Andrea Gibson

spoken word artist.

the thing 

about rape

is you can’t help 

but learn

to be always 

out for blood,

even if it’s your own.

there were times

I went hunting for him 

in my skin.

There were times

I thought 

my wrist 

was his grin.

If you hit the right vein

you bleed in spurts

like someone 

trying to hold 

their laughter in.

In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all…that in the middle of winter, I finally found that within me there lies an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger—something better, pushing right back.

Albert Camus

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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

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Refuse all cooperation with the heart’s death.

—Mary Oliver