Monique "Orisha Love" Letamendi Born and bred in Brooklyn, Monique Letamendi, (known around her city as "Orisha Love" when stepping to the mic) has been in love with theater, music and literature for as long as she could remember. A multi-faceted performer, Letamendi has found a way to pursue a career in creating and performing and in the same turn, remaining an active part of the community. In 2009, Letamendi was invited to perform at the Audobon Ballroom in Harlem, NY to help celebrate the life of the late civil rights leader Malcolm X. In her attempt to extend herself into other interactive fields, Letamendi began to teach poetry and literacy in various funded programs and non-profit organizations. She became a teacher/counselor in Sankofa Empowerment Program in 2009, where she was teaching young adolescents from homeless shelters how to express themselves through poetry. In 2010, alongside the non-profit organization Make The Road, Letamendi recorded a poetry video speaking against police violence that was later shown to the NY Senate in a campaign against the controversial stop-and-frisk policy. In 2015, she performed at the Fight for $15 protest in Brooklyn as part as the campaign to raise the minimum wage for fast food workers. Also in 2015, Monique was appointed program director to ViBe Theater Experience, a program in which Letamendi has been an alumni over the last 10 years. Through theater, poetry and music, Letamendi is supporting and mentoring young girls all over NYC to love themselves, love their struggles and love their neighbors.