I'm officially over the snow. Last week was awesome. I performed at Ingrid B's 12th Anniversary Show at the Bohemia Room & ran the 2014 Miami Half Marathon, but came back to NYC just in time for a snow storm. Great. But at least I got away for a while. On my way back up north, on Feb 3rd, I made a stop in DC to speak at the National Institute of Health's announcement of their collaboration with several major pharmaceutical companies to create targeted therapies for several diseases. Read about the experience at www.shanellegabriel.com/blog! Shout out to the United Methodist Church of Yellowstone as I prepare to speak at their Youth Conference in Montana next weekend. YAY! And now... THE UPDATES!
I'll be performing in the series "The Diaspora - Diaspora: Celebrating Black History Month" showcasing the
featured work of contemporary African-American, Afro-Caribbean & African poets. It will be at the world-famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E 3rd Street bet Aves B & C, Lower East Side, NYC) This show features myself, Samantha Thornhill, Charan P, Mikumari Caiyhe, and the Mighty Third Rail.
Sign up for the Open Mic!
Admission $7 at the door, $5 with Student ID. You can get them online at www.nuyorican.org.
PERFORMING IN THE DMV AREA (New date) ON FEB 18TH @ 9PM
So we're gonna try this again! The snow cancelled the show last time, so this is it! No snow in sight! I'll be performing in this dope show called "Body of Work" on February 18th @ 9pm. It's basically a one-woman, one host, one DJ show that I'm headlining in at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, MD. (5331 Baltimore Ave, 20781). Tickets are $7 (that's like nothing) and you can get them online on the day of the show at www.busboysandpoets.com.
I hope you can make it! Share with a friend!
FUNDRAISING FOR LUPUS AS I RUN THE 2014 NYC HALF MARATHON
As much as I HATE running in hilly-ole Central Park, I hate being achy, having chest & joint pain, fatigue, headaches, rashes, abnormal blood work, and having to see dozens of doctors on a regular basis even more. So I'm running to raise money for the SLE Lupus Foundation which helps provide patient support and funding for research for those living with Lupus.
I'm asking for donations of $10, $20, $50, whatever you can to this cause. If 50 of my friends donated just $10, I'd be almost to my goal!!!
$10 is one mixed drink in a bar in NYC. Can you donate a drink to Lupus? :)
Here is the link: http://www.crowdrise.com/LupusNYCHalf2014/fundraiser/shanellegabriel#
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.
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!
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.)
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!
Well, till next time, stay warm and stay blessed! See you on Twitter!