“Photography is poetry. In my eyes, it’s poetry through light…”

- Arekah the Goddess
Erica”Arekah the Goddess” Dunlap is a spoken word artist, writer, and actress making her mark on the art scene. A single mother to one daughter, Arekah is using her imagination to fuel her passion for photography, especially fashion. As a child, Arekah would watch fashion shows and even added fashion designer to her list of dreams as a little girl. Thanks to her mother having magazines like Jet, Ebony, and Essence around the home, her love for fashion and beauty was born. A writer since the age of 7, Arekah wrote horror stories and mysteries that would shock her mother but introduced her to a mythical world where she could create whatever she wanted.

A colorful character, Arekah emerged on the Spoken Word scene in Memphis, TN in early 2002 with the encouragement of an established artist who saw her perform at a local open mic. Over a short amount of time, Arekah went from holding shaking papers with words on them to becoming a powerhouse artist that would captivate her audiences. Later that year, Arekah got the chance to perform over a larger platform when Turner South announced a competition for spoken word artists called My South. Although she didn’t win, Arekah’s recorded snippet was aired as a commercial on network numerous times, as well as portions of her poem being published in the Turner South’s My South hardcover book called My South A People, A Place, A World Of It’s Own. Lending her poetic voice to many events in the city, including The Vagina Monologues Memphis, and Dinner & Divas- A benefit for Sickle Cell Anemia, a co-writer of the successful hip hopera, Rhyme & Reason, where she also played a role and being published in No More Silent Cries an anthology against domestic violence. All of these things led her to release her 2005 Insanity’s Daughter.

After taking a break from the spoken word scene, Arekah found herself attempting a career in plus modeling. During one of her photo shoots, the photographer put his camera in her hand and told her to shoot another friend in the studio. The connection was instant. Within a month, Arekah purchased her first DSLR camera on a Wednesday in 2010. Her first photo shoot was the following Friday and the rest as they say, is the birth of Arekah the Goddess Photography. Her body of work is an extension of all of the art forms that she has been blessed to be a part of.

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Arekah the Goddess Interview: Part II

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