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“When you profess to do a thing, do it with every degree of excellence and consistency.” – Ber-Henda Williams
Ber-Henda Williams is someone who lives her life in color. The Wayne State University graduate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Minor in International Marketing. Bilingual for more than 10 years, the femolutionary poet, teacher, author, television and film producer, youth advocate and public speaker lives according to her name’s Germanic-Greek origin, “The Bear Hearted Protector” of multiculturalism, art and womanhood.
Williams, also has several media credits that include her works as host for CST Radio The Honey B Chronicles, a CW 50 Community Correspondent, Poetry, Pages, and Scribes Co-Producer for Channel 15 and consultant for the spoken word documentary, Televising a Revolution of Spoken Word in Detroit.
She has served as Detroit’s Henry Ford Academy’s Spanish, Poetry and Ford PAS teacher and served as an ESL Coordinator and tutor, translator and interpreter in Southwest Detroit’s highly populated Hispanic community. Williams was also co-advisor for the Business and Technology club at Hope of Detroit Academy. There, she coordinated a business apprenticeship program that gave students an opportunity to consult with and meet business professionals, such Head of Human Resources at Compuware and renowned fine artist, Dominic Pangborn.
She has served as host, coordinator and marketing professional for innumerable cultural enrichment events, including her involvement as program consultant and Mistress of Ceremonies for the Pretty Brown Girl
Movement at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. One of her proudest accomplishments is as founder and former host of Poetry, Pages & Scribes, a monthly multicultural poetry series that began at Starbucks and tripled its followers and found a home at Southfield Public Library.
Poetry, Pages & Scribes was one the most popular poetry series in metro Detroit, having given an open platform for local and national poets, storytellers, writers and musicians to share their works. Poetry, Pages and Scribes was recognized by the City of Southfield Chamber of Commerce in 2011.
In June, 2011, Ber-Henda sponsored the first annual Power of Girlhood Meet Up, a full day of celebratory and empowering programs, performances, vendors and activities. More than 200 girls and their families participated. The Power of Girlhood hosts workshops and girlhood events throughout the metro-Detroit area and has a residency at various schools.
Her fluency in Spanish has prompted her to write poetry in the language and she says it has “added richness and a passion to her work.” Williams’ first book of bilingual poetry and essays, Memoirs of the Human
Experience: And Everything In Between, Vol. 1 is a testimony of her own life experiences and leads the reader on an introspective journey. Williams is also an alumni for The Secret Society of Twisted
Storytellers, The Vagina Monologues, Listen to Your Mother, and featured for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc Youth Literary Café featuring Nikki Giovani. Art is life for Ber-Henda. For more information log on to www.ber-henda.com