Antoinette is a poet/spoken word artist, freelance photographer, and youth literacy advocate. As a poet/writer Azure Antoinette has been commissioned to write for the First Lady of California - Maria Shriver (Minerva Convention), Tuskegee Airmen Col. Lee Archer, American Cancer Society just to name a few. A published author, her first book titled “Bittersweet” was released in May 2009. Her sophomore collection of poetry is due in stores in 2011. It is titled “for the sake of BREVITY”.
Currently Antoinette is performing throughout the California and will be on the east coast in the fall with her collective MEDIUM. She has shared the stage with artists/performers such as Kenny Lattimore, Rudy Francisco, Tamara Blue, James Avery, Danny Glover, Vanessa A. Williams, Ben Guillory, CCH Pounder, Elliott Gould & Delroy Lindo. Azure Antoinette’s poetic work has been used in film and commercial medias. She has performed all over Southern California and including but not limited to, 75 California high schools, the Bowery Poetry Club (NYC), Nike, American Cancer Society, SEIU, USC, LA Times Festival of Books (UCLA), Barnes and Noble (The Grove), Mountain Bar, Pan African Film Festival, Theatre of Note, LA Eco Arts Tour, Downtown LA Art Walk, Beyond Baroque, Dutton’s Bookstore (Brentwood), FORD Models, Elephant Theater, A World of Imagination, Transplant Collective and Knightsbridge Theater, UCLA, HBO’s Brave New Voices, Sundance Film Festival and many more!
Azure is the Artistic Director of Get Lit-Words Ignite, a teen literacy non-profit in Los Angeles. Additionally Antoinette became Program Director for Image of Change, a collaborative foundation of like minded leaders in the sports, entertainment and corporate industries, as well as, as such Azure manages and facilitates the In a Perfect World Youth Ambassador program and community service projects. She is well aware of the potential of the youth population and has a vested interest in their education and future. She describes her career “as that of a dream, it is my life’s work.”
In 2006 Antoinette started to take a serious interest in photography began photographing city and urban scape around Los Angeles, in 2008 Antoinette launched EGAMI (image spelled backward) and immersed herself in the urban art exhibit circuit by hanging in local group shows and curating/producing with ArtShow LA. EGAMI has taken an extreme interest in the guerilla art scene and fallen head over heels with the movement of graffiti and the urban scape. In 2009, Antoinette founded MEDIUM, a multi-medium art showcase/event collective with Maygen Nicholson & Jillian Laub. The first MEDIUM event was a wild success, housed in the heart of downtown LA. “It is a dream realized to bring artists of all walks together.” MEDIUM was named #9 event of 2009 by the Industry Voice.
Between MEDIUM, EGAMI, youth advocacy, and commissioned work, she is “elated to be in love with the profession of being an artist”.