Windy has been touring schools with her empowering educational program, “Iconic Women of Color”. Each presentation is entertaining and fun for all ages, complete with heartfelt live musical selections and insightful monologues from each character portrayed. Some of these historical figures include Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Harriet Tubman, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. Interactive workshops and Q&A sessions can be added to each program upon request.
Iconic Women of Color
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide.
Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was minister.
Billie Holiday, born April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a superstar of her day. She first rose to prominence in the 1930’s with a unique style that reinvented the conventions of modern singing and performance. More than 80 years after making her first recording Billie’s legacy continues to embody what is elegant and cool in contemporary music. Holiday’s complicated life and her genre-defining autobiography “Lady Sings the Blues” made her a cultural icon. The evocative, soulful voice which she boldly put forth as a force for good, turned any song she sang into her own. Today, Billie Holiday is remembered for her musical masterpieces, her songwriting skills, creativity and courageous views on inequality and justice.
Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. An active advocate for African-American equality, she was a leader for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was also a singer who often incorporated music into her civil rights work.
Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue over 300 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Horne’s career spanned over 70 years appearing in film, television, and theater. Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of 16 and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”.
The symbol of self-determination and self-love in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (1982) is Lillie, better known as Shug Avery or the Queen Honeybee. Shug is a beautiful, vivacious, and flamboyant blues singer.
60’s Diva & Soultown Girls
The Soultown Girls are three singing sensations who wow young and mature audiences alike.
So for those of you who want to reminisce about the good ole days back when girl groups were sexy, glamorous and soulful, you would not want to miss the Soultown Girls.
You will tingle as they perform hot songs from the 60’s like “Heat Wave,” “Dancin’ in the Street,” “You Can’t Hurry Love” and other favorites.
You’ll swoon when you see them in their sequins and fancy boas.
The glittery threesome, Sunny Daye, Windy Barnes and Tay Paris, have performed internationally at the famous Motown Café in Sendai, Japan for four three-month engagments. Locally they have performed at the African Marketplace, Project Angelfood’s “Devine Design,” Loyola Marymount College, corporate events and private parties.