Keynotes • Lectures • Panels • Class Visits
Taina Asili not only brings truth, hope and inspiration through her singing voice, but also as a speaker at conferences, colleges, demonstrations, and community events throughout the nation. Asili creatively weaves together wisdom gathered from over 20 years of experience as a professional social justice artist, educator and community activist, to inspire the next generation of world leaders, and to reignite the flames of those already engaged in the work.
Taina Asili’s music is a powerful force for social change. In January 2017, she performed for almost a million people at The Women’s March on Washington, alongside activists such as Angela Davis, Janet Mock and Gloria Steinem, and artists such as Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Toshi Reagon, and Madonna. In April 2017, she spoke and performed at TEDx Greenville, performing her acclaimed song “Freedom,” addressing issues of mass incarceration and state violence. Her music has been aired many times on Democracy Now!, Billboard Magazine featured her in a list of “11 Songs of Protest & Resistance by Latino Artists,” and The Huffington Post named her as #2 in a list of in a list of “12 Freedom Fighting Bands To Get You Through the Trump Years.” Her most recent music video, “No Es Mi Presidente,” which she wrote and directed, was premiered in Rolling Stone and received national acclaim.
Taína is dedicated to using her art as a tool for personal and social transformation. The liberation themes in Taína’s writing are infused by her activism. She is a co-founder for the New York State Prisoner Justice Network, as well as the Arts In Action Committee of Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration. She is also a board member of the renowned farm and food justice institute Soul Fire Farm. She has received numerous awards for her art and activism, most notably the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award, and Citizen Action NY’s Jimmy Perry Progressive Leadership Award. She has also been recognized by The Hispanic Coalition NY as one of their 40 under 40 Rising Stars, and in 2017, was honored by the City of Albany’s Commission on Human Rights.
Taina has visited colleges throughout the nation, offering performances, workshops, lectures, and class visits. She has also been a featured performer, keynote speaker and panelist at numerous conferences on a variety of issues including social justice arts, prisoner justice, climate justice, queer liberation, Latinx and Puerto Rican liberation, and feminism. She has a BA in Women’s Studies from Binghamton University, and an MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College.
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