Dialogue 4: Radical Healing


"If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

A world in crisis requires radical healing. Art and music are the sweet medicine that gets us through hard times, soothes our pain, opens our hearts, brings us together, and inspires us in this long beautiful struggle to transform the world. 

Radical healing awakens our creativity and dreams. 

Radical healing is revolutionary.

Radical healing is collective. 

Radical healing liberates our hearts, minds and bodies 

Radical healing honors ancient wisdom while radically reimagining the future.

Radical healing allows us to be fully human and together.

Radical healing is essential for feminist movement-building. 

For the fourth dialogue in our series, Women Radically Transforming a World in Crisis,” JASS has teamed up with Nubian QUEENX (Quantum, Unique, Evolving, Essence of Nubian Sistas Black Womanhood and Divinity) to offer a musical celebration dedicated to radical healing. 

Led by Multimedia and Funk-Rock legend Nona Hendryx, QUEENX is a multigenerational, multidisciplinary mashup of sound design, spoken word, beats and bits, quasi hip-hop, rock, and avant-garde. Joined by indigenous and global artists from Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Philippines, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, this event will free your mind and rock your body.  

We lift the long invisible role of Black and indigenous women in mending and transforming our communities and world in the face of violence and destruction. This musical celebration centers the healing power of their art in leading us toward wholeness. 

Join us as we unleash the power and wisdom of womxn, sing our liberation, and conjure a transformed future together.

Why Radical Healing

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare." Audre Lorde (1934-1992)

This moment of crisis has separated us and exposed the brokenness of our world – the violence and inequities already suffocating us laid bare. But it has also inspired extraordinary outpourings of community care, solidarity, and uprisings for Black and Indigenous lives and for freedom from violence. It is a time of pain but also one of tremendous possibility. It is a time that calls for renewal, bold imagination and, of course, dancing! Healing for our bodies and souls.

Panelists

Nona Hendryx (US) – multimedia and funk-rock legend with a career spanning six decades of sound and style evolution. Fans know her as a founding member of the girl group, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, (with Sarah Dash, Cindy Birdsong and Patti LaBelle,) known as “the Sweethearts of the Apollo Theatre” and inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame in 1999. https://www.nonahendryx.com/

Liza Jesse Peterson (US) – an artivist: an actress, playwright, poet, author, and youth advocate who has been steadfast in her commitment to incarcerated populations both professionally and artistically for over two decades. https://www.lizajessiep.com/

Monique Wilson (Philippines): one of Philippine’s veteran theatre and film actresses, Monique started acting professionally at the age of nine. A member of JASS ally, GABRIELA, Monique has received numerous awards as an actress including the ALIW Award for Best actress for “Cabaret” the musical, and the URIAN best supporting actress for the film “Kapag Iginuhit Ang Hatol ng Puso”. https://www.onebillionrising.org/171/monique-wilson-one-billion-rising-director/

 

Rosa Chávez (Guatemala): JASS’ Guatemala Country Coordinator, Rosa is a Mayan K’iche’ Kaqchiquel woman, poet, artist, and educator. Rosa contributes to collective building of methodologies from art and Mayan spirituality for training, healing, and decolonization. https://justassociates.org/en/bio/rosa-chavez

Sara Curruchich (Guatemala): a Mayan Kaqchikel woman and singer-songwriter. Her voice and her message of love, conscience, respect, and defense for life in all its forms, have made it a bearer of light and hope for many women and men. https://saracurruchich.com/

Divinity Roxx (US): a base-player, Divinity is inspirational and genuine, and has earned the reputation as irrefutable front woman of her own genre-bursting, honest, and compelling musical journey. https://divinityroxx.com/

 

Hope Masike (Zimbabwe): one of Zimbabwe's music jewels, Hope’s music is a tasty hybrid of many music styles tied together by her signature sublime Mbira playing, sultry voice, and highly-charged performances.  https://worldmusiccentral.org/2019/06/20/artist-profiles-hope-masike/

Lebo Mashile (South Africa): a celebrated South African poet, author, performer, and producer. A sought-after speaker and social commentator, Mashile has shared her creative work in 28 countries to date. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-05-08-friday-activist-lebo-mashile/

 

Iskwe (Canada): an artist, a creator and communicator of music and of movement, of pictures, poetry, and prose. And through it all, she is a teller of stories that have impacted our past and will inform our future. https://iskwe.com

Sophia Ramos (US): a rock singer/songwriter, Sophia has mastered her craft in many genres: R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Latin, and Pop, allowing her musical insight, enormous range and personal charisma to blend in an infectious, compelling voice. www.sophiaramos.com

 

Be Steadwell (US): a singer songwriter, Be calls her music QUEER POP – a blend of soul, acapella and folk. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage.  Be's original music features earnest lyricism and Affirming LGBTQ content.  https://www.besteadwell.com/