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Announcing the Emcee of Our Grand Finale Show!

by Tarja on May 4, 2017

Last year, Janine came to me and said, “I think I’ve found our Emcee for the 2017 show!” I was so excited when Janine told me her name because I knew this woman. If you’re in the blogging world – or were in the blogging word – you know this woman. I heard her speak at the BlogHer Conference in San Jose as a BlogHer Voice of the Year and she was electric, powerful. Janine felt it too when she heard this woman read at LitQuake. And of course, there was the Listen To Your Mother connection: she performed in LTYM Austin and is a huge fan of the show.

So when we popped the question and she said ‘yes,’ it would be an understatement to say we were ecstatic.

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Introducing the Emcee of the Listen To Your Mother San Francisco’s Grand Finale show…

A’DRIANE NIEVES

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A’Driane Nieves is a USAF veteran, artist, activist, and speaker with a heart for serving others and social good. She’s also a mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder, and runs an online platform and mental health support group for women of color called Tessera Collective. She empowers women to transform brokenness in their lives into power and beauty, and works to amplify the voices and experiences of those marked as Other in society.

As a writer, she has been honored as a BlogHer Voice of the year and invited to speak at several writers conferences including BlogHer and Mom 2.0. From 2013-2015 she was a contributing editor to Postpartum Progress, the most widely read blog on maternal mental health. She has spoken at the Austin ensemble of Listen to Your Mother, and in 2015, received an Iris Award nomination for Most Thought-Provoking Content. In 2016, A’Driane received two Iris award nominations in the categories of both Influencer of the Year and Most Thought-Provoking Content. As a visual artist, she participated in an exhibition & Q&A on social justice at the 2015 Wild Goose Festival.

Most recently she was featured alongside Bono as a ONE Campaign activist and volunteer for Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” issue, where Bono was awarded their first ever “Man of the Year’ award for his work on gender equity and extreme poverty.

She believes creating and viewing visual art that addresses difficult topics can serve as a catalyst for personal growth and social change. Her work has been featured on BlogHer, Everyday Feminism, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Mashable, and MISC Magazine.

She lives in California with her robotics-loving husband and three boys.

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Thank you, A’Driane, for giving your time and energy to our final show! Our audience is in for such a treat next Saturday, May 13th. Three cheers for #WomenCelebratingWomen!

See you there.

xo

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