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The African American Female Poet

021105 Female Poets

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Rediscover Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784), Olivia Ward Bush Banks (1869-1944) and Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) through biographies and poetry juxtaposed with contemporary poetry of contemporary poets, Mya Angelou (1928-2014), Nikki Giovanna (1943 -) and Ntozake Shange (1948 -) and Tracey K. Smith (1972 - ) read by actress Bernette "jbleu" Harrison and storyteller/actress, Chase Jackson.

Bernette was born and raised in Whitesboro, New Jersey. She is a professional singer and songwriter who has worked with various music artists in New York and New Jersey. In the past, she has co-written material for Wyclef Jean and the Fugees. Bernette was last seen in two Chase Arts’ productions: “For Colored Girls…”. And “The Colored Museum.” She has many aspirations and hopes to someday have her own television program.

An accomplished performing artist, Chase has been an actor, director and blues vocalist for over 30 years. She has worked in theater in Norfolk, Virginia with Norfolk Players Guild, Norfolk Little Theatre and Norfolk State Players, as well as with theater companies in New Jersey. She has written and performed two memoir-based solo shows in Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival. Her most recent show, “A Minute With Miz. Mamie: Hard, But Fair”, played to standing room only.

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