Over the the past few years Opal has become just as well known for her spoken word poetry as she has for her music. Performing at the Racial Injustice Summit, the Kingdom Justice Summit, and events at Edgewood College and Blackhawk Technical College just to name a few, has kept her busy and in high demand. In early 2016 she joined the Madison cast of the nationally followed Listen To Your Mother show, and performed a poetry piece and narrative for the show. Opal started out 2017 by performing at CUNA Mutual Group's National Sales Conference at the Omni CNN Center in Atlanta, GA. Since then she has written and performed original pieces for their employee forums and their National FOCUSS Competition and has many other performances scheduled in the Madison, WI area, including the Madison Chamber of Commerce Annual Ice Breaker, 100 Black Men of Madison annual Scholarship Gala, the 2017 Racial Justice Summit, and the United Way Kickoff Celebration. Her poetry from the YWCA RJS is currently in rotation on Madison City Channel.
Opal just released her first Spoken Word full-length album, entitled "My Name is Opal", on March 4th, 2019. #MNIO is now available on iTunes, Tidal, Spotify and wherever music is streamed!!
Writing poems since she was 15 and performing spoken word pieces since her college days at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, poetry has been a way for Opal to not only express herself but also work through her own thoughts and feelings as a form of art therapy. Since she knows many people can relate to this benefit of the spoken word she feels compelled to write and speak on certain subjects that touch her soul.
Her themes touch on all subjects from her own life and from the lives she has been blessed to observe. Her most touched on topic is social injustice of any form. The realities of American racial discrimination and the detriment of poverty world-wide are often explored and explained in ways that have double and triple meanings in her poems. She brings along with her the quick wordplay from being a hip-hop emcee and believes that spoken word is the same talent just in different form, she takes great joy in creating both. Opal writes for herself and also has created custom pieces for weddings, book releases, shows and corporate and charity events. She has the ability to create spoken word pieces for organizations that not only motivate and inspire employees and business partners but also delivers and reinforces brand, mission and values.
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Notable Poetry Speaking Engagements 2017 and 2018:
- 9/6/18 Care Wisconsin What's Next Conference, Kalahari Resort
- 8/10/18 AACUC 20th Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA
- 5/31/18 YWCA Moxie Conference, Monona Terrace
- 5/2/18 100 Black Men Annual Scholarship Dinner, UW Madison
- 10/3/17 YWCA Racial Justice Summit, Monona Terrace
- 9/22/17 100 Black Men Annual Gala, Madison Club
- 8/29/17 United Way Kickoff Event, CUNA Mutual Group
- 4/28/17 Madison Chamber of Commerce Annual Ice Breaker Event - Kohl Center
- 3/8/17 CBSI National Sales Meeting, CNN Center Atlanta, GA
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