A Conversation With The Minds and Hearts Behind The 'If You Can Feel It You Can Speak It' Open Mic Movement

By Gilmore Tamny for Boston Compass Blog

July 30, 2020

if you can Feel it, you can Speak it' Open Mic Movement is Boston’s only open mic dedicated to LGBTQI communities of color. Founded by Jha D Williams, and now co-hosted by Phree and D. Ruff, the series has been making space for expression, art, and community for nigh on eleven years. As it says on the FiSi page at the (R.I.P.) Milky Way: “Never been on the mic before? More reason to come! [we love newbies!] Don’t consider yourself an ‘Artists/Performer’? Who cares?! Just wanna tell someone about your day? Tell it!”

I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Jha D, Phree, and D. Ruff, all spoken word artists/poets, performers, activists, and all-around fascinating persons, about the series, the life-saving power of poetry, Zoom, BLM, loosing their long-time home at the Milky Way, and, of course, sandwiches. Much and many thanks to them for taking the time. Dig in. Listen up. And be sure to check out FiSi, Thursdays, 8:00-10:00 p.m. see the FB webpage for more info.

--Gilmore Tamny

Read more about the series here and follow Phree, D. Ruff, Jha D, and 'Feel it, Speak it' on Instagram.

Gilmore Tamny is the author of HAIKU4U, spokesmodel for The Mystery, plays guitar and sings for Somerville's most illustrious band, Weather Weapon, and is working on a thriller. She listens to audiobooks incessantly. Find her on instagrammo and the twitz, if you dare.