The rapper, actress, and playwright Zhalarina will perform at the SU Venue later this month thanks to a collaborative project between student Mackenzie Berry, the SU and the Center for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths. Here, Mackenzie gives us a little info on Zhalarina's background...
Photo credit: Mackenzie Berry
'Zhalarina, from Tampa, Florida in the US, serves as co-founder and Executive Director of The JVN Project, a Hip-Hop centred non-profit that seeks to serve and empower. She recently received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison following her Bachelors in Psychology as a scholar in the First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Program.
Her Masters dissertation entailed narrative research on the mental health of performance artists, which included over 20 interviews and was presented at the 2017 American Psychological Association Conference.
Zhalarina's work addresses a variety of themes, including mental health, Blackness, womanhood, queerness, faith, and discipline. She is currently executive producing an autobiographic music cinema series entitled ‘The Light’ that will be featured on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Appearing on stages such as the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in London, Zhalarina currently splits her time between the completion of her rap album, Again!, and the tour of her one-woman show, Rose Gold.
Check out an example of her song, Tampa (start at 0:40) here and her music on Spotify, iTunes, and Soundcloud. She'll be performing music from her upcoming album Again! at Goldsmiths on 26th March in the SU Venue at 8.30pm as a part of our SU Women's History Month programming.
Book tickets to the event here.