Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!

Happy National Coming Out Day, folks! (October 11)
Today, let us all “come out” as loving, powerful, AUTHENTIC, self-caring, and content with gratitude and appreciation for all that we have, including the challenges which help us grow!
And, please, come out of any “closet” that is safe enough to come out of. Coming out heals the world and saves queer & trans lives!

Cassendre Xavier, Out as Les/bi, kinky, polyamorous and New Age/New Thought since 1990. Ordained Interfaith Minister of the Inspiring Arts since 2010. http://www.cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com

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r.n. musecat: the “Recovering Artist” ediccione

Dear Friends & Total Complete Strangers!

Welcome to another ediccione of….(drumroll, please!):

r. n. musecat: The renaissance negresse museletter/catalog

The “Recovering Artist” ediccione, if you will. (As it were!)

Art | Inspiration | Community

by Cassendre Xavier

Friday, September 14, 2018

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1)WHO IS THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE?

2) BLACK WOMEN’S ARTS FESTIVAL (BWAF) THIS WEEKEND!

3) RECOVERING ARTIST

4) THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE CATALOG OF CURIOUS CREATIONS

5) FOR PATRONS

CONTENTS OF TABLE

1)WHO IS THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE?

Haitian-American multi-media healing artist Cassendre Xavier coined the term “renaissance negresse” in 2002. A musician, writer, fine artist, and actress, Cassendre (who also has created under the names Amethyste Rah, Amrita Waterfalls, and Endowed Goddess) says the term describes a black woman who is skilled or gifted in 3 or more arts. Xavier is a recipient of a $15,000 Leeway Transformation Award which “supports women and trans artists creating art for social change”. Cassendre founded and directed several Philadelphia arts initiatives including The Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002) and The Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003). She also teaches classes, and leads or co-leads workshops and support groups related to creativity, personal growth, recovery (from abuse and addictions), and relationships. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY and has been living creatively and joyfully in Philadelphia since 1990. [*”Negresse, Negre: In the French- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean Islands, these words often have a connotation of affection, entirely non-racial in meaning. `Ma petite negresse, mon negre, are equivalent to `My dear, my darling, my sweet.’” [From Masters of the Dew, a contemporary classic novel by the Haitian author Jacques Roumain, translated by Langston Hughes and Mercer Cook.]

2) BLACK WOMEN’S ARTS FESTIVAL (BWAF) THIS WEEKEND!

If you’re in Philadelphia this weekend, please come to the 12th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival, Sat-Sun, 15th and 16th, 1pm-9pm at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St, 19104. Free, all-ages, smoke, drug, and alcohol-free, and wheelchair-accessible. All respectful persons are welcome, and we still could use a couple more volunteers to sit and greet, stand and greet, or staff artists sales tables! I am the founder and director, and a singer- songwriter- guitarist (“a cross between Tracy Chapman, Sade, and Enya” -Steven M. Wilson, Borders) who will be performing on Saturday night at 6:25. I will also have my musical and guided meditation/ affirmation CDs, my “Curious Booklings” series (chapbooks of poetry and self-help writing), and brand schpankin’ new “Buttons o’ Whimsy!” for sale.
Thankful to have this year’s festival mentioned in local media: Broad Street Review, WURD FM and WHYY/ NPR Arts Roundup!

Below are links to our press and social media!
A recent article:

Broad Street Review http://www.broadstreetreview.com/wnwn/the-black-womens-arts-festival-brings-a-powerful-inclusive-feeling#

Our fan page: http://facebook.com/BWAFfanpage
Our Instagram: http://Instagram.com/OfficialBWAFphilly
FB & Twitter: @BWAFphilly

Hope some of you can come out and see us this weekend!

3) RECOVERING ARTIST
It has been over 10 years since I have written a new song. I am slowly getting back to doing music for its own sake, and my life skills issues are also being helped by that creative path, as the path supports well-being. I look forward to sharing more of what I discover, and I encourage anyone who is repressing creativity to prioritize healing that. There are unknown gifts in creativity that we never discover until we try. I hope to learn myself.

4) THE RENAISSANCE NEGRESSE CATALOG OF CURIOUS CREATIONS

Reply to this email or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above postal mailing address to receive my latest renaissance negresse catalog, which includes information about the following:

a) Wisdom Magazine articles

I’ve been writing for Wisdom Magazine’s online edition since March 2009, and you can see my articles at: http://wisdom-magazine.com/ArticleArchives.aspx?isLike=true&author=cassendre%20xavier

b) Musical & guided meditation albums and tracks:
Sales here actually create income for me:

(In order of lucrative-ocity);

NUMBER ONE/VERY BEST: CD Baby: http://cdbaby.com/all/cassendre
NUMBER TWO/ SECOND BEST: Spotify: http://tinyurl.com/CXSpotify

iTunes: http://apple.co/1K7zV5g
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1xrklOW

And this is a place to listen and enjoy:
https://cassendrexavier.bandcamp.com

CD titles ($12 each postpaid, $10 each in persun):
(Music):

The Whittenberg Sessions

Live at Café Improv

live at the kraftbrau, kalamazoo!

Beautiful

Capable of Love

Hope

(Guided Meditations)

Affirmations for Survivors: Self-Love

Affirmations for Survivors: Spirituality

c) Curious Booklings (aka booklets, $5 each)

Titles:

Very exciting re-issue!!!
Making of a Woman/Artist: a book for every black girl and every black woman who has ever wanted to be an artist
Postpaid printed chapbook: $7, Ebook or in persun: $5

secrets & lies: poetry and other words (Original release 2005, Re-issued with new poems added June 2017)
Postpaid printed chapbook: $7, Ebook or in persun: $5

Soulmate Attraction for the Rest of Us: Dating & Relationships for the Polyamorous, Recovering, Survivor & Tantric – A Preview (October 2015)
(Based on the popular workshop of the same title that I facilitate every year at the Poly Living Conference in Philadelphia)
Postpaid print: $7, Ebook: $5

A Survivor Speaks: On Bipolar Disorder, PTSD & Recovery (June 2017)
Postpaid print: $7, Ebook or in persun: $5

d) YouTube videos

Music, poetry, guided meditations, humor, raw food stuffs, and much, much more at http://youtube.com/cassendrexavier

e) Buttons o’ Whimsy

$2 each in persun. Not yet available for mail order. (But stayeth thyself tuned!)

f) Other links:
CX Writing blog: http://cxwriting.blogspot.com
Erotic Writing: http://amritawaterfalls.blogspot.com
Facebook: http:// Facebook.com/cassendrexavier
Twitter: http://Twitter.com/cassendrexavier

5) FOR PATRONS
For many decades, generations, and lifetimes, in as many cultures as there are, uh, cultures (heh- heh!), patrons haves been an essential part of the working artist’s experience and well-being. M/patrons donate funds and/or supplies or other resources of a material nature. They can also be mentors. Since the start of my career as a working artist, I have had the pleasure and privilege of the patron/artist relationship. Some of these continue to this day, and sometimes a patron’s offering allows me to share with others as well.
I am grateful to have a place to live, my food costs covered, health insurance, and reimbursement for my travel to health appointments.
As an unemployed person applying for social security supplemental insurance benefits (SSI), my needs are for the other little things that aren’t covered by state aid, and I don’t always sell enough music or chapbooks to buy them. That’s where patron donations really help! Your donations help me to have: Uber rides as needed, toiletries and cosmetiques, stationery and postage stamps, printing costs, and more.
It seems I am making progress in earning more income through my arts and crafts, but no way am I able to support myself given the health conditions that has rendered me unable for the last several years. For now, little bits here and there have kept me afloat, and I have some of *you* to thank for that. Thank you!
Here are some of my “portals of prosperity” if you will. (As it were!)
A wee goal of $1,000 has gathered $375 in generous gifts so far. Thank you!
https://www.gofundme.com/CXInspiration2017

My Paypal link: http://paypal.me/CXInspiration

Checks/money order donations, mail orders (please allow 2-4 weeks for shipping; while supplies last; refunds if we run out of a title):

PAYABLE TO: Cassendre Xavier

Mail to: Cassendre Xavier

c/o Bindlestiff Books

4530 Baltimore Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19143-3705

Thank you to all of my friends who care, and to all my supporters of various kinds. You who know who you are!

In art, community, and joy no matter what,

Cassendre Xavier

renaissance negresse

multi-media healing & recovering artist & community cultural arts organizer

humyn, being.

https://cassendrexavier.wordpress.com

(c) Copyright 2018 by Cassendre Xavier (aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls). All rights reserved. (Never let it be said!)

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Press Release: 12th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival

Press Release:

Announcing…
The 12th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival (BWAF)

Saturday and Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018

At THE ROTUNDA • 4014 WALNUT STREET • PHILADELPHIA, PA 19104

1:00pm-9:00pm

Free all day!

All respectful persons are welcome!

All-ages, and wheelchair accessible.

About the Festival

The Black Women’s Arts Festival (BWAF) is an annual showcase of multi-media arts performances and exhibitions by self-identified black women. We have presented music, spoken word/ poetry, dance, films, theater, visual and healing arts, lectures, and more since 2003. This year’s event is brought to you by Cassendre Xavier (founder & director), Amor La Luna (producer), and support from The Rotunda, Bindlestiff Books, and individual donors.

About the Venue

The Rotunda is an acclaimed and beloved community gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change, and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. It has been BWAF’s primary venue since our inception. Visit http://www.TheRotunda.org

Volunteers Wanted

To perform various tasks this year or next year (street team/flier distribution, online promotions/social media, graphic design, videography, stage management, and general help at the venue during the festival itself).

Please email, with “Volunteer” in the subject to: BWAFphilly(at)gmail(dot)com

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

F E S T I V A L H O U R S : 1 : 0 0 – 9 : 0 0

Saturday, September 15

1:00: DOORS OPEN

1:30: OLAKUNLE OLUDINA LIBATIONS CEREMONY

2:20: HARRIET TUBMAN BY DR. DAISY CENTURY

2:35: EGYPTIAN YOGA CLASS YEYE YOGINI

4:00: JAHZARA! & THE MOON SHADOW BAND

5:00: MASIE BLU

5:25: SERAIAH NICOLE

6:00: BROWNSUGA BREE

6:25: CASSENDRE XAVIER

7:00: SUITE FRANCHON

7:30: MADI DANGEROUSLY

7:50: ALL PEOPLE’S OPEN MIC

Sunday, September 16

1:00: DOORS OPEN

1:30: BELLY DANCING BY RISING PHOENIX

2:00: BLACK GIRL MAGIC DELAWARE

2:20: HEALTH LECTURE BY DR. SUNLIGHT LITTLE

2:40: PLAYWRIGHT/ACTING LECTURE BY CONNIE DRUMMOND

3:15: HORTICULTURE LECTURE BY CELESTE PRESTON

3:30: AFRICAN DANCING SHANA EL

4:00: TBA

4:30: GHETTOSONGBIRD & THE ROXSPLOITATION BAND

5:20: TBA

Vendors

AFIA NKOSO BRETUO: CHAKRA CHARGING NECKLACES, SOUL HEALING BATHS, CRYSTAL POUCHES, LEATHER MEDICINE BAGS, WAIST BEADS, HEALING WANDS, PENDULUMS AND APPAREL

SPIRIT FIRST FOODS: VEGAN, VEGETARIAN & RAW CUISINE

DR. SUNLIGHT LITTLE: MASSAGE TREATMENTS, ESSENTIAL OILS & MORE

POSITIVE IMAGES PRODUCTS

PAINTINGS OF AMOR LA LUNA

renaissance negresse: MUSICAL & GUIDED MEDITATION CDS; POETRY & SELF-HELP CHAPBOOKS BY CASSENDRE XAVIER http://www.cassEndrExavier.wordpress.com

DONATIONS MAKE THIS ALL POSSIBLE:

http://www.Paypal.com “Send Money” to: cxmusic@gmail.com
Direct link: http://www.paypal.me/CXInspiration

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/cxinspiration2017

Check (or US Money Order, preferred) payable to: CassEndrE Xavier

Mailing address: CX/BWAF, c/o Bindlestiff Books, 4530 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Connect with Us!

FB: @BWAFfanpage • TWITTER: @BWAFphilly • IG: @OfficialBWAFphilly

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AFFIRM: Mastery Over Your Life

AFFIRM:
I take 100% responsibility for every aspect of my life.
I have mastery over my life experience and my circumstances. I choose self-contentment, serenity, positive thoughts and actions at all times.
~Cassendre Xavier, renaissance negresse
Music & Guided Meditations http://www.TinyURL.com/CXCDBaby
Wisdom Magazine Articles: http://www.TinyURL.com/CXWisdom

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Last Day (6) of Water Fast: Yesterday’s Success, Today’s Conclusion &Fasting Tips!

(YouTube Video recorded July 2, 2018) https://youtu.be/5QWin1gr2DE
Channel: http://www.TinyURL.com/CXYouTube
Cassendre Xavier, renaissance negresse http://TinyURL.com/CXSpotify

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Day 5 Water Fast: Yesterday’s Success,Today’s Goal &Fasting Tips! (New YouTube video!)

* Yesterday’s Success: I reached yesterday’s goal!
* Today’s Goal: Stay focused, keep my eyes on the prize, and manage my cravings!
* Fasting Tips:
1) Check your blood pressure and/or blood sugar levels regularly (if you have hypertension and/or diabetes).
2) Remember the reasons you are fasting, and don’t let “faux hunger” (aka cravings) remove you from your path of GREATitude!
3) Relax. Take it easy. Go slow. Be kind to yourself. 🙂
4) As a very wise Chinese Fortune Cookie once read, “Keep your dreams secret for now.” Don’t share too much about your fasting goals before you are strong enough to actually reach them. Share only enough to support you with accountability and/or inspire and support others.
5) Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the challenges and temptations that go with fasting. Take slow, deep breaths as necessary, and focus on only one moment and one day at a time.
6) Nurture yourself by engaging various senses (emotional, tactile, olfactory). This will allow you to feel more satiated, without food, which will help you resist temptations.
Some examples include:
a) Engaging in positive activities (hobbies, crafts, tasks you’ve been procrastinating about, social time with supportive, low-stress people, solo social time, such as treating yourself to a movie).
b) Massage your body (especially your feet) with a healthy, food grade oil, such as cold pressed extra virgin coconut or olive oil. This is a way to not only comfort yourself during the fast, but also reduce stress, and give your skin some nutrients.
c) Put scents around you, spray perfume, etc. Smelling wonderful things that smell nothing like food really helps pass the fasting time and improve the fasting experience. I know, I said “fasting” a little too much. Fasting on the brain! It’s gotta be, I suppose! Focus on the fasting! 🙂

Using all of these various senses (emotional, tactile, olfactory) allow you to feel more satiated, without food, which will help you resist temptations to prematurely stop your fast.

7) For more fasting support and inspiration, check out “A Healthy Alternative” (AHA) at https://ahealthyalternative.org. AHA is a quickly growing, large community with a very active Facebook Group and vibrant YouTube channel. Check us out!

Stay well!

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Day 4 Water Fast: Yesterday’s Success, Today’s Goal & Fasting Tips (New YouTube Video)!

Day 4 Water Fast: Yesterday’s Success,Today’s Goal &Fasting Tips! (New YouTube video!) https://youtu.be/w9BcSqzLaVA
* Yesterday’s Success: I reached yesterday’s goal!
* Today’s Goal: Avoid food, and stay relaxed!
* Fasting Tips:
1) Tasting a few grains of sea salt helps curb cravings.
2) A smell of food is just a smell.
3) You’re not experiencing true hunger – you’re fine!
4) Your body is rejoicing in the fast! It’s doing mega healing, rejuvenizin’, and transformeratin’!
5) Focus on only one moment and one day at a time.
6) Celebrate each glorious poop (bowel movement)!
7) For more fasting support and community, check out the Facebook Group and YouTube channels A Healthy Alternative, and Rod Stuart!

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