Monthly Archives: May 2013

Staceyann Chin: Truth, Spirit & Activism on Fire

Feminist Rag Award NEW_Staceyann Chin

WOW!  Fucking awesome or what??!!
I’ve been watching this over and over and each time it gives me tingles, goes straight to my heart, and brings tears to my eyes.  So powerful.  So healing.  So empowering & inspiring!
(Tiny sidenote, as per my wife Shea: “The only thing I would change is “men” to “colonists” but yeah the patriarchal colonist men are definitely at the top of the WTF heap.”)

I’m a writer, I’m a performer, I’m an activist.  I’m mostly known as a poet.  I’m a memoirist.  I’m a mother.  I really started to speak out for my own rights personally, the ones that I missed, the ones that I felt were away from me; the ones I felt I was caught up in the middle of this unfair set up.  I just wanted my voice to be visible.  I wanted to be part of the tradition of Audre Lorde, June Jordan.  I am often, I think, misunderstood.   Certainly who I am, what I stand for, is misunderstood in the world.  Not only personally am I misunderstood at times, but the lesbian identity, the single mom identity, the Black identity, the feminist identity, the immigrant identity, is constantly being misunderstood.  So much of what we say is taken out of context. [from this interview]

Fierce poetress-activist Staceyann Chin is a raw, real, firecracker of a woman; she’s a force to be reckoned with and a Spirit to fall in love with and be inspired by.

Hearing this woman “perform” (in quotes because her peforming feels like raw realness, a real unchained Spirit) speaks to my heart and ignites my own Spirit to stay passionate & creative in speaking my own Truth.  Staceyann, you light a fire beneath my feminist wings and I so appreciate ya for it!  Rage on sister, rage on – here’s to changing our mother fucking world!

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