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April 26-28, 2024

Word of South


Phabrik, the winner of the 2024 FSU College of Music Word of South competition,is a RnB/NeoSoul band that includes powerhouse vocalist Megan Eileen and soulful lyricist Bo Hendrix. This Tallahassee-based band guarantees to give you an electric sound that will keep you coming back for more. […]

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Melinda Michelle Evans

Melinda Michelle, a Florida native, was born in Jacksonville, raised in Sanford, and currently calls Tallahassee home. She is a proud alumna of the esteemed HBCU, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Melinda furthered her education by obtaining an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Accounting […]

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Tokyo Extra0rdinaire

Blending elements of Gospel, Neo-Soul, R&B, and Hip Hop, South Florida native Tokyo.Extra0rdinaire is a recording artist, music producer, songwriter, and audio engineer.  Influenced by the likes of Outkast, Missy Elliott, the Neptunes, and more, her eclectic sound often blends soulful melodic harmonies with vivid storytelling – cultivating a musical expression of positivity and empowerment. […]

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Mandy Stringer

Dr. Amanda (Mandy) Stringer has been CEO of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra since 2010. Her achievements include growing the budget 170%, increasing both corporate sponsorships and annual fund donations 200%; widening the TSO’s subscriber base; increasing federal and regional funding through new grants; and instituting many new initiatives and programs. Dr. Stringer is actively engaged […]

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Sydney Ellen Rawlings

Sydney Ellen Rawlings danced with South Georgia Ballet for 15 years, graduating in 2017. In addition to South Georgia Ballet, she performed as a THS Red Hot and with the Thomasville City Schools Drama Department. Throughout this time, she attended the Governor’s Honors Program, and summer dance intensives at Florida State University and the University […]

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Suzanne Allain

Suzanne Allain is a novelist and screenwriter who lived in New York before returning to her hometown of Tallahassee, Florida, where she lives with her husband. Suzanne adapted her novel Mr. Malcolm’s List into a screenplay and it was made into a movie starring Freida Pinto and Theo James. One critic wrote: “Mr. Malcolm’s List is a delightful […]

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Nancy Klingener

Nancy Klingener is the Community Affairs Manager for the Monroe County Public Library – South Florida’s oldest public library, with branches from Key West to Key Largo. She has previously worked as a journalist covering the Keys for WLRN public radio and the Miami Herald, among other outlets. She is President of the Key West […]

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Tad Bartlett

Tad Bartlett is a writer based in New Orleans. His essays and other nonfiction have been published by Salvation South, Bitter Southerner, Oxford American, Massachusetts Review, and others, and have received multiple Pushcart nominations and been included among “notable” essays in Best American Essays. Tad’s short stories and a novella have been published by Massachusetts […]

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Tananarive Due

Tananarive Due is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. She is an executive producer on Shudder’s groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. She and her husband/collaborator, Steven Barnes, wrote “A Small Town” for Season 2 of Jordan Peele’s “The Twilight Zone” on Paramount Plus, and two segments […]

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