DJ WHY SHAM
Dj Why Sham is a low-key, behind-the-scene Boston native who also serves as
Resident DJ for House Slam.
Oompa is a nationally-acclaimed, boston-born, poet, educator, and lyricist who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids an' nem. Oompa is the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and a finalist at the 2017 National Poetry Slam. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, Allston Pudding, Mass Apparel, and KillerBoomBox among others. Oompa's debut album, Nov. 3, was named one of Dig Boston's Top 30 Local Albums of 2016, one of Allston Pudding’s Favorite albums of 2016, and her sound has compared to that of Lauryn Hill, J.Cole, and Talib Kweli. Most notably, she is her nephews’ favorite of all time. Currently based in Boston, MA, Oompa is an organizer, mentor, and coach, as well as a member of media brand and collective Hipstory, and co-slam master of The House House Slam.
Porsha Olayiwola is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National
Poetry Slam Champion. Black, poet, queer-god, hip-hop feminist, and womanist: Porsha’s
work applies advanced political analysis to examine injustice while providing perspective
on concrete solutions. As an artist, Porsha challenges herself to tell the stories that are
silenced, or erased, the stories that are difficult to release from the tip of our tongues, the
stories that bring together communities, and maybe, in some small way, change the world.
A native of Chicago, Porsha now resides in Boston where she organizes, writes and teaches.