Lah Tere is a humanitarian, organizer, activist, emcee, songstress, proud BBW, and a visionary speaker for the 21st Century. The Afro-Antillean/Puerto Rican/Boricua sister grew up in Chicago's historic Puerto Rican community of Humboldt Park near the famed Paseo Boricua. She is the first generation born on the mainland, and the daughter of revolutionary educators and survivors of Chicago's notorious ghettos. Lah is a proud Aspirante and active member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Her sheroes are her mother Carmen Maria, Abuela Maria Teresa Serrano, Titi Lah and Dr. Antonia Pantoja (founder of ASPIRA).
Lah was a member of Rebel Diaz, an internationally known rap group that took a critical and political stance on many social issues from police brutality on the streets of New York to violence against women globally. Her dedication and hard work granted her the opportunity to travel to Spain, Germany, Guatemala, Chile, and Venezuela. She is also a founding member of the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective (RDAC), a multimedia arts and music community center in the South Bronx.
Lah writes and performs about domestic violence issues and links popular media examples of violence against women to secrets and silences in communities of color around molestation, rape, and other forms of violence against women's bodies that are too often normalized and naturalized in popular culture. Lah is a BBW ( Big, Beautiful Woman) and is not afraid to show it. She honors her curvas and demands respect.
Through her political and global activism, Lah Tere has worked to carve her own niche outside of the commercial hip-hop industry, and focused on building communities from within. As an emcee, she uses hip-hop as a didactic tool as well as an emotional release technique for individual and communal healing.
Lah is a co-founder of Momma's Hip Hop Kitchen: The Soup Kitchen for the Hip Hop Soul (MHHK), a multifaceted hip-hop event designed to showcase intergenerational women artists, especially women of color. MHHK serves as a social justice community-organizing platform that educates and empowers women of color on issues that impact their lives, including Health, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive justice.
Lah is also the founder of InnerCityQueens, an organization who is set out to provide a mobile safe healing space for children, women, and men in war-torn/third world countries through events, workshops, and meditation using the arts. In recent years Lah Tere's vision of teaching women and children about the healing power of Hip Hop truly manifested itself. She taught and performed in some of the poorest communities in Palestine (West Bank), Guatemala City (Comunidad Incencio), Ireland's Ballymun (like the BX), and the Dominican Republic's pueblo of Azua (Fundacion Casa Ana). Her most recent journey in the summer of 2016 was to the motherland, Africa. Lah's project "Bags of Joy: Tanzania Edition" brought hygienic products, educational supplies, and toys to the children who live on the streets of Dar es Salaam and Dodoma. These experiences have equipped her with a wealth of knowledge and have expanded her career. She is currently being booked internationally as a motivational speaker and lecturer on women's rights and Hip Hop Healing.
Lah is globally sharing her message that "Self-Love dissolves Self-Hate" and is conjointly working on her own personal healing. Her healing has been an intense and raw journey in which she is extremely grateful for. After her great-aunt Titi Lah passed on to be an ancestor many things shifted for her. Lah Tere is all about being intentional and practicing Dr. Pantoja's vision of the 3 A's (Awareness, Analysis and Action). Her goal is to be a vibrational blessing wherever she lands and leave no life untouched.
"A woman healed is a new world revealed!"
My special love Titi Lah!