THANKSGIVING FUNDRAISER UPDATE: facebook.com/shanicenicolespeaks/posts/709680006182983 Because of all of your support, we not only reached the $1000 goal - we surpassed it! So far 41 people have contributed amounts ranging from $5 to $100 for a total of $1410. Almost all of the money has already been distributed to Indigenous families and community members. The fundraising is ongoing so if you still want to contribute or share please do so! Please also consider asking friends and family especially if you're gathering around a table today or tomorrow for a Thanksgiving feast. What does it mean to live in a world or in a city or in a community where there is both abundance and scarcity. How can we disrupt that? How can we share what we have and show up for each other in ways that are meaningful and possible? Some questions to reflect on today and everyday. Thank you so much for giving and for caring. e-Transfer: email@example.com PayPal: paypal.me/shanicenicoleyarde If you'd like to receive an email for future calls for support for Black and/or Indigenous community members please sign up here: https://forms.gle/qwJaiN5PDFDAy34M6. ❤️❤️❤️
Be wary of the coded language. The way racism and classism and other systems of oppression sneak into - or rather, are strategically placed in - our words, in our decisions, in our policies, in our laws. Be wary of the way terms like "standards" and "excellence" and "quality" are often synonymous with white. Be wary of the way whiteness makes a home in our bodies and in our work. Be wary.
In honour of the Thanksgiving holiday this upcoming weekend I am hoping to raise some $$$ for local Indigenous families. This is a simple and impactful way to take action and support Indigenous people in our communities. Most importantly, money will go directly into the hands of Indigenous people without any of the barriers or bureaucracy. My goal is $1000 so that each family can receive $100. This might sound like a lot of money but in reality it isn't and I believe we can raise it together. If 100 people sent me $10 the goal would be reached. If 50 people sent me $20 the goal would be reached. If 25 people sent me $40 the goal would be reached. If 20 people sent me $50 the goal would be reached. If 10 people sent me $100 the goal would be reached. We can do this! e-Transfers: firstname.lastname@example.org PayPal: paypal.me/ShaniceNicoleYarde Thank you in advance for sharing and contributing ❤️
October's Quote of the Month forces us to ask ourselves if we're ready to put in the work. I hope we are. To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination. - bell hooks
Special thanks to @elle_stoodley and all those involved in @popmontreal organizing for 2019. Grateful that I got to moderate an important conversation exploring misogyny, feminism, music, art, bodies, identities, and power this weekend. Thank you to everyone who came and to @backxwash, @naikachampaigne, and @hualigram who were so generous with their stories and truths. Even though we were on a stage it felt as though we were old friends in a living room, asking questions and offering answers when we could, and more questions when we couldn't. It was an intense but beautiful start to my Saturday. A few reminders in the form of takeaways: 1. We need to have these conversations, even when they're uncomfortable and inconvenient. This also includes on rainy Saturday mornings when we'd rather be under a blanket focused only on Netflix. 2. We are all implicated. How we are each implicated will always look differently but we must remember that the same systems of oppression that work to separate us also keep us connected. 3. Our bodies and minds and lives belong to us. We have unfortunately been deeply socialized to believe/adopt/desire/uphold/protect/internalize so much hate about ourselves and each other. But what we know can change and expand and transform. Start with questions and see what answers you find (or don't find) along the way. 💛✨
yesterday half a million people gathered in this city to make a statement. this was mine. 1. the most toxic pollutant on the planet is white supremacy. 2. if you care so much about the land then give it all back. #notreadyforreconciliation
Looking forward to moderating this panel tomorrow morning as part of @popmontreal. Incredible line up featuring @naikachampaigne, @backxwash & @hualigram 😍. We're going to talk about feminism and patriarchy and misogyny and liberation and how music acts as powerful platform for it all. Join us at 11 AM at the @theatrerialto for the hot takes and maybe some booty shakes. 🎶🍑
Last night was the screening of Être Noir.e au Canada / Being Black in Canada as part of the @montrealblackfilmfest. It was such an honour to have been a part of the project and to have witnessed the artistic work of young Black creatives across the country. I laughed and I cried and I deep sighed as we often do when our stories are shared. The highlight and also most heartbreaking part of the evening for me was during the Q&A when an older Black man sitting next to us said to the artists, I have lived in this country longer than all of you have been alive. And this is the first time I can truly say that I feel like I can call this place home. There is so much work to still be done but my heart is filled with gratitude knowing that he was present last night. Because of these young, Black, brilliant people, he was able to see himself reflected and represented in a way that felt welcoming and authentic and freeing. And though we must always remember that representation is not and will never be liberation, it is something. It's a reminder of what is possible - and possibility is everything. Learn more about the project here and support Black artists everywhere! http://montrealblackfilm.com/en/event/etre-noir-e-a-montreal-2/
Exciting news! A documentary I was featured in called Rest Is A Right will be screened along with 14 other short films as part of the Montreal Black Film Festival 😍 Thank you to filmmaker Sara-Claudia Ligondé for choosing me to share my story and a few things I've learned about rest and care and community. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 7 PM - 11 PM Cinéma du Parc $20 http://montrealblackfilm.com/event/etre-noir-e-a-montreal Link for tickets in my bio!
This morning on the metro, an older Muslim woman wearing a hijab made eye contact with me, pointed at this pin on my backpack, and gave me a thumbs up. She wasn't smiling; rather her expression was quite stoic and unwavering. It was as if she was saying thank you for knowing this is wrong, more so than thank you for supporting me. Because ultimately, at its core, this law and others like it, is not about individuals. It's about society. It's about who we are as a people. It's about what we believe to be just and right and human. It's about what we're willing to do in the face of what is unjust and wrong and inhuman. It's about taking the risks we can afford to, leveraging our power, and showing up for each other. It's about thinking deeply about the relationships we engage in with all living beings, with communities, with land, with our histories, and with our futures. It's about knowing that we can do better and we should do better. It's about choosing bravery and love when we are taught to choose cowardice and hate. It's about saying I see you but I know this is bigger than you and bigger than me. It's about the world we want to live in, together. It's about the world we deserve to live in, together. I am against Law 21. I am for freedom.
For many of us September is a time of new beginnings. However this Quote of the Month is a reminder by politician Ilhan Omar that is relevant year round. We are all deserving and we don't need permission or an invitation to exist and to step into our power.
So I have performed at previous editions of Booty Slam Burlesque but this time I will be on the stage as the ~HOSTESS~. Join us Thurday, September 5th at the @wiggleroommtl for a night of poetry, burlesque, and lots of (discussion about) sex. Doors at 7:30 PM and show starts at 9 PM! Tickets are $23 online or $28 at the door so get there early to reserve your seat and get started with some foreplay. See you there 😍🍑
A few reminders for today and this final week of August: ✨ Protect your energy. ✨ Drink a lot of water. ✨ Take a breath before you respond. ✨ Sit with the sun in your face. ✨ Do something that makes your heart race. ✨ Ask for the help you need. ✨ Tell the people you love that you love them. ✨ Eat a little extra. ✨ Apologize if necessary. Forgive if possible. ✨ Write it down.
Note to self: IT'S OKAY TO ADJUST EXPECTATIONS. Expectations of plans. Expectations of goals. Expectations of dreams. Expectations of yourself. Expectations of others. Expectations of the world. Adjusting expectations - especially if "lowering" them - is not always a bad thing. Being honest about what is possible and what you're willing and able to accept or work towards is important. Trust yourself and your inner wisdom to guide you in the right direction and trust that what is meant to be will be - even if it looks a little differently than what you imagined. All love ❤️
The function of freedom is to free someone else. August's Quote of the Month is dedicated to Toni Morrison. I would be lying if I said I was familiar with Toni Morrison's work. Several of her books sit on my shelves yet remain unread. I feel sadness knowing that she is gone before I had a chance to open them but what a gift she has left behind that I now get to graciously receive. To write the stories that you want to read and to share them with the world. To start from where you are and go from there despite the walls in your way. Those are two of the many many lessons that we were lucky to learn from this woman. I may not be familiar with her work but I am familiar with Black women's love. And her work was about deep love for Black women and Black people and Black life. It is only my hope that I can embody some of that spirit in my own work and my own life. I am forever grateful for Toni Morrison and all of the Black women who have loved us so hard. Thank you times infinity. Rest in peace and power. 🖤
Questions to be asked and then asked again. LIFE'S REFLECTION QUESTIONS: 1. Why am I doing what I am doing? 2. Who am I doing it for? 3. Is this what I/they need or want? 4. How will I know when I'm done? or 5. How will I know when I need to pause/stop even if that means not finishing? 6. Am I okay with not having all the answers?
do not listen to people who make you feel like your body is not your own like you don't know every inch and every corner like you haven't lived in it since the day you left another's and cried hello, I am here. Shanice Nicole @ShaniceNicoleSpeaks