Spoken Word Artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai Releases New Album

Readers may remember back in 2008 when we featured a spoken word Youtube video “Black, White, Whatever…” by artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai that tackled identity politics and the presidential election.

Well, Tsai, a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based, Chinese Taiwanese American has just released her second spoken word album, Further She Wrote, via Bandcamp (http://kellytsai.bandcamp.com/album/further-she-wrote), which features “Black, White, Whatever…” and other poems like “Real Women I Know,” “Letter to Lauryn Hill,” and “The Confessions of Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai” (which explores the politics of monogamy as inspired/provoked by Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It”).

The eleven poems are “Name Your Own Price” ( = free) through the end of January 2011, so I do hope that you all check it out.

Tsai is talented feminist artist with a message, and it’s a pleasure to support her work. She’s been called “raw, evocative, insightful” and “a contemporary visionary who is helping to change the world, one poem at a time.” I agree, and I hope you’re as inspired by her work as I am. Maybe I’ll even use some of this winter vacation time to do some creative writing!

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman started blogging with Feministing in 2008, and now runs partnerships and strategy as a co-Executive Director. She is also the Director of Youth Engagement at Women Deliver, where she promotes meaningful youth engagement in international development efforts, including through running the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. Lori was formerly the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has also worked at the United Nations Foundation on the Secretary-General's flagship Every Woman Every Child initiative, and at the International Women’s Health Coalition and Human Rights Watch. As a leading voice on women’s rights issues, Lori frequently consults, speaks and publishes on feminism, activism and movement-building. A graduate of Harvard University, Lori has been named to The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans in the United States, and to Forbes Magazine‘s list of the “30 Under 30” successful mediamakers. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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