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…. I’ll Arise…. (Let Freedom Ring)

In my shoes if only you could walk this mileWith tragedy and disappointments I’m still proud Long, courageous strides along this highwaySun, beaming down radiantly across my face Today marks another day written in historyMy right to vote sets me free,Yet cold blaring stares surrounding meThreatening weapons of anxiety overtaking my ability to breathe False […]

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Collective Creativity: An interview with Contessa Brown

Cafe S.O.U.L is an open mic night created by the incomparable Contessa Brown and Janne’t Brown, affectionately known as Momma Brown. I recently sat down with Contessa Brown to talk about Cafe S.O.U.L. and its importance in the community.    Damont Combs (Motif): For those who don’t know, what is Cafe S.O.U.L.?  Contessa Brown: Cafe S.O.U.L. […]

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Making Magic: An interview with Ricardo Pitts-Wiley

Mixed Magic Theatre is a non-profit organization in Pawtucket with a mission to create more literate and arts-active communities. Mixed Magic often combines expressive artistic forms, such as poetry, acting, singing, dancing through plays and open mic. I recently spoke with Ricardo Pitts-Wiley and we delved into the importance of artistic expression, discussed what’s happening in today’s society […]

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