Events/Shows

Recap: Performing at the African Diaspora Awards by Shanelle Gabriel

This past Saturday, I was blessed to be the opening performer for the 6th Annual African Diaspora Awards at the Florence Gould Hall on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Hosted by comedian and Instagram sensation, Dulo (@iamdulo), the show recognized some powerhouses who've made great contributions to the African community and the world around us. 

I was asked to write a poem for the event which is below. It was great to see the other performers grace the stage including Ayo (who was EXCELLENT and a privilege to meet), Afrobeat artist Owen, soulful singer Mayoa as well as the internationally known Sarcodie.  

I opted to wear a dress that formerly was my mother's. It felt appropriate thinking about legacy and ancestors within the Diaspora who've bestowed their spirit to us in their passing. Check out the photos below! 

Pre-show posing with Dulo, our host

Pre-show posing with Dulo, our host

A blessing meeting Ayo.  

A blessing meeting Ayo.  

The Kingsmen Band backed me up for my performance. They were so dope (and quite dapper!) 

The Kingsmen Band backed me up for my performance. They were so dope (and quite dapper!) 

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"If you wan chop frog, make you chop better frog, make you chop better frog, make you chop better frog"

I found this saying odd/ until I learned the importance of/ always doing things big/ huge/ tremendous/ If you gonna do it/ then you better do it/ in some cases less isn't considered more/ especially when it comes to hands, to hearts/ to black skin/ that melanin that holds fast to the legacy within/ call every tribe kin/ whether naija or Brooklyn/ whether from the soul of the Congo or the streets of Chicago/ we're not as different as we seem/ the same history/ the same painter but varied color schemes/ your heart pumps fire from heaven just like mine/ and it's a waste of time trying to keep us divided by bloodlines/ we're in the same family connected by ties that are divine/ whether African or African-American/ Caribbean/ or if you   Reside in another nation/ you're still the Diaspora's foundation/ and if we come together/ imagine the trails we'll blaze/

So let's be butterflies y'all/ but with caterpillar ways/ flap our wings always shine but never forget the ground from which we came/ take the hard world around us and turn it into silk/ no reason bridges crossed and broken can't be rebuilt/ whether it's by plane or via ship/ whether dropped off at islands during the trip/ whether hands were bloodied with liquid, solid gold or sugar cane strips/ whether cotton or coffee/ we lived to see this/ we breathed to be this/ We fought to be this/ unified by clenched fists/ unified by clenched fists/ unified by clenched fists/ Let them know we were born to be this/ we were born fly like this/ yes we woke up like this/ yes we woke up like this/ we rock our crowns like this/ and we're united like this/ we dragging a painful past/ together reclaiming our worth/ Baanu so a emmia/ When two carry, it does not hurt/ So here's to he Diaspora united/ Sprinkling our blessings on this earth

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

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Join the Twitter #LupusChat on Sunday, Nov 13 @ 3pm EST by Shanelle Gabriel

Join me and the official host Tiffany Peterson (@Tiffanyandlupus) for a #LupusChat on Sunday, November 13, from 3:00-4:00 PM ET on Twitter.  GSK is pleased to sponsor and participate in the #LupusChat, which will focus on tools and tips lupus patients can use now to improve the patient/physician dialogue. Details are posted @Lupus_Chat and @GSKUS. Feel free to share!

Upcoming Show: TRAPKARAOKE- The R&B Edition 9/23 by Shanelle Gabriel

The video of my feature at the R&B Edition of TrapKaraoke (sponsored by the 2016 BET Awards) is below this email and here: https://youtu.be/SmS-5l09C7c

Enjoyed it? Sad you missed it? Well, after a nationwide tour, TrapKaraoke is back in NYC and I'll be headlining again at SOB's. Get your tickets ASAP! They sold out a week before the show last time!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trap-karaoke-rb-only-tickets-27626564799

TrapKaraoke

(Friday, 9/23 @11pm)

S.O.B.'s (204 Varick Street, NYC) $25

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

This Sunday, Sept 7th-> "The Purple Party" (and my performance) For Lupus! by Shanelle Gabriel

Hello friends, 

Please join me as I perform and celebrate the birthday of Christine Miserandino (long time Lupus advocate and creator of the "Spoon Theory") THIS Sunday, Sept 7th @ Pompei from 6:30-10:30pm for her annual 

"Purple Party for Lupus"

Place: Pompei Restaurant, 401 Hempstead Avenue West Hempstead, NY 11552
 
Event/ Ticket includes: 
● DJ & Dancing courtesy of Party Perfect NYC 
● Appetizers, salad, pasta 
● Choice of dinner 
● **Unlimited Beer~Wine ~Soda 
● Specialty Desserts and cake 
● Raffles, 50/50, Silent Auctions 
● **Swag Bags for every attendee worth MORE than the ticket! (last year’s bags were worth double the ticket price.) 

All for only $75!!
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-purple-party-dinner-dance-tickets-12454444579

Wear Something Purple!!!!

All proceeds go to the But You Don't Look Sick Foundation, dedicated to helping those living with Lupus (like myself!) 

 

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/

 

 

 

Come Party for A Cause on June 10th in NYC by Shanelle Gabriel

Join Us June 10th for the 2014 Night for the Fight!

Featuring sponsored open bar, hors d'oeuvres, luxury raffle and live auction.

Night for the Fight

Hosted by Shanelle Gabriel

With Special Guest Ashlee White

Founder of Styletto Life and Cast Member of BravoTV's LI Princesses

DJ set by DJ Click'N'Press

#NightForTheFight

Purchase Tickets

Date
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
7PM – 10 PM

Location
Hudson Terrace

621 W. 46th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036
Map

**Ticket price: $120

* Must be 21+ to participate

Purchase Tickets

Donate

If you cannot attend the event but would like to contribute,
donate to the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation.

Enter for chances to win exciting raffle and auction prizes
throughout the night.

Raffle and Auction Sponsors:

*As of May 20, 2014

SoulCycle, Kiehl's, Essie, Uber, Eventi Hotel, Finishline Physical Therapy, 5 Napkin Burger, Comedy Central, Estee Lauder, Nike Air, NYSC, NBC, Redken, and MORE!!

My Interview with HuffPost Live & Dr. Marc Lamont Hill by Shanelle Gabriel

I was blessed to be a guest on Dr. Marc Lamont Hill's show on HuffPost Live to discuss Lupus alongside

* Sarah Stothers (RN & Health Educator for the Lupus Foundation of America; National Nurse Health Educator)

* Imani Perry (Professor at the Princeton Center for African American Studies; Diagnosed With Lupus)

It was a great discussion with a lot of great points on the need for awareness and what the battle against Lupus looks like. Check it out!

 

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

Winner of the 2013-2014 YBG Nina Simone Award for Artistic Excellence by Shanelle Gabriel

Just a quick thank you to the awesome folk at Young Gifted & Black Entrepeneurial Awards for selecting me as the winner of the 2013-2014 YBG Nina Simone Award for Artistic Excellence. It was an amazing night at LQ-NYC where myself and several of the premier African & Caribbean Americans were recognized for our various contributions in our different ways, from fashion to management to public service. 

 

Updates: Show in NYC, DC, and Lupus Fundraising! by Shanelle Gabriel

To have me perform / speak / teach a workshop at your college, school, conference, church, etc, email me at info@shanellegabriel.com
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Hello dear! 

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!
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PERFORMING in NYC ON FEB 11TH @ 7:30PM

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.

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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!



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FUNDRAISING FOR LUPUS AS I RUN THE 2014 NYC HALF MARATHON
 Soooo, I decided to take my love of running and my passion for helping people like me who are living with Lupus, and push myself to run the 2014 NYC Half Marathon on March 16th to benefit the SLE Lupus Foundation. 

http://www.crowdrise.com/LupusNYCHalf2014/fundraiser/shanellegabriel#

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#

THANK YOU!

Stay Blessed,
Shanelle Gabriel

 

Upcoming show: Aloft Brooklyn - August 15th @ 7pm by Shanelle Gabriel

 

Come see Shanelle Gabriel (Singer/ HBO Def Poet/ Lyricist) rock the Aloft Hotel Concert Series!

ALSO CELEBRATING THE RELEASE OF HER VIDEO FOR "DAMN NEAR"
(Directed by Gartharie D Broadie)

Be there as she performs songs from her new album, AIM HIGH, with a live band at this luxury location & awesome series in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, minutes away from the Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges. Shanelle will have copies of her albums available for purchase and signing. 

Date: August 15th, 2013

Time: 7pm SHARP

Place: Aloft Hotel (228 Duffield Street bet. Fulton & Willoughby, Brooklyn NY 11201)

FREE!

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Public Transportation: All major subway lines. 2, 3, 4, or 5  train to Nevins Street Station. B, Q, or R train to DeKalb Avenue Station.  A, C, or G train to Hoyt Schermerhorn Street Station. LIRR to Flatbush Avenue (a bit further down). 

Driving: From the Manhattan Bridge, continue on Flatbush Extension for about two blocks. Make a right on Willoughby, then a left on Duffield. It will be on your right.

Presented by the ALOFT HOTEL CONCERT SERIES...