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Solsis/Dappho was born on August 4th and is a native Washingtonian. Her love of music and expression stems deep to her childhood days of Casio keyboard compositions and singing in the church choir. A graduate of Bowie State University, Solsis/Dappho was the host of Washington D.C.’s only Queer Women of Color open mic, Lyrics & Lace Open Mic. Because of her extensive reach and commitment to arts, the bi-monthly event gathered hundreds of emerging singers, musicians, and poets in the greater Washington Metropolitan area to share their work. Singer, bassist, poet, model, educator and more, Solsis/Dappho is a modern day renaissance woman. As a vocalist and bassist of a QPOC Rock & Soul band, The CooLots, and, as a poet in her own right, she’s performed with organizations like Human Rights Campaign, WOW Theatre Cafe’s Rivers of Honey, and Baltimore’s Hexagon Space, to name a few. Her influences include Nikki Giovanni and Me’Shell N’Degeocello while her own infectious energy has been compared to the likes of Hanifah Walidah. An emerging community icon, SolSis/Dappho has also modeled for masculine of center women of color collective, bklyn boihood, as their December 2012 Calendar Boi and local vintage pop up shops. Solsis/Dappho is continuously bridging the gap between artists and audience, and giving voice to the marginalized through her own creative spirit.


Discussion Points

  • Finding a peace place to create
  • Keeping journals for life references
  • Focusing on your chosen genre
  • Supporting causes through your work

Length 28m 20s