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FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling

RIBS and FUNDA FEST 20: A Celebration of Black Storytelling is pleased to present Brother’s Keeper and storyteller Valerie Tutson at its kick off event: A Free Family Storytelling Concert, Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1 pm at the Westerly Public Library, 44 Main St in Westerly, RI.


Brother's Keeper is a poetry theater ensemble that seeks to bring healing,

encouragement and inspiration to others through the art of spoken word.

Blending poetry, music and theater elements, Brother's Keeper explores a variety of topics detailing the human experience, from a male perspective, in an attempt to counteract some of the negative images of African American males found in mainstream press and media.


Since their debut performance in February 2012, the group's four members:

Marlon Carey, Art Collins, Elder Lawrence Nunes, and Yunus Quddus, have been

committed to embodying the good and positive aspects of manhood --- Sensitivity, Compassion, Selflessness, Fatherhood, Responsibility Community and Spirituality, --- as well as sharing those parts of human nature that provoke discussion and prompt us to make changes in our actions towards others.


Since the group's inception, Brother's Keeper has received numerous accolades, including an official citation from the Mayor of the City of East Providence, RI, for their service in the Annual Black History Month Presentation.


Also on the program is well-known Providence-based storyteller, Valerie Tutson. In addition to being RIBS executive and festival director, Valerie has been delighting audiences of all ages all over the world since 1991. She shares stories from the world to the world with an emphasis on African traditions worldwide. Her repertoire includes stories and songs learned in her travels as well as stories from African American history and culture.


In recognition of the MLK Holiday weekend, the artists’ words and stories will celebrate Dr. King’s work, legacy and vision of a “Beloved Community.”



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