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Managing Difficult Conversations


HURRIKANE’ALAIN

The importance of actively listening, and in actually willingness to learn without feeling the good side of your humanity is being attacked; how to manage difficult conversations.




Racial Healing

DR. DAMON SILAS

How do we heal from something that cuts and goes so deep? The answer is complex, yet so simple at the same time. We face it, we look at it, we address and acknowledge it, give it room to breathe and express itself; and then we begin to move forward. Otherwise, we risk staying infected by this sickness, and its vicious cycle of pain, hurt and trauma. Learn about the impacts of racism on individuals, the dance community, and this society as a whole, as well as powerful ways we can begin to address the effects of this dangerous and pervasive pandemic.



Let’s Get Real

SOUL

"Let’s Get Real" identifies the common fall offs and subtle ways of Non Blacks & how we as a society kid ourselves into being an "ally" or "supporting" Black Lives & Human Rights. We'll truly dive into what that really means and into uprooting the true meaning of "Support" and "BLM" in the most unapologetic way.



Diagnosing the Dance Community: Ailments & Accountability

JAY LOVE

Idolism. Toxic Positivity. Hierarchy. Built on proximity and not intention, 2020 has truly shown some of the best and worst of what our dance “community” has to offer. From symptoms to disease, “Diagnosing the Dance Community” will take a stethoscope to what lies at the heart of the issues our in-group faces, focus on ways to create a space where accountability can thrive, and present remedies for clearing a path toward intentional, healthy community.



Anti-Blackness in Latin and
Asian Communities

ISIS AVALOS, JACQ LEWIS

A conversation in which Isis and Jacq explore Anti-Blackness and Colorism in Latinx and Asian-American communities. We will discuss the ways that caste systems have laid a foundation for colonial mentality as well as deeply rooted internalized-racism that still exists today. Additionally, we will examine the nuances of immigrating from colonized countries and how it impacts our own reckoning with assimilation and our journeys towards decolonization.



Freedom Movement Day 2 Q&A


HURRIKANE’ALAINDR. DAMON SILAS, SOUL, JAY LOVEISIS AVALOS, JACQ LEWIS, X-SAVIOR THOMAS, DEVANTE CAPERS, MAYGEN NICHOLSON,  JOJO DIGGS

The Freedom Movement team answers audience questions.



Sexism & FEMINISM: SHORTENING
THE GAP OF UNDERSTANDING

JOJO DIGGS

Jojo presents a conversation on the normalization of sexism in our dance community while working to maintain an intersectional lens. She hopes to bring awareness to the sexist and misogynistic patterns that happen behaviorally and structurally by dissecting and highlighting aspects that many of us may not be seeing through our socialized point of views. Additionally, she hopes to be able to highlight in totality that there are many lenses we navigate through, that seem harmless but continue a narrative that is oppressive.




Homophobia in the Dance Community

SOUL, X-SAVIOR THOMAS

Discussing Toxic Masculinity/Homophobia in the Dance Community: How it shows up in Normal everyday conversations, the "butt of the joke", Mimicking in battles etc. How anti-Blackness gives the greenlight that eventually becomes the "green light" for erasure of Black LGTBQ especially Femmes. How we as Men can prioritize Mental health to shift the way we hold space for each other in the name of Accountability.



Walking Wounds: Breaking
the Cycle of Abuse

JAY LOVE, JOJO DIGGS

Trauma is recycled. Walking wounds is a conversation between two survivors on the cyclical nature of harmful behavior and its ability to be passed on and learned, recycled as more trauma, and how that unhealed pain perpetuates the abuse in our communities. Through the lens of restorative justice, healing, and healthy accountability, Jay and Jojo seek to explore how all of us, whether we know it or not, are "walking wounds" in today's world.



Freedom Movement Day 3 Q&A


HURRIKANE’ALAIN, DR. DAMON SILAS, SOUL, JAY LOVE, ISIS AVALOS, JACQ LEWIS, X-SAVIOR THOMAS, DEVANTE CAPERS, MAYGEN NICHOLSON,  JOJO DIGGS

The Freedom Movement team answers audience questions.