Category: Entertainment


La Maricolectiva

Catholics have the santisima trinidad (padre, hijo y espiritu santo) and us maricones have La Maricolectiva. La Yosi, La Neza y la Xuanis!!! La Maricolectiva started out of the necessity for queer latino gender non conforming immigrant voices across the southwest to be heard. This collective of jotas aims at giving priority to those voices that come from displacement, documenting the undocumented and creating a homeland using palabra, teatro, drag y joteria. Somos una mezcla de spoken word, slam poetry, cabaret and stand up, spanish, english y espanglish with a kick of jota slang. La Maricolectiva is formed by 3 activist, community based jotas, Yosimar Reyes, from the mountains of Guerrero based in San Jose California, Neza Leal from the arid lands of Durango based in San Francisco and Xuanito Espinoza Cuellar from la sierra fria de Aguascalientes now based in Las Vegas.

Climbing PoeTree

Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul-sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. With roots in Haiti and Colombia, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn and track footprints across the country and globe on a mission to overcome destruction with creativity. In five self-organized independent tours, Climbing PoeTree has rocked 500 mikes and counting from from Oakland to Atlanta, South Africa to Cuba with artists such as Erykah Badu, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Nikki Giovanni, Danny Glover, Jessica Care Moore, The Last Poets, and Dead Prez. They have led workshops in institutions from Cornell University to Riker’s Island. And they have painted murals on walls from the Bronx, to Cuba to Jamaica. Climbing PoeTree uses their art to expose injustice, heal from violence, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible.

http://www.climbingpoetree.com/

CLIMBING POETREE PERFORMANCE

Heavy Impact

MTV’S AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW SEASON 5 FINALISTS

OUR MISSION:
TO PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR SIZE, ETHNICITY OR GENDER MAY BE, IF YOU HAVE A PASSION   IN LIFE, FOLLOW IT. HARD WORK, DEDICATION, AND A LOVE FOR WHAT YOU DO CAN GET YOU AS FAR AS YOU’D LIKE TO GO. SO GET OUT THERE AND MAKE A…

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HEAVY IMPACT ABDC PERFORMANCE

Nayra Pacheco

Nayra Pacheco is a 3rd year student at UC Santa Barbara, double majoring in History of Public Policy & Environmental Studies. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico she immigrated to the United States to be rejoined with her father at the age of 6. Ever since then she has been living as an undocumented student in this country, becoming witness to some of the most hateful and anti-immigrant times in our nation. While immigration reform continues to be put on hold because of political disagreement within our government, Nayra seeks to empower both documented and undocumented students to continue fighting for their rights and education by continuing to share her own experiences and struggles with a message of hope.

Paul Elliot Monge-Rodriguez

Paul Monge-Rodriguez is a fourth year undergraduate studying Sociology and Global Studies. The son of immigrant parents from El Salvador and a first-generation college student, Paul has invested his love and energy in serving and empowering the communities that he comes from. Paul has organized campaigns to improve labor contracts for services workers, mobilized students to combat hate incidents and hate crimes, and fought to strengthen student autonomy and decision-making power within the university. Locally, Paul has helped put on college outreach programs for youth of color and worked at law firms providing free legal counseling to low-income families in Santa Barbara.  Additionally, he has served as a resident assistant, an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) academic advisor, and a board member for the United States Student Association. Paul is currently serving as president of the Associated Students at UCSB. Through his position, he hopes to continue advocating for students rights and roles in the governance of the UC.

Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee is a writer, activist, and independent scholar residing in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She is excited to participate at this year’s SOCC held by UC Santa Barbara, her alumni school, where among the steep cliffs and ocean views, much of her creative and activist work fomented. Currently, she is working on a manuscript of poetry and pursuing an oral history based, creative writing project about hair, karaoke, and gentrification as a 2010-2011 Asian American Writer’s Workshop Fellow based in Manhattan, NYC. She is also an advocate for the rights of people who live with HIV and for LGBTQ-inclusive sexual health services and education for young people in NY state custody. Asides from thinking a lot about the complex evils of criminalization and violence, and words that impact, she likes to sing Usher at karaoke, drink coffee black, and slam once in a while.

She received her Master’s in Performance Studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and graduated with her B.A. in Women’s Studies in 2008 from UC Santa Barbara.