Every Thursday in February from 6:00–8:00 p.m., we are excited to celebrate Black arts and culture with special programming in the Frist Café. Join us for live music, poetry, local contemporary art, food trucks, and good vibes!
On February 23, enjoy poetry by Mama, a musical performance by Raemi, and visual art by Megpie
Mama is an award-winning and nationally ranked spoken-word artist.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised primarily in Memphis, Tennessee, Raemi is an R&B singer/songwriter and storyteller who creates music for herself and for the masses who can connect to the themes of overcoming everyday obstacles and navigating everyday life. From the topic of love to the journeys of finding oneself, Raemi touches on aspects of life that everyone can relate to.
Her sound is charismatic and soft, but also versatile and thought provoking as she draws her biggest influences from artists such as Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Brandy, H.E.R., and Kehlani. With an authentic tone and free-spirited melodies, Raemi strives to produce a voice for those who feel that it’s hard to utilize or have their own. For the ones who only pour their hearts into the pages of their journals, she channels her innermost thoughts and feelings into the most poetic compositions.
The dramatic cartoon faces in Meg “Pie” Pollard’s work blend childhood cartoons with sophisticated subject matter. The Tennessee-born artist predominantly works with acrylic paint, spray paint, and digital mediums. Inspired by self-expression and an array of popular Pixar movies and cartoons, each of Pollard’s characters “has their own story and style with beaming colors and funny expressions.” In addition to these characters, swirl motifs frequent the multimedia artist’s work. “The swirls are something I would see as a child,” Pollard says. “They’ve stuck with me ever since. Depicting and sharing them with others feels cathartic.”