SSF 2016 Featured FEMcee MC Sista Whirlwind

If you have to compare Sista Whirlwind to any artist she would be more like Wu Tang meets Lauryn Hill. She is a writer, lyricist, singer, emcee and performer; not to mention world champion in Kung Fu and acrobatics. Sista Whirlwind is the first emcee to combine Hip-hop and martial arts, all in one show stopping act. She is Hip-hop’s  shero taking no prisoners as she stakes her claim among the great mc’s. Born in Alabama, Sista Whirlwind was raised primarily in Florida and Maryland . As a child, she started performing at the tender age of 5. At age 14 she began developing her skills in Choung Nu Karate. When she was not training, Sista Whirlwind was found huddled in playground ciphers learning the fundamentals of Hip-hop and Hip-hop became her escape to glory.

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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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