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October 10, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Category: Workshop
Location: Student Center Dance Room 25 | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Current Undergraduate Students

Deidre D.S.SENSE Smith, accomplished activist, performer, trainer, artist, and founder of On My Detroit Everything, will teach students how to bring their lived truths to live through spoken word. Beyond simply performing her art, she will encourage students to speak out about their experiences and the struggles in their communities. This will emphasize LGBTQ and marginalized ethnic groups' narratives, but all students are welcome. Everyone has a story to share and a need for self-expression. Deidre D.S.SENSE Smith is a Detroit, MI. native who has always shown great pride in her city. Raised on the city's eastside, she was surrounded by an environment filled with culture and art. Although she has seen the struggles, despair, and chaos that has afflicted the city's once flourishing neighborhoods, you can hear the hope and beauty she sees in her hometown through her artistry. Her influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Stephanie Mills, BlackStar, The Roots, Anita Baker, Marvin Gaye, Nikki Giovanni, and Donnie Hathaway to name a few. This seasoned emcee/singer/songwriter has released four studio projects "Introducing Deidre Smith", "Start Up Money", "D.S.SENSE" and "Space Audissey...Old New Sh!t".  Deidre D.S.Sense Smith's music is a reflection of her city (Detroit) and the best it has to offer complete with emotion and urban innovation. The purpose of her music is to blend and mix all genres of music that have influenced her. By doing so she hopes to introduce different styles and rhythms to an audience that otherwise would not have acquired these sounds on their own. Her earlier works have gotten her much acclaim locally, nationally, and internationally in articles published in Eight-O-Eight Magazine, The Michigan Citizen, Metro Times, Mirus and Huck Magazine. She was also featured in the U.K documentary "Detroit Ghost City"  

For more information about this event, please contact LGBT Student Advisory Board at 3135771010 or