UPCOMING DATES : 3/29 | 5/31 | 8/30 | 11/29 | 1/31/2016
What is Adam's Rib?
Adams Rib is an all- female multicultural performance troupe. Amazing and versed in all aspects of the ARTS and entertainment. The ladies of Adam's Rib are masters of spoken word.
Who is Adam's Rib?
The brainchild of Adam's Rib, Georgia Me; a Tony, Emmy, Peabody Award winner, that had the vision to highlight the unique talents of several phenomenal women from across the country. Adam's Rib consists of Georgia Me from Atlanta, Georgia, M'Reld Green and Theresa the songbird of Chicago, Illinois, Sunni Patterson from New Orleans, Louisiana, Dana Gilmore of Kansas City, Missouri, Scorpio Blues from Oakland, California, Queen Sheba of Detroit, Michigan, Itsrealight from Brooklyn, New York, Tasha Jones of Indianapolis, Indiana, and last but not least Ruckus from Long Beach, California.
The mission of Adams Rib is to promote unity amongst women. A sisterhood unforgotten that exist solely in our common struggles, trials, and triumphs. Adam's Rib, is meant to empower women uplift men and promote a level of self love that will permeate generations.
These Queens hold court, heal hearts and save souls with dynamic pieces of testimony. Poetry that transcends every race, region and religion, songs of truth. Every show is enthralling and entertaining with packed venues, lines down wrapped around the building, all to see the art at its best. Haute Couture of the arts would qualify as an appropriate way to describe the tribe, words for ALL. Expect the best! A roller coaster of emotions! Feel the hope, power, beauty and wisdom of ADAM RIB!
TAMIKA "GEORGIA ME" HARPER
This quote could not begin to describe the soul that embodies the woman known to family and friends as Tamika Harper, but known to the world as “The Queen of Spoken Word” GeorgiaMe. Born and raised in Atlanta, GeorgiaMe has always had the ability to build emotion from the words she speaks. She has paid her dues on the local poetry circuit to touring across the United States and across the globe. GeorgiaMe has performed at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Radio City Music Hall in New York, and the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. She has also performed internationally in Australia, England, Scotland, New Zealand, and South Africa. This amazing woman has shared the stage with many prominent names such as: Nikki Giovanni, Phylicia Rashad, Sonia Sanchez, Sweet Honey and the Rock, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Queen Latifah, Oscar Winner Monique, Mob Deep, Nappy Roots, The Last Poets, John Legend, Cedric the Entertainer and George Clinton. She has also been the featured speaker at the Hip Hop Awards luncheon for The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. The list is too long to mention all the names but it is continuously growing. GeorgiaMe has also had multiple film roles. The most notable was her role in Tyler Perry’s “Madea Goes To Jail” sharing the screen with Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis. GeorgiaMe has appeared on NBC Today Show and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam (All 6 seasons). With hard work has come many acclaims and awards. She has been awarded the KUUMBA “Artist of the Year” Award by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. She has also been awarded a BEFFTA, PEABODY, EMMY, and a TONY (for Def Poetry Jam on Broadway). But with all this acclaim GeorgiaMe’s strong faith in GOD has made a strong community activist. She is involved with the Atlanta Food Bank, Artist for Activist, NAACP, SCLC, and PUSH Coalition. Georgia Me also host “The Tamika Festival” a cultural celebration.
Atlanta based Spoken Word Genius. Queen Sheba's album Domino Affect that was considered for a 2009 Grammy under the Spoken Word category. Sheba is a National Poetry Slam Champion, the reigning Red Bull Word Clash champion, founded, wrote and produced "Say What?!?" a national collegiate performance Word-Shop driven by Red Bull. She has been seen on: 106 & Park, VH-1, The Apollo, Spoken, Spit and many more venues. She has been featured in a feature length film about Spoken Word. Performed with/opened for: Alicia Keys, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Kanye West, The Roots, Floetry, Music Soul Child and 14 gazillion others. Her work has been published in: Essence as an NAACP Image Award Nominee for works in the Anthology Home Girls Make Some Noise, S. Florida University Urban Griot (Gree-O), Portfolio Magazine, The Syracuse University Women in Hip-Hop, Nationally Featured Poet for Rolling Out magazine. Key Note Speaker for: Several Take Back the Night campus vigils, Domestic Violence, AIDS awareness for young adults and the National Women in Hip-Hop conference. Toured in over 8 countries (9-including Alaska :-): West Africa, Europe, Cuba, Canada and any coffee house to coliseum in the US. Co-founder of Rough Language Music and Poetry series. Member of: Face Book!, The Atlanta Poets Union, Mothers Against the War, Fair Trade and National Association for Women. She currently runs several poetry slams and readings in Atlanta, GA.
More than a poet, more than a singer, more than an emcee--it's not just what she says, it's how she says it. Emerging from the musical womb that is New Orleans, artist and visionary Sunni Patterson combines the heritage and tradition of her Native town with an enlightened modern world view to create music and poetry that is timeless in its groove. Sunni has been a featured performer at the many of Nation's premier spoken word venues, including HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She has also had the privileged of speaking at the Panafest in Ghana, West Africa. She has worked with several well-known artists and performers including Hannibal Lokumbe- singing lead vocals for his score,"King and the Crescent City Moon," Kalamu Ya Salaam, Sonia Sanchez, Wanda Coleman, Amiri Baraka, Laini Kuumba Afrikan Dance Company, and many more. An Aborisha (Omo Oshun) and advocate of Holistic Health, Sunni has trained under such greats as Oluwo Afolabi Epega, Dr. Ndugu Khan (Babalawo Ifa Kayode,) Queen Malikah Sabah (Iyanifa Faadisi Olaolu Olabisi,) Dr.Morris F.X.Jeff,Jr., Nana Anoa Nantambo, Mama Jean Taiwo, Nana Kwabena Faheem Ashanti, PhD, and several others. She is a certified instructor of Chi Kung (Qi Gong) and Tai Chi for Health. There is so much more to say about her, but words just cannot describe her way, her Spirit, her grace, or gift of healing. In every word/sound she utters, you hear the grit and grime, hope and love, problem and solution, optimism and faith. She is a mouth piece for the Ancestors, a vessel used to promote goodness in a world where oppression and injustice seems the order of the day. What a blessing it is to feel her warm and nourishing rays shine light on your soul!
Dana Gilmore, the Heart of spoken word Raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Dana Gilmore spent her youth exploring the writings of a broad range of profound poets from Maya Angelou to Amiri Baraka and Gil Scott Heron to TuPac Shakur. She began writing at an early age, and was soon earning praise from teachers and peers alike. After developing a strong following in the bi-state Kansas City Metropolitan Area, she continued writing while a student at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia where she earned a B.S. degree in International Business and Finance. She then found a bigger audience which led to her first appearance on the wildly popular entertaining Russell Simmons's HBO's Def Poetry. This appearance earned her the privilege to join an elite circle of poets. People are always amazed by the powerful combination of raw emotion, delicate phrasing and mind-bending images that have become her trademark. Since annually touring America conducting feature one-woman shows at several colleges and universities. Dana has shared the stage with artists such as Mos Def, Kanye West, and WyClef-Jean and has established herself as a true creative force.
This talented wordsmith is more than a poet; M’Reld serves as an advocate for change and an artist responsible for her generation. M’Reld speaks the naked truth as she performs her poetry, speaking on a range of topics, which include social injustice, HIV/AIDS epidemic and everyday life issues. Her dedication to the generations to follow is shown through her daily teaching and working within several art programs linked to the Chicago Public Schools, as well as, the special events that she does regularly to support the knowledge and growth of youth. For the past three summers M'Reld was the headliner for the spoken word aspect of the Cook County Board's Peace Festivals. Throughout the school year, M'Reld works with Black Star Project in their project encouraging the students of Chicago Public Schools to return to school each school year. She is also a teacher with the after school literacy program Open Book, that caters to teaching youth about writing and poetry, as an outlet for positive thought and change. M'Reld is a staple within the community at events that promote peace and encouraging the students and leaders of the future to control their destiny.
M’Reld has been the opening act for a host of celebrated acts including The Last Poets, American Idol Winner Fantasia, MC Lyte, Raheem De Vaughn, Little Brother, Trey Songs, Kindred the Family Soul, as well as, Slum Village & Eric Robeson, Lady of Rage, Big Daddy Kane, Chicago's own Common, and T.I. Each year M'Reld idds to the above list, most recently soul singer Jaguar Wright. M’Reld founded Verbal Balance - an ensemble of talented artists, which includes poets, writers, emcees, and performers - in 2005. Verbal Balance has performed in front of many audiences engaging them in this spoken word revolution. Under M'Reld's supervision, Verbal Balance has hosted a weekly open mic for five years, one of the longest running weekly events in Chicago Spoken Word.Voted 2006 Chicago Truth Award winner for best Spoken Word Artist, and nominated again in both 2007, 2008, & 2009. M’Reld has performed at distinguished venues across the country from the Nuyurican Café to the House of Blues Chicago, and several locations in between M'reld also had the distinguished opportunity to perform on Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam, officially earning the title of Def Poet. And last year she starred on the recently released 4th season of BETJ's Lyric Cafe. Currently on tour with Adam's Rib, a Spoken Word ensemble of women poets and artists, founded by Tony Award Winning 10x Def Poet Georgia ME, M'Reld is lighting fires in venues across the country. Her powerful words and dynamic stage presence set the match for the poetry vs. spoken word debate.
Let the games begin.
This Oakland California native has not only taken the spoken word scene over with a point of her finger and a smile, but she can also magically weave the most soulful songs with strong soothing words. She’s performed at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, was a 2004 Nuyorican Grand Slam Semi-Finalist, the 2004 Harlem’s Hottest Poet champion, and was invited to perform on BET’s Lyric Café in the Bahamas in 2004. In 2005 she released Blue Blushin,’ her first professionally recorded and highly successful spoken word project and was invited to record for Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam. Scorpio has shared stages with the likes of Jaguar Wright, Lina, Dozie, D’Wayne Wiggins, The Last Poets, Floetry, Les Nubians, Felicia Rashaad, Mos-Def, Smokey Robinson, Goapele, Bahamadia, M-1 of Dead Prez, and many other well-known singers, rappers, poets and entertainers. In addition to being on the board of Creation Cocoon for Girls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering girls by developing their individual creativity, she is also the CEO of Hot Water Cornbread, the only Oakland-based spoken word and entertainment management company dedicated to not only providing platforms for artists from across the globe, but to ensuring the longevity and forward movement of the art form known as spoken word. ‘Scorpio Blues’ poetry is like that cold, refreshing glass of water on a scorching hot summer day.
THERESA THA SONGBIRD
With the aura of Shug Avery, Theresa tha SONGBIRD blends her own recipe of spoken-word, hip-hop, blues, and jazz to delivery her testimony. Her work makes light of heartache and encourages the best to grow from the pains of life, and the sweat of putting the pieces back together. Brought into this world with a hole in her heart, Most High has made Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. a survivor, healing and filling that space with a passion for the page and the stage. Hailing from Chicago, IL and currently residing in Atlanta GA, S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. carries an air of southern hospitality and true Windy City wit. As an artist, educator and entrepreneur she is constantly creating and giving back. Champion poet at age 18, S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. has re-invested that passion in the youth, coaching acting and public speaking for 6 years. Her students have won several awards and hold 3 state championships in Illinois. Theresa also volunteers feeding Atlanta's homeless community with Ayudagente, and she sponsors her own charitable showcases to benefit Aniz, Inc. to aid the impact of AIDS/HIV in the African American community. As a vocalist and spoken word artist S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. has featured in over 30 major cities nationwide and written and appeared in 3 independent films, including a most recent appearance in "Unspoken Words" starring Robin Givens, and Tommy Ford. She is a cast member of The Coochie Chronicles, a spoken-word AIDS awareness stage play based in Cincinnati OH, and is currently touring with Georgia Me Presents, Adam’s Rib sharing the stage with the BEST female poets in the nation, including Tony and Emmy award winning poet Georgia Me, Tasha Jones, and M'Reld Green. In her career S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D. has also been blessed to perform alongside Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets, Marsha Ambrose, Eric Roberson, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Killa Mike, and Rodney Perry to name a few.
Tasha Jones is a rare and wonderful artist that strikes a balance in a world so often lopsided. Some people are all style with little to no substance while others have substance with no trace of style. Tasha is a perfect blending of the two. She has the soul of a Nikki Giovanni draped in the haute couture fashions of a runway model, two things few would think to pair. Her work speaks further to her dichotomy, to the easy equilibrium she has found between being a student of life and a teacher of lessons. On stage she tells the story of her life and in doing so tells the story of all women; a story of love, loss and life. She offers a perspective, poignancy and insight in her writing that allows men to see themselves through her work and women to see themselves in her work. She proves herself to be simultaneously what women are and what they aspire to be. In a world where few know who they are Tasha proves that not only does she know who she is but she has a deep understanding of who you are too; And once you’ve experienced her for yourself you will feel better, wiser and more enriched for it.
- Emmy Nominee Jon Goode: TVLand/Nick@Nite, HBO Def Poetry, BET Lyric Café & CNN Black in America.
Captivating… unique... diverse… gifted….HILARIOUS. These are a few words that have been used to describe Genell “Rukus” Johnson, the leading lady of Jagadan Records. Rukus is mostly known for her spoken word performances throughout Denver, Aurora, Pueblo, and Colorado Springs, CO. Rukus was named Poet of the Year for 2007 and 2008 by Denver’s Finest Underground & Hip Hop Magazine. She was also the runner-up for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Omega Psi Phi Talent Showboat; a state-wide talent showcase. She also serves the community by conducting youth poetry workshops and mentoring at-risk teens. She is not only a household name within CO., she has made numerous appearances in Los Angeles, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Dallas, TX, Tallahassee, FL, and is a regular headliner in Atlanta, GA. Her intricate style of mixing comedy with poetry, which she calls, “Cometry” is what sets her aside from other artists of the genre and allows her to perform alongside some of the largest names in spoken word and comedy. To name a few; Tony Award Winning and HBO Def Poet, Georgia Me, HBO Def Poets, M’Reld, Abyss, and Tommy Bottoms, HBO Def Comedy and BET Comic View’s Pierre, Joe Torie, Red Grant, and Scruncho. Though she has been writing since the age of five and performing her works on stage since 2002, she did not release an album until August of 2006. Since then, she has released three highly-raved spoken word albums: 'Say Dat', a double cd entitled 'Bipolar Tendencies’, and ‘The Chronicals of a Preacher’s Daughter’. With comparisons to artists like, Missy Elliot, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Da Brat, Jill Scott, Saul Williams, Redd Foxx, and Floetry; Rukus is the total package.