“Another one that continuously comes up is, white women who want to include me in their, ya know, online symposium, interviews, blah blah blah, whatever, because they’re trying to collect Black people and they one, want me to do it for free. So no. And two, don’t, again, it’s this lack of, care or thought and don’t read my responses even. I just had a woman ask me to speak on her online symposium for free. And she was like, ‘It’s a marketing opportunity.’ No, it’s not a marketing opportunity for me. I don’t need your marketing opportunity, I’m just, like if you want my offerings, service and education, then pay me for my time. Period.”Read More
“Understand that the most impact that you’ll be is right where you stand. So, where are you right now? And what can you do in your immediate environment to move the needle? And that there’s, everybody doesn’t have to be an organizer on the front line, everybody doesn’t have to be holding a picket sign and have their arms linked. And while that is a valuable form of resistance and that’s gotten us a lot of places. That there are a whole lot of other things that we can do, in the place that we are, that helps us all get there.”Read More
“Now look at how that translates to Black Lives Matter protests, right? They note Black people are angry. But they don’t think it’s a righteous anger, they think we shouldn’t be angry, we shouldn’t be displaying anger in that way. We’re so on and so forth. But the thing that we’re angry about, ya know? Cause there’s not really a strong concept in evangelical faith that God, that God gets angry at injustice. Even when we see Jesus do that. You know and evangelicals have a a very high view of who Jesus is. You know that Jesus is God. So, you know, Jesus is supposed to be telling us something about what God is like. And if, Jesus gets upset at the poor being exploited in a religious establishment then that means, you know, for those who claim to have evangelical faith, that you have to accept that God gets upset at the poor being exploited.”Read More
“How can you really practice feminism if the people at the top are not diverse. Is this? Let’s look at where the money is going and if it’s not going back into the pockets of women, and people of color, and non-binary people, and people all over the world. Is this really, truly diverse? And I would argue that it’s not. We’re just keeping the flow of money going in the same direction it’s always gone in. Ya know? It’s just another brand of white supremacy and patriarchy to see that the people who hold the power are profiting off of these concepts that we’re all, ya know, really trying to sort of insert into our lives in more equitable ways. Basically I see a lot of brands that are using the phrase, but not walking the walk at all and I think we should be more aware of that as consumers.”Read More
“Sometimes it takes a bit of a process for us to like feel like we have permission to call ourselves creative. I think that was part of my delay in becoming a writer. I was like, ‘Am I allowed to be a writer?’ I felt like I needed to be granted permission or anointed and I felt like I called myself an aspiring writer for longer than necessary. Like if you’re writing, you’re a writer.”Read More
“Well I think that fashion is a way that people express themselves. So I think that when there’s this divide between not being able to find clothing you identify with, you start feeling discluded (not included), and like, not part of a society or group.”Read More
“And that stories are the way to connection. Connection is the way to healing. Healing is the way to, I would say, community-based problem-solving, solutions. All of this is important.”Read More
Salem on being conscious + aligned.
“And I’m more myself. I’m more aligned. I’m more aware of myself than I’ve ever been.”Read More
Kiona on making mistakes and learning from them.
“You know, I made a mistake. I claimed it. I understood why, presented it. Then made a solution, offered a space for them to have what they asked for.”Read More