Artist Profile - Black Stax
As Black Stax, we honor the legacy of black arts and culture by “stacking” all forms of black music and art. We are a creative duo, creating hip-hop music and working as teaching artists and performers throughout the Puget Sound. We are both Seattle natives who grew up in Central and South Seattle and made Langston Hughes – a critical space for our creative and personal development. We are teaching artists both individually and as a group and appear on stage as actors and playwrights. Felicia Loud was nominated for a Gregory Award in 2018 for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill and recently appeared in 5th Avenue Theater’s production of Rock of Ages. Jace’s original play The Narrative will premiere at 2019’s Nights at the Neptune. We find the most reward taking our collective talents into the classrooms as teaching artists. Black Stax’s goal is to reach more students through more library systems and schools across the state. What started as a program only offered to King County Libraries, has grown to include Seattle Library in the past year, but we know there are many more to connect with and many smaller, under-funded systems that could benefit.
Black Stax received 2019 GAP funding to allow for more performances in schools and provide a pro-bono program for under-served community.