I’ve always been a dreamer. I’m one to daydream or muse over certain events I want (and because we like to remain optimistic I know) will happen. I could tell you I’ve grown proudly into dreaming and embraced it with no hesitation; but also playing the necessary part to help make things happen. And this Solange moment was one of them. *insert thankful emoji*
Not long ago, I had a friend ask me a question along the lines of “Who would you like to meet?” My immediate answer was Solange and Asiyami among many other incredible women who are doing the damn thing! Who would have thought not long after that, I would not only be seeing, not just meeting, but have the opportunity to be on stage with Solange and her team; along with 12 brass brand players and around 20 or so women of colour as dancers. Listen! Absolutely privilege.
After this humbling experience, I had another conversation with the same friend and they asked me If I ever thought at beginning of year that this would have happen? And as you can imagine my answer was an absolute no. The entire conversation propelled me to think about manifestations and how we unconsciously or consciously sometimes create our own reality. It impelled me to go for gold while dreaming big. It made me realise it's important to have a vision along with a desire to drive the vision. Grooming yourself and mind to what you want to attract, being open to ideas and opportunities. Being clear about your intentions, supporting yourself and having individuals who willingly and genuinely feed back into your vision or life in general.
One thing I said to encourage the beautiful WOC I was surrounded by was to: Dream Big!
*Conversation of expression*
Gianna: Well I’m just so privileged and so happy that all of us are here together. And I feel we’ve totally created this sisterhood backstage; you know, every single of one of us is here for a reason. We’ve learnt to love and understand each other, and it’s only been three days that we’ve meet. We all feel so close with all of ya’ll already.
Gillian: Even though I knew some of the girls, meeting new ones and feeding into the existing friendships was so effortless. We’re all full of excitement to be apart of this and constantly sharing the same energy. It’s such an experience and a privileged. Listen! You don’t even how I feel but I feel something. It’s amazing!
Gianna: And just seeing so many women of colour (WOC) or just people of colour (POC) involved in the show; I mean that’s already a statement in itself and it’s such an empowering feeling; and to be apart of it.
Gillian: And also to be apart of what she stands for.
Gianna: Yes! Especially for F.U.B.U. She went down and pointed out the black people in a group and she sang to them: This is for Us by Us. And I’m so here for it.
Gillian: It’s like a voice for us. It’s such a vibe. Her being so real.
Gianna: Yeah she’s so authentic.
Gillian: I know so raw.
Gianna: And she’s an inspiration. One of my major inspiration and influencers. When I heard her album, that’s when I started branching out in my creativity. And hearing that, seeing her come out, being so strong as a WOC and standing tall like you know what, this is it.
Gillian: I’m going to do me and that’s it.
Gianna: Yeah and you can tell it’s her true self. She’s not trying to be no body else. After I heard that album ‘A Seat at the Table’ I started being confident in myself and my creativity. And since that 2016 when that came out, that’s when I was able to be confident in myself. So yeah I respect her so much.
Gillian: And even with natural hair.
Suzan: I feel like every black girl will relate. For me in the first performance, we don’t even know what to expect and everyone’s just screaming. And I felt like every negative thing you’ve ever felt, any rejection, even if you’ve felt like you don’t fit in …. How would you call that?
Gianna: The negative connotations of being a black woman.
Suzan: Even just her believing in black talent. The crew itself everyone is so young. I’m like what a great opportunity. She believes in what she’s talking about. She believes in bettering young creative people and giving them the opportunity to be able to do this with her. I guess it’s perspective and how people see it. At the end of the day, you can come and say I did my work and I want to get paid but there is a perspective of understanding you’re apart of bigger voice. It’s history. It may not be like Rosa Parks but you are part of that.
Gianna: It’s contemporary. It’s the now.
Suzan: And the fact that it’s at the Opera house …. And I think the people at the Opera are probably thinking what the heck is going on!
Gianna: Yeah because if you look at the Opera House, there’s not a lot of POC that perform here.
Gillian: Or even work here…
Suzan: So I think for them they realize besides the Aboriginal culture, there is this other part of this kinda community. We know it’s there.
Gianna: But they just sweep it under the carpet…
Suzan: But now there is a voice, the reaction of everyone after the show.
Gianna: When everyone was dancing and cheering full of love , one entity of people. And she did that! Solange did that!
Gillian: She came to do what she came to do.
Suzan: It’s quite artistic. It’s just who she is.