#PROJECTBLACKBIRD is an initiative dreamed up by radical advocates, activists, artists, and healers who collectively seek to empower the community by creating high-frequency self-activism spaces conducive to healing, thriving, and resiliency.
This event will showcase images from a public healing event that took place at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Includes poetry performance, video showing, testimonials, body paint. Following the show program, we will host the Abstract Ebon Collective exclusive practice “Tabernacle”- creating a high-energy movement space dedicated to the late Antoine “RevdUp” Cutler. The Turn Up will be Real.
Healing justice is about cultivating intentional practices that serve to disempower the wounds of oppression, violence, and spiritual warfare. In this exhibit, we will showcase a series of powerful images, performances, and testimonies that encompass how art & community influence our healing rituals.
Project Blackbird, as an initiative, is a safe space for those to share their stories to empower the healthy dialogue needed to address how trauma affects our mental health.
This event is inspired by the story of Tondalao Hall--a woman incarcerated for the crimes her abuser afflicted onto their children. Her thirty-year prison sentence illustrates the immediate need to address failures in the judicial process and further advocate against systemic, perpetual violence against women. In her 10 years behind bars, she has lived with the burden of keeping her story locked in her lips and heart.
We will also highlight the brave Beatrice Ridley, who confronted her abuser on video and demanded an apology for the wrongdoings he committed against her as a child. Because of the overwhelming response to this video, Beatrice became an outlet of inspiration for many others who had suffered from a similar abuse that had not been addressed.
It is our role as a community to hold the stories of our tribe to lighten the burden and to aid in the first part of the healing process. It is our goal to humanize testimonies in the hopes of encouraging survivors and those with mental health concerns to seek assistance, whether therapeutically or logistically, to aid their freedom.
OPEN EXHIBIT BEGINS AT 6:30PM
7:00PM Performance Begins
8:00PM Turn Up Tabernacle in memory of RevdUp Pro
Photography: Valerie Vaughn
Videography: Nicole Allen Fisher
Facilitator: Candace Liger
Artists: Tiffani Nicole & Niyah Lee
Song: Bashawn Moore