Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Black Women's Arts Festival News - September 30, 2015

 Black Women's Arts Festival News
 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
1)     JUST THE FACTS, M'AM / PRESS RELEASE / PREVIEW
2)     UPDATED LINEUP
3)     VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY WANTED!!!
4)     SOCIAL NETWORKING LINKS
5)     CONTACT US
 
 
CONTENTS OF TABLE
 
1)     JUST THE FACTS, M'AM / PRESS RELEASE / PREVIEW
 
Event name: BWAF Philly 2015 - The 9th Black Women's Arts Festival
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, October 24-25, 2015
Location: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 www.TheRotunda.org
Event features: Music, Films, Fine Arts, Dance, Drama, Comedy, Workshops, Food, Vendors & More!
Official link: www.BWAFphilly.org
Media Contact or Other Inquiries: Cassendre Xavier, Founder & Executive Director. Email: cxmusic (at) gmail (dot) com. Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassEndrExavier. Twitter: @cassEndrExavier http://twitter.com/cassEndrExavier 
 
Extras:
a)     If you'd like to submit an inquiry to possibly participate as a performer, workshop presenter, lecturer, fine arts exhibitor, or vendor, there is no longer a fee to do so! Simply reply to this message or email Cassendre at cxmusic (at) gmail (dot) com!
b)     The vending fee is a free will / love donation up front, online in advance, (message Cassendre for Paypal info), at the venue before you set up, or after the event, as a portion of your sales!
c)     There will be Open Mic / Open Space available for folks who show up with hopes of sharing the stage or Marketplace floor to vend. If you email us your interest in advance, we can include your name and public contact info in our online promotions. Again, a free well / love donation online would be appreciated as an energy exchange, but not required!
d)     Our venue, The Rotunda, is a wheelchair-accessible, smoke-free space. No alcohol or illegal drugs, either, please.
e)     As always, "The Black Women's Arts Festival is open to all respectful persons".
 
 
2)     UPDATED LINEUP
 
Amethyste Rah – Heavenly Guidance Angel Readings with Reiki, Angel Workshop, Ancestor/Spirit Guide Readings with Reiki
 
Amor La Luna – Fine Art (paintings)
 
Angela Watson (Sadeo) – Dance
 
Arazel – Fine Art (paintings)
 
Atiya Ola's Spirit First Foods – Raw and Healthy Food Vendor
 
Cassendre Xavier – Music, Poetry. Workshop - Soulmate Attraction for the Rest of Us: Dating & Relationships for the Poly, Recovering, Survivor & Tantric. And Co-Leading workshop on Writing For Healing
 
China White: Host/Lecturer
 
Juliannah Francina - Fine Art (paintings)
 
Kai R. Oceans – Angel Readings, Aura Readings, Co-Leading Workshop on Writing for Healing
 
Monica McIntyre – Music
 
O (OLoveWorksForever) will perform our Ceremony to Honor Our Ancestors
 
Lucy Rising – Burlesque Performer / Singer
 
Rorie Stills – Sci-Fi author of "", will do a joint literary reading and be on a panel of a workshop about using CreateSpace, Amazon.com's self-publishing platform
 
Stella Whiteman  - Sci-Fi author of "Control, Alter Delete", will do a joint literary reading and be on a panel of a workshop about using CreateSpace, Amazon.com's self-publishing platform
Workshop
 
Tamara L. Xavier, Ph.D / Dr. Dance / aka Moon Wisdom – Choreographed Dance & Performance
 
Utausha Elie Laster: Lecture/ Workshop Presenter
 
 
INVITED / NOT YET CONFIRMED:
 
Adoniz – Stylist/Designer "Nina Streets Designs Exclusively for You"
 
Angel Hogan – Poet
 
Brown Rice (Michele S. Thornton) – Poet and Author
 
Janice "Jawara" Bishop – Storyteller, Educator "Telling Her Grandfather's Stories"
 
Karen L. Smith – Playwright, Director, Musician/Performance Arts Specialist
 
Krista Nelson – CreateSpace Author, Lecturer, Workshop Presenter
 
Megan Joy Williams – Fashion Blogger – "Classic Style Meets Worldly Awareness"
 
NASSUNI – Visual Art (paintings)
 
Nikki Powerhouse (Nicole Ray) – Performance Artist, Playwright
 
Rosetta Williams – Actress
 
Sharai Robbin – Bestselling Novelist, Author of Candace Reign
 
Tamara Oakman – Poet, Contributing Editor and Co-Publisher of Aviary Magazine
 
Kontrena Clark -  Author of The Day I Met a Wolf
 
 
And much more to come!
 
 
WANTED FOR LINEUP:
 
PRAISE DANCERS
CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPISTS
FASHION SHOW
COMEDY
DRAMA, and…
FILMS, FILMS, AND MORE FILMS!
 
If interested, please either reply to this message or email cxmusic (at) gmail (dot) com, Or just show up and sign the Open Mic list, and email and Facebook and Twitter that you'll be doing that and what day(s) you will!
 
 
3)     VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY WANTED!!!
Dear Friends!


VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY WANTED!!


"When I need help I ask for it," Armande in the movie Chocolat, played by actress Dame Judy Dench. This is one of my favorite lines and it has been coming up a lot lately for me!
Urgently needed:
Volunteers to help with:
1) Making the BWAF Philly 2015 flier.
2) Responding to some of the potential featured artists and vendors who have been "blowin' up my phone" as the kids say!


Requirements:
*Human
*Breathing
*Reliable
*Good communication and negotiation skills, especially since Mercury is in retrograde!
*Working telephone and internet access (public or college/university library okay)
*A minimum of 1 hour per week to devote to BWAF-related tasks and correspondence.
*Willingness to be friendly but persistent, including with Moi (the renaissance negresse)


Flier situation: I have a graphic designer ready to get started, and I need only send him copy (text/info) about the event. This needs to go out asap, as the event is on Oct. 24-25 and will be at the printers for about a week. Yikes!


To respond: Please message me (Cassendre) privately, or email cxmusic(at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!
 
 
4)     SOCIAL NETWORKING LINKS
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BWAFphilly
Join our official email list by sending a blank email to:
View our message archives at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BWAFphilly
 
 
5)     CONTACT US
Official link: www.BWAFphilly.org
Media Contact or Other Inquiries: Cassendre Xavier, Founder & Executive Director. Email: cxmusic (at) gmail (dot) com. Facebook: http://facebook.com/cassEndrExavier. Twitter: @cassEndrExavier http://twitter.com/cassEndrExavier 
 
 

Volunteers Wanted for 9th Black Women's Arts Festival!

Dear Friends!

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY WANTED!!

"When I need help I ask for it," Armande in the movie Chocolat, played by actress Dame Judy Dench. This is one of my favorite lines and it has been coming up a lot lately for me!
Urgently needed:
Volunteers to help with:
1) Making the BWAF Philly 2015 flier.
2) Responding to some of the potential featured artists and vendors who have been "blowin' up my phone" as the kids say!

Requirements:
*Human
*Breathing
*Reliable
*Good communication and negotiation skills, especially since Mercury is in retrograde!
*Working telephone and internet access (public or college/university library okay)
*A minimum of 1 hour per week to devote to BWAF-related tasks and correspondence.
*Willingness to be friendly but persistent, including with Moi (the renaissance negresse)

Flier situation: I have a graphic designer ready to get started, and I need only send him copy (text/info) about the event. This needs to go out asap, as the event is on Oct. 24-25 and will be at the printers for about a week. Yikes!

To respond: Please message me privately, or email cxmusic(at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!


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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 & executive director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002). 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

My Yoga Class Starts this Wednesday!


EMPOWERING AFFIRMATIONS YOGA
with Cassendre Xavier

2nd & 4th Wednesdays (Sept. 23 - Dec. 9, 2015)
7:30pm-8:45pm
Ahimsa House
5007 Cedar Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Free! (Donations to Ahimsa House Welcome!)

Join us for the this gentle, all English-Language class based on transformational, yet highly doable Kundalini yoga poses and teacher-created affirmations to say together to create positive, lasting changes in your life! Cassendre is a longtime West Philly resident and award-winning multi-media healing artist who has been studying and practicing yoga since the early 2000s and writing, singing, and recording positive affirmations since 2007. She has also done community work for others healing from incest/child sexual abuse, eating disorders, and living with bipolar/depression. Please bring your yoga mat.
All abilities are welcome. For more information about Cassendre, please visitwww.cassEndrExavier.com. For more information about Ahimsa House, a center of peace and mindfulness, offering FREE events and classes on yoga, meditation, cooking, the arts, and more, please visitwww.AhimsaHousePhilly.org 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

BWAF Philly 2015 Artist Lineup (Partial)

Drumroll, please!

Dear Friends!

For the 9th Black Women's Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th, 2015, at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, FREE and open to the public (All respectful persuns welcome!) we have:

ARTIST LINEUP:
(And much more to come!)

China White: Host/Lecturer
Rorie Still: Book author and vendor
Utausha Elie Laster: Lecture/ Workshop Presenter
Tamara Xavier - Dance
Amor La Luna - Visual Art
Monica McIntyre - Music
Atiya Ola - Food Vendor
Nassuni - Visual Art
Angela Watson - Dance
Stella Whiteman - Author/Lecturer/Workshop
Cassendre Xavier - Music/Poetry/Lecture/Workshop


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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 & executive director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002). 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Teaching Yoga Soon + Singing Twice This Week!

Dear Friends!

I am very pleased and proud to announce that I will be teaching my new "Empowering Affirmations Yoga" class at Ahimsa House in West Philadelphia, for their Fall Schedule, will be posted in the next couple of days at Ahimsa House (http://www.ahimsahousephilly.org/#!classes/c10d6).
 Here's the info that will soon appear there:

Empowering Affirmations Yoga with Cassendre (2nd & 4th Wednesdays 7:30pm-8:45pm)

A gentle, Hatha and Kundalini-based class perfect for yoga beginners and people who may need some extra encouragement to begin yoga and/or are seeking motivation, inspiration, and self-empowerment to begin making some serious and lasting positve changes in their lives. Movements are combined with meditation, creative visualization, and special affirmations created by the teacher, as English-Language-Only chants.

Bio:
Cassendre Xavier is a Leeway Transformation Award winning multi-media healing artist and community arts organizer. She came to yoga in the early 2000s, and began studying and practicing Kundalini Yoga in 2007. That same year, she also began leading "Affirmations Sing-Alongs" and writing, singing, and recording affirmations, which you can hear on her YouTube channel and her guided meditation albums "Affirmations for Survivors: Self-Love", "Affirmations for Survivors: Spirituality", and on her latest musical album "Hope". 
 Cassendre brings to her practice a background as a child/sexual abuse survivor with lifelong eating, bipolar, and Postraumatic Stress disorders, and a sensitivity to these and related issues. She is the founder of Sisters Healing Together: A Peer Support Group for Women Survivors of Incest with a Special Focus on Compulsive Overeating (1996-1999, William Way LGBT Community Center, Philadelphia), has been writing a monthly and inspiring column for Wisdom Magazine's online edition since 2009, and was legally ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2010.


Also, just a couple of reminders that I will be singing at the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll ( Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll / http://www.universitycity.org/baltimore-ave-dollar-stroll) this coming Thursday, the 17th from 5pm-8pm near Bindlestiff Bookstore ( Bindlestiff Books / Bindlestiff Books ), 4530 Baltimore Avenue, or thereabouts, and also singing at the Lansdowne Markers Market Lansdowne Farmers Market - Home / (http://lansdownefarmersmarket.com)  this coming Saturday, from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Both events are free and I will have CDs with me and hugs and my beautiful lady beard to behold!

Hope to see you soon!

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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 & executive director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002). 





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