The DC Black Theatre & Arts Festival
For this singer, dramatist, educator and activist, music and art are more than entertainment; they are her mission. With penetrating depth, Ayanna is making audiences feel and heal. In a time so needy of real and responsible art, Ayanna is bringing to the world a most beautiful and meaningful imitation of life.
Ayanna is no stranger to the entertainment world. While growing up as the daughter of celebrated Comedian and Human Rights Activist Dick Gregory, she was blessed with the opportunity to interact with such mega talents as Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. But the glamour of the entertainment world isn’t what resonated most with her. Raised with a deep awareness and concern for Human Rights, Ayanna’s musical roots are steeped in the struggle of the “Freedom Movement”.
Ayanna knew early on that her gift of song would be her gift to the struggle. In 1990, Ayanna became recognized as a powerful and progressive voice as a student activist at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Here she was called on to sing and speak at marches, rallies and anti-war demonstrations. From there and for the next decade, Ayanna would become a major voice within the various cultural, political, and spiritual movements in the nation’s capitol.
In 1992, Ayanna joined 2000 Black, a “message music” project and went on to record, perform and tour with this group for the next six years. In 1999, Ayanna teamed up with grammy nominated producer James McKinney to bring forth her first solo project, “Beautiful Flower”, released in 2003. In June 2007, Ayanna released her second cd project, “Ballad For My Father: Tribute to Dick Gregory”. And her 2011 release, entitled “NOW”, is quietly becoming a powerful healing anthem around the country. Most recently, Ayanna has released her much anticipated Children’s Album entitled, “I DREAM A WORLD” in January 2013. This upbeat and powerful album is already inspiring young people everywhere to actualize their greatness and “live out Loud”! Ayanna’s mission continues to take her around the country and across the globe. In addition to her life as a soul singer, she spends much of her time as an educator and motivational speaker, teaching life skills and creative arts to school children and lecturing before diverse audiences. Her newest creation is a powerful One Woman Show, “Daughter Of The Struggle”. This performance recreates Ayanna’s beautiful and and inspiring journey as the daughter of a freedom fighter.
Songstress, writer, dramatist, educator and activist, Ayanna Gregory is etching out her place in the world, a place for a beautiful flower.
Date: Friday - June 27, 2019
Location: THEARC Blackbox Theater - 1801 Mississippi Ave SE Washington, DC