(A 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."
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" - Maya Angelou
'Lias' Mother is a fictional character from one of Dunbar's most well known poem, "In The Morning". This poetic storytelling connects Dunbar's southern dialect prose to 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: People's Light & Theater Co., Mercer Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, African-American Museum of Philadelphia, National Association of Black Storytellers, many Universities, Middle Schools, 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 Pennsylvania.
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 ever known in modern history.
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
Grounds For Sculpture, New Jersey
FEATURED TELLER @ The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival & Conference
Cincinnati, Ohio 2008
Oni Lasana as "AUNTY ANANSI" (as known in the Caribbean) re-tells the timeless folktales of Anansi the spider from Ghana, West Africa.
Resident storyteller at Miss Marcie's Preparatory Academy, Black Rock, Tobago 2019 & 2020
Stories, songs, music & highly interactive fun down on the farm! Highlights the Children's poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and more!
Perfect for pre-schools to 3rd grades
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!
Brother Dunbar Poetry & Performance workshop is published in this book and meets the National Standards NCTE: 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.11.12
A one day in classroom or 8 weeks artist-in-residence program for elementary to university students.
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.
Iconic Author, Prolific Poet & Professor Nikki Giovanni invited Oni to rap Paul Dunbar's "We Wear The Mask" in this 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. All in this award winning audio book "Hip Hop Speaks To Children."
See the video & find out more about it,
because as we know....
Meet & Greet - Grand Openings - Nursery Rhyme Sing-a-longs & one of a kind photo opportunities with Nyota Kungaa aka "Star Shine"
After her beauty nap, Nyota shows up and shows out with Granny Goose.
"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.