The Music Behind: A Zora Story By SISTA WHIRLWIND


In a true artistic-collaboration that puts talent, history and music on bright & beautiful

display for all to see/hear  comes – A Zora Story. This is short-film reveals the captivating story behind one of the first pioneering black women in African American history, Zora Neal Hurston. A Zora Story features the hard-work, efforts and multi-talents of some of today’s most exciting and unique-voices in entertainment collaborating as one entity.

The soundtrack of A Zora Story, which is produced by Marcus Banks and features Sista Whirlwind’s legendary Hip-Hop vocals and poetic-rhymes, reflects the passionate approach taken towards the film by creating dynamic music and sounds to bring out one’s deep emotions.

The film is directed and produced by Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez of Sol Island Media Works, and features the stunning Hip-Hop/Broadway dancer by Shaneeka Harrell.


Here is a preview of some footage and music.

Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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