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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
10 Questions with... Branice McKenzie!
Branice McKenzie is a singer and songwriter whose four-octave range has been hailed around the world. She has worked with such luminaries as Harry Belafonte, Gregory Hines, Roberta Flack, Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, to name a few. Most recently, Branice co-hosted Oprah & Friends Celebrate Susan L. Taylor and was a guest performing artist at the 43rd Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington. D.C. "I have not only enjoyed her talent, I have been inspired by it." - Harry Belafonte
(1) What are your cultural origins? I am of African descent; a descendant of slaves in this country. (2) Name 5 beautiful things about your culture. Rhythm, music, orature, connection to the Earth, un-ending creativity. (3) What is your favorite food outside of your own culture? Indian (4) Who is the most famous Brown Girl you have ever met? Miriam Makeba (5) Can you dance? Can I dance? What-tah! Like a fool!!!!! (6) What do you like the most about your appearance? My smile, my lips and my hourglass figure... (7) Where is the most awe-inspiring place you have visited in the world? Victoria Falls, Zimabawe. (8) Which 3 living Brown Girls would you like to have tea with? Lena Horne, Ann Moody, Ruth Simmons. (9) What is your favorite chocolate indiscretion? Godiva Key Lime Truffle. (10) Currently, what is your favorite quote? "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." Audre Lorde



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