TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.
Vacations is the theme of the fourteenth installment of TELL. Featuring Mizz June, Mariel Reyes, Jamila Hammami, & Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield.
$5-10 suggested donation – no one turned away for lack of funds
Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Besides winning the 2011 Miss LEZ title, Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in fesivals globally. She just won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. Drae was dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell throws a monthly party in Brooklyn called PRIME. Check her out online (her reel and her website www.draecampbell.com) and around town.
Jamila Hammami is a queer first generation Tunisian Arab American woman of color community organizer & social worker from the south, now based in NYC. She is a hard high femme homo and a founder and Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and on the advisory board of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), a project of United We Dream (UWD). She comes to this work with a background in reproductive justice, working to center woman, specifically trans and queer, of color’s voices in movements, and witnessing the impacts of migration and racism in her formative years in Texas.
From the planet of the Lower East Side….Mizz June got her start in activism and musical theater. She was the first out black transwoman to be a guest cast member on a daytime soap opera (“All My Children”). She has appeared in two music videos (Tamar-Kali’s “Pearl” (Album Version) and Justin Vivian Bond’s “Golden Age of Hustlers”). She has performed at multiple venues and she is about to be featured in a soon to be released independent musical titled “Wild Ponies”. She just released a demo version of her debut single, “Get Lifted”(https://www.reverbnation.com/mizzjune/song/22152061-get-lifted) and she will be releasing her debut EP “Who Is Mizz June” soon (Release date TBA).
While somewhat of a shy performer and storyteller, Mariel Reyes has written & produced works for some of your favorite experimental theater spaces in NYC (Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange) and has also appeared on screen in the film “Appropriate Behaviour” which premiered at Sundance in 2014.
Larry Darnell Penn Whitfield is a NYC based actor, writer, singer and aggressive mover. He is creator of Confessions of a Plussizetwink a one man cabaret series. Southern and sassy roots govern his everyday creativity. Live. Love. Create.