The World Satisfaction & Energy Group will host the First Annual World Satisfaction & Energy Convention in an effort to foster unity, empowerment and inclusivity in SGLBT communities of African descent and their allies. Why do you have to attend? You must attend if you’re an individual of colour, an activist, a poet, a author, a politician, or an entrepreneur. You must attend if you’re smart elder or a youth. You must attend if you’re looking for inclusivity and wanting to attach and commune with your individual variety.
I had absolutely the privilege to talk with one of many Founders of the Convention. Ifalade Tashia Asanti! Tashia Asanti is an award-winning activist, journalist, fiction author, filmmaker, poet and initiated Yoruba/Ifa priestess. Tashia is the creator of two best-selling books, The Sacred Door: A Non secular Information to Energy Dwelling and The Seer: Legacy of Stone and Spirit.
Azaan: know you might be an Award Profitable Journalist, Poet, Writer, and Movie maker, what are among the different issues you might be concerned in?
Tashia: Considered one of my deepest passions is African historical past (pre-slavery) and African spirituality. I’ve based a Yoruba temple in Denver, the primary Ifa temple within the State of Colorado. Our membership has expanded to a number of states. We hosted a global convention in 2003. The therapeutic work of my temple brings me indescribable pleasure. One other of my passions is being a grandmother. I am blessed to have grandchildren at a younger age and due to this fact my associate and I get to do a number of enjoyable actions with our three grandsons. This too is among the many best pleasures in my life.I’m additionally engaged on the sequel to my first novel and I’m nonetheless touring with and selling my first novel, The Seer. I’m additionally engaged on the movie adaptation to The Seer…
Azaan: Inform me about WPP Convention, when did you get the thought to create it and why?
Tashia: There was, in my humble opinion, a niche within the providers that different LGBT organizations had been offering to our neighborhood. Many orgs appeared to cater to a single viewers. I needed to create an company that might attain throughout social, class and cultural lines–one that might unite, empower and heal communities of SGLBT African descent and different communities of colour. I additionally needed to create an org that might attain out to and create bridges with organizations throughout the African Diaspora and one that might join our struggles to the struggles of our brothers and sisters on the continent of Africa. I really feel strongly that now we have quite a bit to be taught from their work and vice versa.
Azaan: Who’re among the convention organizers and what roles do they play in the neighborhood?
Tashia: I invited convention organizers from 14 U.S. Cities and 9 Nations. This mannequin is already being imitated by different teams. The organizers are social justice activists, journalists, company administrators, moms, fathers, companions and supporters of the imaginative and prescient and mission of the World Satisfaction & Energy Group.
Azaan: As a convention organizer, I am positive you will have a imaginative and prescient and excessive expectations, what are your targets for the convention?
Tashia: To facilitate a convention gathering that can improve unity, empowerment and inclusivity amongst SGLBT individuals of African descent and different communities of colour.
Azaan: Who would you want to achieve; is there a particular age group, stage of training, monetary background, and many others?
Tashia: Everybody and anybody who identifies as identical gender loving bisexual and transgender and every part in between, in addition to our allies and supporters.
Azaan: As a passionate activist, what’s your goal for the neighborhood as an entire?
Tashia: To do my half in making ours a extra complete, healed, unified neighborhood by which people and households could thrive and coexist in peace and cultural understanding.
Azaan: A number of the invited key notice audio system are World Famend Non secular Instructor, Greatest-Promoting Writer Dr. Malidoma Some, and Nationally celebrated Civil Rights Activist & Writer Michael Eric Dyson, who’re among the different invited audio system?
Tashia: Carrie Broadus, certainly one of my sheroes, whose activism and dedication within the discipline of HIV/AIDS has saved 1000’s of lives. Cleo Manago additionally laid the groundwork for work across the concept of, “identical gender love” and affirming our tradition as SGL individuals of African descent from an afri-centric perspective.
Azaan: Inform me about among the workshops and the Convention Highlights?
Tashia: Highlights of the World Satisfaction & Energy Convention embody:
Historic World Satisfaction & Energy SGLBT Pan African Discussion board with activists, journalists and anti-racism employees dialoguing in regards to the main points impacting African-Individuals and efficient methods to cultivating productive responses to oppression and discrimination;
Superb Keynote Audio system From Across the World–Invited Audio system embody
• WNBA Basketball Star-Sheryl Swoopes,
• Greatest-selling Writer & TV Persona-Dr. Michael Eric Dyson,
• New York Instances Greatest-Promoting Writer & Famend Non secular Instructor–Dr. Malidoma Some’,
• The wonderful Bishop Yvette Flunder,
• Cultural Gatekeeper, Well being Educator & Founding father of AmASSI Cultural & Psychological Well being Facilities-Cleo Manago,
• HIV/AIDS Pioneer-Carrie Broadus,
• West African Activist and Non secular Instructor-Rev. Davis Mac Iyalla and
• Director of Behind the Masks South Africa-Thuli Madi!
World Satisfaction & Energy Awards honoring veteran and rising leaders of colour within the SGLBT neighborhood hosted by the one and solely Jade Esteban Estrada and one other shock visitor;
Conversations in Tongue & Spirit: The Final Spoken Phrase Live performance with characteristic performances by celebrated poets, Emanuel Xavier and Samiya Bashir and others TBA;
Late Evening Eleda Dialogue Circles for Brothahs Hosted by Ken Johnson, Cleo Manago and Rev. Benjamin Reynolds; Late Evening Eleda Dialogue Circles for Sistahs Hosted by Ifasade Queen Hollins, Onifa Adeola Karade and Torrena Dye.
Premiere Movie Screenings Together with African SGLBT Presence in Hawaii, Standing in Reality Documentary, Black Girls & Breast Most cancers and Extra!
Black is Again Fourth World Occasion that includes performances by groundbreaking recording artists;
An Genuine Interfaith Service & Gatekeeper Therapeutic Ceremony celebrating Dagara, Agape, Buddhist, Native Indigenous, Yoruba & Liberation Theology hosted by the one and solely Dr. Malidoma Some’ with Gayle Fuhr (Buddhist), Iyanifa Onifa Adeola Karade (Ifa Priestess), Jan Ford (Agape), Joey Criddle (Native Indigenous) and others TBA;
Groundbreaking workshops on racism, media, anti-violence, holistic well being, publishing, movie & TV, spirituality, relationships, sexuality and extra!
Azaan: How lengthy is the Convention and what does every day encompass?
Tashia: 3 & ½ Days and every day is designed take members deeper into self-reflection and collective introspection.
Azaan: Inform me in regards to the Standing In Reality Documentary?
Tashia: This can be a profound documentary that includes a few of our nation’s brightest minds. Tim Daniels, Tadhi Coulter and Brother Rory have master-minded a movie that can contact each viewer no matter age, cultural id and non secular background.
Azaan: Inform about among the many Awards, and the choice course of?
Tashia: The award committee obtained dozens of nominations from the world over. We had been deeply moved by the work that many have put in behind the scenes with little to no acknowledgement. We chosen recipients whose work has not at all times been ackn
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e mainstream however has had a transformational impression on the communities round them. We’re very honored to pay homage to the primary World Satisfaction & Energy Award Recipients at our 2008 convention.
Azaan: Bishop Yvette Flunder is a fully wonderful girl, are you able to inform me in regards to the Award she obtained and in regards to the impression of her Mom’s passing?
Tashia: Bishop Flunder is a tremendous pressure within the ministry and within the SGLBT neighborhood. Her work as touched 1000’s and the truth that she has remained an accessible chief regardless of her success and notoriety speaks volumes to the depth and energy of her work. And I can solely think about the ache of dropping one’s mom within the midst of the unending work of the activist life. However I consider that such a loss would strengthen one on the identical time it humbles you to the realness of our human existence.
Azaan: What does creating the WPP Convention imply for you as an individual?
Tashia: It signifies that I might be bettered within the course of and that I’ll have the deep blessings of reconnecting with many pals of previous and assembly many new pals too. It signifies that I might be reworked by the work as a lot as I hope this work will remodel others.
Azaan: One of many foremost targets of the convention is to create unity and inclusivity amongst individuals of African American Respectable and communities of colour, what are you able to add to that? What would you like the world to know?
Tashia: I would like the world to know that we can not afford to be divided. That we should discover bridges to one another. And that we should transfer in a method that’s variety, supportive and giving if we’re ever be healed people and empowered communities.
As Tashia continues to lift the bar, we’re referred to as to do and grow to be many issues. Primary, no matter we are able to consider and focus our consideration on, we are able to obtain! We are able to do completely something, and grow to be anybody! Quantity two, It’s our inherent duty as SGL, LGBTQ individuals to try to construct and preserve a greater neighborhood. As individuals of colour, now we have been segregated for a lot too lengthy. It is time to break the chains of separation and unify.
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The World Satisfaction & Energy Group is proud to supply this primary look into the listing of highly effective recipients of the distinguished World Satisfaction & Energy Awards:
• Bishop Yvette Flunder,
• Carrie Broadus,
• Cleo Manago,
• Jeffrey King,
• Thuli Madi,
• Reverend Davis Mac Iyalla,
• D. Lisa Powell,
• Barbara Smith,
• Stephanie Dakara Wynne,
• Emanuel Xavier,
• Monique Davis & June Cummings,
• Angela Odom,
• Ifasade Linda Queen Hollins,
• Rayceen Pendar A’vis,
• Iya Omilade Ashara Ekundayo,
• Iya Osunaye Karen Nanina Ra Heard,
• Azaan Kamau.
Congratulations to all of our award recipients!
In Remembrance of Rev. Mom Ruth Langston 1933-2007
“I consider that unarmed fact and unconditional love could have the ultimate phrase in actuality. That’s the reason proper, quickly defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant” Martin Luther King Jr.