Post – Festival Thank You!

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Dear Friends!

Thanks to everyone who was at the 9th Black Women’s Arts Festival this past weekend and made the event so special!
And to those who would’ve liked to performed and who I was not able to contact in time:

I apologize for dropping the ball on contacting you back. This happened with a few people and the only ones who did attend the Festival whether at performers, workshop presenters, or vendors, were those whose need to be there was as strong as the challenges in my life that kept me from being as thorough as I have been in the past with organizing. I have been living in a homeless shelter since the beginning of June 2015 and have been going through many challenges within that place and about being homeless in general and other issues that caused my homelessness, including the death of my partner upon whom I was in large part financially dependent. Also having been on hiatus since 2011, running the Festival was in many ways for me new again so I’m relearning things. All being said several major balls were dropped by me and for that I apologize. And I hope having more of the backstory helps to take some of the sting out of the disappointment the whole process was for you. My apologies again and I hope we can work together next year, when things will be much, much better!
In art, sisterhood, and community,

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)
$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003 and the Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002
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About cassendre

aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls “renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur” (musician/writer/actress/fine artist) Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & executive director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002). Visit:
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