Rise Up! : Activists & Artists in Conversation.

Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington.

Three artists and activists, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Junauda Petrus and Erin Sharkey joined Alexis De Veaux for a conversation exploring questions around intergenerational activism, art, whiteness and the politics of whiteness.

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Buffalo Literary Corridor: Alexis De Veaux

Alexis De Veaux has been honored by the City of Buffalo, New York as one of 15 writers including : Mark Twain, William Wells Brown, Robert Creeley, Lucille Clifton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ishmael Reed, Emanuel Fried, Joyce Carol Oates

All the banners are placed along Washington Street which has been designated as the “Literary Corridor”

 

Black Portraitures III : Johannesburg

Spirit Desire is a series of photographic essays by photographer Sokari Ekine, that explore African Diasporic spiritual practices as spaces of resistance, imagination and sacred memories. The first series [Memwa sakre: – lespri ki nan nou menm. Sacred memories: -The spirits within us ] is a celebration of Haitian Vodoun as a site of resistance, decolonization and community.

The work of Sokari was recently presented by Alexis De Veaux at  “Black Portraitures III : Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures” in Johannesburg, 17 – 19, November, 2016.

The series of photographs “made” by the Nigerian British, self-described black queer feminist photographer Sokari Ekine, beginning in 2013, in Haiti, usher in the photographer’s project, “Spirit Desire.” As codified by Ekine, the project attempts to document [and, ultimately, participate in] black diasporic spiritual practices. Spending extended periods of time in Haiti, Ekine documents ritual, ceremonial, and everyday practices in multiple Haitian spiritual communities known as “lakou.”

 

The Revival Movie

The Revival Movie directed by Sekiya Dorsett / Prod. Andrea Boston / USA / 2015 / 90min.  With Jonquille Rice aka Solsis, Be Steadwell, t’ai freedom ford, Elizah Turner.  Exec. Prod. and founder of THE REVIVAL, Jade Foster. The film also stars Alexis De Veaux.

A joyous, empowering documentary charting the course of seven black women in a minivan on the road across America with THE REVIVAL, a slam style poetry tour. Absolutely eloquent, insightful and refreshing, we dare you not to want to hang off every word that they speak and drop everything to join the movement.

THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD.
This documentary chronicles the creation of an international salon-styled tour led and supported by women. It tells the story of how Jade Foster recruited a group of five dynamic poets and musicians to become stewards of a movement that builds community among queer women of color, upholds literary arts excellence, and occupies living rooms across the country.