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 is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

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

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