Saturday, May 31, 2014

Black Women's Arts Festival News May/June 2014

Black Women's Arts Festival News

May/June 2014


CONTENTS:


  1. LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  2. NEXT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED – BWAF PHILLY 2015

  3. UPDATE RE: BWAF OMAHA

  4. UPDATE RE: BWAF DC

  5. FORTHCOMING FESTIVAL(S) ANNOUNCED – BWAF NOLA 2016

  6. NEW SERVICE OF BWAF - THE WOMEN'S WRITING & SPOKEN WORD SERIES

  7. HOW TO DONATE

  8. CONTACT US




    1) LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Greetings, friends and supporters!

Hopefully this message finds you well, healthy, and always moving towards better things for self and others.

This newsletter is chock full of exciting news about the latest developments of the Black Women's Arts Festival.

One thing that will differ from the previous newsletter in March (http://yhoo.it/1u2Nf5V) is that the updates are only what has been confirmed, with nothing about what's in the works. We've learned it's best to wait until the book is closed on certain deals before mentioning them mid-stream.

It's exciting to see that not only is the Black Women's Arts Festival up and running again, but it's doing so in and outside of Philadelphia, and is expanding beyond that prorgam into one other beloved and acclaimed community arts initiative.

We look forward to working with some of you in the very near future and in the meantime, stay create!


In art and community,


Cassendre Xavier

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003)



    2) NEXT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED – BWAF PHILLY 2015

We are very excited to announce that Philadelphia's 9th Black Women's Arts Festival will return to our primary and long-time venue, The Rotunda (www.TheRotunda.org), in 2014. We (BWAF and Gina Renzi, director of The Rotunda), began the usual planning weeks ago, including setting the dates, and will release information about submissions and advertising and vending opportunity when the time is right. Meanwhile, we thank you for your patience, and we encourage donations to continue to grow the good work!


    3) UPDATE RE: BWAF OMAHA

We apologize for announcing prematurely the positive results of negotiations with our BWAF Philly contact(s) currently based in Omaha, Nebraska. We were hopeful and expectant, but unfortunately the time is not right for us at this time. We appreciate your interest and our Omaha/Lincoln connections and trust that should an opportunity to join our talents occur again, we will be happy to explore!


    4) UPDATE RE: BWAF DC

After weeks of negotiation, we were not able to finalize plans for a BWAF in Washington DC, so such plans are on hold at this time. It is highly likely that will happen in less than 5 years, but for now, we are focusing on other BWAFs that are securely being managed by BWAF organizers and confirmed venues. Thank you for your interest and please stay tuned!


    5) FORTHCOMING FESTIVAL(S) ANNOUNCED – BWAF NOLA 2016

We are extremely thrilled and honored to inform you all that New Orleans', Louisiana's (NOLA) 1st Black Women's Arts Festival is scheduled to occur in the year 2016, with production beginning in early 2015. We are thrilled because a) this will be the first out-of-state BWAF, b) it will be in such a perfect city for this type of event, given its rich heritage of African-American arts and culture, and c) it will be led mostly by former BWAF Philly Producer (2004), Co-organizer (2005 & 2007), and Creative Director (2008-2009) Monica McIntyre! An acclaimed and beloved cellist, composer, vocalist, and lyricist, Monica moved from Philadelphia to New Orleans a few years ago and has had a steadily increasing fan-base as both a solo artist and member of the group The Honeypots. There will be more updates about this as soon as we have them, but for now, Monica's focusing on her music career and will not be available to discuss nor work on BWAF NOLA 2016 until early 2015. So, do contact her, but only to support her music or non BWAF-related work, please. Thank you for your kindness in this matter!


    6) NEW SERVICE OF BWAF - THE WOMEN'S WRITING & SPOKEN WORD SERIES

Because the Black Women's Arts Festival was on hiatus, we are doing what we can to revitalize our presence in Philly's arts community. And, since the next BWAF won't happen until 2015, with production beginning a few months ago, we decided we needed to bring you something fresh and exciting in the meantime. Enter the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series http://bit.ly/1mZZVIl! A Cassendre Xavier Enterprise founded in 2002, the Series, “a nurturing environment that celebrates women in the craft of multi-genre writing,” will now operate as a service of the Black Women's Arts Festival.

If you click on the link above, you will notice that the Series is open to all women, and we seek as much diversity as possible. In collaboration with our nonprofit sponsor, Moonstone Inc., we have confirmed one venue in South Philadelphia, and have negoatiated with another in Mt. Airy. We look forward to announcing the next featured readers and venues of the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series, which you can visit anytime at http://www.WomensWritingSeries.org. You can also donate to the Series by donating to the Black Women's Arts Festival. Very exciting!


    7) HOW TO DONATE

Since 2010, the Black Women's Arts Festival operates as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization under the fiscal sponsorship of Moonstone, Inc., a community arts and education organization founded in 1983. Regardless of how you donate, whether via Paypal, personal check, or an online crowdsourcing/fundraising website, your donation is fully tax-deductable as allowed by law.


a) You can donate by Paypal at our donation link: http://bit.ly/1hKWWhX

b) You can send a check or money order made PAYABLE TO: “MOONSTONE – BWAF”, and mail it to:

C. Xavier - BWAF Philly

c/o Bindlestiff Bookstore

4530 Baltimore Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19143-3705

Please include your email address for a tax receipt you will receive within 2 weeks of our receiving your donation.


Thank you so much for supporting the dream of the Black Women's Arts Festival! As a nonprofit organization, your donations allow us to meet our budgets for everything from office rentals and equipment to much need advertising and promotions and beyond.

Thank you for your support!



    8) CONTACT US

We are hand-picking volunteer organizers and unpaid interns, and we are not accepting artist submissions nor requests for information about vending or advertising opportunities at this time. However, we are happy to receive press inquiries and opportunities to network with businesses and organizations of various kinds and sizes.

This will change over time, but we appreciate your patience for now.

Do get in touch if you feel we could help your business or organization in some way, or vice verse. The best way to get in touch with us is by email: BWAFphilly [at] yahoo [dot] com.


Thank you for your interest in the Black Women's Arts Festival!


Visit us online at http://BWAFphilly.org

Facebook: http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BWAFPhilly



(c) Copyright 2014 by the Black Women's Arts Festival. All rights reserved. http://BWAFphilly.org











Wednesday, May 14, 2014

You Who Wish To Be Bolder

You who wish to be bold or bolder, please don't chicken out. We who wish to be bold or bolder need your example to strengthen our resolve and motivate us to further action. Be emboldened! Be truthful! Be authentic! Be yourself! Be more of yourself! Be even more yourself, still! Be bolder! Be bold! 

[Image: Self-Portrait painting by Cassendre Xavier 1995]

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

CX Quote Pic: Hope vs. Faith

Hope is wishing something good will happen in your future. Faith is knowing something good is happening for you right now! 


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

Monday, May 12, 2014

Tom Chronicles: A Very Good Driver

Tom Chronicles: A Very Good Driver
You can always tell how good a man is in bed by the way he drives.
I was on the trolley earlier today and the driver kept stopping and starting suddenly, rarely able to come to a smooth stop, and making our heads and necks jerk back and forth as a result.
I watched him carefully. His feet on the pedals. It seemed he could not resist the urge to make the trolley jump. Did he enjoy that? Was it some kind of a thrill for him? Was it a necessary point of trolley conductery I, being a non-driving, public transportation-dependent passenger, was totally unhip to? If the latter was the case, why is it that not all trolley drivers did it? Was it a compulsion for him?
As I kept watch of his seeingly nervous tic, I thought sadly of his love life. This guy is so single, I thought. No way he has a wife at home waiting for his jerky, can't finish one smooth move self. Yes, I was sure of it. He is both very very nervous, and very very single.
I thought then of his opposite: My dearly departed Tom, who cruised so smoothly and effortlessly in whatever vehicle he drove, whether it was one of his sedans, or his white Ford truck, the latter of which I breathlessly and swooningly watched him maneuver over his front lawn once, during construction. Watching him handle that truck was such a turn on that moment, and every time I was in any vehicle with him it was foreplay and it was on.
I wish I'd been one of his co-workers when he drove a tugboat at his job as a merchant marine tugboat captain. I would later learn after his passing that this was a coveted, high-up, and highly respected position in his field – one that required much expertise and responsibility.

If you ever heard my two features at the Erotic Literary Salon, you know more about Tom's prowess in the boudoir.
But if you didn't, imagine the following tugboat captain job description applied to, oh, I dunno, say, high quality bootknockery?

Tugboat Captain: Commands tugboat to tow barges and ships into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, and sounds, and on rivers, lakes, and bays: Signals workers on deck to rig towlines to barges or ship to be towed. Determines course and towing speed on basis of specialized knowledge of local winds, weather, tides, and current. Steers tugboat to push or pull barges to destination and to berth and unberth ships, avoiding reefs, outlying shoals, and other hazards to shipping, utilizing navigation devices, for example radar, sonic depth finder, compass and sextant and aids to navigation, for example lighthouses and buoys. Directs placement of suction hose or siphon to pump water from hold of barge, and signals workers to repair leak. Is required to hold license issued by U.S. Coast Guard.” – Courtesy of http://www.job-descriptions.org/tugboat-captain.html.



Yes, that was Tom. He was so masterful behind the wheel.
I remember once at breakfast at a diner I asked him to talk more about his work. One of the things he said that really stayed and continues to stay with me is that what he really enjoys is, “Controlling large objects.”
That says so much about him, the smooth, calm, patient, and specific work he did behind the wheel, under the sheets with this Reubenesque renaissance negresse, and with her heart.
Yes, that was my Tom: The best driver I ever met.

(Image: Delta Captain After Sunset, by Bryan Costales)

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances!
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

CX Quote Pic: Size of a Man's Bed

The size of a man's bed and the condition of his bedroom say more about his interest in romantic relationships than do his physique, finances, and/or any other supposed indicators. 


--Soulmate Attraction for the Rest of Us, by Cassendre Xavier



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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

CX Quote Pic: Lovers & Books

Provided the time to experience them properly, one can never have too many lovers and books.

Cassendre Xavier, renaissance negresse

www.cassEndrExavier.com


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

CX Quote Pic: Reclaiming the Word God

When I speak of “God”, I am reclaiming the word and addressing the highest love and power in everyone including pagans, Goddess worshippers, and atheists.


Cassendre Xavier, renaissance negresse

www.cassEndrExavier.com


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

Rawimmin: Philadelphia's 1st Raw Vegan Women's House Forming! (East Germantown)

Attention!!!! Gender preference IS ALLOWED in shared housing ads!

Please read the exemptions of both Fair Housing Act (FHA) and
Craigslist posting guidelines for sex preference. In the cases of
group housing where common areas such as bathrooms and kitchens are
shared, IT IS ACCEPTABLE to specify a gender preference.

That being said: 

Intentional Wimmin's Cooperative House Forming! Available Immediately and Ongoing

Hi, there!
I am a long-time intentional community member who just (on May 1) moved into an empty 5-bedroom house in East Germantown. The owner/landlord and I would like to fill this house with 4 like-minded wimmin (or trans folks) who would like to help create a positive, group living environment. I am an imperfectly practicing raw vegan who has been involved in the raw vegan community in PA since 2005. I'm a former employee of Arnold's Way Raw Vegetarian Cafe & Education Center in Lansdale, PA, former housemate of Arnold's, and author of a raw vegan book for imperfectly practicing raw vegans just like me!
I'd love to live in a house that combines the best features of my favorite wimmin's collective I lived in, plus the wonderful raw vegan house I lived in with both women and men.
You wouldn't have to be 50% or more raw like I am, just be willing to not have non-raw/non-vegan foods in the common areas of the house. Or, we'd all make it up as we go along, according to the needs of the collective!

ABOUT THE HOUSE:

●Sunny! 
●Recently renovated
●5 Unfurnished bedrooms--------2 Full Bathrooms, 1,400 sq ft.
●Living Room, Dining Room, Washroom with Washer & Dryer
●Large Kitchen with refrigerator and stove
●Large, clean, & dry basement
●Front Porch---------Backyard
●Bus Stops (18, 26, K) at the corner; Quick 5 minute bus ride to Olney Transportation Center at Broad & Olney (many buses, plus subway station of the Broad Street Orange line)
●Child Care Center across street
●Children's Park under construction nearby
●2 blocks/less than 1/2 mile away from Waterview Recreation Center with pool, near ●Chelten Avenue near McMahon Street, zip code 19138
●Close to supermarket and pharmacy


Rooms vary in size (first come first served). Rent is $350 per room, plus utilities (electric, gas, and water), rarely over $100 per persun.

ABOUT ME:
Haitian-American/Black, Chinese, female-born/identified, member of the LGBTIAQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, asexual, queer or questioning) community, award-winning multi-media artist and arts organizer, imperfectly practicing raw vegan, polyamorous, New Age/pagan, open-minded, organized, very positive, leader, founder & director of women of color arts festival that almost 10 years old and is soon to co-produce events around the world. Lived in cooperative houses for over 10 years in Philly, and studied intentional communities since the 1980s. (I'm a very youthful 40-something :-))

IDEAL HOUSEHOLD & HOUSEMATES:

*All female or trans
*Diverse in age, race, sexual orientation, occupation, and religion
*Vegan/vegetarian/raw food friendly (meat-eaters welcome :-) 
*One house meeting a month (just to check in and bond!)
*Celebrate one another's birthdays together 
*Relatively neat and tidy
*Relatively quiet (especially before 9am and after 9pm)
*Healthy, active lifestyle (having bicycles, playing tennis/going for runs/doing yoga together, etc.)
*We recycle and compost
*We have lots of plants indoors and garden outdoors
*We maximize use of natural light
*We conserve energy (hang our clothes outside when possible instead of running the dryer, etc.)
*Natural or least toxic cleaning solutions, pest control, etc.
*Somewhat involved in neighborhood and/or community
*All members willing to commit to living there for 2 years or more (not mandatory) 
*Committed to working together for the greater good of the household
*Completed household sets the intention for the house together, choosing a name, etc.

Rooms are available now, and if you're reading this and are interested, please reply in case there are still vacancies at that time.

Most of the things I've written are flexible.

What's not is that you must:
*Have and be able to prove regular income (paystubs, etc.)
*Be cleared when the landlord does a background check ($20 nonrefundable fee)
*Pay $1,050 (1st, last, security) to move in.
*Be willing to sign either a 1-year lease, or a month-to-month agreement (month-to-month still requires total of $1,050 to move in)

If you're interested in seeing the space, please email me (click "Reply" or send to: artchyk(at)yahoo.com), inbox/message me wherever you found this ad, or TEXT 215-436-9702 to schedule a quick phone interview. I look forward to hearing from you!

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CX Quote Pic: Share Your Humor

If you are naturally funny then by all means express your comedic stylings more often. The world and everything in it needs and is greatly healed by humor and laughter.


Artist Inspiration, by Cassendre Xavier

www.cassEndrExavier.com

Laughter Painting by Susan Singer


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

CX Quote Pic: No Such Thing As Time

There is really no such thing as time. We either desire and choose to do a thing or we do not.

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

Saturday, May 10, 2014

May is "Beautiful" - 3/10 "Letters from Heaven"

And continuing with the theme of celebrating my CD “Beautiful” this “beautiful” month of May, Track 3 of 10 is “Letters from Heaven”, one of the songs most beloved by CX listeners. 
Here are the lyrics, and athough the backstory isn't painful to recall, I feel it would detract from the expansiveness and romantic possibilities of the listeners' imagination if I expounded upon it. So, again, I'll just let the lyrics speak for themselves, and recall the ones I've loved and traveled away from, and who have loved and traveled away from me, on my own :-)
Thank you and please enjoy the following linkery device unitations as followeth...

Watch me sing “Letters from Heaven” live on March 8
th when I opened for Tret Fure for a second most wonderful time... on YouTube http://bit.ly/1oCHCbo
Listen to the album version on YouTube http://bit.ly/1seWZHx
FREE download the album version from YouTube http://bit.ly/1seWZHx
Order the CD “Beautiful” on CD Baby 
http://bit.ly/1mKiAua 

Letters from Heaven - LYRICS

 
I've been away now for three whole years
I don't know how I've stayed far 
from you
Remember we spoke of visions and goals and dreams
Well this is the only way mine will come true
 
We knew each other many long moons ago
Sometimes a lover always my friend
But this time around I knew you by your sweet smile
And in the dreams that I had of yo
 
Letters from heaven letters from you
Never come often always are few 
Letters from heaven sometimes they make me blue
They only remind me how far I am 
from you
 
Being without you has taken its toll on me
I try not to be needy I try to be strong
And although I'm doin' what I set out to do
I hope this adventure won't take too long
 
Letters from heaven letters from you (etc, as above)

© Copyright 2004 by Cassendre Xavier. (p) CX Unlimited Music Publishing (ASCAP). All rights reserved.
www.cassendrexavier.com 


Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com


CX Quote Pic Body Self-Love Mermaid Parade

I am grateful I can look at my body with love and compassion, knowing I am on a grand

and exciting journey.

--Cassendre Xavier, renaissance negresse 

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2010 


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

CX Quote Pic: Your Higher Self is Great Company

You and your Higher Self are great company.

--Soulmate Attraction for the Rest of Us, by Cassendre Xavier

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

CX Quote Pic: Life is Good/Ass Slap

Life is good. 
It is juicy. 
It likes to slap you on the ass sometimes
But you can learn to like it.

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

May is "Beautiful" 2/10 "Stand by My Side"

Following the theme of celebrating my CD “Beautiful” this “beautiful” month of May, Track 2 of 10 is “Stand by My Side”.
Here are the lyrics, and as for the backstory, well, it was too emotional to try to write that, then luckily I was saved by the fact that the lyrics themselves say enough for the moment!
Thank you and please enjoy the following linkery device unitations as followeth...

Watch me sing “Stand by My Side” live on YouTube http://bit.ly/RzwzoK
Listen to the album version on YouTube http://bit.ly/1fX94AJ
FREE download the album version from YouTube http://bit.ly/1fX9fw1
Order the CD “Beautiful” on CD Baby http://bit.ly/1mKiAua

Stand by My Side - LYRICS

I've been pushed down
like the others before me
I've crawled around
Searching for shreds of dignity

I was the clown
You never took my act seriously
I ran around
You never knew what to make of me

Stand by my side
Don't let me go
I love to run and hide
But just so you know
That's just my style
Stand by my side

Ooo-oo-wah...

I made you wait
You waited forever...
My eyes a gate
You stand on the outside looking in

You listened well
For that, I'll love you forever
You could never tell
I'm more like you than you'll ever know

Stand by my side
Don't let me go
I love to run and hide
But just so you know
That's just my style
Stand by my side

© Copyright 2004 by Cassendre Xavier. (p) Cassendre Xavier Unlimited Music (ASCAP). All rights reserved. www.cassendrexavier.com

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances!
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

CX Quote Pic: Humynitarian Breast

I believe in the humynitarian breast. I believe breasts that remain hidden for a lifetime, largely unhandled, are sad and not living up to their full potential.

Text: Erotica. Image: How to Wear a Crystal. Both by Cassendre Xavier www.cassEndrExavier.com


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances! 
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

Friday, May 9, 2014

Free Downloads of my YouTube Videos

FREE downloads of a gabrillion of my songs, parodies, poems, etc. from YouTube here: http://bit.ly/1jHYg95! (Who knew? Oh, the technology! The more people who steal my stuff today, the more will buy my new CDs and concert tickets tomorrow! So steal and share away and steal again, my frangs!

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances!
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

Amethyste Angels - Are You an Earth Angel?

Amethyste Angels – Are You an Earth Angel?

An earth angel is someone who is called to demonstrate love on earth and heal themselves and the world around them through God's love.
Although everyone is meant to love and heal, earth angels, also sometimes called lightworkers, are particularly sensitive to others and are so passionate about healing and love in their everyday lives, it's difficult for them to consider doing any other thing or being any other way.
There are many different kinds of earth angels, too. Please don't think all earth angels look or act a certain way or are always gentle and loving and kind. Being an earth angel means you want to heal the world, and you work towards that in your life, as imperfect as you may be as a humyn, being. I am an earth angel/lightworker, and am far from the warm fuzzy bunny that so many earth angels are! But I do my work, and I express my creativity and love and kindness in the ways that I can. So many earth angel lightworkers are that way too – perhaps you are one!
One example of an earth angel in my life is my dear friend O, a multi-media spiritual artist (mostly theater/performance art), love activist, and manager of Serenity House in Philadelphia.
I've known O for many years on earth, and we've known each other prior to this life on earth as well. I affectionately call her “my alien friend” because she is the most removed from common day unloving ways and is so naturally inclined to, as well as self-disciplined in, choosing the The Loving Way.
I'm blessed to have shared a dwelling with O, and attended her various workshops. O and I have collaborated before, creatively, including her playing the role of “Wisdom” in my Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2003/Community Education Center (CEC) stagepiece “Sex for Survivors” (which also featured cellist/composer/vocalist Monica McIntyre, movement artist/dancer Jodi Netzer, and poet Samantha Barrows). O has also been a feature of several Black Women's Arts Festivals in Philadelphia over the years, and led BWAF's “Honoring Our Ancestors and Elders” ceremonies.
O texted me a link last night. It's a YouTube video from QuakerSpeak, featuring O talking about how she lives the Quaker faith of seeing and honoring the God in everyone. Please enjoy and share! http://youtu.be/3w4_yW-Js_I
You may notice O exhibits both wisened old soul and joyful childlike characteristics, a combination very common among earth angel lightworkers!
If you'd like to network with O, her Facebook name is “Olove WorksForever” and the link is www.facebook.com/olove.worksforever.
Thank you, earth angels, and may we all be inspired by love to action!

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)

Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) BWAF (http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage)

Blog/Email Announcements: http://cassendrexavier.blogspot.com
6 CDs at CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
2 CDs at iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/CXiTunes
Books & Ebooks: http://cxbooks.eventbrite.com
Guided Meditations: http://tinyurl.com/CXMeditations
Affirmation Songs: http://tinyurl.com/CXAffirmationSongs
Wisdom Magazine Column: http://tinyurl.com/CXWisdom
CXTV - Cassendre's official YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://twitter.com/cassendrexavier

Official CX URL http://cassendrexavier.com

Save the Dates of my upcoming musical appearances!
Sat June 7, 2014 - Lansdowne Farmer's Market 10:30am-12:30pm www.LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Thurs. October 23, 2014 – Lansdowne Folk Club, Lansdowne PA (Opening for Dave Nachmanoff) http://folkclub.org

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