Big thanks to David Alan Grier for stopping by MoCADA the other day to stock up on his Black Weirdo gear. And shout out to #blackweirdo #1 @sassyblackcat for keeping the MoCADA Shop fresh to death. (at MoCADA Museum)
I’m in Brooklyn for the @mandukayoga apparel line launch and I’m getting very excited to participate in tomorrow’s panel about the future of yoga in the 21st century. @mindbodygreen is moderating what’s sure to be a pretty interesting and radical conversation between me and a bunch of other cool people about rewriting the Western yoga narrative. My bff @lisaismyname0 is riding shotgun for this trip, and she’ll be periscoping tomorrow’s panel around 1pm EST- I’m @jessnotjazz over there!
My friends at @mandukayoga are putting us up at the ridiculously nice @wythehotel- Lisa and I have been “oohing” and “aahing” over the most basic shit and I am literally in here feeling like the #blackweirdo version of Eloise at the Plaza. There’s the jaded hipster within that’s scoffing at me for being excited by things like the really nice showerhead or stupid soft sheets. But then there’s the much bigger part of me that feels like Kevin McCallister in “Home Alone 2” and she’s telling that hipster bitch to get her head out of her ass. It’s especially cool to be able to share my adventures with my loved ones, and it means a lot to have Lisa by my side during this trip. There are a couple of other friends (besides bae @nolatrees) who will be along for the #mynameisnola west coast tour- you can watch all of our off the mat antics on my snapchat. Even though my snapchat (@mynameisjessamy) is basically just random videos of me trying on clothes and eating. Which works out because I tried on most of the new Manduka line today and was steady acting like I was in my own music video. I am always doing THE. MOST.
I am so excited about this collab w/ @drcalyn- her awesome comics series about the life of an adorable curvy #blackweirdo will go on a yoga workout adventure for the next few Sundays, taught by a comic version of yours truly. Check out diningwithdana.net on 6/12, 6/19, & 6/26 for a bunch of poses that are fun and curve friendly.
(Btw, not to gush, but I’m just saying that these little curvy black comic nuggets are EVERYTHING. I can’t deal. Fuck a fat shamer, y'all. So happy for all of this fat black beauty. Thank god.)
(Also, I think those ballerina leggings look pretty great in purple- amiright, @mandukayoga? LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN.)
Mini Bio: Phoenixologist. Incantationist. Shapeshifter. Soulsurvivor.
What is your craft/career/creative expression? Interdisciplinary Artist building words, songs, performance, curation and art into healing moments.
How long have you been working at your craft? Lifelong & worldwide.
Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo? I’m second generation Black Native Two Spirit from my inception. A child of a lesbian mother & a bisexual father, raised in pre Stonewall queer bar community, blessed with a loving grandmother and a dreaming head & heart. I create transforming/transformative art that aims to honor invisible lives while dreaming of unseen futures to be. Walking all these margins gave me sure steps.
Upcoming events/ projects? Presentations of recent hybrid spoken word/music CD “Blues Divine” and video/performance installation “Noirish Lesbiana: A Night at the Sub Room” - Queering the International/Queer Arts Fest, Vancouver BC.
Publication: “Wild Tales of a Renegade Halfbreed Bulldagger”- experimental memoir/ speculative fiction mixblood work.
Why We Love Storme: Storme was the first person to offer us a show :) She has been a champion of her work on this planet. She continues to open doors to young performing artist. Her warm spirit we are drawn to.