Please join us for our first “the event that loves you back” evening presented by FRIEDAcommunity and NYC artist Jam Young.
On April 1 there will be multidisciplinary readings and
performances by local talents Alex Santiago, Lauren Hilger, RyAnn, Sanovia, Tiffany Janell and of course Jam Young himself.
The event will be hosted by comedian Nicole Phoenix.
Nicole Phoenix has built her following and resume by hosting a monthly live comedy variety show called The Comments Section which showcases an incredible lineup of Black female performers, and female performers of color. Nicole produced Philly’s inaugural Mad Ethnic Comedy Festival which brought together some of the most innovative producers and performers of color who are changing the comedy scene in Philadelphia.
Most recently, she has been featured on The New Negoes LIVE hosted by Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle and Las Culturistas LIVE hosted by Bown Yang and Matt Rogers. You can catch Nicole locally at Punch Line Philly, Helium Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, The Stand, Gotham Comedy Club, and more!
RyAnn V. Bryant is a 33 year old Philadelphia native, former podcaster, aspiring poet, and self published author. She began sharing her poetry in 2019 on her social media platforms which opened the door for her to publish her first poetry book called Situations Vol. 1 released on October 26, 2019 as well as co-writing the independently published poetry book Poetical Vol. 1 in December 2021. RyAnn has performed for various poetry shows including the PHL Juneteenth celebration hosted by RawCast media, Soul at Home virtual poetry experience based in NYC and has been featured on the podcast The Uncommon Ground hosted by political journalist Van Jones. As she continues to grow in her art, her main wish is to uplift and heal people with her words.
Lauren Hilger is the author of Lady Be Good (CCM, 2016) and Morality Play (Poetry NW Editions, 2022). Named a Nadya Aisenberg Fellow in poetry from MacDowell, she has also received fellowships from the Hambidge Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has hosted a monthly workshop and reading series at FRIEDAcommunity in Philadelphia since 2016, and her work has appeared in BOMB, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She serves as a poetry editor for No Tokens.
Tiffany Janell, a Philly native, is a singer/song writer, poet and actress. Her single Okay is now streaming on all music platforms.
Sanovia is a Music and Movement Artist from Muncie, IN, based in Philadelphia, PA. Through her music, life, and movement Sanovia considers herself to be “An Energetic Storyteller that uses vocal and poetic performances, instigating an instinctual full-body expression that sparks my audience to infuse more authenticity and joy in their everyday lives.”
With a balance of energy and the comforting nature of neo-soul, Sanovia weaves hip-hop, r&b, and neo-soul fluently and with ease. She enjoys active participation and collaboration for a communal sound. She is a budding guitarist with roots in gospel music. Her main inspirations are the likes of Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Tori Kelly, Chrisette Michele, and Jill Scott.
Alex Santiago is a poet, spoken word, rapper currently residing in Philadelphia, PA.
Jam Young is a Hip-Hop artist from Queens, NY who delivers positive, thought-provoking, and honest music. Since 2015, Jam Young has headlined his own tour, co-headlined for the Queens Hip-Hop Festival, and worked with prominent artists as Ras Kass, Kid Vishis, El Gant, and 60 East. In the same span, Jam has released several mixtapes and projects, most notably Growth and his collaboration project with PIKE, PB&J.
Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: FRIEDA, 320 Walnut Street
Registration: Reservation only. At least 2 days prior to the event.
Fee: Open to the general public.
FRIEDA offers a wide range of beverages, cold and hot, as well as a variety of freshly made food options.
Space is limited. Please be respectful, no outside food or drinks allowed.
Mask recommended during this event.
Sign Up: Please sign up via email