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Title: CoochieMagik: one woman play by poetry slam champ
START DATE: 5/15/2009
Duration: 1 Hours
Location: CC
Location Details:
Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd.
Event Topic:
Event Type:
Contact Name: Viola Johnson
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (504) 569-9070
NEW ORLEANS, LA—Ashé Cultural Arts Center, in partnership with the National Performance Network (NPN) presents CoochieMagik, a one-woman show by National Poetry Slam Champion and feminist folk poet Christa Bell.

What: CoochieMagik – A One Woman Show

When: Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16, 2009

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Ashé Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Info: (504) 569-9070 –

Cost: $15, $10 students and seniors

Through hip-hop inspired spoken word scripture, ritual and comedic monologue, Bell's one-woman insurgency addresses the socio-spiritual journey of women, the conceptual ownership of their bodies and sexuality as well as their intelligence and capacity for healing through self-love. CoochieMagik is an act of resistance toward the corporately-sanctioned attack on women in mainstream mass media. Bell engages the spaces between spell, song and chant to resurrect, affirm and celebrate a divine feminine consciousness. Not only is Bell a national slam champion and acclaimed spoken word artist; she is also an educator and healer, Her raw, unapologetic approach addresses the often insidious cultural impact of misogyny, self-hate and the loss of spirituality on the lives of women and works to challenge and transform mainstream perceptions as well. CoochieMagik, a spiritual and political journey is a revival that intersects hip-hop, theater, poetry and ritual.■

Follow these links to preview some of Christa Bell’s work:


As a part of this NPN residency, Bell will present SHEism, an interactive experience in spiritual activism designed to guide participants in the crafting of a spiritual code that is based on their own bodies and experiences. SHEism rejects the patriarchal idea of "vicarious salvation" especially as it occurs through the body and experiences of man (as it does, for example, in Christianity), and instead embraces the truth that every woman is personally connected to the Divine. SHEism asserts that when a woman truly loves, worships, and cares for herself she is expressing that divine connection. The SHEism workshop guides participants in excavating their core beliefs about God and spirituality in relationship to woman and her body. Christa Bell uses an empowerment model for transformation to guide participants through this exploration to validate personal wisdom and direct it towards the creation of scripture, ritual, holy days, blessings, curses, pilgrimages, hymns and healings based on her own experiences. Workshop participants will leave with a clear and empowering theology of themselves and the skills with which to continue growing their self-created and profoundly meaningful, sacred, personal religions. Call Karel Sloane-Boekbinder at (504) 569-9070 for dates, times, and locations.■

About Christa Bell

Christa Bell, a "one-woman Goddess insurgency with soul," is a poet, performance artist and cultural activist from Seattle, Washington. She is the founder of WordMedicine Press & Records, the author of three collections of poetry and the creator and producer of two spoken-word albums, _WordMedicine_ and_Bitchualized_. In 2006, as Seattle's Grand Slam Champion, Christa headlined her first international spoken-word poetry tour, WordMedicine 2006, where she was invited to perform by over 80 venues across North America. She has shared stages with many notable artists, scholars and activists including Angela Y. Davis, Saul Williams, Ursula Rucker, Bill Frissel and Muta Baruka, to name just a few. Her work, which she also calls ministry, is an effort to sanctify the sexual, spiritual and political experiences of women by bringing them to the altar of the stage. Christa, a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Creative Writing has also lived and studied in East Africa and France and is the creator of HIAPA (Healing Is A Political Act) a creative recovery workshop series. Web:

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