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









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.]


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!

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.


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:

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

The Whittenberg Sessions

Live at Café Improv

live at the kraftbrau, kalamazoo!


Capable of Love


(Guided Meditations)

Affirmations for Survivors: Self-Love

Affirmations for Survivors: Spirituality

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


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

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!

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.


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

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: http://cassendrexavier.com
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