With our project, De-Capin’: Healing the Black & Brown Superwoman Myth, blkottonkandy will provide a series of four free workshops for the Black community to discuss and unpack this myth. These workshops will focus on the notion that Black & Brown women must be readily available for other’s needs, while neglecting our own, thus developing or exacerbating mental illnesses. Though this may be perceived as a women’s only space, we believe Black men and non-binary folks are an important part of this process, and can assist and benefit greatly from unpacking their perceptions of Black womanness as well. Register here
These workshops will be open to 15 participants maximum. The workshops will be weekly, from March-April 2020. Each workshop will open with sound healing meditation (with singing bowls) by DZL MC. Please see workshop descriptions below:
Saturday, March 28th, 2020, 1-3PM
Writing Workshop (led by blkottonkandy). MICA, Bunting Center, 1401 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Room 480.
This workshop will be a space to write and share without shame or judgment. Participants will be given prompts related to healing one’s self, and reclaiming one’s power from what they have experienced.
Saturday, April 4th, 2020, 1-3PM
Visual Art Workshop (led by blkottonkandy & Sabrina Lee). MICA, Bunting Center, 1401 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Room 480.
DZL will share a prompt to discuss the concept of being Black & Brown Superwomen. Participants will then paint self-portraits based on the perceptions that they believe others hold of them as Black/Brown Superwomen (or the perceptions they hold of Black women), and each will then paint their own authentic, idealistic selves in contrast to this perception.
Saturday, April 11th, 2020. 1-3PM
DIY Body Product Making Workshop (led by blkottonkandy). MICA, Bunting Center, 1401 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Room 480.
blkottonkandy will lead a discussion on the importance of body products for Black and Brown communities, and the lack of access to affordable, quality products that led them to creating their own: the highly requested "Cocoa Butter Kisses" Body Butter, and "The ReJUvenator" Juju Spray. This workshop will offer participants the tools and ingredients to create their own body butters and energy cleansing sprays.
Saturday, April 18th, 2020. 1-3PM
Dance Workshop (led by Charnell Covert). MICA, Main Building, 1300 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Room 310.
Participants will be led to dance and invoke soul healing energy through the root, and “dance on” the misperceptions of perfectionism. This dance workshop is for all levels of experience, and will intend to open participants to the concept of radical acceptance of their bodies.
These workshops will segue into The 3rd Annual Mind Your Wellness (MYW): A Mental Wellness Conference, founded by JayAura, Saturday, May 9th, 2020, 2-6pm, at the YNot Lot. The conference will feature performances, meditation circles, refreshments, and vendors, as well as a mini-installation of select paintings and typographic visual poems from the workshops. All workshops and conference admission is FREE, but participants would need a link to register/RSVP attendees.