YVONNE FLY ONAKEME ETAGHENE’S MULTI-MEDIA ONE-WOMAN SHOW

November 23, 2013, 7PM, PUJA @ 729 W. Maxwell St.

“GUAVA, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene’s multi-media one-woman show, seamlessly blends Nigerian Dyke holy texts, poems, dreams, heartbeats + dance while candidly exploring queer African sexuality and the multiple ways immigrants and children of immigrants create home.”

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright, actress, video blogger and mixed media visual artist who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane. She uses her poetry to chisel a verbal sculpture of her soul for listeners while addressing issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, war, imperialism, love, self-esteem and family. Etaghene has self-published three collections of poetry, toured nationally and performed in over 30 u.s. cities. She was interviewed by and was a Contributing Writer to None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa, a sound documentary project that collects the stories of QLGBT Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. She has toured nationally with her multi-media one-woman show, Volcano’s Birthright{s}. Etaghene is a mixed-media visual artist who has produced 4 solo art exhibitions. In June 2012, Etaghene founded Sugarcane, an LGBTQ Of Color writing workshop based in the principles of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People.

Etaghene has written and directed 2 poem videos (“The First Time” [2010] and “i deserve somebody” [2011]) that marry film, poetry and music. Etaghene has self-published 3 chapbooks of poetry: afrocrown: fierce poetry (2000), write or die (2004) and tongue twisted transcontinental sista (2006.) She independently released an album of poetry and music entitled liberty avenue, nigeria, usa (2004.) She has shared stages with Amina Baraka, Bonfire Madigan, Sharon Bridgforth, Staceyann Chin, climbing poeTree, Invincible, Las Krudas, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Lenelle Moïse, DJ Moni, Queen GodIs, Ongina Ryan, Hanifah Walidah & innumerable other brilliant magic-makers.

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Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene’s Multi-media one-woman Show

November 23, 2013, 7PM, PUJA @ 729 W. Maxwell St.

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FROM OAXACA TO CHICAGO: THE CRIMINALIZATION AND MILITARIZATION OF BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES

Dec. 4, 2013, 5:30PM, PUJA, 729 W. Maxwell St.

From Chicago to Oaxaca to Palestine and beyond, the criminalization of immigrants crossing borders, movements seeking social justice, and the militarization of streets and communities has produced segregated zones where suspicion and fear are the norm. While governments see more police and surveillance as a way to secure streets and bodies, in all of these sites people have organized and mobilized in the search for community safety.

Roundtable speakers include:

  • Lulú Martínez is a student and activist at UIC. As co-founder of the Immigrant Youth Justice League, she has worked tirelessly to transform and challenge U.S. federal immigration policy, practices, and the discourse of immigrant legality/illegality.
  • Patrisia Macias-Rojas is a sociologist at UIC who has investigated the convergence of immigration and criminal law within U.S.-Mexico border enforcement for the last ten years.
  • Andy Clarno is a sociologist at UIC who is currently working on a book exploring the impact of walled enclosures and the politics of security in Johannesburg and Jerusalem.
  • Joaquín Chavez is an historian at UIC whose practical and scholarly work centers on the revolutionary social movement of El Salvador and peace and reconciliation efforts across the globe.
  • Ronak Kapadia is a cultural theorist at UIC who works on the intersection of the logics and tactics of U.S. counterinsurgency and critical art practices.
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