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  Cheryl Byron Rapso Queen & Pioneer


Cheryl Byron Founder/Executive Director- started her life as a visual artist in her native land, Trinidad & Tobago. There she also Studied dance with Neville Shepard and acted with the Caribbean Theater Guild. While on tour in New York, her artwork won her a scholarship to the New School, where she studied fine art. She then obtained B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from City College (CUNY) while maintaining her professional life, including being the first one to perform her own original brand of poetry in a calypso tent in Trinidad. She is a pioneer of the genre “Rapso” and “Dub Poetry.” She Studied dance with Pearl Reynolds, and became a member of the Primus Board “ Earth Theater.” She then became Dr. Primus’s special assistant, accompanying her on her numerous teaching and choreographing assignments, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Cheryl Byron has performed nation ally as well as worldwide, her talent taking her to such places as Canada, Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, London, Kenya and Nigeria. She is an ordained Rev. Mother in the Spiritual Baptist Faith and an adjunct professor at Medgar Evers College and the College of New Rochelle in Brooklyn. She also taught at City College, and NYC Tech. Ms. Byron is presently completing her Dissertation at N.Y.U. for a PhD in Performance Studies with a Certificate in Museum Studies. She played one of the lead roles in the film “Homecoming,” aired on P.B.S. Ch13, Published poet in a anthology of poetry “Woman Rise,” and featured on the album of dub poetry- “Womantalk,” Heartbeat Records. She thanks God and the orishas, saints, deities, ancestors and the Something Positive Family and extended family and friends. Cheryl is especially dedicated to the children and believes that the youth is our best investment.  


Cheryl Byron passed into

the land of the Ancestors on June 17, 2003

"Iba aye Iba aye Iba aye tonu"







Portrait By K. Cox

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