5 MINUTES WITH
DOMINIQUE CHRISTINA: WRITER, POET, VOCALIST, AND TEACHER
I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT … language and the full and deliberate expression of it.
I RELAX BY … reading, by gardening, by listening to the wide giggles of my children showing up as themselves, and by listening fairly religiously to Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Coltrane.
I LIKE TO … be in the company of my mother as much as possible. Hers is a wisdom that moves mountains. I borrow from her vast spirit all the time. I like to perform. I like to be in my body. I like to celebrate my body, and her royal capabilities. Yes. That.
I THINK BEAUTY IS … the constellation of possibilities we are all born with and borne out of.
MY FRIDGE USUALLY CONTAINS … a lot of produce (I am a vegetarian). Always yogurt. Always almond or soy milk. Oh. And cheese.
MY EXERCISE ROUTINE IS … pretty simple … pretty unremarkable. I go to the gym four days a week. One hour of cardio. A half hour of weights. Fifteen to twenty minutes in the steam room. Simple.
MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY TREATMENT THAT LEAVES ME LOOKING AND FEELING NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL IS … a facial from Aveda and a juice cleanse. I do believe in colonics and fruit and vegetable based products. Mineral based products. My favorite make up line is called Natura from Brazil. I do not spend a terrible amount of time on external products though I should admit that. Nor is my “beauty regimen” extensive. I am more deliberate about my regimen being from the inside out.
MY NUMBER ONE BEAUTY TIP IS … to eat whole foods. Drink a lot of water. And rest often.
Dominique Christina is a mother, a teacher, and a writer with a love for paradigm-shifting commentary and Nina Simone music.
“Multi-faceted” hardly describes the celebrated talent of Dominique, but it’s a word that will have to do. In 1996 the volleyball star, after making the 1996 United States Olympic Volleyball team, suffered an injury during the opening ceremony match of the Olympic games but still took center stage as a featured vocalist for those opening ceremonies.Toting double Masters degrees in English Lit and Education, Dominique has worked as an educator, cultural media director, children’s advocate, and non-profit program director (currently for Peace Jam).As a poet and jazz/R&B vocalist, she has shared stages with artists like Joe Bonner, the Flobots, Dead Prez, Saul Williams, Liza Garza, and Staceyann Chin, whose book she helped edit.
In her first year on the Slam poetry scene Dominique qualified herself to compete on the Slam Nuba team that went on to win the National Poetry Slam Championship in August 2011 and then just seven months later she won the Women of the World Poetry Slam competition in 2012 against 85 women writers from all over the world. Just recently Dominique became Women of the World Runner Up for 2013 after receiving a time penalty (which she is becoming rather famous for doing). She is presently the only person to hold two national titles at the same time and is the only person to win a national title every year for the last three years which is the length of time Dominique has been slamming.
Dominique is performing on the NACA circuit and will publish her first full length volume of poetry in 2013 by Sparrow Ghost Publishing out of Portland. She will also conduct workshops for the LOHAS forum in Boulder Colorado, perform for a TED Talk in Spring 2013, another in Fall 2013, and in October will perform alongside Alanis Morisette and work with Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues.
Dominique is also curating a woman’s exhibit with Faatma Merhmanesh and Celia Herrera for their new artist collective called (r)evolve with a focus on “The Ruined Woman” replete with a brand new warehouse/classroom/exhibition space wherein artists can work in various mediums that insist on their voices being heard and moved from margin to center.
For more information about Dominique please visit www.dominiquechristina.com