The roster of entertainers was impressive and there was
something for everyone.
the blues was Gwen "Sugar Mama" Avery with her gut wrenchin,' belly laughin,'
music of classic blues. (If you have not
heard her CD entitled Sugar Mama, which was produced by Linda Tillery,
click the link to hear
Spoken word and R&B was represented by Ms.
Miche. If you have not had the pleasure of seeing or
hearing Miche Braden as Bessie Smith, in "The Devil's Music," or hearing her perform
live, you missed a treat. Ms. Miche's CD Diva Out of
Bounds was released in February 2001. Get the CD --
The Sistah's got voice.
hip-hop folk Medusa, dubbed the Angela Davis of Hip-Hop (www.onebadsista.com)
because her lyrics are profound (click to listen to
One Bad Sista) and Eve The Original Woman,
an L.A. sistah who combines soulful beats and bass lines with
lyrics that are clearly spoken and easy to relate to, were representing for the
sistah who got my attention Friday night was
Angela Tate. Anytime a sistah pulls out an acoustic
guitar, sits down and begins to play, she will immediately get my attention particularly if
she can sing. And did she hold my attention and could she
sing? YES! Angela
Tate once worked for Stevie Wonder. In 1989 she co-wrote, with Nile Rogers and Syreeta Wright,
a tribute song for the legend entitled "We
Love the 8th Wonder." Look for more coming from
this sistah soon.
The Workshops: The workshops were
seriously about Gardening the Soul: Recipes for life.
There were workshops on finance; a Business Networking Mixer;
fitness and exercise training; workshops on health and wellness;
a Spiritual Doll Making class; and workshops on cooking for
health to name a few of the offerings available.
Party: No, it ain't the only reason I go to
SistahFest, but it helps. Sistah's in swimsuits --
Yeezzzzz! Of course, the sistah who always keeps the music
pumping at every SistahFest I've ever attended, Sexy DJ,
was queen on the box. Sexy DJ has provided the beat for
wrap parties for HBO's Sex in the City, DreamWorks'
Mouse Hunt, the Paramount re-release of Grease, plus
Seinfeld, Star Trek, Parenthood, Ellen and Quantum
Leap -- all the while providing the music for ULOAH events
for most of a decade. You Go Sexy DJ!
If you could not make it to this year's
SistahFest, mark your
calendars for October 2002. I have no doubt ULOAH will top
this year with another spectacular SistahFest in 2002.
Stay tuned . . .
Many thanks to ULOAH's Board
2001 Planning Committee for a job well done.
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Once upon a time, there was a dream,
a dream of women,
a dream of women coming together
and turning the world around...
and it still lives.
It lives for those who would be sisters".
In March, 1989, a group of Black women convened to plan a Black
Lesbian conference which would be infused with women's energy
and spirit. Through our work together, a new vision evolved: a
vision of an organization for Black lesbians based on principles
of sisterhood and empowerment.
In August 1990, ULOAH was born, conceived from the dreams and
struggles of many strong women who have gone before us and held
in trust for those who will come after us.
ULOAH is committed to inclusivity, telling our stories, sharing
our lives and healing our wounds.
At its very core, ULOAH is about women loving women: embracing
our affection, nurturing our love and accepting and respecting
our divergent voices. For more info and to register for next
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