Modern Urban Griots
The Modern Urban Griots was a performance collective active in DC from the mid to late 1990s. The group, in various permutations, performed at the Whitney Museum and Nuyorican Poetry Cafe in New York, It's Your Mug Coffeehouse in DC, and several other area venues. Regular group members included: Jane Alberdeston Coralin, Holly Bass, Twain Dooley, Brandon D. Johnson, and Toni Asante Lightfoot. Others sometimes included: Hayes Davis, Ernesto Mercer, and Lori Tsang.
Toni Asante Lightfoot wrote a terrific remembrance of the collective for the "Splendid Wake" Issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly in Fall 2014: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/modern-urban-griots/
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