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Free monthly programs at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA 01301. Please join us!


Saturday, March 4, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Spoken Word, An Art With A History featuring Tem Blessed

Tem Blessed is a multi-talented performer, emcee and spoken word artist who astounds audiences with his unique blend of poetry, hip-hop music, and relevant social messages. Tem has been inspiring people for years with powerful messages focused on personal transformation, critical thinking and global responsibility.

Tem Blessed was born in West Africa and came to New Bedford, MA when he was just a few years old. Growing up in New England, it didnít take Tem long to fall in love with hip-hop. Before he even took the stage, the artist within him was already born. Tem started rhyming since the time he was a young boy.

Coming up as a young artist Tem Blessed was inspired by more than just a great sound. He stood strong to ideals like intelligence and integrity. His idea was to build something constructive as opposed to being destructive. A positive message sounded throughout Temís work as he developed a philosophy that shied away from some of the negative stereotypes associated with hip-hop.

Tem's love of music, his experience, his care of the natural world, and his roots in West Africa come together in the music he creates. 


These programs are supported in part by grants from the following Local Cultural Councils:

Amherst, Ashfield, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hadley, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Pelham, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Wendell


Weekly Vigil for Racial Justice


Every Saturday, 9-10 a.m. at the Greenfield Common

Please join us!

Co-sponsored by Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition

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Become an active member of RJR!

We are a tiny all-volunteer group and we will need more active participation in our work in order to resume our programs or initiate other activities. Would YOU like to join us in this exciting work?

Please email us to learn more.


New: video of our December program, Taste of Brazil, The Story of Capoeira Dance, with Tuzinho from Capoeira Brazil Hartford