The Warriors Palm

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In Ontario, May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This month is meant to spread awareness, recognize the impact sexual violence has on survivors, take measures in order to stop sexual violence and support ALL survivors.

It is moment to help facilitate and highlight conversation pertaining to consent, sexual violence done against men, elders, kids and whomever is often left out of those conversations. It is a time to check ourselves and realize how we may be contributing to behaviors that allow survivors to feel unsafe and endangered. May that be with the words we use when these conversations are brought to light, supporting aggressors and/or turning a blind eye when survivors speak about their story. (Even if this month is dedicated to that specific issue be mindful that actions towards a safer society should be taken every month, this month specifically is a reminder of how far we need to go)

Part of supporting survivors (for me) is also creating spaces where healing is favorable, encouraged and possible.

With that being said, I have always turned to art to help me face and heal from my own trauma. A few years ago, I went to a "Tell 'em girl" event where I was introduced the amazing woman, known by the name Maya Spoken, she is a multifaceted individual but I met her as a spoken word artist and an advocate for woman and survivors of sexual assault. The community she created help me find my power and work towards finding agency over my own body after years of confusion. 


Seeing her and the other artist perform and using their art form to speak on the things that are the deepest to them truly inspired me, I hold the feeling that I got every time I saw them perform close to me. I may not be as talented as the, when it comes to writing, but by living their truth and being unapologetic about it encouraged me to try different ways to seek healing and ataraxia

Fast forward to now, after hearing the stories of countless people, and being heartbroken to know so many individuals who have been violated, I promised myself to always be a safe place for ANYONE who went through something like this. Even if they aren't looking to speak about their experience, I hope that people can look at me to feel empowered to find their agency and power back, just like I did when I saw Maya and other those artists own their truth. 

So today, I present to you "The Warriors Psalm" a video directed and edited by me, in collaboration with Maya Spoken, creator of Tell 'Em Girl and writer of this beautiful poem and Ashley, creator of Free Gxrl Media and also the dancer seen on the video.



Poem Written by Maya Basude (aka Maya Spoken)

Special thanks to all the beautiful faces in the video, they each took their time to film something in order for me to create this video and Luxi Mathi from LuxiMgmt for the constant support and help. 

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This month is Sexual Awareness Month, in Ontario. This month is meant to spread awareness, recognize the impact sexual violence has on survivors, take proper measures in order to stop sexual violence and support ALL survivors. It is also a moment to facilitate and highlight conversations pertaining to consent, sexual violence done against men, elders, kids and whomever is left out of those conversations. Part of supporting survivors (for me) is also to create spaces in which healing is favoured, encourage & possible. I have always use art in general to help me heal through my traumas spoken word has been one of those tools. Through the @tellemgirl event series, created by @mayaspoken I have had the chance to come across a community that wasn’t afraid to share their truth, empowering themselves and others all while taking their agency back! - With that said I present to you “The Warriors Psalm” a project created with the collaboration of @mayaspoken who wrote this beautiful poem, @_iamashley the beautiful dancer seen in the video & creator of @freegxrlmedia. Both of these women have inspired me through their respective medium. - Big thanks to the beautiful faces seen in the video who gave their time for this project & helped make this possible - @callmequeen_z @joshkabongo @sarahemills @tiaroso @kendraakelly - Special thanks to @luximathi from the @luximgmt for the continuous help, support & advice! - Visit the link in my bio to learn more about the back story of this project #GRACIOUSCREATIVEAGENCY

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