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By : Sista Creatives Rising

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BAO x Sista Creatives Rising, a Disabled Black-Mother-Daughter Project, will host the virtual film event and fundraiser: “Art & Mind: I Know Who I Am! Journeys of Women of Color & Femme-Expressing Creatives,” sponsored by Brain Arts Org & Dancing Queerly Boston, The Puffin Foundation Grant, and FY24 Mass Cultural Council Grant.

“Art & Mind,” is a Free virtual Zoom disability-accessible film event series supporting creative marginalized women and marginalized genders to share their journeys. This event uses short films and speaking engagements from therapists and activists to raise awareness about various social issues.

Founded by us, Sista Creatives Rising (SCR), is a project and concept. My daughter Amaranthia Sepia and I are a Black, invisibly disabled mother-daughter duo. SCR seeks to strengthen our community by increasing the visibility of these artists and compensating them.

We’re also fundraising for the Sistas Uprising Fund, where 100% of proceeds will become mini grants for BIWOC & Femme-Expressing Creatives of Color. We are also showcasing two documentaries alongside talks by Black Therapists Amanda McGuire & Journee LaFond, free mental health resources, and a talk by our Black Disability Speaker Jacquese Armstrong.

"I Know Who I Am!" is a showcase of women of color and femme-expressing folks of color finding solace and healing in art. We are showcasing the following artists: Haisi Hu, Kaiana Hernandez, The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins, Tennesha Skyers, and SabiLewSounds.

Our second documentary, “A 50% Chance of Paralysis: Get Ahead of Life Before Life Gets Ahead of You,” delves into my 2022 cancer journey. Black women have been forced into living within the strong and resilient stereotype and burdened with the idea that we must nurture others without putting our needs and mental health first. I believe this stressor manifested as a spinal tumor. I face my trauma by navigating physical and occupational therapy to be one of the 1% that can walk again after high-risk spinal surgery. Showcases original music by Mel Chilianis, Australian musician and disabled creative, and my spoken word performance art.

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—BAO x Sista Creatives Rising

Originally published in-print in Boston Compass Newspaper #162 October 2023


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