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about be


Be Steadwell is a queer pop composer, filmmaker, storyteller from Washington DC.  She composes her songs on stage using looping, vocal layering and beat boxing.  Her original music features earnest lyricism, and ​affirming queer content.  Be's goal as a musician is to make other black girls, queers, introverts and weirdos feel seen and loved.


Be earned a BA in Black Studies from Oberlin College ​and an ​MFA in film ​from ​Howard University in 2014.  Her thesis film Vow of Silence ​screened in film festivals around the world, including Black Star, HBO's OutFest, The Schomburg Center and Inside Out Toronto.


In 2019, Be composed the music for The Alvin Ailey Dance Company's production of "the gone".  Later that year, Be wrote and directed A Letter to My Ex​, the musical.  A Letter to My Ex imagines a queer black woman's experience through the year of a big breakup.  ​In 2021 Be released her latest album- Succulent.  Most recently in 2022, Be joined the cast of Parable of the Sower the Opera by Toshi Reagon and Dr Bernice Johnson Reagon.

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