Poetry Cypher 2018 was appropriately dedicated to phenomenal women who lead and support the movement of women finding their voices respective to this declared year of the Woman, #MeToo, and an increasing number of women entering politics. This signature Arts and Letters event was held on Saturday, February 24th for the first time at the spacious Union County Performing Arts Center Hamilton Stage in Rahway, NJ. The evening began with a welcome reception catered by Soror Chef Jamie Hunt and Chef Hassan Hunt of Caché Catering. Guests were then ushered into the theater setting with a playlist of girl power anthem songs!
The performance was hosted by returning poet Tarishi “Midnight” Shuler and featured returning poets Soror Lynnette Johnson, Tracy “Mind Evolution” Caldwell; and first time Poetry Cypher Poets Latoya “Brenda’s Child” Bosworth, Soror Crystal Senter Brown, and HBO Def Poetry Jam’s Shanelle Gabriel (proud sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha). The poets with publications were available to sign their books for purchase before and after the show.
The evening was made all the more memorable as Poet Sorors Lynette Johnson, Crystal Senter Brown, and several of their line sisters were celebrated by CJA, full of love and style (including Delta Red velvet cake from Delightful Cake Kreations of Springfield, NJ), as they were just initiated into membership at Springfield Alumnae Chapter (MA) hours before the performance!
Enjoy the pictures of love, talent, and Girl Power on display at Poetry Cypher 2018 as captured by Jason Martin Photography.