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Referencing Deniece Williams’ song Black Butterfly, Justin Hicks and Kenita Miller-Hicks offer original songs and meditations that acknowledge love, in its various modes and expressions, as the ultimate gesture and a primary source of empowerment.

Justin Hicks is a multidisciplinary artist and performer who uses music and sound to investigate identity and value. As a composer and performer, his work has been featured at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Performance Space New York, The Public Theater, JACK, Dixon Place, The Whitney Museum of American Art, \ and The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, among many others. Hicks has collaborated with notable visual artists, musicians, and theater-makers including Abigail DeVille, Kaneza Schaal, Me’shell Ndegeocello, and Cauleen Smith. In 2018, he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his work as the composer of Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage at The Public Theater. Hicks was born in Cincinnati, OH, and currently lives and works in The Bronx, NY.

Kenita Miller-Hicks is a Drama Desk Award-winning actor and vocalist who has performed in such notable Broadway productions as The Color Purple and Xanadu. She was most recently seen as Mama Euralie in the Tony Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Once on This Island. Her regional work includes an AUDELCO Award-winning portrayal of Zora Neale Hurston in Urban Stages’ Langston in Harlem and many others. She is also a member of the band The Hawtplates with Justin Hicks and Jade Hicks. Kenita was born and Raised in Rochester, NY and currently lives and works in The Bronx, NY

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