Femme History: Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi


Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban Indigenous American actress, singer, dancer, writer, radio host, blogger, healer, teacher, and the first Trans Woman of Color in Washington, DC to publish a work of fiction.

Edidi is a member of the leadership team of TWOCC (Trans Women Of Color Collective), and health and wellness coordinator at Casa Ruby. Edidi is also a 2016 Helen Hayes Award nominee for her choreography in Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland Lady Dane grew up singing jazz and gospel under the tutelage of her aunt Liz Figueroa, Ruby Glover & Mark Cook. Lady Dane began to study music formally at the Baltimore School for the Arts and Catholic University. At the age of 17, Edidi made her cabaret debut and in 2011 made her New York debut. After studying the dances of her ancestors, she began combining African, Latin, and Native American rhythms into her shows.

In December 2013, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi became the first Trans Woman of Color in Washington, DC to publish a novel of fiction, Yemaya's Daughters, whose main protagonist is a trans woman.

In 2015 she received the Pioneer Award for her work with the DC Trans Community and was honored as one of the Trans 100. During the same year Lady Dane made history again as the first Trans Playwright whose work is featured with the Theater Alliances Hot House New Play reading series.

On March 28th, 2016 Edidi, in concert with TWOCC, will present La Ti Do's Celebration of Trans Artists. The annual show brings Trans artists together from across the country to raise money for a trans founded and led organization. Tickets can be purchased here.

Edidi is a prolific writer and has also published the following works:

Yemaya's Daughter (2013): Edidi’s first published novel. The story is about a trans priestess named Inanna and her sisters, as well as Maryam (The Mother of Jesus). Maryam's story takes place in the past and Inanna's story takes place in the present. The overarching theme is the way colonization effects indigenous cultures.

Baltimore: A Love Letter: A book of poetry written as an ode to Edidi’s birthplace as well as a defiance piece against the media that was attempting to malign the resistance in Baltimore.

Brew (2015):The first of the Ghetto Goddess Series. Lady Dane grew up watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Bewitched, Charmed, Scarlet Witch, Zatanna, but wanted to see women like herself in magical situations doing magical things living where she lived.

Wither: As fans anticipated the release of Keeper, the second book in the Ghetto Goddess Series, Lady Dane wrote a novella which expanded upon the series. Wither takes place during the same time of the series and while we wait to see what happens with the Rambeau Coven, there are other witches in other places, with other intrigues and new stories to tell.

Learn more about Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi’s amazing accolades on her website: http://www.ladydanefe.com/