Join award-winning performance artist and poet Ebony Payne-English for an evening of storytelling and community celebration! In Rare Science, Ebony presents her interpretation of the human condition via anthropological perspective. In this masterful weaving of rhyme, intricate storytelling, and performance art, she reveals the rigid conflict and riveting luminance of community, shared history, and collective responsibility.
6 – 7 PM | Cocktail & Social Hour
7 – 9 PM | Ebony Payne-English performance in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium
This event is supported by Florida Humanities.
About Ebony Payne-English:
Ebony Payne-English is a poet/educator from Duuuuuval County. She is author of graphic novel, The Random Happenings, as well as award winning poetry collection, Secrets of Ma’at, and New Reads Publishing release, Bits & Pieces: After Therapy For Black Women.
She is the recipient of the the 2017 William Bell Humanitarian award and the 2017 Cultural Council Emerging Artist award. Ebony was selected as the muse for the award winning College Station Mural Project on Arlington Expressway as well as a 2020 Recipient of the Jesse Ball DuPont Center’s “Lift Every Voice” mosaics. Her film, Kuongoza, is winner of the 2021 Detroit Black Film Festival. As a musician, she boasts a 3 -genre, 7-album discography including her jazz album, Bits & Pieces, produced by 3x Grammy Award winning Jacksonville native Ulysses Owens Jr.
Ebony has taught invitational workshops for the Jamaica Department of Tourism, the University of Florida, the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, Morgan State University, HBO Brave New Voices, the National Afterschool Programming Conference, and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Her performance accolades include The Bob Marley Museum, The New Orleans House of Blues, Houston House of Blues, The Florida Theatre, TEDx, Broward Center for Performing Arts, and countless other venues.
Through her collaborations with Brunet Garcia Advertising and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Ebony’s work has received 2 Telly Awards, 2 Clio Awards, 1 Addy, and a Creative Floor Healthcare award within the last year. Ebony was selected by NPR as one of the top live session performers of 2022.