Mana Open Mic

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mana Contemporary
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

7PM: Writing Workshop
8PM: Open Mic
8:45PM: Showcase 1
9PM: Mixer/Intermission
9:15PM: Open Mic
9:45PM: Showcase 2

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Free to Mana artists

All proceeds benefit featured performers.

Mana Open Mic

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Offering a safe space in which to dance, sing, celebrate, and create, Mana Mic is an event organized and hosted by Rashad Wright, Poet Laureate of Jersey City. Open to all performance art forms, it includes a writing/performance workshop, an open mic session, and showcases from two featured artists, Sojourna Makayla and Brittany Brave, with accompaniment from After School Orchestra.

Participation in the open mic and workshop is first come, first served. A sign-up sheet for the open mic will be available from 7PM. Please email with any questions. 

New Jersey City University graduate Rashad Wright is the Poet Laureate of Jersey City and the only two-time Grand Slam Champion of Jersey City Slam. His practice also incorporates fiction and memoir, as well as acting, music, and performance art.

The After School Orchestra practices the art of rediscovering music through live collaboration, borrowing from jazz philosophy, folk structure, and improvised poetry.

Brittany Brave is a New York-based comedian, actress, and writer who has trained and performed at UCB, iO, and the Second City. In 2017, Brave was named an Emerging Talent by TBS Network at the NY Comedy Festival. She hosts BalconyTV Brooklyn, produces the podcasts Class Act and Violently Funny, and runs the female non-profit Cat Call.

Sojourna Makayla is a singer-songwriter, spoken word poet, “holistic light worker,” and alkaline vegan chef from Newark, New Jersey. She has performed at venues including the Apollo Theatre, Bowery Poetry Club, Langston Hughes Home, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York Live Arts, and New York University. In 2015, she represented New York City in the Brave New Voices international teen poetry slam as part of Urban Word NYC. Sojourna’s work has been published on platforms including Button Poetry, Blavity, SlamFind, ForHarriet, and Above Average Hip-Hop.

Photo: Gerald Jacques