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WHO IS RASHID WHITE?

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Bio: Who is Rashid White?

Rashid White is an Afro-Latino, Healer, Scholar, Actor, Motivational Speaker, Activist, Author, Poet, Educator, Artist, Dancer, Model, Photographer/Videographer/Content Director, and Visionary. Growing up in the streets of Richmond, VA; Rashid focuses on creating art that places reflective emphasis on overcoming obstacles by shedding light on his truths. Rashid is a Graduate of PerScholas and George Mason University where we received his BFA in Creative Writing, Graphic Design, and  AS in I.T. Since 2008 has impacted families and lives across the world. Rashid joined the Brave New Voices (BNV) network back in 2012 as a youth slam poet, that had the honor of placing 3rd in the world making him one of the top 16 international youth slam poets that year, and has had the privilege to serve with Future Corps (Alumni of the Festival) in 2014. Returning to BNV this year as one of the Committee members of festivals and programs later in 2020. Rashid is a co-founder and also now serves on the leadership committee of Black Greek Poets as their Art Director of Content & Marketing. Although Passionate about his endeavors, he still is constantly growing and looking for ways to better himself so he can further resonate with others. Rashid has furthered his craft in multiple platforms starting up several of his own businesses: Σheed Σtudios, Comfort Zone Café, and a literary magazine currently underway with several other projects on the horizon. Now as a veteran slam poet and educating artist, Rashid hopes to continue empower the youth & young adults through the arts and to make positive impact and change infused with love, truth, and resilience. Rashid Plans to continue his education in an MFA program in Creative Writing and Arts Management.

Rashid was born in a single parented household to a mother that worked to support both her son and daughter and a grandmother that also watched over the two of them. His father was rarely in his life and for the youngest periods of Rashid’s life his father left a violent impression on both his mother and himself. Due to the nature and street involvement of his father that placed price tags on both himself and his mother, in his younger years, to avoid gang relations with Latin Kings and Bloods, Rashid spent most of his days in school, sports, dance at St. Paul’s Baptist Church with what was known as B.O.M.B.S.Q.U.A.D.,  and when going to high school his late night weekends attending Slam-Richmond’s open mic venue. With a venture to Oakland, California in 2012; Rashid competed in the international Youth Poetry Festival known as Brave New Voices (BNV); where the Slam-Richmond’s Youth team earned the title of being ranked 3rd in the world at BNV. High School, Rashid became a published author of his first to books. He has taken what he has learned and harnessed it as a catalyst teaches middle & high school students via facilitated blogs in his project called Writing Is Freedom Initiative.

In 2013 Rashid’s mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.), which made him question whether he would go off to college. The Bond between this mother and son pair has maintained a healthy tag-team partnership of their work ethic. Rashid says “it was an unspoken agreeance that his mom would work hard during her weekly nightshifts and that he would do the same in school and any other involvement he had that helped best represent the house/family.” His mother told him to go: “she got M.S., M.S. doesn’t have her.”

Rashid has been a feature/ co-feature at Spit Dat in District of Columbia, Featured poet in Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Chicago, Omaha; spotlighted in Oakland, North Carolina, D.C., and Boston. He also competes in poetry slams, making distinct appearances at Slam-Richmond and Tuesday Verses and so many more. He makes occasional appearances at Spirits & Lyrics, Spit Dat, & Busboys and Poets. His poetry has paved the way for him making it to onto the Slam-Richmond Youth Slam teams seasons 2012-2013 for Brave New Voices.

Rashid White has shared stages with Marty McConnell, Mathew Cuban Hernandez, Regie Cabico, Drew Law, Megan Rickman, Roscoe Burnems, Rudy Francisco, George Yamazawa, Pages Matam, Danez Smith, Crystal Turner, Angelique Palmer & so many more.

In his recent years, Rashid has made great strides in his career. Climbing the corporate ladder in IT for what he says “Allows him to defeat the stereotype of being a starving artist so I can satisfy my creative urges while having  healthy and stimulating work life balance.” Rashid, when outside of the 9-5, has launched his studio business called Σheed Σtudios for various commissioned works in fine/arts graphical arts. In addition to that, Comfort Zone Café has been created after running Slam Isra, a slam team he created at George Mason University that he attended for his degrees and minor in Dance. Rashid using his eye to detail in all forms of his art to capture moments in life of not only himself, but others to conceptualize modern day social issues, injustices, minority/ immigrant rights, and the priceless moments of life that we tend to take for granted that give peace


Rashid’s passions for mentoring and creating positive change in his communities propelled him to further his reach and become a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated. Always doing his best to be an embodiment of “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.” Rashid’s next steps are to continue honing his craft and networking for more touring, reading, motivational speaking, and teaching. His eyes are set on several production projects for both books and fine arts concepts he is currently working on. All of this for his ultimate goal of an international non-profit that specializes in S.T.E.A.M. research applications for at-risk youth in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd world countries.

 

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