Prodigyal: Staceyann Chin in Residence
Prodigyal: Home is where the Hurt/Heart/Hope is
Originally Aired: Friday, June 24, 2022
This program addresses adult themes and contains explicit language.
Gather with Artist-in-Residence Staceyann Chin to share live music, delicious food, and conversation about what it means to be home. Cooking by Cheryl’s Global Soul, music by Tangina Stone, and conversation with Michael Roberson.
Leadership support for Staceyann Chin’s residency is provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Additional support for The Greene Space’s Artist-in-Residence program is provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, the MetLife Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Credit: Photo by Nickie L. Rose
Highlighted as one Teen Vogue’s ‘Women Reshaping Music,’ this Ohio-native and Brooklynite’s unique voice & brand of soul, rock, electronic and R&B has brought her to stages around the world from New York, to Toronto, to Tokyo, to London. As a queer, Black musician who’s a singer-songwriter, producer & composer – Tangina Stone is reshaping what identity and spaces of expression feel like for women in music.
Operating without boxes, just vibes, she’s taken up space in genres, like EDM, traditionally not occupied by Black artists – much less Black female artists. From being signed early on in her career to Jillionaire’s imprint Feel Up Records, singing or writing a hip-hop chorus, or being hired by European producers like on her release “Last Hours,” a collaboration with Parisian producer
Rybirths; Tangina’s talent knows no boundary, yet is distinctly hers no matter who she work with. Her Latest single “Easy,” an up-beat, Afro-pop declaration of self-love and not being afraid to step into your worth, produced by UK-duo Okan and Thirthy3, is Tangina’s latest offering from Pisces. A survivor, activist, artist and business woman – Tangina Stone’s music will notably impact the musical landscape as she continues to be a beacon for artists who don’t settle for the standard, they create it.
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Michael Roberson is a public health practitioner, advocate, activist, artist, curator, and leader within the LGBTQ community. He is the co-creator of the nation’s only Black Gay Research group and National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition, as well as an Adjunct Professor at The New School University/Lang College NYC, and Union Theological Seminary NYC. He is an international art and politics consultant and a member of the international sound art collective entitled “Ultra-red.” Michael scholar in residence for the Center for Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy, as well as recent TED Media Resident, where he performed a global TED talk about the underground Black/Latinx House/ball ballroom community, entitled “The enduring legacy of ballroom.”
For Black History Month 2021, Michael co-authored an article in Time Magazine titled “Why Voguing and the Ballroom Scene Matter Now More than Ever.” Michael also serves as a cultural consultant for the Pose FX television show. Additionally, he is a public health advisor and community engagement specialist for the NYC COVID-19 contract tracing initiative.
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The Greene Space presents Staceyann Chin as our summer artist-in-residence. The poet, actor, and performing artist is the author of the new poetry collection Crossfire: A Litany For Survival, the critically acclaimed memoir The Other Side of Paradise, cowriter and original performer in the Tony Award–winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and author of the one-woman shows Hands Afire, Unspeakable Things, Border/Clash, and MotherStruck. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes, and her poetry been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. She proudly identifies as Caribbean, Black, Asian, lesbian, a woman, and a resident of New York City, as well as a Jamaican national.
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