The call for submissions went out for DP3 around May for written and visual works from disabled BIPOC parents of disabled BIPOC youth subject to the school-to-prison pipeline, incarceration, child welfare system, foster care system, and mental health care system. Maria and I received no submissions by the June 23rd deadline so we decided to go about it ourselves because between the two of us we have more than enough content. What you gon see in this issue is writing and art by the both of us including interviews of each other, experiences of growing up and going through the system, as well as art by myself like mixed media collage from mini collage to collage on cardboard (like the image above which is the cover image) depicting disabled Black Indigenous boys in the system in the time of covid-19.
I have been invited to exhibit my zines and visual art in the exhibit The Fine Art of Self-Publishing in the Reading Room of The Antenna Gallery in New Orleans, LA opening September 11th and closing October 9th. Maria and I decided we should get the zine finished quick so it can be included in the exhibit.
We haven't yet figured out how we are going to present the zine, whether it'll be only online, for sale in print copy, or both. So stay ready, we will be coming through in the next few weeks with a new issue of Decolonizing Parenting!
[This blog post is originally posted at Roses & Concrete. All collages by myself, Se'mana Thompson, and text/readings by Alecia Deon of Roses & Concrete.]
"2020 energy is in full effect with the arrival of the spring equinox on march 19th. this year requires a deeper journey into the intuition & genetic memory. into alternate realties. into portals. into the places that give you a vision, a belief in a new ending to your story. you must feel it before it becomes. your path is laid out before you with contingencies for human fallacy. the healing taking place within can overcome it all. your divine destiny is locked within the trillions of cells that roam your body & the dreamscape is the only key."
To see themes and readings, check out the full post at Roses & Concrete.
“Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.” – Maya Angelou
“East of the sun and west of the moon We’ll build a dream house so lovely Near to the sun in a day, near to the moon at night We’ll live in a lovely way, dear.” – Ella Fitzgerald
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.” – Tupac Shakur
“I am the history of battery assault and limitless armies against whatever I want to do with my mind and my body and my soul.” – June Jordan
“Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.” – James Baldwin
“Your world is as big as you make it. I know, for I used to abide In the narrowest nest in the corner, My wings pressing close to my side.” – Georgia Douglas Johnson
“You can’t sit around waiting for somebody else to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it.” – Faith Ringgold
“My hands, my feet, I throw my whole body to say all that is within me.” – Mahalia Jackson
“My presence speaks volumes before I say a word.” – Mos Def
“a boat, even a wrecked and wretched boat still has all the possibilities of moving.” – Dionne Brand
“Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people – the beauty within themselves.” – Langston Hughes
“You have the power to define yourself — remember that power; take that control. It’s like a superpower, really, to be whom you want to be, to do what you want to do, to fly where you want to fly. Your life will get more complicated, but think of it as a great adventure, every damn day. You’re going to have fun.” – Randall Kenan
Periscope Live - Disabled Black Native Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, Foster Care System, & School-to-Prison Pipeline
I talk about my disabled Black Native sons (10 & 13) in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. They've been in psychiatric care, jail, foster care, and in youth facility. This is our experience as a disabled Black & Native family.