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billie is a disabled writer, activist and filmmaker. years of chronic illness and a rare tumor condition have given hir an amazing sense of groundedness, connection and self-advocacy that fuel hir passion to share truth, in all its pain and glory.

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

—Norman Cousins

We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me)
The Ink Spots

We three, we’re all alone
Living in a memory
My echo, my shadow, and me

We three, we’re not a crowd
We’re not even company
My echo, my shadow, and me

What good is the moonlight
The silvery moonlight that shines above?
I walk with my shadow
I talk with my echo
But where is the one I love?

We three, we’ll wait for you
Even till eternity
My echo, my shadow, and me

SPOKEN:
“We three we’re all alone. Seems like we’re livin’ in a memory. That’s my echo my shadow and me. We three we ain’t no crowd. Fact is we ain’t even company. That’s my echo my shadow and me. You know I been wonderin’-what good is the moonlight that silvery moonlight that shines way, way up above? Yeah, I walk with my shadow, I talk with my echo, but where is that gal that I love?”

We three, we’ll wait for you
Even till eternity
My echo, my shadow, and me

outkast - the whole world

  • Me: I wanna do something
  • Anxiety:
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  • Anxiety:
  • Anxiety: No you dont
  • Me: But
  • Anxiety: No
urbanadalet:

"The text within the piece is a quote taken from the film called "Wadjda" The film is directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour. It is the first feature length film made by a female Saudi director. Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The quote is taken from scene 79 "Girls around here don’t ride bicycles, if you ride a bicycle you won’t get pregnant to get children" This work was commissioned by the department of the state in Bahrain. And it was presented to the US embassy of Bahrain at the opening of “Eternity for Now” at Al-Riwaq art space.” Source: Etsy

urbanadalet:

"The text within the piece is a quote taken from the film called "Wadjda" The film is directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour. It is the first feature length film made by a female Saudi director. Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The quote is taken from scene 79 "Girls around here don’t ride bicycles, if you ride a bicycle you won’t get pregnant to get children" 
This work was commissioned by the department of the state in Bahrain. And it was presented to the US embassy of Bahrain at the opening of “Eternity for Now” at Al-Riwaq art space.” Source: Etsy

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FallOut: Stories, music, art, dance, and speeches by artists and activists who fall outside the norms of race, ability and/or gender

billierain:

Impetus Arts Presents

FallOut:
Stories, music, art, dance, and speeches by artists and activists who fall outside the norms of race, ability and/or gender

We are artists of color with disabilities creating and advocating for Justice! We are multiracial and multicultural disabled dancers and activists! We are immigrant writers! We are black mothers fighting against the institutionalization of our adult children! We are white trans musicians striving for Racial and Disability Justice! We are hard of hearing poets! We are genderqueer chronically ill filmmakers! We are survivors being judged, institutionalized, and held back from housing and careers, yet we create on! We are performing and speaking October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at Zoomtopia Studio 2, 810 SE Belmont.

For further information or to reserve seats, contact Curtis Walker at 971.275.0794 or impetusarts@yahoo.com.

Attention: We really want you to be able to attend and participate fully and we want all of our chronically ill community members to be able to also! Because chemicals and scents make some of our performers and audience members extremely ill, people wearing scents and chemicals will be asked to leave. Please see the scent free policy below for details.

TW: Some performances include mention of abuse, self harm and institutionalization. Don’t hesitate to contact Curtis for more information.

Friday, October 3

7:00pm - Open Mic Night ($5-10 no one turned away for lack of funds*)

Sign interpreters will interpret sign to voice and voice to sign.
Be scent & chemical free!**

If you identify as D/deaf, Disabled, Black, Indigenous, as an Immigrant and/or a Person of Color please come perform alongside some of the cast. Share your dance, storytelling, gender-bending, comedy, poetry, musings, singing/music or sing karaoke (make a note of a YouTube Link for your karaoke song of choice) and get in free. Audience members welcome of all identities.

9:00pm - Short Films (free)

Close Captioned! Be scent & chemical free!**

•Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty.
for more information go to:
http://www.sinsinvalid.org/film.html

•salaMEanderings, directed and edited by Neil Marcus
for more information go to:
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~petra/salamander.html


Saturday, October 4

7:00pm - Feature film screening - R/EVOLVE
directed by Billie Rain and written and produced by Basil Shadid.

($10 no one turned away for lack of funds*)
Closed Captioned! Be scent & chemical free!**


Sunday, October 5

4:00pm - FallOut Live Performance featuring Bobby Fouther
($15, no one turned away for lack of funds*)
ASL Interpreted. Be scent & chemical free!**

other performers include:

•Corinthia Bethune
•Ptery P. Lieght
•Tess Raunig
•Heiko Spoddeck
•Curtis Walker

5:30pm - Short Films (free) Close Captioned! Be scent & chemical free!**

•Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty.
for more information go to:
http://www.sinsinvalid.org/film.html

•salaMEanderings, directed and edited by Neil Marcus
for more information go to:
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~petra/salamander.html


Friday, October 10

7:00pm - FallOut Live performance featuring Billie Rain and Emi Koyama ($10 no one turned away for lack of funds*)

other performers include:

•Corinthia Bethune
•Ptery P. Lieght
•Tess Raunig
•Heiko Spoddeck
•Curtis Walker

Saturday, October 11

7:00pm - Guest Speaker Emi Koyama -
Negative Survivorship
($10, no one turned away for lack of funds*)
ASL Interpreted. Be scent and chemical free!**

Negative Survivorship: Reclaiming “Victim” and Embracing Unhealthy Coping.

9:00pm - Feature Length Film Heart Breaks Open
directed by Billie Rain, produced by Basil Shadid
($10, no one turned away for lack of funds*)
Closed Captioned! Be scent & chemical free!**

Sunday, October 12

4:00pm - FallOut Final live performance featuring Billie Rain, and Bobby Fouther ($15, no one turned away for lack of funds *)

other performers include:

•Corinthia Bethune
•Ptery P. Lieght
•Tess Raunig
•Heiko Spoddeck
•Curtis Walker

6:00pm Guest Speaker Cindi Fischer ($10, no one turned away for lack of funds *)

Cindi Fisher, of Vancouver, Washington, founder of The MOMS Movement and core member of Rethinking Psychiatry, went to Geneva, Switzerland last month to present her report, “Forced Psychiatry and Psychiatric Abuse of African Americans,” to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

* We are committed to our no one turned away for lack of funds policy. People at the door will be trained to happily accept whatever you can afford.


**Scent free policy

Because some of the artists and audience members have multiple chemical sensitivities (MSC) and get extremely ill from perfumes and chemicals, all audience members are required to be chemical and scent free for all events. For the safety of the artists, presenters, and audience members, those wearing chemicals and perfumes will be asked to leave and return scent free. FallOut organizers advise that scents and chemicals include but are not limited to perfume, deodorant, hairspray, gel, cigarette and pot smoke and much of mainstream makeup, and that audience members should be prepared in advance to use only scent free shampoo, soap, make-up, and laundry detergent a full 24 hours before attending, as well as to come in clothing that has not been smoked in, including during show intermissions. FallOut organizers will provide even more information on how to be scent free on this website by a week before the performance including inexpensive or free home remedies/alternatives, and product suggestions. Those who wish to attend that are low income or need assistance purchasing products are encouraged to contact Curtis Walker at 971.275.0794.

ghcst:

im so miserable but i laugh at everything

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angryblackgirlsunited:

Women in Caribbean History: The British Colonised Territories by Verene Shepherd 

This work provides an introduction for students, teachers and the general reader, giving accessible information on the history of Caribbean women. As well as focusing on enslaved Black women, it provides a background to the lives of the European, Chinese and Indian women who lived in the English-speaking Caribbean. The text reveals insights and information on Caribbean women and their economic, social and political role in the region, and also analyzes the politicization of Caribbean women in the 20th century.

angryblackgirlsunited:

Women in Caribbean History: The British Colonised Territories by Verene Shepherd 

This work provides an introduction for students, teachers and the general reader, giving accessible information on the history of Caribbean women. As well as focusing on enslaved Black women, it provides a background to the lives of the European, Chinese and Indian women who lived in the English-speaking Caribbean. The text reveals insights and information on Caribbean women and their economic, social and political role in the region, and also analyzes the politicization of Caribbean women in the 20th century.

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thevisibilityproject:

Lead by black women, “Belle” seeks to provide a fuller, more accurate retelling of 18th century England

When 18th century England comes to mind the accompanying image usually includes white aristocrats going about their day-to-day activities. The recently released film, Belle has arrived to change that image or perhaps provide an alternative to the singular image we’ve become accustomed to.

Set in 18th century England, Belle brings to life the real story of a mixed-race black woman named Dido Elizabeth Belle. The illegitimate child of a Royal Navy officer, Dido must navigate the politics of British aristocracy while dealing with the societal stigma associated with her ethnic heritage.

Read more at TheVisibilityProject.com

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you do not have to accept creative oppression. if you are an artist, be an artist. art is as valuable, as necessary, as important as any other profession on this planet. do not accept or entertain shame because ‘you want to be an artist.’ be honored that you are going to change and create the world from your imagination.

—nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)

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