In 2016, I packed up my car and did not drive it from New Jersey to Texas because I am a Black queer non-binary person with anxiety. When my silver Buick met me at my new apartment in Austin, I was excited for three years of graduate school with the shiny letters MFA promised to me at the end.
I knew my program at the University of Texas at Austin would be white. I knew I’d have to find friends outside of my Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities program, seek Black professors beyond my department, and adjust to…
“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” -Fannie Lou Hamer
Even during a global pandemic and nationwide uprisings against anti-Black violence, requests for underpaid and unpaid labor filled artists’ inboxes.
Last summer, I received numerous requests for consultation, workshops, and information via Facebook message, email, and phone calls. Most came from white and non-Black people, often without a greeting or upfront offer of payment.Organizations that purport to value equity, transparency, and inclusion have responded to my requests around pay equity with defensiveness and incremental increases. …
I wrote this around 8:30 am on Wednesday, June 3rd. I started jotting down notes to share on Instagram Live, but the messages kept flowing.
These messages are for us. I hope this resonates. I know we will win.
Think locally. Think short-term.
Think long-term. Figure out what you need to know.
Make sure you’re connecting with whom you need to be connected.
Offer support and be specific.
Remember to eat.
Sleep is important.
Art is important.
Knowledge is important.
Study. Read. Learn.
Be aware of your community and local organizing efforts. …