Sunday, September 25, 2016

Diary of a renaissance negresse 25 Sept 2016

Today is the second and final day of the 10th Black Women's Arts Festival, at The Rotunda.

After my "Diary" post from yesterday, more happened. I finally got to see Naeemah Maddox perform. I'd heard of her in the 90s, when she was featured in a local music magazine. Then I started seeing her around town, on buses and trains, and she stood out because there aren't many black women walking around with electric guitars on their backs. I really enjoyed her band (bass and drums). They rocked out big-time.

A 22 year old African American youngster named Troy spoke at the All People's Open Mic - he was brought by Dr. Sunlight Little, and he continued what she was teaching about - healing through foods and nutrition. There are always delights in the All-People's Open Mic, which happens whenever there's a little time between acts. I like providing a stage for people who don't qualify to be a featured artist, or who do but weren't booked in time. It's also a good opportunity for a presenting visual artist or vendor to plug their work.

Today was a perfect example of what can happen at the All-People's Open Mic.

Exhibiting painter Lis Dembling spoke about her grandmother who was a notable author and poet, and read from that book. Rhonda Sekhmet Ra who had arrived earlier as a walk-in vendor performed her riveting spoken word and plugged her performance DVD, recorded in Miami, FL.

There's a woman named Bolt who signed up and said she performs with plants and will be making music with an aloe. So she hasn't gone on yet but I am for sure excited about that!

Three boys, around middle school age, asked if they could perform for us. I started asking them questions about what they did onstage, and then it occurred to me to say, "Where's your grown-up?" They said, "In the movies." So I told them they'd need to have a grown up with them. They didn't come back, but I felt good about that. I'll not be responsible for minors, which essentially I would be.

Some highlights tonight so far are that Ghettosongbird sang and played guitar. I hadn't heard her brand of rock in years. She talked about how she's been spending her creative time as a mother - playing guitar for her 2 children, and still singing, and doing a lot of writing. Phoenix Mystique is also a mother of 2 and said she's very busy doing peer counseling, and studying to become a doula, as well as knitting and more. Her keyboardist Sam plus her R & B soulful and expert singing  brought me back to the Five Spot days when we the audience would be treated to performances by the likes of Jaguar Wright, Kindred The Family Soul, and many others. That's what I felt and remembered when Phoenix Mystique sang.

Then Kai spoke on the healer becoming the healed. Very important and motivating talk that I think many of us identified with - how we often focus on helping others but we really need to do that with and for ourselves. He also said that often we look outside of ourselves for some of the healing we're so busy giving to others. We want someone to heal and be there for us as we have been for others, but it never comes. Kai said that it's in us. We are the healers. And we can and must be the ones to heal ourselves.

Then the amazing Koof-recommended Lauren Scott totally amazed  us with her soft voice, soft guitar playing, sweetly clever lyrics, and alternate tunings.

Now we're being treated to the earthy wisdom of cellist/vocalist/composer/lyrisist Monica McIntyre. What a soulful voice Monica has! What rich, empowering messages we need to hear, "I am the change I've been waiting for." Yer darned tootin'!

Later we'll hear from Vessna and Koof. She plays ukilele and he plays the trumpet. I am very excited!

It was so nice to see people one by one sitting at Dr. Sunlight's table, receiving hand reflexology and readings of healing and spiritual messages. The essential oils she was using for aromatherapy smelled amazing!


I have a tension headache and I'm not sure why. I'm drinking water and although I'm happy I set up all my CDs for sale, I'm not looking forward to packing them away.

I just consoled myself with the thought that I don't have to take everything with me tonight. In fact, I won't be able to, because the store is where they'd go, and it will be too late to bring them there tonight.

My soul is sooo filled up right now.

Atiya's here again today, and so is her hubby. Several familiar faces, lots of reconnections, lots of hugs.

Part of the sweetness of my day includes warm attention from two of my men friends. Polyamory works so well for me and my energy level. This womon who creates so much cannot do with just one.


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

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

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.com

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Diary of a renaissance negresse 24 Sept 2016

Diary of a renaissance negresse 24 Sept 2016


Today is the first day of the 10th Black Women's Arts Festival. A couple of days ago I started getting excited about it. Then last night I started sabotaging my enjoyment of it - not getting enough sleep, running late. But nothing stayed seriously bad - it would just get on the edge of it. I've made so much progress.

My Uber driver got lost so I was 10 minutes late arriving at venue - but I brought everything I needed - I didn't forget anything: guitar, CDs, laptop, etc.

Vendors arrived. Amor La Luna was there with her paintings which have progressed so much since last year. She's working on a theme now of Black goddesses. Beautiful, vibrant and rich colors.

Painter Lis Dembling set up her own gorgeous paintings - of which there were many.

A few other vendors were there, and later on Dr. Sunlight Little did her presentation plus questions and answers/free consultations, hand reflexology and readings.

My sister Tamara L. Xavier aka Moon Wisdom sang a beautiful a capella song and danced as well. Briana Pray brought her children's book, a copy of which the venue director purchased for her toddler niece.

Atiya Ola brought food as usual - she is truly precious.

My friend Kai Moon Oceans spoke on internal motivation to discover and activate one's natural talents.

I did a few songs as soundcheck. My voice and fingers have not let me down, even though I haven't picked up the guitar nor sung since my last gig.

Speaking of gigs, Amor invited me to perform at her Mixed Tape Wilmington DE event, which I accepted and gave her a copy of my 2015 CD "Hope".


Secure with the knowledge that I'm in the right place following my bliss and being supported for it, and also secure with the affection and attentions of my men friends who called and texted to support me today.


The life, it is good.



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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

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

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.com

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Festival line-up update (schedule/program)!

Dear Friends!

The 10th Black Women's Arts Festival (theme: The Beauty of Resilience) is Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2016 at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St, Philadelphia PA 19104. FREE and All Respectful Persuns are Welcome!

Below are the timed appearances. These do NOT include the confirmed exhibiting visual artists, vendors, literary features (authors/readers, etc.), and peformers who are confirmed to participate but have not chosen nor been assigned specific times yet.
Times are subject to change!

Saturday

2:00 - Vendors load-in
2:00-7:00 - Open Mic/Walk-On Feature Sign-Up
3:00 - TBA
3:30 - Lecture "The Beauty of Resilience" by Cassendre Xavier (Festival founder/director)
4:00 - Lecture (health, nutrition) by Dr. Sunlight Little
4:30 - TBA
5:00 - Lecture (personal growth/self-actualization) by Kai Moon Oceans
5:30 - TBA
6:00 - Dance & Song by Tamara L. Xavier, Ph.D. aka Moon Wisdom
6:30 - All-People's Open Mic
7:00 - TBA
7:30 - Music with Naeemah Maddox and band
8:00 - Ceremony to Honor Our Ancestors & Elders
8:45 - TBA
9:00 - Cassendre Xavier (singer-songwriter-guitarist)
9:30 - TBA

Sunday 

2:00 - Vendors load-in
2:00-7:00 - Open Mic/Walk-On Feature Sign-Up
3:00 - Lecture on health and nutrition with Dr. Sunlight Little
3:30 - TBA
4:00 - Lecture (personal growth/self-actualization) by Kai Moon Oceans
4:30 - Ghettosongbird (aka Samantha L. Johnson) -singer/songwriter/guitarist
5:00 - Phoenix Mystique sings (accompanied by keyboard player)
5:30 - TBA
6:00 - TBA
6:30 - Lauren Scott (musician)
7:00 - Monica McIntyre (cellist/vocalist/lyricist/composer)
7:45 - Intermission
8:00 - Vessna & Koof - (Vessna on ukelele & Koof on trumpet)
8:30 - TBA
9:00 - Cassendre Xavier (singer-songwriter-guitarist)
9:30 - Closing Ceremony of our 10th Year

More updates coming soon!


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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
"renaissance negresse"
$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.
Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women's Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).
Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Song: Money Comes to Me

Dear Friends!

Please enjoy and meditate for your abundance and prosperity in all things with my affirmation song "Money Comes to Me" http://cassendrexavier.bandcamp.com/track/money-comes-to-me.
You can order it, and more of my music and guided meditations at Spotify, CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and others!
LYRICS: Money comes to easy, Money comes to me fun, Money comes to me often, Money comes to me lots
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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

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

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.com

Added to the Festival Line-Up!

New message on my Free 24hr Inspiration Line! Including a Black Women's Arts Festival update - added to the line-up: Lis Dembling, Kai Moon Oceans, Vessna Scheff, Koof Ibi Umoren, Glorious Dani, and Monica McIntyre! This Saturday/24th & Sunday/25th at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., West Philly 19104. 3pm-9pm, FREE and All respectful persuns are welcome! Sign-up to perform or vend, 2pm-7pm both days. Walk-in volunteers also wanted!
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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

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

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.com

Monday, September 19, 2016

BWAF 2016 Featuring YOU!

Hi, folks,

This coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, is the 10th Black Women's Arts Festival.

The Rotunday
4014 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
3pm-9pm both days
FREE Admission
All respectful persuns are welcome!

This year, the program is almost completely TBA. This means YOU make the Festival what it is!
If you'd like to feature (perform, read, lecture, dance, show a film):

Please arrive anytime between 3pm and 7pm on either day.
You'll sign up and placed on the schedule according to need.
This year featuring performers are receiving a small stipend to perform (upon the submission of Invoice and W9 to our venue - payment in check arrives weeks after Festival is over).

To be a vendor or show your art work, please arrive anytime between 2pm and 6pm on either day.
We have tables, but it's better if you can bring your own.

I am not able to return calls or emails at this time.

(If you were approached by me this year to participate or vend, please know that was finalized then and arrive at the venue for actual scheduling.)

Thank you and hope to see you this weekend!

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

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

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.com

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Black Women's Arts Festival next weekend!

Dear Friends!

Please join us next weekend for the 10th Black Women's Arts Festival (BWAF Philly), Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25 at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St, West Philly/University City, PA 19104. 3pm-9pm both days, FREE and as always, "Open to all respectful persons"! (Much space is in the schedule for all the features listed on the flier.) Please sign up at the venue, 1-2 hours before you'd like to feature. There is NO fee to vend - only free will donation. Contact: 215-552-8850, or *just show up (*recommended)!
[Flier design by Ashley Phillips]
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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

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

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.com

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Thank You! (233.97 in download sales!)

Dear Friends!

I received the following message yesterday and am sending it along in thanks for your continued support of my art/work, and therefore, life, and also for those of you who enjoy looking at the breakdown of sales. Also, the way CD Baby breaks it down is, as with almost everything they do, kind of cute. :)

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

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

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.com


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: CD Baby
Date: Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 1:03 AM
Subject: CD Baby has sent you a payment in the amount of 233.97
To:
Cassendre Xavier Music



Hi Cassendre,

CD Baby sent you a payment!
On 09.11.2016 CD Baby sent you an ACH direct deposit for $233.97. It was CD Baby payment #
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. If the bank numbers you gave us are correct, it should appear in your account within the week.

The direct ACH deposit was to pay you:
$45.65 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$34.44 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$33.71 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$24.93 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$23.83 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$23.50 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$12.31 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$12.27 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$11.72 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$11.48 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.03 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Google Music Store
$0.02 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Deezer
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes - Apple Music - US
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through iTunes - Apple Music - US
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Rumblefish
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify
$0.01 for DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION SALES through Spotify


You can see more details about this payment, and even download a spreadsheet, right from inside your CD Baby account. Just log in HERE and click Accounting Overview > Payment History.

Any questions? Please don't reply to this message, as all replies are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. Instead, if you have any questions, click HERE.

Yes it's good to get paid paid paid paid for making music!
We hope we write you a million more checks.
We hope you write a million more songs.
We hope you get a million more fans
who give you a million kisses.

Ciao!

--
The Money Person
CD Baby
13909 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97230


My music is sold at Walmart!

Dear Friends,

I received the enclosed email today. Apparently my live at the kraftbrau, kalamazoo album is sold at Walmart, through the distribution I've had with CD Baby for years. (It's also possible my other albums have been available at Walmart, too.)
 Learn more about CD Baby's distro plan here: http://members.cdbaby.com/cd-distribution.aspx


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Living with Bipolar Disorder: 3 Tips for Accepting Lifetime Medication

Please enjoy my new Wisdom Magazine article "Living with Bipolar Disorder: 3 Tips for Accepting Lifetime Medication"! http://wisdom-magazine.com/Article.aspx/4328

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Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

"renaissance negresse"

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musician, writer, and community cultural arts organizer.

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

Official website: http://cassEndrExavier.com