/spoken-word-artist-shares-poetry-with-students-in-personal-performance-1.2673010#.TtVFaHNFFUk 

 

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Winter Workshop on Performing in NYC 

 

Through Urban Word NYC, I am teaching a Youth Winter Workshop Performance Series called "Lyrical Melodies" on performing work that blends genres. Whether you sing and rap, spit poetry and sing, or dance and monologue, this workshop is for you! It's every Tuesday from now till February 14th at the Urban Word Main Office (242 W. 27th St. Suite 3A, New York, NY 10001) from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. Free! 

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Well, till next time, stay warm and stay blessed! See you on Twitter! 

Shanelle Gabriel

www.twitter.com/ShanelleG