Meet Oompa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOompa performs for All Together Now #8 on November 4, 2017 at Inner Sanctum.

Oompa is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born, poet, rapper, and educator, who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids and them. Oompa is the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and a finalist at the 2017 National Poetry Slam.  She has been featured in Huffington Post, Allston Pudding, Mass Apparel, and KillerBoomBox among others. Oompa’s debut album, Nov. 3, was named one of Dig Boston’s Top 30 Local Albums of 2016, one of Allston Pudding’s Favorite albums of 2016, and her sound has compared to that of Lauryn Hill, J.Cole, and Talib Kweli. Oompa has performed alongside acts such as Latrell James, STL Gold,  and Tef Poe, and is currently working on her fall tour, The Black Hole Tour. Currently based in Boston, MA, Oompa is an organizer, mentor, and coach, as well as a member of media brand and collective Hipstory, and co-slam master of the House Slam.

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Meet Dev Blair

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Dev Blair performs for All Together Now #8 on November 4, 2017 at Inner Sanctum.

Dev Blair (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) is a current 3rd year at Boston University. Raised in both Atlanta and Orlando, they work as an interdisciplinary artist, acting, singing, writing for stage and screen, occasionally model and write poetry, and additionally work as an activist. They are a co-founder of Boston University’s #PoorAtAPrivateUniversity low income student support group and use their work to encourage people to be better allies via expanding their awareness of oppressive systems and providing them with action and resources to engage with to in order actively help dismantle these systems.

Artist Q&A

Q: What drives you to create?

A: My continued desire to understand the magic of our world.

Q: What’s something that has emerged in your work recently?

A: More and more lately, I’ve been creating work that tells my own story. I think it’s important to use my art to speak to the truth of my experience.

Q: How do you think art transforms people or environments?

A: In many ways, we live in a culture of restraint – I think art creates space where people are allowed to feel the full range of the human experience.

Meet Wo Chan

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Wo Chan performs for All Together Now #7 on September 30, 2017 at the Midway Cafe.

Wo Chan, aka Pearl Harbor, is a poet, writer, and drag artist. They have performed their work at Dixon Place, New York Live Arts, VOX Populi, and the Architectural Digest Expo. Wo is a standing member of Brooklyn-based drag/burlesque alliance Switch n’ Play. Wo holds honors from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. They are currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU.

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