Diversity Advocacy’s Café Soul will host a performance by spoken word artist and poet Mahogany Browne from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Redbird Ballroom B in Uptown Normal.
Café Soul is an annual event that is open to all ISU students and staff, and is a way to help them find their own sense of creativity.
“They express their identity through a creative outlet,” Brittney Henson, graduate assistant in Diversity Advocacy, said.
Past Café Soul events have usually been held in either November or February and have allowed students to express themselves through a variety of creative outlets. Performances have included singing, dancing, poetry and art.
This year’s event will feature spoken word performances by ISU students celebrating women and sisterhood in addition to the headlining performance by Browne.
Browne is the co-founder of “Jam On It,” an Off Broadway poetry production, co-producer of the Soundbites Poetry Festival and editor of the women’s anthology “His Rib: Stories, Poems & Essays by HER.”
She is also the author of several books, including her latest collection of poems titled “Swag.”
Browne is versatile as both writer and performer; she has released five spoken word records, including the live album “Sheroshima,” hosts workshops on poetry and writing throughout the country and is the publisher of Penmanship Books, a small press for performance artists.
Currently, she is also the slam host and curator of the Friday Night Slam Series at the Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC.
Henson found Browne and invited her to the event after discovering her work online. Browne’s poetry performances often hit on the topics of women empowerment and youth mentoring.
Following Browne’s performance, there will be 15 minutes for the audience to ask questions.
Performances may include adult language and content.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.