Andrea Gibson

spoken word artist.

On Illness, Belief, and Saying Yes

Hello Everyone! Here is an article I wrote for the amazing When We Say Yes Campaign from The Body Is Not an Apology. Check it out! 

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Andrea Gibson’s essay is submitted as part of The Body is Not An Apology’s #WhenWeSayYES Campaign. Raising money to build the world’s most powerful radical self love website. Give Here:www.igg.me/at/whenwesayyes

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[The above photograph is of Artist Activist Andrea Gibson in a bent over…

I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The astonishing Light
Of your own Being

—Hafiz

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

—Nelson Mandela

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Just got Alix Olson’s new album and tshirt in the mail! Find her album PROTAGONIST on cdbaby. available now!!

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.

—Scott Woods

This.

Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.

Janelle Monáe

Please stay here with us.

Have you all visited stayherewithus? Such a loving community!

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Refuse all cooperation with the heart’s death.

—Mary Oliver

If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others.

—Dolores Huerta

I’ve got writer’s block. Ya’ll wanna help me write this poem??? Please?

Dear Shame,

Nobody in the world is a faster talker.
Nobody can auctioneer like you.
All our would-be change, spent
on the butchering of our own names.
Gut the god out of us. Gut the grace.
Get our joy by the jugular, bleed it out.
Teach us to take a punch
better than we can take a compliment.
A punch is something we can believe.
Have us always in the market
for the truth. Tell us the truth
is our bodies are dirty secrets.
Have us eating nothing
but our mirrors. Insist we chew them
with our mouths closed.
Yes I know my face is a fashion mistake.
Yes I know they would hate me
if they could see who I really am.
Dear Shame, if I could see who you
really are….