Updated: Oct 21
"It’s a shame that I do all this work out in the world on anti-Blackness and racism and have to come to a set and do the same work." -Angelica Ross
Meeting Angelica Ross this past week was beyond inspiring. I enjoyed her talk during the Black Queer Creative Summit. I am also happy that she feels empowered to discuss her experiences as a black woman in Hollywood. Sometimes we feel ups and downs in our journey- and everyone deserves the space to discuss and express both. <3 Sending her lots of healing and love.
“Thank you for your entry, BUT…”
“While we enjoyed your application, WE HAVE DECIDED…”
“After reviewing all of your information, AT THIS TIME...”
Then finally “CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE INVITED…”
Prior to attending the inaugural Black Queer Creative Summit, I had been submitting grants, applications, considerations, proposals for so many different endeavors. It felt like rejection after rejection flooded my inboxes. As I was on my daily walk on Friday afternoon, I got a phone notification from GLAAD. And almost decided not to open the email, but I thank God that I did.
As tears streamed down my face, I stopped in my tracks and took a moment for joy. I took a moment for peace, and I took a beat to process what it meant to be accepted by the first and only summit for us, by us, and sponsored by the world’s largest LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization.
Dear DaShawn Usher and Team,
Thank you for your vision, your resilience and your commitment to creating and fostering our community. To be black, queer, creative (and to be relatively conscious)in this country is to be in a rage half the time, and in a spell of alchemy, channeling your rage into art, the rest of the time.
I will never forget that magical weekend in LA. I will forever sing praises for each one of your names (DaShawn, Julian, Kayla, Shar, Ryan, Zully, Dash, Kenneth, Sophia, Crystal).
Forever grateful. Forever in your debt. Forever giving you your flowers.
And from what you’ve poured into us all, we will use to continue to planting more seeds and nourishing our perspective gardens. #liftasweclimb
With Love. L is for Love,
DJ LiKWUiD aka Faybeo’n
Banjee Boombox Mixtape Weekly (music, podcasts, film/tv, art that I've been on for the past week or so, and I want to share.)
(I'm at capacity for my server memory- but I want to publish these today, so click the links for more info, next month, I will share my photo carousel) <3
"Symmetric" TT The Artist, She's Ryan
"SPLIFF" Janelle Mack
"Rugrat" Boyfriend, Dai Burger
Thanks for reading my Lovebug.
<3 DJ LiKWUiD