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The Black Landscape

The Black Landscape

By Andréa Spearman

The Black Landscape is a series of conversations that spotlight Black people doing significant work in the SF Bay Area communities in various industries including the arts, local government, local authors, the Peralta College system, labor unions, retail and costuming design, tech, and more!
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The Black LandscapeMay 25, 2022

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Episode 9: Adesha & AlexisRose

Episode 9: Adesha & AlexisRose

An Oakland native, Adesha made her solo debut singing for hundreds of people at The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco at the tender age of six. By age ten she had starred and co-starred in musicals, she sang a jingle for a commercial, and had performed solo at a few of San Francisco’s live music venues. Years of training from singing in church; vocal coaching from her mother Deltrina Johnson, a trained gospel singer; and numerous live performances would follow the training she received in her primary years. 

To date Adesha has performed at a long list of venues from San Francisco to LA. She has been the opening act for Ledisi, Goapele, Gospel diva Kim Burrell, Kase, Anthony David, Carl Thomas, Jazmine Sullivan and more. Adesha has released a full length album entitled Giving Love a Try, a re-mix E.P. of the Giving Love A Try album, 2 additional E.P.s entitled Feeling You and Things 2 Consider, and a single entitled Just Groove, all of which are available on ITunes, Amazon Music, and Spotify.

AlexisRose is an American inspirational pop singer-songwriter, born and raised in beautiful Oakland, CA.

Beginning at the age of seven, AlexisRose began singing and performing for friends and family. This led her to begin performing in church and then going on to win many vocal competitions in her community and schools. She was honored to star in leading roles for plays and musicals, open up for headliners such as Tony! Toni! Toné!, Goapele and other big names such as John Madden, Steve Mariucci, Tom Hanks, as well as audiences of thousands.

In 2017, AlexisRose released her first EP entitled Shades Of Love, an incredible project inspired by different angles of the heart. Her recently released single Radiant, is a beautiful expression about radiance for every woman under the sun. Check it out now on Spotify and most major sites.

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Episode 2: Noah James

Episode 2: Noah James

Noah D. James III (he/him) is deaf/ hard of hearing. He is a Sickle Cell Warrior whose artistic voice has grown and flourished into curating performance art, poetry, and a thriving podcast. His mission is to encourage and uplift sickle cell, chronic, and mental health warriors to continue to to pursue life. 

He is the Co-Artistic Director of Visceral Roots Dance Company and has toured, taught, and thrived as a professional dancer for over a decade. His book, The Gift of Pain: Bookmarks of a Sickle Cell Warrior Vol.1 is available now on Amazon. Inspired by his own journey, Noah serves as a life coach and chronic pain advocate within various communities.

Book: The Gifts of Pain: Bookmarks of A #SickleCellWarrior Vol. 1

Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter: @VisceralRoots @iNoahplace

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