Keene Theater East Quad
701 East University Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Native American Studies- American Culture, Center for Educational Outreach, School for Environment and Sustainability, Semester in Detroit, Residential College, Native American Students Association and the Black Student Union presents:
The Longhairz Collective Featuring Annie Humphrey, Allison Radell, Peace Be Free, Joe Reilly, and Will See
An evening of song, spoken word, and hip-hop with The Long Hairz Collective
Featuring Annie Humphrey, Allison Radell, Peace Be Free, Joe Reilly, and Will See
The Long Hairz Collective is a diverse group of artist-activist water protectors promoting environmental justice through music, spoken word and cultural organizing. Formed on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus in 2000, the Long Hairz connect Black communities in Detroit and Native communities in Minnesota and Northern Michigan and weave networks of mutual support throughout the Midwest.
Featuring Native American singer songwriters Annie Humphrey, Allison Radell, and Joe Reilly and African American MCs and spoken word artists Will See and Peace Be Free, the Long Hairz bring their art-activism of water protection and environmental justice to communities throughout the Midwest.
Brian Babb, aka Peace Be Free, is a spoken word artist, MC, and social worker from San Diego, California. He has offered his oratory skills in support of many bands and musical artists, including XIV, Shammy Dee, and as a member of the Long Hairz Collective. He recently released a single with XIV called The Instrument.
Annie Humphrey is an Anishinaabe singer, songwriter, and activist. Growing up on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota, Annie lived in a home filled with voices made of thunder and nothing could stop it. Her parents were brilliant people individually. Her father, a singer and musician and her mother an artist and poet. Together they made sadness. Each of her parents taught Annie the beautiful things they knew. They showed her that she carried their gifts in her hands too. This is how creating art and music came about for her. This is what saved her. This is how she lives now. A recipient of multiple Native American Music Awards, Annie has released six albums and collaborated with many other Native artists including John Trudell and Keith Secola. In 2016 she organized The Beast and the Garden tour, featuring the Long Hairz Collective, in opposition to Enbridge’s proposed expansion of Line 3 in Minnesota.
Allison Radell is an inspiring and creative pianist, singer, and songwriter who believes deeply in protecting the sacred. She has studied classical and jazz piano and influences of jazz, rock, blues, and traditional Native American songs come through in her music. Allison (Powhatan) is also a fancy shawl pow wow dancer, and enjoys singing and dancing for her ancestors and elders in the sacred circle, remembering the contributions they have made to her life. She released her debut album Peachy Keyn in 2014.
Joe Reilly is a singer, songwriter, and activist who writes songs that invite listeners to heal their relationships with themselves, with each other, and with the earth. Joe uses his music to bring people together and build community across lines of race, class, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, and nationality. Joe is Italian, Irish, and Native American (Cherokee) and has recorded eight albums of his music, including three children’s albums, Children of the Earth (2007), Let’s Go Outside (2011), and The Circle (Earthwork Music, 2016).
Will See is an environmental justice activist, cultural worker, and MC from Detroit. He is a student of tai chi and the metaphysical martial arts. He uses facilitation to organize popular education, movement schools, Peoples’ Assemblies, and other liberating spaces. He worked as Co-Director of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) and served as a Local Coordinator for the 2010 US Social Forum among other activist projects in Detroit and across the region. His solo hip-hop CD The Basics includes EJ anthems such as “Water Power” and “Respiration.” His second project is a spiritual mixtape called SOL SWGGR. In his third project, #Detroitdiplomat, he brings Detroit to the world and brings the world to the D.
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