Emergence presented the "I Do Mind Dying" Live Action Mixtape on July 19, 2014 at Detroit's New Center Park. The event was hosted by and featured performances from Invincible, Miz Korona, and Tunde Olaniran.
We are kicking off the I Do Mind Dying: Live Action Mixtape video series with the brilliant multi-talented Brinae Ali performing her anthemic song “Rebel” with special guests Tunde Olaniran and her sister Cherisse Bradley on additional vocals.
The video is produced by Emergence Media, filmed and edited by Tim Jagielo.
Event co-curator and host Tunde had this to say about his fellow Flint rep:
Brinae is an amazing talent, a singer's singer, world-class dancer, songwriter. someone who is practically vibrating with creative energy at all times. Her blending of tap, singing, storytelling has brought me to tears every time I see her live. She's just one of those performers that you want EVERYONE to experience live.
Brinae Ali was nominated for the Independent Music Awards. Click here and register to vote for her before July 13th.
As a world renowned tap dancer she also recently performed a piece dedicated to James Baldwin at Harlem Stage last month:
For her tribute to Baldwin, Bradley is collaborating with musicians, visual artists, photographers and dancers in what she describes as an "afro-futuristic" project. As a gay black man, Baldwin provided a lot of commentary about racial and sexual distinctions in the mid-20th century. She plans to use the project, called "Black Matter" – a reference to the "Black Lives Matter" movement against police brutality, and to dark matter, the idea of matter that can't be seen with telescopes – to speak on black history, systemic racism, and Flint's water crisis.” (William Ketchum via mlive.com)
In addition to her long list of performance accomplishments she is also deeply involved in her Flint community, producing an art and social justice workshop and event series entitled Flint Beyond Words.
Born and raised in Flint, MI, Alexandria “Brinae Ali” Bradley has an interdisciplinary approach in using the power of the arts to uplift and inspire the human spirit. While attending Marymount Manhattan College as a theater major in acting, she was blessed to work and train professionally in Savion Glover’s tap company Tii Dii. Bradley has had the opportunity to work with George Faison, Germaine Ingram, Wynton Marsalis, Geri Allen, Warren Carlyle and Reg E Gaines. As a choreographer and playwright she was apart of E-Moves 9 in 2008, won Best Short Play for her one woman show called Steps at the 2011 Downtown Urban Theater Festival, and was one of Dance Magazine's Top 25 to Watch in 2011. She also had a leading role in the off-broadway show STOMP and Cotton Club Parade. Currently, Bradley is the artistic director of Tapology Tap Festival for Youth and creator of her latest project called Destination Forever.
Gayelynn McKinney (drums)
Ibrahim Jones (bass)
Tony Gordon (keys)
C Sharpe and Detroit Urban Stringz (string section)
DJ Los (turntables)
Destination Forever T-shirts available at Emergence Media
“Emergence Media and Dirt Tech Reck presents…”
Thursday July 30th 6-9pm at New Center Park in Detroit
Free. All ages. Wheelchair accessible.
More details coming soon.