“Heart Led Rebellion,” Climbing PoeTree’s ballad about the unstoppable power of the people.

Directed by Basil Shadid, from Dual Power Productions, the video features a myriad of activists, educators, and radical artists in NYC, Seattle, and the Bay Area.


Written and performed by: Climbing PoeTree, Alixa and Naima
Music by: Bronze Candidate of Shining Soul
Engineered by: Alexander Dadras

Director: Basil Shadid
Camera Operators: John Campbell, Basil Shadid, Andy Schocken
Camera Assistant: Mikal Jakubal
Research Assistant: Monica Olsson
Editing: Jarrod Pasha, Basil Shadid
Colorist: John Davidson

Who is Climbing PoeTree:

Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Alixa and Naima interweave spoken word, hip hop, and award-winning multimedia theater to expose injustice, channel hope into vision, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible. With flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism, Alixa and Naima weave together their voices to tell powerful stories of love and liberation, state and personal violence, social, environmental, racial, and sexual justice, woman’s empowerment, and human transcendence.

In 15 self-organized tours over the past 10 years, Climbing PoeTree has blazed stages in more than 70 cities across the U.S., and abroad from the UK to South Africa, Mexico to Cuba. At concert halls and conferences, classrooms and festivals, prisons and universities, Alixa and Naima’s words inspire thousands of people to activate the transformation they wish to cultivate within themselves and their communities. Their soul-stirring performances have been featured alongside visionary leaders and artists such as Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Amiri Baraka, Cornel West, Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Alice Walker, Vandana Shiva, Danny Glover, Joanna Macy, The Last Poets, and Dead Prez.