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Keep Liv’n 02.16 | Wonder Work’n Woman Power: mama [rose]


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My name is Tia’lana Hunter, and that’s what I go back. All right. Tonight, we got an exciting show for you. And I’m so, so, so excited to you them.

So we have a story presenting as Mama Rose for her new film. And I think that you guys are going to be very interested in how this is going to go. So just a little background on Mama Rose, so don’t look at it as a story representing this is Mama Rose tonight. So show her some respect and Afro futuristic, queer, circular time traveling choreopoem form follows three familiar relationships and their journeys toward healing intergenerational will. Now, you don’t know. You’ve got to find out tonight. Now, how are you doing tomorrow?

How you doing, girl? I’m singing. You know, I’ve been watching keep living for a while. I’ve been waiting for my chance, my opportunity to be show. But I’m so pleased. I’m here with you with the hopes.

I know. That’s right. Wait a minute. You mean to tell me you know how to work the Internet? Come on.

I’ve been around the block and this year, the year two of three hundred right now, I just don’t surpass all that we have seen as planets. Mama Earth only as human.

And I call on the world. Yeah. And you’re looking good. You’re looking good, baby. Oh, you know, you know the same girl. I know more of my family than going there, but you get you got it.

Now, I’ll talk a little bit about your short film that’s coming out. And could you give us a little more history on what that means? Yeah, futuristic, of course. Of course.

So first of all, this is not just the film. This is actually a choreopoem, a short film, in fact, maybe about 50 minutes or less. Now, for those that aren’t clear about what I mean by choreopoem, I am I am harkening to the playwright, poet, essayist, novelist and physically Sungai. He created the choreopoem. I know you probably heard of Fugo for Colored Girls who considered suicide when the rainbow was enough. Yes, that is her first choreopoem. And in that clip she gives us dance. She gives us poetry. She gives us a message answering black woman. Right, Michelle is hoping to do that same thing with Mama Rose is making sure that you have dance poetry, that we are buying techs, we are embodying our messages because this is the way that black feminists learn. This is the way that we teach, we teach and know through our embodiment. So Mama Rose is about healing. It’s for generationally. And when we say that, we mean that we’re looking at a grandmother, a mother and a child and their relationship and how they are circle the story, how they repeat, how they find ways of changing the future by understanding the past. We have so many family secrets. We all, but especially in our black communities in this Coyer point, we are revealing these secrets so that we can properly address them and have pathways to healing our pathways to liberation, liberation all our ancestors want for us.

So Mom, Rose, before we get moving on with the show, I have one last question for you. Really? Come on, man.

How do you mean story where I’ve met story in a dream and I have many ways of communicating now. Oh, wow. This is through VHS cassette tape and we’ll get into that later. That’s the way I communicate it. That’s throwback to a throwback right there. You know, that was back in the 80s when I learned how to put myself, you know, but I also in my spiritual realm have learned how to communicate via dreams. And I thought her out. I wanted to make sure that she was ready to rise to the occasion. She listened to me as she slowly began to write my story. Oh, she’s been writing for over two years. I know that they’re very excited to share it.

Oh, yeah, I just got chills listening to that. So thank you so much for just having the time to be here with me tonight.

And I am just going to be here hearing you, listening to you, following you and loving you. OK, I am here with you, so I am going to give you the floor, pass you the mic and let you give this medicine.

Well, I wanted to share with you one of the stories that this man Rose choreopoem is censored in.

Some of you might know it’s. It is called The People Who Could Fly.

Now this story is a double edged sword. It’s a story about liberation. But it’s also a story about having to go the extra mile to prove and show your agency.

Having to go the extra mile, so I think.

And the fact that you are worth more. Then what anybody would throw at you. Listen closely. Go back for that deep.

Dig deep, dig deep.

So long ago in Africa, there were people who could fly, they fly like blackbirds, soar to blue sky.

This was a rite of passage back then, it was common folk to take flight, but when these Africans were abruptly stolen and enslaved by white colonizers, they no longer could they breathe in their mother Africa on the ship. They forgot her sweet scents on board. They witnessed horrors, hellish gnashing of teeth. Some didn’t survive.

Some will their souls away. Some said their wing.

On the soul of mama water now in this new world, they had an enslaver and the enslaver had an overseer and the overseer had a driver. They all echoed the same biting cruise time went on, and one day Isabella and Ancestor.

Remember something?

Yes, she remembered something that enslavement was committed to making her forget while she witnessed the whipping of Sarah and enslaved woman with a baby strapped to her hip, she chanted com boom baggaley.

Com boom. By the time they come Cougar Town, they come Gaga Lee come boom ba come boom. By the time bay come Cuke. Yeah, Lee come Cougar Town Bay.

And just like that they began to rise.

Black light is air.

Others hurt them and bravely whispers can do badly come cumbersome, but they can’t cook calm, cool. Got some big Konarka Yali cum Cougar Town Bay cum boom ba Yolly. Com boom ba bay.

And just like that dark myelinated hole, the shimmering, glowing body move through gravity.

Effortlessly, why the flapping wing? Likens to the sounds of thunder.

So can you imagine the look on the infliximab? Word spread like wildfire and in the fields, black box blue.

Where they go.

I can’t say, but some enslaved Africans did remain. They never learned how to take flight. Others ran. Substate ancestors preserved this story, inscribing it in their flesh, trusting that one day. The people who could fly would wake. I don’t want to know, but when we learn to live in and with time.

Our ancestors will once again return. Only then can the dance of time change.

That’s the funny thing about these myths, these folklore is we never fully interrogate them, how will we know what’s really possible unless we ask more questions? In to our imagination, imagine the impossible. We can do more than you think. Baby, I’m so happy to share the story with you.

I hope you can remember these nuggets and carry them with you and thinking about your own liberation, your own freedom. You can take flight. Trust me. Hey, let me tell you.

So I was watching my morals and I felt like you were my mama, my grandmother, my great grandmother. You put me in a space to feel welcome and feel like I had something to look forward to.

Let me tell you now, this space is a place of healing that comes from deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep down.

I guess about later and a few other episodes, I’ll keep living.

So you make sure you keep watching on my part. But yes, I just really want to let you know that is something that I think meant a lot to everybody who’s watching right now. Anybody who watching right now felt. I got chills listening to you. So it was just an awesome experience. And I do want to ask you, though, something about futuristic and the VHS that you were talking about.

So how is it that you came to even know that this was going to be your method of transportation to know the future?

That’s a great question. You would think that going into the future, I would use something more high tech and smaller. I don’t know, maybe maybe a appearing in the center of the room somehow to, though, telekinesis. You know, one of those things that we see with that. No, no, no, Chad. What happens in the future is a return to the indigenous and it’s a return to low technology. We realize that we get to beyond ourselves and thinking externally and then returned to internal devices, we have to return to manually crank things. We have to film, yes, it’s origin. There was nothing wrong with the correct. Nothing at all and honestly.

All the high tech data that we have now, surveillance and everything, go and check out what I will eat in the morning and who I’m texting then not right?


It is no matter where I go in helping in this poor black woman, we you know, we we want our Rothesay.

Yeah, we haven’t been afforded much. We need it.

We we deserve our privacy. That’s right. We deserve, you know, my morals.

I’m sitting here thinking and I’m like, you are such an inspiration.

You know, you have the life that many dream about that they can’t even fathom to think about. You know, how can you suggest a way for somebody to come into a space of dreams and just like feeling your energy, even if they are not in the best space, you know what I mean? Is that clear?

Oh, that’s clear. That’s clear. You know, I told you in the beginning of this that it’s the choreopoem. So there is also music. Yes. See, many of our tools for liberation lie inside of us.

Oh, you know, singing and dancing and moving. Yes, I have been in that communication, honey. That’s how we communicate. So the world that we can’t see, it’s a body.

Talk to me how you come off. Yes.

Are you listen. And while you moving then move in. Oh, Willie Nelson. That’s right. You listen in from deep within.

It is something in that that you know you know that Hannah had a young folks may be talking. Well, you got to talk.

Why you come out of the season is no good and you got the right amount.

Ok, OK.

Looks like it’s Turkish and you know, OK, I’m on the road to work, but it doesn’t work because we moved too far away from ourselves.

That’s true. That’s true. But too far away from ourselves. It’s how we get reconnected.

With ourselves, and so what was it like for me personally, I’m just going to say, like I want to reconnect with myself now, you know, we know, but I’m in modern time or reconnecting with myself means that make sure my hair look good.

Make sure my body, you know, and it’s like, well, what about the inside of me? One of about was deep in me.

How can you say, you know, make sure you feel make sure you. How can I get to that.

Hmm. Well, you know, I’ve been thinking about this one for a while, and you’re right, part of it is how we look on the outside, because, you know, we we like to look good and there’s nothing wrong with looking good.

That’s our birthright to the right to feel good about ourselves, to let us go inside and out. So how do you get to the inside?

How does it impact the outside? And you got a lot of little you surround yourself with community.

You know, we talk about self-love like it’s something that happened on his own, that it all happened on its own.

It also happens with all good talks with your friends. Yes. What are you upset about?

Something. And you just need to get it off your chest and you finally say nothing. That’s right.

Hey, listen, um, get yourself some good friends. You get yourself a good community. You know, when.

We heal, we’re not just healing ourselves, we’re healing our community and indigenous tribes in West Africa believe that when something was wrong with your body on the inside, it was all about an illness. Now, because there’s something going on in the home and your family home. That’s right. And they take you out and they surround you with love stories and they let you tell your truth without judgment. And then they say to you, OK, we’ll let you have your time with us, but then we’re going to take you back home and they take you back home and they surround you with your family again. And they say, tell them your troops, tell them what’s on your heart. And so part of what we need to do is go back to our family unity surrounding us that supports our troops. And it’s hard. It’s not easy.

Easy, but it is.

It’s harder than it’s work, and it takes compassion to listen to these stories, to listen to each other’s truths. Yes, compassion. A willingness to listen.

Not jump to conclusions, not jump to healing and even that’s right. It’s a process and you can’t give any of the steps now. What good is it if you skip a step, you got to go backwards anyways? That’s right.

That’s right.

Momma, you just hit it on the grass, you know, they don’t man, I don’t know what you did to me, but I felt it. Did you not have been bombarded with the mumbo jumbo go on behind your back?

Oh, now you know what? You got a little bit more ways to go.

And I just want to say that let’s come back down from this more serious note and give them something to look for. Right. I’m a pass the torch.

I agree, I agree, I agree, and I’m a let you do your thing just a little bit more.

That’s about right. That’s that I write to me. All right. Well, thank you so much. I love you so much.