“Take Refuge,” Leah Harris’ debut spoken word album, is flavored with eclectic Middle Eastern, hip-hop, rock, go-go, reggae, and jazz influences. The album poignantly chronicles her legacy as the daughter of two people labeled with ‘severe mental illness,’ both of whom died very young as a result of toxic treatments and shattered dreams, leaving her an orphan at the age of 30. The album also reflects her own journey of liberation from psychiatric oppression, and her experiences as an artist, activist, and single mother. It is an album filled with righteous rage, but it also brims over with faith in the possibility that a more just, humane, and peaceful world is within our grasp. Leah’s work has been featured in publications including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press, 2007), DC Poets against the War: An Anthology, Off Our Backs: A Feminist Newsjournal, Street Spirit, Mizna, and Adbusters.org. She lives in Washington, DC and is available for performances or speaking engagements at your campus or organization. Contact her on Facebook, MySpace, or via the NEC contact form.
Leah has written three articles on this blog that are all fantastic. Here and here and here.
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