At this 7 Minute Sundays, we spoke on what is happening to people of color in our community specifically, as well as, around the world.
About the artists:
Monica 'Spirit' McIntyre (gender pronouns: Spirit, they, them, or theirs) is a Cellist, Vocalist, Lyricist, Wellness Advocate, Sound Healer, Reiki Practitioner, Dancer and Visual Artist -- promoting empowerment and healing by any medium necessary. Spirit believes in the power of breath, creating intentional artistic relationships, honoring lovability, being seen/seeing, and growing compassionately through tight places to find authentic expansion. Healing affirmations, meticulous storytelling, and metaphor saturate their lyrics. They use their voice and cello to seamlessly blend: Blues, Soul, Folk, Classical, Reggae and Middle Eastern sounds into an unforgettable musical landscape.
Toiryan Milligan is a Baton Rouge Louisiana Poet. He has been performing poetry since high school. In 2011 he was the number 1 ranked teen poet in the city of Baton Rouge, with perfect scores throughout competition and he won The Teen AllCity Page Presence Award. An award given to the best written poem submitted in the competition. He went on to earn a spot on the 2011 National Slam Team for the youth competing at Brave New Voices.
In 2016 Toiryan's journey continued. He became the number one ranked Adult Poet in Baton Rouge earning the title Grand Slam Champion, and earning a spot on the 2016 National Slam Team for Adults.
Toiryan has performed in various events, including Bayou Classic, Poetry Vs Hip Hop, Brave New Voices, The National Poetry Slam Competition and Southern Fried Poetry Slam in 2015 where he ranked 13th out of 135 poets.
Toiryan looks to continue his writing career to further heights and prove that the only limits we have are the ones we give ourselves
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