"Awele creates bridges that reconnect audiences to their national soul. She entertains and ignites in the way of a young Maya Angelou; she reveals the connection of crisis and renewal as does Ntozake Shange; she uncovers the personal within the historic like Anna Deavere Smith. But Awele is like no other in her ability to awaken her audiences in three areas - race, history, and art. Laughing and clapping or stunned into silence, we are aware of barriers and fears, preconceptions and inhibitions, magically falling away. We leave her feeling fired up, newly equipped, emboldened, and sensitized at once."
- Pat Holt, former Book Review Editor, San Francisco Chronicle and Editor, Holtuncensored.com