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The Black Butterfly -Shines on Def Jam Poet *Shanelle Gabriel*

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Tonight we spot light the great works of HBO Def Jam Poet Shanelle Gabriel! Shanelle Gabriel is a virtuosa: a gifted singer & lyricist. She has displayed her skills on stages nationally & internationally. She is best known for opening & featuring on HBO's Def Poetry Jam as well as in a promo for the 2007 NFL Draft. She was a member of the 2006 Nuyorican Poets Cafe National Slam Team and a competitor in the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam Competition. She has performed and worked with artists such as Les Nubians, Erick Sermon, Nas, and others. You can also see her acting skills in Q-Tip's video for "ManWomanBoogie." She is also an advocate for Lupus awareness. Shanelle's tenacity has allowed her to become a shining star in any path she treads.