Story of Candace's work as Hotep The Artist 


Candace aka Hotep the Artist is a Renaissance Woman, Mother, Entrepreneur, Spoken Word Poet, Mime Artist, Award Winning Actress, and Mom of a 7th grade Boy.


She has been featured on open mic stages and poetry slams across the country. Her revolutionary message comes across in a practical, comical, and passionate way. Her performance poetry has been showcased at Fleeting Pages Poetry, Laugh and Lyrics at the Improv, Eargasm Open Mic Series and has been the Winner of 4 Eargasm Poetry Slams.

She has performed in several staged readings at the August Wilson Center in "The Swallowtail Project", "Woodgrain," and "Contrary to Popular Belief" by Nathan James. She was the 1st place winner of the 97th Annual ASALH Poetry Slam and 2nd place winner of the Flint 500 Slam in Flint Michigan. She can also be seen performing the art of solo mime in and out of state for celebrations of all kinds. 

She is a 15-year performance expert of solo mime. Hotep first featured her artistry in churches within and outside the city limits of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Youth conferences, creative workshops, summer camps, and religious congregations became the platform for her dynamic display of interpretive movement. She has executed training and choreography in the form of weekend retreats and seminars for new artists and actors in pursuit of this creative outlet. Hotep received 1st Place in the Adult Dance division of the Pittsburgh WAMO Talent Showcase, and repeated the same 1st place victory two years later. She also helped to establish the Covenanted Praise Mime Ministry. Some of her appearances include the "Mime Talk Showcase" (Norfolk, VA). Eargasm Open Mic series.


She even enjoys being a mime on the street in Downtown Pittsburgh.


Hotep has auditioned for America's Got Talent in Charlotte, NC (2012), and Chicago, IL (2013). She's performed for the 5th grade graduation of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter Schools, and she was a workshop instructor and performer the youth conference, Inspiring Young People 2 Communicate in Houston TX with Precious Da Mime. She featured at SPEAK UP Sundays with poet/hostess Jayaira Grihm (Artistic Genius) in Youngstown OH.

Click to see mime on the street!
Mime to Janelle Monae

Her Artistic journey is one of passion and revolution. Her message of peace comes with her many battles she's fought through teenage pregnancy, health, marriage, divorce, and abuse. Artistic healing is found in her work relating to the masses in real life applications of lessons learned.


As an energetic event host, Hotep the Artist kept the Spirit of the Shadow Lounge  alive with her invention of The Artists Party. She personally called over 30 open mic performers to be paid from the door of their own showcase. Multidisciplinary Artists Self Cyphadeen and Christina McNeese were excellent co-hosts for these shows as well. See video below. (Videography by Hyperboy Media)

With the help of funding from the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant made possible by the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments, Candace was able to put on an unforgettable performance show at the Father Ryan Arts Center called "Hotep on Earth, Know ThySelf" in May 2015.



Joining forces once again with Self Cyphadeen, Hotep the Artist put on a performance that respects our ancestors and our current American testimonies. This show immediately took her into more teaching roles in the community.


Candaceo became a teaching artist working full time at Propel Schools in Pittsburgh PA with students from grades K-7. In 2017, as a summer youth coach at Gwen's Girls Summer Camp, she is applying her gifts to encourage young women to reclaim their freedom and creativity in all areas of life.                                          


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