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A new monthly open mic event is going down on the first Wednesday of every month at Kava Lounge

SpeakHer is a creative outlet for women to share and enjoy each other’s art in a welcoming and relaxed environment,” says host Miki Vale “From poets, singers and musicians to rappers and comedians all forms of creative expression are welcome. The grand opening is Wednesday, June 1. Niomiesoulfy and I will be on the turntables with a very special performance by Def Poet Tamara Blue.”

“If you’ve got something to share, be sure to come through. Open mic sign-up begins at 8pm.”

Vale was recently interviewed on World Tuned Radio for the Danger Zone show as well as the Live & Direct Show. Her new song “Bending,” featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow, is playable at SoundCloud. com.

Image Vale was chosen by the editors of Billboard magazine as one of six finalists in DiscMaker's 2007 Independent Music World Series, from a field of over 3000 artists. The same year, she was nominated for a San Diego Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Artist and Best Hip-Hop Album.

As an activist, the Oxnard, CA native is the co-founder of the UPliftment Project, which sponsors events by socially aware artists. “[It’s] a series of events that showcase artists we feel are not only extremely talented but are also socially aware and using their music as a tool to spread a positive message. All the money raised from these events is donated to charitable organizations like the International Rescue Committee and the FTP [Feed the People] program.” FTP volunteers such as Vale gather every other Sunday to walk the streets and deliver bagged lunches to the homeless.

“It almost seems like people and the media are more concerned with which [hip-hop] artists are going to jail and rehab, rather than the positive contributions they are making to society,” says Vale. “As far as mainstream hip-hop artists, there are actually a lot who are making charitable contributions: Nelly, David Banner, Talib Kweli…Master P and his P. Miller Youth Centers are designed to take kids off the streets and provide education and financial literacy.”

In early 2011, she released “The New Dope,” the first single off her debut full-length solo album. Around the same time, the KanKick 7 inch “Yes Yes (Suite 3)” featured Vale as guest vocalist.

Vale is also a DJ and event host. Her upcoming appearances are:

Friday, May 27th - THE FLAME

Sunday, May 29th - EL DORADO

Wednesday, June 1st - KAVA LOUNGE

Friday, June 3rd - THE FLAME

Friday, June 10th - THE FLAME

Wednesday, July 6th - KAVA LOUNGE

Wednesday, August 3rd - KAVA LOUNGE

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