B safe. B Well. B Love.
*!* Zoomin' *!* Storytelling Programs ~ Workshops & LOL 4 Real!
A (virtual) wellness experience
B safe. B Well. B Love.
A (virtual) wellness experience
Oni Lasana Productions seeks to affirm all communities, communicate values, enhance cultural sensitivity, and inspire meaningful interaction.
"Storytellers ought not to be too tame. They ought to be wild creatures who function adequately in society. They are best in disguise.
If they lose all their wildness, they cannot give us the truest joys." - Ben Okri
Oni specializes in Paul Laurence Dunbar's spoken word, folktales from around the world & historical re-enactments. Modern day stories on the adventures of living, loving & learning.
Discover a program to enrich & uplift your school, community, theater, library, festival, organization, family reunion or special event.
"The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious.
The desire to reach hearts is wise" -
'Lias' Mother is a fictional character from one of Dunbar's most well known poem, "In The Morning".
This poetic storytelling experience connects Dunbar's southern dialect prose within a monologue of pathos and humor.
Inter-active, musical one-woman play tells unforgettable stories of family and friends during the American Civil War.
~ PRESENTERS ~
DoDD Schools - Germany
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Mercer Museum, Pennsylvania
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
Civil War Round Table, Chester County, PA
African-American Museum of Philadelphia
National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.
People's Light & Theater Company, Malvern, PA
On ZOOM for Universities, Middle Schools, Elementary,
Conferences, Festivals, Family Reunions and more.
'Lias' Mother is a mother like no other!
Elias' mother, Mary Ella Grandberry is on a speaking tour. She tells true stories about her life before and after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 in America.
Authentic enslaved African narratives are re-told with the spoken word of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the music of Sweet Honey In The Rock.
Historic Kennett Square,
ALWAYS FREE! - A Juneteenth Celebration
June 15, 2019
Since 1995, Oni presents as Harriet Tubman for American Heritage Student Tours, Inc., schools and historical societies throughout the nation.
Oni delivers a first person narrative, as Harriet Tubman. Telling in Harriet Tubman's own words, as Harriet told her life story to autobiographer, Sarah Bradford.
It's up to you!
Stories & poetry for a new generation on Dr. King's life and legacy. A soulful tribute
to the Civil Rights movement of peace and justice in American history.
Sharing original Anansi songs "Auntie Oni" also re-tells the timeless folktales of Anansi the original spider man from Ghana, West Africa.
Photo: Resident storyteller at Miss Marcie's Preparatory Academy, Black Rock, Tobago 2019 & 2020
THE MANY MUSES OF ONI LASANA
Storyteller & Poet
Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Family Series
November 15, 2020 Sunday @ 2pm
1 ST PLACE
The New Jersey Storytelling Network Festival's Story Slam 2016
The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival & Conference
Cincinnati, Ohio 2008
Original song about Aesop and his fables told
with a twist!
Oni dramatically told fables for the student of Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA. The girls emulated and updated the fables in their own unique style for the Utopia project!
Our future will also
LOL4 REAL...a wellness experience where you laugh your way to a state of joy & wellness!
Certified by Dr. Madan Kataria's Laughter Yoga method. Oni brings the JOY of this practice to your organization, school, festival or community.
NOW ON ZOOM!
No floor work or mat needed.
Great ice-breaker for the young & young at heart!
Stories, songs, music & highly interactive fun down on the farm! Highlights the children's poetry of
Paul Laurence Dunbar and more!
Educational fun for pre-school to 3rd grades
Iconic Author, Prolific Poet & Professor Nikki Giovanni invited Oni to rap Paul Dunbar's "We Wear The Mask" in this award winning beautifully illustrated audio book,
Hip-Hop Speaks To Children.
Also, hear Oni with Nikki's rendition of Gwendolyn Brooks "We Real Cool" and a rap of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech.
“What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.” Carter G. Woodson
Stories to grow on!
Songs, music, animal & human tales on the
conservation of our beautiful planet earth.
Brother Dunbar Poetry & Performance workshop is published in this book and meets the National Standards NCTE: 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.11.12
A one day in classroom or 8 weeks artist-in-residence program for elementary to university students.
Let's do this!
Capture the drama and humor of any OLP program directly into your home, class or community virtual hookup!
Enjoy Oni as she presents family enrichment with any of her glorious characters for youth & adults.
Where Oni's represented, past, present and future.
LIVE ~ VIRTUALLY ~ PODCASTS
Original & classic poetry, with Oni on bass guitar. Spoken word like ya never heard!
Interactive. Sister Circles. Conferences.
Sister Wings soars on Sound Cloud, ITunes, Apple and all musical digital platforms.
Meet & Greet - Grand Openings - Nursery Rhyme Sing-a-longs & one of a kind photo opportunities with Nyota Kungaa
aka "Star Shine"
After a beauty nap, Nyota shows up and shows out with Granny Goose. Sing-alongs and tickles all around!
~ Reviews & Recommendations ~
From visionary & very cool presenters,
the most memorable, are here.
Sketch by Miles of Coatesville, PA
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Adventures in music, arts and culture.
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"The purpose of art is not just to show life as it is,
but also to show life as it should be" - Paul Robeson
Association of African American Life and History
(founded by Carter G. Woodson, creator of Black History Month)
African American Intellectual History Society.