GOOD MEDICINE '19

I am The Queen of the Doodle...  There have been few moments in life where singing could not carry me through the rough patches.  It is in those moments when I have been called to stretch creatively to find another way to transmute whatever pain I may be navigating. Ultimately when I return to music, my first love, I am better for the discomfort that had me seeking refuge in another craft. Doodling, visual graphics, collage, and writing have been amongst the mediums that have both inspired and saved me over the years.  

Good Medicine came about in 2019. I found myself, yet again, overwhelmed by the violence against Black bodies depicted in media and the fear it provokes even when whiteness is not present.  It is usually issues of race that render me melody-less... In these moments, I am thankful for the pen in its many forms.  

I was blessed to find myself with family in St. Lucia for 3 weeks where I was able to enjoy the air without police and less consistent access to wifi... more space to hear myself and what I know about humanity and God. Perspective is everything... so I doodled seeds, mandalas, and words. mAll prayers #goodmedicine

 

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Red zone a choreopoem and ritual

I am so grateful for Kendra Kimbrough Barnes and KKDE for the opportunity to create this  choreopoem/rtiual. To say the least, ReD zONE was the hardest piece of art I have created to date.  Through this piece I transmuted my own experiences with sexual assault into an awareness that JOY is always mine... but alchemy is never painless.  I experienced all of the pain that we fear when starring down our trauma.  Rage, frustration, anger.... I gain HELLA weight.... I smoked HELLA weed....I cried and then couldn't cry anymore but I didn't stop.  I cannot be more proud of myself for taking this journey.... I was indeed a ritual.  one that I never intend to perform again.  Please watch and share

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