Catzie Vilayphonh of Yellow Rage | Interview
Catzie Vilayphonh is a spoken word artist, activist, and fashion director from Philadelphia, PA. In 2000, she attended a writing/performance workshop called Something To Say at the Asian Arts Initiative. She met and collaborated with Michelle Myers on their first group poem, “I’m A Woman Not A Flava”, and debuted it in the workshop’s performance event under the name Yellow Rage. Catzie and Michelle gained national exposure for competing in the national Def Poetry Slam tour that same year. Yellow Rage was then invited to participate in the 2001 Def Poetry Jam at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Colorado. Yellow Rage has since performed in countless conferences and arts festivals around the U.S. Catzie’s group and solo poems address issues on race, culture, gender, community, human trafficking, modern-day slavery, anti-Asian violence, domestic violence, cross-cultural conflict, self-identity, and many other important unspoken topics. Yellow Rage has released two spoken word albums; Black Hair, Brown Eyes, Yellow Rage Vol. 1 (2002) and Vol. 2: Handle With Care (2010). The group aims to challenge ignorance and hatred and hold people accountable for their ideas and behaviors.