Fight Sexism in Music!
I just finished a poem about sexism in the music industry, "Stuck Rolling Phone." Check out the links below to see the youtube video and then I hope you'll go to my blog where you can read the text of the poem and share your favorite women in music!
GROWN-ASS WOMAN! - Aya de León's 40th Birthday Party!
music, food vendors, djs, dancing, cards, dominoes & hanging out
come celebrate with me!
Sunday November 11th, 2007
3:30pm til midnite
slididng scale $15-1500
this event is a fundraiser to help pay my graduate school tuition...
...because a grown-ass-woman knows how to ask her community for
toasts & appreciations for Aya at 6 & 9pm
5, 11, 16,17, 2007 - Thieves in the Temple: The Reclaiming of Hip-Hop -
THE MOVIE!!, Wanna see the show again? Missed the show live? Come see
the video! Written & performed by Aya de Leon, Directed by Ellen
Sebastian-Chang, Choreographed by Amara Tabor Smith, Cinematography by
Critical Acclaim for “Thieves…”:
- "a humorous, feminist take on hip hop culture"-American Theatre Magazine
- "Blatino feminist Aya de León gonna read some hip hop chauvinist pigs the riot act"-Village Voice
- "[a] Witty, upbeat crusade to liberate hip-hop."-Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle Theater Critic
- Winner SFBG Goldie Award for Spoken Word 2004
- Best Discovery in Theater by the SF Chronicle 2004
- East Bay Express "Slamminest Poet" 2005
- 2/14/06, LoveFest 2006 - La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA,
a literary & musical celebration of love’s varied manifestations,
featuring Tina Bartolome, Cynthia Blancaflor and Aimee Suzara of
Kreatibo, Marc Pinate, Mike Molina, Alicia Raquel, plus E. Kay
- Aya on the Current TV big screen in April 2005, co-hosting Current's kickoff rally with Mos Def in San Francisco
- 2/12/05, LoveFest 2005 - La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA, a literary & musical celebration of love’s varied manifestations, featuring Meliza Bañales, Ise Lyfe, Shailja Patel, and Corina Peila, with vocals by Elena & Samora Pinderhughes
- AYA DE LEON IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT: a campaign speech remix in poetry and
spoken word Fed up with the the theft of the 2000 presidential election, the current
administration, the war, the lies, and the downright incompetence, Aya de Leon, critically acclaimed
slam poet, and hip hop theater artist decided to declare her candidacy for the white house.
- 3/7/04, World Premiere of "Thieves in the Temple: The Reclaiming of Hip Hop" at the Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts, presented by Speak Out and the YBCA, sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Ongoing shows at the Oakland Box 3/14/04-3/28/04.
- 2/14/04, Love Fest 2004 - La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA, a literary & musical celebration of love?s varied manifestations, featuring Meliza Bañales, Shawn Taylor, James Kass, Corina Peila, and Kim Cook, with vocals by Casa Mena recording artist Noñameko (the vocalist formerly known as Noni)
- 2/14/04, The Beloved Self: A self-love workshop and mass self-marriage - La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA, Aya says: “I married myself in 1996, and wrote about it in Essence
Magazine. I received letters from all over the country affirming my
decision, many people expressed a desire to do the same... This
self-marriage will be a joyful, fun, quirky, campy, and spiritual day
to celebrate the most profound relationship we will ever have—with
ourselves. The only true relationship that will be ‘til death do us
- 8/4 - 8/9/03, National Black Theatre Festival, Winston-Salem, NC
- 7/17/03,Slam Poetry Performance & Open Mic, Stanford University
- 2/14/03, Love: The Live Version - La Peña
Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA, a literary & musical celebration
of love?s varied manifestations & CD release party for Aya de León - Live at La Peña, featuring Aurora Levins-Morales, Marvin K. White, Jason ?Creative Dwella? Mateo, Carlos Mena , Sonia Whittle, Hanifah Walidah, Anna de León & Ellen Hoffman, Elaine Chao
- 11/14/02, Hip Hop Theater Festival at UC Riverside, Riverside, CA, featuring the usual suspects...
- 11/7/02, Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ, featuring Danny Hoch, Will Power, Jonzi D
- 11/1/02, Planet Hip Hop - New Jersey Performing Arts Ctr, Newark, NJ, Featuring Danny Hoch, Will Power...
- 10/31/02, One Festival - Phil Bosakowski Theater at Primary Stages, NYC
- 10/21/02, Third Wave Foundation - Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA, featuring Sara Jones & Rebecca Walker...
- 10/20/02, Living Word Festival - Yerba Buena Center - San Francisco, CA
- 10/16/02, Oakland Box - Oakland, CA, featuring Hanifah Walidah
- 10/15/02, MACLA - San Jose, CA
- 10/9/02, NACA Showcase - Marlborough, MA