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Sat, Sep 03

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The Rise and Return of the Queen

Sister Circle Saturdays

The Rise and Return of the Queen

Sister Circle Saturdays
Sister Circle Saturdays

Time & Location

Sep 03, 2022, 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

The Rise and Return of the Queen

About the Event

Known as Jennifer Gelencia, this talented performer has graced the stage as an actress, dancer, vocalist and even played an integral role behind the scenes as a director. Born in Washington, DC and a graduate of the acclaimed Duke Ellington School of the Arts, this artist has been making her mark in the creative field for more than twenty-five years.

After graduating from Bowie State University with a degree in Musical Theater, she served as a peer educator who has written, directed, and performed in a multitude of projects that display the experience of inner-city youth.  In 1995 Jennifer recorded “Take a Load Off”, an anthem for The Women supporters of the Historic Million Man March. Just two years later she founded her own production company and began directing and performing works for her Washington, D.C. and Baltimore audience.

Jennifer is not only a gifted vocalist and accomplished performer, but enjoys sharing her craft and experience. In 2004 she worked with several DC Public Charter Schools and nurtured artistic talent by teaching Drama, Music, Dance and even a modeling.  Jennifer was also a member of the Youth Ensemble, where she served as a drama instructor and an assistant to the director. One of the most notable examples of her dedication to serve the public through her talent occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Jennifer produced a variety show which featuring poets, singers, dancers, musicians and comedic sketches which featured performers ranging in age from two to eighty. The benefit, “Hurricane Healing” drew an audience of hundreds (400+) and raised more than $2000.00 donated to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2020, during the global pandemic (Covid 19), Jennifer, singlehandedly, established an outreach program for the homeless community, later called, The New Royal Family of Advocates for the homeless. She galvanizes community members to give food and clothing items, picks them up, then delivers them to citizens in need each Saturday. Jennifer also started a weekly podcast, entitled: ‘Healing for Humanity,’ where she interviews various entrepreneurs, artists and community activists. Jennifer lovingly dedicates all of her works to her only son, Tabari.

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