H. Alexander Robinson

Black LGBT History Day 14: Ifalade Ta' Shia Asanti

Filed By H. Alexander Robinson | February 14, 2008 11:00 AM | comments

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Tags: Black Gay History, black history, black LGBT, Ifalade Ta' Shia Asanti

Writer/journalist Ta'Shia is the author of two books, her best-selling non-fiction book, The Sacred Door: A Spiritual Guide to Power Living and a debut novel, The Seer: Legacy of Stone & Spirit. Ta'Shia is a widely published poet, essayist, journalist and fiction writer with over 700 published writings.

tsai.jpgTa'Shia's work has been published in distinguished magazines, newspapers and journals including Essence Magazine, Poets and Writers, Urban Spectrum, In the Black Magazine and many others. Ta'Shia uses her work as a writer and journalist to address critical social issues in America and abroad.

Ta'Shia's essays, poetry and fiction have been published in best-selling anthologies such as Black Love-Beyond Baroque Press, Chicken Soup for the African American Soul-Tyndale Press (endorsed by Oprah Winfrey & Tom Joyner), Age Ain't Nothing But a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife (with epic writers Terri McMillan and Nikki Giovanni) and Role Call:A Generational Exploration of Gender, Race & Class-Third World Press. Ta'Shia has held editorial positions with In the Black Magazine-Associate Editor, GBF Magazine-Managing Editor and Urban Spectrum Newspaper-Managing Editor.

Ta'Shia was nominated for the Courage in Journalism Award, a prestigious award given to an exceptional journalist by the International Media Women's Organization whose work addresses controversial topics related to human rights. Ta'Shia is the recipient of the Audre Lorde Black Quill Award for creating positive images of women in the media and through the arts, the Kathleen Morris Award for Best Contemporary Fiction by a Woman of Color, the African-Americans Who Make a Difference Award given by the Urban Spectrum Media Company to an African-American journalist whose work has helped foster social change and the Community Artivist Award for work in preserving art and culture.

Film & TV: Ta'Shia starred in the Sci-Fi Channel's first Reality TV Series, Mad, Mad House, a TV Show based in the concept of respect and honor for cultural diversity which aired to over 100 million homes across America and through the UK. Ta'Shia wrote, produced and co-directed two short films, Train Station (18 min. USA) and Rashida X (20 min. USA) which screened at festivals across the United States and Brazil including Frameline, Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Outfest and Brazil Mix.

Ta'Shia served as the co-director of the 2006 Denver Pan African Film Festival which highlighted the work of Emmy-award winning actress, Cicely Tyson, grammy-award winning artist, M.C. Lyte and other leaders in film and TV. Ta'Shia is a regular guest on the Emmy award-winning, think-tank TV talk show, Colorado State of Mind.

Radio: Ta'Shia served as co-host and associate producer of the award-winning radio talk show, Feminist Magazine on Pacifica Radio, KPFK, Los Angeles. She has been a guest on dozens of radio talk shows at networks across the country including the distinguished Harambee Radio Network, Inspiration House Poetry Show and many others.

Lecturer & Performer: Ta'Shia has lectured and performed at hundreds of institutions, colleges, conferences, arts and culture festivals and theatres across the country. She has lectured at leading academic institutions including Colorado University Boulder, Columbia University, Metro State University Denver, Chicago University, UCLA, USC, Spelman, Colorado School of Mines, Wyoming State University and many, many others.

Theatre-In response to the brutal murder of 15-year-old New Jersey honor student, Sakia Gunn, Ta'Shia wrote, produced, directed and co-starred in her first full length theatre production, Sakia's Gun, which debuted to a standing room only audience at the University of Southern California Playhouse. Ta'Shia also wrote and produced a one woman show in response to Hurricane Katrina called, Conversations with Survivors. Ta'Shia has acted in various stage plays and performance groups across the country.

Educator-Ta'Shia is the founder and director of the National Institute for Indigenous Cultural Studies, an organization that hosts conferences, retreats, lectures and workshop series to explore and educate communities at large on indigenous culture, music, art, religion and spirituality.

Ta'Shia also founded the World Pride & Power Organization whose goal is to facilitate unity, empowerment and inclusivity among SGLBT people of color. Ta'Shia is also co-founder of Serenity Spa & Wellness Center, a holistic healing center and spa that uses indigenous healing methods to address dis-ease in the body and spirit. The Wellness Center hosts health awareness workshops, classes and conferences geared toward healthy living through natural means.

Ta'Shia's work as a cultural educator and priestess has been highlighted and written about in New York Times, USA Today, TV Guide, Hollywood Reporter, Advocate and hundreds of other print and broadcast media outlets.

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