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Be Steadwell

Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington, DC. A blend of soul, a capella, and folk, Be’s music is what she calls “Queer Pop.” In her live stage performances, she uses looping, vocal layering, and beat boxing to compose her songs, which feature earnest lyricism and LGBTQ-affirming content.

While she pursued her career in music, Be also began her career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. Her film Vow of Silence received awards at film festivals around the world, including BlackStar, the San Francisco International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, and the Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest. This year, Vow of Silence was featured Issa Rae’s series Short Film Sundays. After receiving her BA at Oberlin College, Be completed her MFA in film at Howard University in 2014.

Be has shared stages with fellow artist-activists Big Freedia, Nona Hendryx, Nikky Finney, and Gina Yashere. In 2017, Be sang at The Women's March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in Toshi Reagon's BIGLovely Band. In May 2018, Be released her newest album, Queer Love Songs.

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