Black Lives Matter
We see you. We hear you. Black Lives Matter.
We’ve taken a week to reflect, to observe, to listen, to be in utter silence, and contemplate the happenings in our world as we awaken as a global community.
It is a challenging time to process our individual and collective thoughts. With so many layers and opinions to the issues being protested around the world, it’s hard to know how to process it all: Are we to stay silent and listen or march and shout out our stance? Are we to use introspection to reflect within or group together to evince as a collective? Are there political conspiracies at play or is that notion taking away from the issues at hand?
It’s hard to not feel overwhelmed by the noise of confusion, blame, and finger-pointing on social media and the news. The common thread we feel is defaulting into using the word ‘They’.
THEY are racist, THEY are fear-mongering, THEY have built a system to allow minorities to suffer, THEY aren’t willing to change. But… WHO IS ‘THEY’?!
For us, the real work we all need to process starts with how we can shift as an individual and collective to replace the word ‘they’ for ‘we’. WE have racism. WE have fear-mongering. WE have a system that allows the unequal privilege to occur. So, where can we feel into our individual integrity in being part of the WE and where do we need to reflect, shift and change so we can be a proud individual with how we show up in life within the WE?
WE are part of the problem as much as WE are the solution.
So how can we best drop the ‘Us vs. Them’ mentality, challenge the status quo, and break through the noise with our messages in a DIFFERENT way? In this rich tapestry of protests, whether peaceful or activist in nature, as artists, we have the chance to bring our voices forward through our ART.
Picasso once said, learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
It’s time to inspire new ways of communicating through art. Inspiration instigates more inspiration. We are creators by nature and it’s time to share our voice with creativity. Creativity is the soil for new thought-forms. New and inspired thought forms lead to energized action. Actions lead to revolutions and renaissance. It’s time.
The real revolution is to speak out in your own way while simultaneously planning to disrupt the system by taking your energy out of where you don’t resonate with the collective ‘WE’. Protest if you will. Write poetry, if you will. Have an opinion and speak LOUD, if you will. Do you. Whatever you do, EXPRESS yourself. There is no right or wrong way to protest if it comes from your heart and it is of our opinion that the same message delivered in many different ways has the potential to be more impactful.
As Einstein said: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
So what can you do? Dive deep inside, activate that Sacral Chakra, and turn it into your superpower. Amplify your message through your creativity. Make yourself heard. Feel the expression of your truth.
We love you.
We honour you
We see you.
ART CAMPAIGNS THAT ARE ALLIES TO BLACK LIVES MATTER.
1. Momentom’s Passionately [UN] Talented Cabaret Show.
All profits of our next show will be donated to the Black Lives Matter movement AND the show theme will be focused on this pertinent topic.
2. Stand with Bandcamp to Support Racial Justice, Equality, and Change.
This coming Juneteenth (June 19, from midnight to midnight PDT) and every Juneteenth hereafter, for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a national organization that has a long history of effectively enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education.
3. Here Are 25 Organizations You Can Donate to That Support Emerging Black Artists, Thinkers, and Change-Makers.
These organizations across the US aim to foster the careers of aspiring black creatives in a variety of ways.
4. Follow and support black artists on IG with @supportblackart
Find content produced by Black Artists with links to their accounts.
5. Follow Black Lives Matter on artnews.com
Stay in the loop with what artists are publicly saying across the globe in relation to Black Lives Matter.
Read this poem from Hart Floe.