Storytelling....everything is possible!

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Creative Cultural Enrichment *!* Performances & WorkshopsCreative Cultural Enrichment *!* Performances & WorkshopsCreative Cultural Enrichment *!* Performances & WorkshopsCreative Cultural Enrichment *!* Performances & Workshops

 "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

Repertoire'

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Oni Lasana Doin' Dunbar as 'Lias' Mother

A fictional character from one of Dunbar's most well known poem, "In The Morning".  A inter-active, musical one-woman play set during the 1800's in America. Telling stories of family and friends before the end of the Civil War.


Featured at People's Light & Theater Co.,  Mercer Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, African-American Museum of Philadelphia, many Universities, Middle Schools, Conferences, Festivals, Family Reunions and more. 


'Lias' Mother is a mother like no other!


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ALWAYS FREE! A Juneteenth Celebration

Elias' mother, Mary Ella Grandberry is on a lecture tour. Telling true stories about life before and after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 in America.


Authentic enslaved African narratives are retold with the spoken word of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the music of Sweet Honey In The Rock.  


Historic Kennett Square, presented Always Free,
A Juneteenth Celebration - June 15, 2019

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HARRIET TUBMAN, Her Story

 Since 1995 Oni has presented as Harriet Tubman for American Heritage Student Tours and several schools throughout Pennsylvania.


Oni delivers a first person narrative, as Harriet Tubman. Telling in Harriet Tubman's own words as told to her autobiographer, Sarah Bradford.

With an engaging and powerful spirit, Oni brings to life the most fearless woman in American History.

"The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious.  The desire to reach hearts is wise"    Maya Angelou

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THEE STORYTELLER!

1 ST PLACE @ The New Jersey Storytelling Network Festival's Story Slam 2016

Grounds For Sculpture, New Jersey


FEATURED TELLER @ The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival & Conference 

Cincinnati, Ohio 2008


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NANA AESOP or NANA ANANSI

NANA ANANSI re-tells the timeless folktales of Anansi the spider from Ghana, West Africa. 


NANA AESOP re-tells fables with a twist! 

A workshop on Aesop with the brilliant girls of 

Agnes Irwin School, Rosemont, Pennsylvania

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DOWN ON THE FARM WITH GRANNY GOOSE

Stories, songs, music & highly interactive fun down on the farm! Highlights the Children's poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and more!

Pre-school to 3rd grades

 "Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving."  Madeleine L'Engle

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MAMA EARTH

Stories to grow on! 

Songs, animal & human tales on the 

conservation of our beautiful planet earth.  


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LOL4REAL! A Wellness Experience

Laughter Yoga...laugh your way to wellness. Certified by Dr. Madan Kataria's Laughter Yoga method, Oni brings the joy of this practice to your organization, school, festival or community.

No floor work or mat needed. 

Great ice-breaker for the young & young at heart!


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DUNBAR WORKSHOP

Brother Dunbar Poetry & Performance workshop is published in this book and meets the National Standards NCTE: 1.2.3.4.5.6.8.9.11.12  

A  one day in classroom or 8 weeks artist-in-residence program for elementary to university students. 

"With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.  Be cheerful. Strive to be happy." 

Max Ehrmann  


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VIDEOS ~ POETRY ~ STORIES

Iconic Author, Prolific Poet & Professor Nikki Giovanni invited Oni to rap Paul Dunbar's "We Wear The Mask"  in this book.


Also, hear Oni with Nikki's rendition of Gwendolyn Brooks "We Real Cool" and an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech in this award winning audio book "Hip Hop Speaks To Children."

See the video & find out more about it, 

because as we know....

Sister Wings, Spoken Wordsongs, Bass & Beats

SISTER WINGS CD & PERFORMANCE POET

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.

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GIRL FRIENDS !

Meet & Greet - Grand Openings - Nursery Rhyme Sing-a-longs & one of a kind photo opportunities with "Girl Friends" Nyota Kungaa  aka "Star Shine" often appears with Granny Goose.


"In the end folks, we ain't nothing but a song....a story" Joe Lambert


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INNER-VIEWS

 

  • Sam Payne of The Little Apple Seed Radio Show
  • Healthy Haiku Radio with Dr. Imani Maat 
  • Sounds of Jazz & Poetry with Clay "Big Trigger" Corley, Jr

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APPLAUSE & KUDOS

 ~ Reviews & Recommendations ~

From many visionary & cool folks,

 the most memorable, are here...

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Who is ONI LASANA?

Sketch by Miles of Coatesville, PA


*!* Life by divine inspiration *!*

Oni's life is one amazing adventure in arts and culture. Check out Her Story.

~ AFFILIATIONS ~


Art-Reach Encore Artist


Keepers Of The Culture, Inc.


Patchwork, a Storytelling Guild


Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild


National Association of Black Storytellers  


ASALH

 Association of African American Life and History 

(founded by Carter G. Woodson, creator of Black History Month)


AAIHS

African American Intellectual History Society. 


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