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Jemela Mwelu

              

 Jemela was born in Camden, New Jersey. She manifests her soul expressions as a creative writer, producer, actor, singer, poet, and playwright.  She is also a Reiki and CranioSacral practitioner, end-of-life caregiver, and a lifetime advocate and practitioner of Complimentary Alternative Medicine. She was a volunteer Reiki practitioner and home care provider for end-of-life clients at the Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic in Oakland, California.  Her diverse background also includes public and media relations, feature film script writing, and stage and video production.  She studied film and video production at Laney College in Oakland, California. During her time living in the San Francisco Bay area, she was actively involved in stage performances at the Berkeley Black Repertory, Julian, and Buriel Clay theaters.  She moved to Los Angeles and engaged in production management work. Some of her management work includes: Small Fish Big Dreamer, a full-length Caribbean play written by Wilber Oliver, the Theatre of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA; I Am That I Am: Woman Black, a one-woman show written and produced by Adilah Barnes Productions, The Complex Theater, Hollywood, CA; Broad Definitions, a concert showcasing spoken word, visual art, performance art, and voice, Moguls Theater, Hollywood, CA: Tongues and Words, spoken word, The Complex Theater, Hollywood, CA; and Society of Awakenings, a full length youth play, produced with an awarded Arts Recovery Grant from the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles, the Ivar Theater, Hollywood, CA.  Her poetry appears in various anthologies such as 7th Son Press, Baltimore, MD; Earthwords, publisher Satya/Silkitwa, Orcutt, CA; River Crossing, International Black Writers and Artists, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; and Swords Into Ploughshares: a HOMEFRONT, Vietnam Generation, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.  The recording studio is another domain where Jemela has done studio vocals for Bluenote/United Artist Records, New York, NY; Studio “K” Productions, Hollywood, CA; and Pogo Records, West Hollywood, CA. Her spoken word work can be heard on Gynomite: Fearless Feminist Porn, Casatonic Records, Hollywood, CA, and Soul Retrieval, OmiVibe Productions, New York, NY, and Fivefeetnine Productions, Bronx, New York.  Plays she has written include Floater the Man in Blue, Making A’s and B’s Instead of Babies, and Friends and Mothers. She has co-written a feature-length film, Basic Training with Fahmee Hakeem, written for Maasai and Fivefeetnine Productions, which is pending production. Jemela is also the author of Reclaiming Heaven, an Inspirational Journey through Poetry, Essays, Short stories, and Meditations and God’s Wisdom conveyed by the Infinite Spirit of God.  She owns and operates Fivefeetnine Productions, and resides in the Bronx, New York.