ALEX THA GREAT
Alex Tha Great (Given Real Encouragement Amongst Turmoil) is a playwright, spoken word artist, actress, vocalist, speaker, and activist. She has been touring colleges giving keynotes and performances since 2018. She is the runner up for the 2018 National Civil Rights Museum Drop the Mic Poetry Slam and a 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in African American Studies and Claremont Graduate University with a M.A. in Cultural Studies, she has performed since 2011 in various venues, colleges, and stages across the country. She has shared the stage with actress Irma P. Hall, Reverend Jesse Jackson, actor Darrin Henson and has performed as an opening act for Billboard Chart topping R & B singer Noel Gourdin. Her work has been published in Illya’s Honey, Bohemia, The Voices Project, The Legendary, and Linden Avenue as well as G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised in the South): An Anthology on Southern Queer Womyn’s Voices and Their Allies. Awarded Best One Woman Show by the Houston Fringe Festival, her show Passport to Womanhood (directed by Prudence Sneed) made its debut in 2013 and toured for 2 years. She is the author of Sticks and Stones Don’t Break My Bones (2012), Black Souls Dance On Beat (2015) and Everything My Daddy Taught Me (2019). Her plans include production of her first full length play Hair and There Been There Done That as well as her second one woman show Satan Get Thee Behind Me.
She lives by the motto: Live Life. Love Life. Be Blessed.
Venus Jones is the host of Soulful Journey, where she interviews people who are good for the soul. She’s an associate professor, multi-talented writer, artist, and workshop facilitator, who has a mobile app full of poetic affirmations, that has been downloaded in 90 countries. She’s self-published three poetry books and four spoken word albums. Langston Hughes's Family calls her, "Langston Hughes in the form of a black girl."
Her one-woman-show, “Poetic Soldier,” was dubbed, “Most Inspiring Solo Performance” at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival in 2012. Her one act play "Race and War: an awkward conversation" was featured at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival.
She graduated from Mills College with honors and earned her Masters degree in Creative Writing. She currently resides in Santa Clara, California and loves hugs from her best friend and husband of 20 years. She likes to make funny faces while dancing to funk and soul music and laughs at herself often.
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