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Shayla Untold

Less than a month ago we met Shayla Breneé, a DC native poet who graced us last Creative Saturday with her amazing voice. After Creative Saturday, we sat down to learn a little more about who she is as an artist.

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Querida: The mission of STAYDRMN and the Red Room Collective is to inspire a life of cultivating untold stories. What does that mean to you?

Shayla: As a woman of color and a member of the LGBTQ community I've always found it important to give a platform for other women and girls to tell their stories because I didn't have that growing up. I'm extremely vulnerable and honest in my poetry because my goal is to spark the difficult and often uncomfortable conversations. Sometimes all it takes is for one person to speak up to get the ball rolling.

Querida: What is a favorite Red Room Collective or Creative Saturday memory?

Shayla: My favorite memory would have to be the first time I ever came to the studio. I was a bit nervous because I didn't know what I was going to be walking into but Marshall and Philippe (and Charlie) made me feel right at home. Philippe was making a beat and the rest of us in the room just started spitting bars or poems. The ambiance in the room was crazy. It felt magical.

Querida: Where are your creative spaces in DC? Where do you go, what communities do you take part in to tap into your creativity?

Shayla: Well being an alum of the DC Youth Slam Team my go to space is Busboys and Poets. I also frequent SpitDat, Floetic Fridays and Floetic Uptown. Some newer spots that I like to go to are the Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center as well as the Red Room Collective studio.

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Thanks, Shayla, for sharing your amazing talent with the Red Room Collective. Make sure to follow her journey on Twitter (@shaybrenee) and IG (@shaybrenee)!