The Genius of Semaj: Semaj Brown’s performance of Bleeding Fire! Tap the Eternal Spring of Regenerative Light at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History was a masterpiece of poetry, prose, and song. Original music was composed by James Brown MD. While enjoying the mesmerizing performance, it is a comfort to know that her book by the same name will allow the audience to linger over the words spoken during this one of a kind production that so captivates its audience.

The artistry is a full multi-dimensional cultural feast, filled with talented performers of all ages and ethnicities. Indian dance by Sunanda Samaddar Corrado and Afro modern fusion dance by Oiya Lowe beautifully interpret a variety of subjects Semaj explores, including Semaj’s life and that of her generation. Semaj dramatizes the joy and complexities of growing up in Detroit in the fiery poem, Cass Tech (Fish Eyes). The Semaj experience makes us look at 9/11, loss of life, environmental injustices, love and companionship in a new way.

Pamela Purifoy
Owner of PRPro Media Digital Marketing & Brand Strategies
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
Co-chair of NABJ Media Related Member Taskforce

I can still sway and bounce to the vibrating beat of Semaj Brown’s stellar soundtrack performance of the art video, “Wave Rock” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History!

One cannot escape the essence of the author, as one delves into Bleeding Fire! Tap the Eternal Spring of Regenerative Light, (Broadside Lotus Press and Health Collectors™ LLC), Semaj’s new book. Unlike, a novel, her work must be read, digested slowly, and then, reassembled back into the complex collection of poetry and prose. Semaj is a gifted, extraordinary writer.

Edith Withey
Retired Dean Kettering University

The boundless creative genius of Semaj continues to resonate in the souls of all participants who witnessed her electrifying performance at the Charles H. Wright museum of African American History. This is why we await, with great anticipation, her return, again and again.

Charles Ferrell
Vice President of Public Programs Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History




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