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Blacque Butterfly / Press

“Who would think a Butterfly could do so much? Afterall, she’s a social change activist, motivational speaker, spoken word artist and an event host/promoter. She mentors young folks; single mothers and runs a theater troupe for youth. In her spare time, she authored Black Girl Can I Comb Your Hair?, released her first CD, Collide-A-Scope and single handedly keeps Portland’s open mic scene alive and relevant and has done so for YEARS. There’s only one Butterfly who can do all of that: Darlene Solomon-Rogers aka Blacque Butterfly. Ms Darlene, how are you doing Lady? Blessed and highly favored Love. I am loving the life that I live and living the life that I love and if I find that I don’t or can’t love it, I change it into something I can at least respect. What do you prefer to be called? Darlene or Blacque Butterfly? Either is fine. Darlene means “Dearly beloved” and Blacque Butterfly Ms Darlene, how are you doing Lady? Blessed and highly favored Love. (continue reading”

“Excerpts from the article “Finding a Voice with Poetry and Songs” By Nicole Ronal Hooper/The Portland Observer published 2008 Butterfly took her name from a Sounds of Blackness song, "Black Butterfly." She believes it was divine intervention. In 2005, she became an author with the self-published "Black Girl Can I Comb Your Hair," a collection of 30 pages of poetry. "I was opening for Liv Warfield & wanted a product to sell and there's nothing more satisfying than publishing it yourself," she said. In 2006, she came out with Collide-A-Scope, a spoken word CD set to music & with other local artists, including her best friend, activist Rochell "Ro Deezy" Hart. She grows frustrated when the black community acts negatively towards each other, especially children. Butterfly, who is the mother of one adult son, made an effort to instill him with respect towards elders. "When you see someone on the street who looks like you & you don't speak to them, that is just as bad as gentrification."”

Nicole Ronal Hooper - Portland Observer

“Shine a Light: 9-18-2009 A Night at the Museum. P.A.M, The event included performances, installations, tours, workshops, & games inside the museum, hosted by 15 artists from Portland State University’s MFA, Art & Social Practice program. Students learned about a variety of working artists & non-artists who have engaged in civic activity, & apply their knowledge & abilities to initiate, develop, and complete projects with the public, individuals, groups, and institutions. Inside, projects located throughout the Museum included “Learn to Count in Mon”, a project to save endangered languages, a break-dancing display, musicians, included Mirah, Joe Preston of the Thrones, Honey Owens of Valet, Christopher Doulgeris of Hooliganship, Alex Guy, Drew Slum, & Blacque Butterfly serenading select works of art, “Stranger Moments”, a roving theatrical tour of the Museum employees’ interactions in the galleries with strangers, video installations from the Northwest Film Center & much mo”

Brian Libby - Portland Architecture
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