Onney (Lanora Laws)
The Poetic Diva, addresses a wide range of life’s issues that concern us all. She is an insightful hip – hop poetess who uses her silky vocal skills and the stroke of the pen to take us into the love and hate reality of today’s current social climate. Her observations and her conversation let her audience know that she is wise beyond her years. The humility and passion in her expression will hold the attention of any man or woman that appreciates sincerity. Onney is an author spoken word artist, actress, model and songwriter. She addresses social, political, spiritual, romantic and comical issues through the art of song, spoken, word and literature. What Poetry Means to Onney… “Poetry and song defines the intellectual capacity of ones being. It is the prophecy of one’s thoughts, dreams, hopes and aspirations.
Jem the Poet (Jamesetta)
Founder of Jus Poetry ministries, has been acting as long as she can remember. Her mother had her in drama ever since she was able to speak. Her first memory of falling in love with the arts is when her mother put the book “Green eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss in her hand at 1978 at 3 years old. The first poem Jamesetta ever read was by Langston Hughes who became her favorite poet and changed her life. She is a spectacular host, hosting at spots like Escape, Midtown lounge, and Yoga House. She has been featured in various plays tilted “Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Was Enuff, Little Shop of Horrors, The Women of the Bible-Choices- Which Road Will You Choose, and Star Trek. Presently, she is the CEO of Jus Poetry ministries that showcases poetry events in Houston and abroad and dedicates the organization to outreach programs such as the NOIZ program for kidnapped children, Poets Pick Up Your piece (ministry against teen violence), Touch and Tell (program against molestation),The Least of These (ministry helping the homeless) and I am Sarah Bartman-Women Empowerment.
Born Tasialiana Carter was born on May 7, 1994. She’s been writing since the age of 13 and recently started performing in the Houston area after moving from Las Vegas in 2015. From open mic to open mic, SLAPS has been continuing her growth as a lyricist and performer. She opened for local Houston singer, Susan Carol and the Flight of the Phoenix a poetry show presented by the Poetry Den. She has been very active touching mics at VIBE Sports Lounge, SugarHill, Dolce, and Engine Room. She has been mostly motivated and supported by veterans of Poetry Lounge Houston and plans to continue her dream as a spoken word artist in Houston. She is releasing her first poetry album in 2017 entitled “My Little Pink Book”, amongst various other projects and features. What keeps her going besides the reminders from her loving family is “If it were easy, everyone would do it”.
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