A Prophet’s Tale by 7 Names: Marjani & Everett Saunders

The Project : an Update

Thank You for visiting our donation page. We are honored to have an ongoing partnership with our Fiscal Sponsor and neighbor Bailey’s Cafe, based in Brooklyn, NY.

We are 7NMS| Marjani Forté-Saunders + Everett Saunders, radical experimenters in art, sound, and performance. Last Fall we commenced development on our eighth collaboration A Prophet’s Tale  a multi-year, iterative Film, Literary, Music, and Performance Project,  discussing the life-journey’s of the Emcee/Lyricist, an alchemist and minister of Hip Hop culture whose pivotal journey share a timely, personal, and universal story of transcendence, ingenuity, and wisdom. We’re telling these stories through a potent weave of movement, music, rhymin’, poetry, and visual imagery with an incredible team of performers and designers!

COVID19 has wrecked havoc in our field of artists and innovators. And yes , we moved quickly from a year of engagements to an empty calendar. But we are emerging with a tighter focus  on incubating and developing this work, where we are currently sheltering #atHome, providing new and renewed opportunities for partnership, online engagement, and the rigorous integration of our creative process with our lives. 

We are asking your help to directly support our ability to rise and develop A Prophets Tale in the age of COVID19.  Make a tax deductible donation here:

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Sincerely,Marjani & Everett–

A Note about The Collaboration of Marjani & Everett Saunders

The work centers composer Everett Saunders narratives, references, and sonic impulses as an Emcee and Sound designer to examine and exalt the lives of Hip Hop architects and Emcees. Everett is one of his names, yet as “Mental” he is also an Emcee. Marjani is serving as a choreographer and director in the project. This is an ongoing collaboration, that marks our eighth collaboration, with Everett serving as Composer and Sound Designer on all of Marjani’s choreographic works, dating back to Marjani’s first mainstage presentation of EGO, as part of Dance Theatre Workshop’s Fresh Tracks Performance Series and Artist Residency.

For Marjani’s trilogy of works examining the intersections mental illness, addiction, and systemic oppression, Everett received a New Music USA Grant to develop a 3-Dimensional aural experience for audiences during the performance. He continued this journey for a Sound Installation paired with video, at MoCADA Museum during Marjani’s Curatorial Residency and Exhibit “being Here… In Memory”. Our last work Memoirs of a… Unicorn received two NY Dance and Performance/Bessie Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Visual Design. Inspired by the contemporary presence of friends and mentors, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, 7 Names is our public emergence as a collaborative team, with both artists working at the visioning helm of this project. 

Bailey’s Café (, a Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn based non-profit is honored to serve as the fiscal sponsor for The Prophet’s Tale’s multimedia arts residency at Baryshnikov Art Center October 28th- November 16th.

Marjani Forte-Saunders
Everette Saunders
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Fifth Annual Intimate Salon Fundraiser and Online Auction

Please join us at our Fifth Annual Fundraiser 
An Intimate Salon Hosted by Bailey’s Board of Directors 

Featuring: Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, 
 Kevin Hill,  Tony Lewis and Michael Hill 
(NY Blues Hall of Fame Master Blues Artist)
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their 
Acclaimed Debut Album "Bloodlines"
with Special Guests: Wynette & Kathy Hill and Roger Byam

Opening Concert: Marvin Dolly, Guitar and Dequon Dolly, Bass 

Thursday, October 10th, 2019 7 PM to 9:30 PM 
At the Tribeca Home of Long-Time Bailey’s Friends and Supporters 
The Shafer’s 35 North Moore Street, apt. 6C, NYC

Purchase Tickets Here

Another Way to Support Bailey's 
Check Out the Special One-of-a-Kind Items and Experiences at
Our Online Auction
Opens September 30th; Closes November 14th 
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Zero Waste Textile Project

Redesigning communities: An exploration of mending and reuse of textile waste through creative and collaborative community activities

From January through April 27, 2019, an intergenerational gathering of Bailey’s Café community members co-created with Donna Maione, Sustainable Design Consultant and Professor of Sustainable Systems at Parsons School of Design, The New School and her team of interns to deepen our understanding of textile waste and ways to upcycle and recycle clothing and textiles. Professor Maione was awarded a small grant from the Tish Environment and Design Center to engage community to co-create a zero waste textile project. Donna worked in the fashion industry for 25 years and has an extensive knowledge in construction and textile knowledge. She is interested in guiding the exploration of waste as a resource through a lens of social and environmental justice.

We met twice per month, learning about the issue of textile waste which makes up 85% of our landfill; volunteered with FabScrap, a nonprofit in Brooklyn that recycles textiles collected from New York’s Fashion Industry, where we sorted textile samples and shopped for fabric to use in our projects in their resale store; learned about Rachel Cohen’s Common Thread Project’s work with victims of trauma to heal as they tell their story through textile art; some of us used a sewing machine for the first time and learned about visible mending. Eileen Fisher donated recycled clothing from their Lab Store, which we used to recycle and upcycle into pillows, quilts and new outfit!

Bailey’s now has four sewing machines and we would love to embark on another zero waste project with the community. If you are interested in participating and/or learning more contact Stefanie at [email protected]

Pillows Created from Recycled Fabric from Fab Scrap
Kadeem Making Pillows and Learning to Use the Sewing Machine
Jendayi Making a Skirt from Pants and Learning to Use the Sewing Machine
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Summer 2018

Our summer arts-based rites of passage program ended on August 17th with our culminating performance.  Thirty-two young people ages 9 to 24 participated in the six-week, free program, engaging in focused practice in an artist discipline, exploring self-identity, leadership and ideas about sisterhood and brotherhood and exploring cultural sites around the City.

Special thanks goes to our amazing teaching artists and staff:  Ben Allen, Kadeem Alston-Roman, Priscilla Amado, Angela Bell, Jerbean Gilkes, Brittany Grier, Jamyra Salley and Marienne Thomas.  And to our special guests:  Curtis John, founder of Luminal Theater, for offering your excellent coming of age film festival “Midday Ramble;”  Shawnee Benton, co-founder of SOW Leadership Development Institute, for the amazing workshop you facilitated with our young women and staff; Aurelie Harp, founder of the Womanity Project, for your insightful workshop on gender; Desmond Seymour, certified doula, for our workshop on manhood; Camille A. Brown & Dancers for piloting your program Black Men Moving with us; Dana Hanchard for the incredible tour of the Inwood Forest; and Erica Thomas Collier, founder of Billy’s Light, for your workshop on Reiki and the Chakras.  And to Danny Glover for stopping by to say hello!

Check out the photos below and in our Gallery.
































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Stertil-Koni News: Lifting Up the Arts and Supporting Community-Building at Bailey’s Cafe in NYC

Stertil-Koni, one of our corporate supporters, just published the following press release regarding their recent generous donation to our summer program.


Press Release

Stertil-Koni Lifts up the Arts and Supports Community-Building at Bailey’s Café in New York For Immediate Release:

STEVENSVILLE, MD June 28, 2018 – Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni once again has made a $10,000 donation to Brooklyn, New York-based Bailey’s Café, a 501(c) (3) charity dedicated to providing creative and collaborative environments to community members in the Central Brooklyn area as well as communities across New York City.
The group is especially well-known for bringing its vision to life through partnerships with local leaders and inter-generational volunteers – all focused on community-building through service and the arts.

As the organization’s founder and director, Stefanie Siegel, notes: “We believe in nurturing and guiding individuals in their pursuit of self-knowledge through acting, video making, writing, service, cooking, music, dance, and fine arts. We aim to create an atmosphere of collective awareness, respect, and responsibility, built on the talents and resources of the community.”   Added Stertil-Koni president, Dr. Jean DellAmore, “It’s an uplifting mission that is indeed making a positive difference in the lives of so many. That’s why Stertil-Koni – a company that is also dedicated to the lifting process – in our case large trucks and buses – is so proud to have helped Bailey’s Café bring to fruition its beautiful location where people can come together and express themselves through art, dance, writing and more.”  In addition, support from Stertil-Koni benefits year-round activities at the Café, including after-school programs, summer camps, and art programs for young people, as well as fostering platforms focused on community-building and inclusiveness.

Young people demonstrate a “tree pose” (yoga position) with their eyes closed, during Bailey’s Café’s six-week free arts-based rites of passage summer program for young people ages 9 to 19. The lessons focus on specific artistic disciplines and explore self-expression, creativity, self-discipline and confidence building.


In making today’s announcement, Siegel emphasized: “Stertil-Koni has supported Bailey’s programming for four years. They have been tremendous to the Café, helping us to reach new heights in our mission to provide an inclusive and safe place for multiple generations to express themselves and grow as artists. We are honored to have them as a member of Bailey’s Circle of Angel Donors and look forward to continuing to build our partnership.”  Concluded DellAmore, “Stertil-Koni is delighted to join Bailey’s Café in its journey of developing artistic talent and inspiring change through the arts. It’s a noble mission with real-world benefits for people living in the greater New York area.”

About Stertil-Koni
Stertil-Koni is the market leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts, notably bus lifts and truck lifts, and proudly serves municipalities, state agencies, school bus fleets, major corporations, the U.S. Military and more. Stertil-Koni’s breadth of products meets all ranges of lifting needs and includes portable lifts such as mobile column lifts, 2-post, 4-post, inground piston lifts, platform lifts, and its axle-engaging, inground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. The company’s innovative, inground telescopic piston DIAMONDLIFT is now available with an optional Continuous Recess system, ideal for low clearance vehicles. Stertil-Koni USA is headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland with production facilities in Europe, The Netherlands, and in Streator, IL.
Contact: Paul Feldman, [email protected], 410-643-9001

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Kadeem Alston Roman Bailey’s First Program Director

We are excited to announce the appointment of Kadeem Alston Roman, dancer, choreographer, actor, to Program Director.  Kadeem has been a teaching and performing artist with Bailey’s since 2013 and over this time he has grown; not only through his work at Bailey’s but through the refocusing of his own company Full Force Wellness and Dance Repertory as well as serving as a teaching artist with The Brooklyn Friends School, Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center,  and Camille A. Brown & Dancers.  Kadeem has already jumped into his new position by assisting in revamping our summer arts-based rites of passage program as well as assisting with the decision making process for the development of our new website with Delta.NYC.

Being able to appoint Kadeem as Program Director is a significant first step toward creating the means for our constituents, participants and teaching artists to move into senior leadership positions. We are grateful to the generous support of the Community Church of New York Ethelwyn Doolittle Justice and Outreach Committee for making this possible.

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