Meet the Community: MC Raquel “Ra” Brown and Singing Sensation Jordan

Mother and daughter Raquel “Ra” Brown and Jordan are talented artist each in their own right.

Philadelphia born Raquel is well known for her work in the DC spoken word community. Host of the infamous Mangos at 14th and U St. (Now called Jin) for the better of a decade, Ra found performance and hosting opportunities across the country and abroad, performing on stages from the Kennedy Center for the Mayor’s Arts Awards, Lisner Auditorium, the famous Lincoln Theater, to the Black Cat and 9:30 Club. She has shared the stage with popular national and international stars and has produced shows: Da Verse City with the wonderful MN8 productions, captured a role in a play: “The History of Music,” as well as starred in a few independent films, one of which resulted in winning attention in both the Black Hollywood Film Festival as well as Black Women in Films, at Lincoln Center, NYC.

Mother to a 16-year-old superstar, Jordan, she continues to find ART in watching her daughter blossom and to hear Jordan share her beautiful voice with the world.

Jordan Jones…known as (just) JORDAN is a 16-year old singing sensation. A product of U Street’s Art and culture, as well as Duke Ellington School for the performing Arts in DC, she has been on the “scene” since she was a baby…traveling from show to show and open mic venues with her mother
Jordan has performed at NMAfA before, taking part in Shelly Bell’s Poetry Games. Give her a listen.

Preparing her voice and raw talent, she trains with the incomparable Maimouna Youssef, who took Jordan under herwing in September 2012. Jordan has recently acquired original songs from close friends and family who are phenomenal writers and is working on learning and recording original “cuts”. She is teaching herself to play the piano and has a knack and “ear” for keys and all around good music.
Jordan will be performing this Saturday from 3:30 to 4 in the Pavilion.

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You don’t want to miss Kunta Kenteh Island screening this Saturday!

Kunta Kenteh Island: Coming Home without Shackles presents a contemporary perspective on the legendary man Kunta Kenteh and his story. This Community Day, writer/director Elvin Ross and producer Chiquita Lockley will be present for a screening and talkback in the Lecture Hall from 2:00-3:30. We are then screening the film again from 3:30-4:30. This film promises to deepen your perspective on the relationship between the past and the present.

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St. Veronica’s Youth Steel Orchestra is opening the Community Day festivities

These community youth are incredibly talented! You don’t want to miss their performance this Saturday in the NMAfA pavilion from 1-1:30.

Get a sneak peak of them performing at Towson U last summer, and then show them some love on their Facebook page!

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Cirque-tacular will amaze you this Saturday at Community Day!

From 1-4:30, in the NMAfA pavilion, the dynamic and mesmerizing Cirque-tacular will be performing their aerial feats of strength and beauty.

Come join our Community Day celebration. See you there!

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Saturday brings a day of performing arts for the community!

We are just so excited about the upcoming Community Day, and to get in the spirit of things, I’ve been rifling through photos from Community Days past.
2011’s “The Power of Word” featured so many events for the whole family including face painting, henna tattoos, breakdancers, a contortionist, an excellent dj, and so much more.

Enjoy the photos as I post them this week and get ready to join us for this year’s “Earth Matters” Day on Sautrday, August 3rd from 1-4:30.

Dr. Cole and Friends

Henna with the kids


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Much thanks to the US Air Force for visiting us!

The United States’ Air Force really drew in a crowd when the Singing Sergeants performed their eclectic melange of songs. My personal favorite was their version of “Wade in the Water.” These videos can’t even represent the experience.

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Singing Sergeants Performance

Today we hosted the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants. Enjoy this clip of their rendition of Wade in the Water.

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