Jaz Smith-Cruz, is an Artist, Writer, Barber. She has been a member of WOW for eight years and a Producer and organizer of Rivers of Honey for six years. She resurrected the Rivers of Honey framework to represent a spiritual artists space for women of color.
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an Archivist, and Librarian. She finds equilibrium as a Rivers producer. She is also a creative writer, editing a collection of poetry on turning 30 by queer women of color, titled: Her Saturn Returns. On her blog, she interviews queer women of color on their life transitions. Schedule an interview at hersaturnreturns.com
DJ Zena, or Zena J. Murphy, was born, raised, and still resides Brooklyn, NY. She’s only been DJing for 3 years but plays as if it’s something she was born to do. She explains, “It just came so naturally, everything just made so much sense. I was shown once and just took off running from there.” She’s well versed in playing old and new school house music, electronica, hip-hop, r&b, dancehall, even alternative, rock, heavy metal, and industrial. In reference to being able to blend all these genres into a single set, she says, “Music is like a human body, they are all made up of the same basic elements”. What’s also interesting about DJ Zena is that she is actually a writer by trade and even went to earn her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. Always feeling more timid about sharing her writing, she’s found second outlet for expression, creating, and connecting with people through making them dance. DJ Zena can be found on facebook, on twitter @DJZenaNYC.