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Mama'z Muezz: The Festival

Updated: Sep 14, 2020

Saturday, May 9, 2020 – 4PM (PDT)

A free online live stream hosted through Zoom and Facebook Live.

A follow up performance to our April 29th watch parties, featuring new excerpts of Mama'z Muezz followed by a panel discussion with Black artists and mothers.

Mama’z Muezz was first presented during CD Forum’s Creation Project in 2014, and was directed by Valerie Curtis Newton. Franklin will present a final version of Mama’z Muezz in CD Forum’s 2020/2021 season.

The work will be live streamed for free over Zoom and Facebook Live. Those who wish to participate in the Zoom call will need to register through Eventbrite.

Though the live stream is free, CD Forum strongly encourages participants to support the work and the artist by donating to Monique Franklin directly.

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Mama'z Muezz is a one woman play featuring spoken word artist Monique Franklin that explores the theme of African-American motherhood glimpsed from present day and historical vantage points of mother’s of African descent. This show is culled from a cross-section of realities, dreams and nightmares illuminating and intimately exploring artifacts of a collective condition. In examining the experiences of African-American mothers we will uncover what it means to be an individual beneath the hat of motherhood, learn what children teach their mothers (the truth), the rub of society against the fabric of their families (the struggles) and what nurtures and inspires their spirits (love, the living, and the ancestors).

About Monique Franklin

Poet and teaching artist Monique Franklin, also known as Verbal Oasis, hails from Seattle, Washington. She is a member of African American Writer's Alliance and is published in their latest anthology "Threads". Her poetry gives voice to social issues, human relationships, tributes to her many influences, and self-discovery. She has performed in various venues for a range of events such as Inside out Jazz awards at Benaroya Hall, Poetry & Jazz at Lucid Lounge, MLK Jr. Day at Shoreline Community College, Women's History month at Edmonds Community College, and Poetry + Motion at Town Hall to name a few. She currently co-host and co-produces Afrodisiac Erotic Poetry Show Celebrating the Diversity and sexuality of People of Color (Afrodisiac Seattle on Facebook). As a performer you can find her poetry commingling with musicians, vocalist and dancers. The subject matter of her poetry stems from the rich spectrum of her life experiences. This woman is a creative soul.

She has self-published two volumes of poetry entitled “Acoustic Accolades” and “Erotic Annals of a Poet”. Monique released her first live album in 2012 entitled Acoustic Accolades Volume I which features a live jazz trio with her spoken word.

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Mama'z Muezz

For mothers of African descent who would like to interact with the Artist Monique Franklin to witness and inform her creation of Mama'z Muezz

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For community members who would like to interact with the Artist Monique Franklin to witness and inform her creation of Mama'z Muezz


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