Chicago born and raised, Roy Kinsey is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to tradition in his respective industries. Where being a black, queer-identified, rapper, and librarian may be an intimidating choice for some, Roy Kinsey’s non-conformist ideology has informed his 4th album, and self proclaimed, “best work yet,” Blackie: A Story By Roy Kinsey.
Featured in and on major local, national, and international publications like Billboard, NPR, WBEZ’s Vocalo, the Chicago Tribune, WGCI and the RedEye, his “deft skill for storytelling,” is proving to have wings like the “flying africans” of old that he raps about on his latest project. Kinsey’s latest video BSAYF, exploring black queer identity and spirituality, premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harold Washington Cultural Center and the Dusable Museum. He has shared his lyrics on the stages of Lincoln Hall, Logan Square Auditorium, Wild Hare, The Shrine, and Soho House, and has recently done a series of performances/exhibitions with the Chicago Public Library’s seasonal book and theme programming of race and music, One Book, One Chicago.
His professional development in librarianship has fueled his desire for self examination and then reporting his findings, in rhyme. He intends and believes the success of his present and future creative works will touch the hearts of many because it comes from the heart.
Roy Kinsey is a librarian in the Teen Services/Youmedia department for Chicago Public Libraries.
Brunch will be served and sold on the patio by Midwest Methods!
Mister Wallace is a multi-disciplinary artist and advocate. The self-proclaimed post-gender artist considers themselves to be a “Multimedia Cunt,” using mediums such as performance, sculpture, and soundscaping to engage audiences in “Werk” that speaks loudly to the social discourse that is necessary for improvement of quality of life for marginalized people.
Kamilah Rashied is performance artist, writer, educator, producer, and arts administrator. Kamilah Rashied is a double alumnus of DePaul University where she received her BFA in Performance at the Theater School and her MFA in Arts Leadership. Having worked at every level of arts and culture programming, as well as arts education she has over a decade of experience in arts administration and project management, arts in education curriculum and program development, community based arts programming, and civic minded arts engagement. Ms. Rashied has contributed to the development of new and ongoing programs at many venerable arts and culture organizations in Chicago, some include: the Art Institute of Chicago, the School at the Art Institute, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, Illinois Humanities, Rebuild Foundation, Open TV, Project Osmosis,Young Chicago Authors, The Guild Literary Complex, Revival Arts Collective,The Silver Room, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Writers Theatre, Court Theatre, The North Shore Performing Arts Center. In her current position as Assistant Director of Community Programs and Engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago, Kamilah works across the museums’ dedicated programming wing to vision and facilitate new and ongoing programmatic offerings, both at the museum and across the city.
Ryan Keesling aka Searhl1te holds a B.A. in Literature and Art from Depauw University, is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and is an Illinois State Board of Education certified teacher. For nearly two decades, Ryan has been designing and implementing literacy and arts programming with Chicago’s incarcerated, court involved, and criminalized youth. Ryan is also an accomplished DJ, studio engineer, and live sound technician. He has toured the world in those capacities and continues to release music and DJ under his alias, Ryan Searchl1te.
With special guest,
Zsa Zsa Kelly