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Veronica Verdad

Born and raised in the South Bronx, VERONICA VERDAD is a first generation Nuyorican performance poet, activist, bombera and mother. Her performances in New York have been featured at the renowned Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Hunter College and Hostos College among others. Veronica Verdad began working closely with her community in the late 1980’s serving as a public speaker and vice president for her church youth association. In 1994 the NYPD and the Boys and Girls club of America officially recognized her work with homeless and drug-addicted youth.  During her human rights work, campaigning to end injustices against political prisoners and people of color, Veronica Verdad was exposed to the Afro-Puerto Rican traditional music of Bomba. Since then, she has performed with various notable folkloric groups traveling throughout the US. To this day, she remains in pursuit of learning and preserving its rich tradition through her poetry, music and dance. Veronica Verdad is co-founder of Proyect IFE; a non- for- profit composed of an artist collective committed to philanthropic causes that promote racial equality.  Veronica Verdad is working on her first literary publication to be released in 2015.