SisterSpace 9/13 & Black Women’s Arts Fest 19th-20th

Dear Friends & Total Complete Strangers!

I am very happy to be writing to you again.

This month marks two anniversaries for me – the 10th anniversary of my being recognized as an interfaith minister, and the 1-year anniversary of a major upset in my life that has caused me to go largely silent as a diarist, blogger, and erotic artist. 
I am making progress in transforming my circumstances so that I can live and create freely as the artist I want to be again. Part of this will require my change of residence, and I’ve been in communication with people who can help me make this happen.
Here’s a brief snippet about what I’m looking for:
 I’m a Philadelphia-based black female LGBTQ+ artist with a long and positive history of collective/cooperative living in West Philly. Due to a need for quiet and in response to the pandemic, I am seeking a work exchange housing situation where I can be a companion to an older person in their home. Enclosed is an ad with more details:


I’ve got a couple of performances and events I wanted to share with you.

Tomorrow (Sunday Sept. 13) at 3:10pm I’m performing at Sisterspace Virtual Weekend 2020!
I’m very excited because:

1) I’ve attended SisterSpace Weekend often since the mid 1990s – from when it was in the Poconos to its current location in Darlington, MD. I’ve gone as just a camper, and I’ve performed music there at least twice – once on my own and at least once supporting another band member. A highlight was when I performed wearing lingerie and comic Michele Balan walked on after me, wearing my robe! 
Thursday I did my soundcheck for it and was very pleasantly surprised to see that the person doing soundcheck before me was comedian Marga Gomez. The lineup sure is exciting!

2) Unlike SisterSpace Weekend in person, virtual is open to the general public – so that means men will get to be part of our audience for the first time that I can recall.

Here’s info about it:

SisterSpace Weekend Women’s Festival 2020 will be an ONLINE FEST—and YOU ARE INVITED! No matter where you are in the world, in life, in your head, in your heart, in the black or in the red—you are our honored guest and festival invitee for 2020, with all our love and a BIG WARM SISTERSPACE WELCOME!


I also want to share that the VIRTUAL 14th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival is happening next weekend, Saturday-Sunday September 19-20, 2020, from 1:00pm – 7:00pm both days.
You’ll be able to watch it streaming live on our venue The Rotunda’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. 
I’m still booking the artists for it (schedule below), and below also is more info about the event plus the links you can use to watch.

Thanks for reading, and hope you’ll be tuning in!

In art, spirit, and community,

Cassendre Xavier
renaissance negresse
Multi-Media Healing Artist 
Founder & Director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival


Virtual Black Women’s Arts Festival Philadelphia Lineup 2020

Saturday, September 19 1:00pm – 7:00pm

1:30 – 1:55 Kai Oceans (visual artist/writer) Talk
2:00 – 2:30 O (performance artist/writer) Slide Presentation
3:00 – 3:30 Narissa Bond (singer-songwriter) Music

Saturday, September 20 1:00pm – 7:00pm

1:00 – 1:20 Wanda Payne (visual artist) Talk/Presentation
5:00 – 5:45 Robin Renee (singer-songwriter/writer) Music & Spoken Word

More to be added…

Philly’s 14th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival (BWAF)September 19 and 20!For more information, Contact: Cassendre Xavier,

Philly’s 14th Annual Black Women’s Arts Festival Announced;a “Virtual” Festival – September 19-20, 2020
For the first time, this year’s Black Women’s Arts Festival – the 14th annual Philadelphia-based event – will be a “virtual” festival, its organizers have announced.
The event, which once again will showcase a variety of multimedia arts and performances by African American and Black women, will take place this year on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, said the event’s founder, Cassendre Xavier.  On both days, the show will begin at 1 pm and end at 7 pm, she said.
“The Black Women’s Arts Festival was founded in 2003 and takes place at The Rotunda on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus,” Xavier explained.  But because of the pandemic, this year’s event will livestream on The Rotunda’s YouTube channel, she said.  People can watch the show at TheRotundaPhilly and at The Rotunda’s Facebook page ( TheRotundaPhilly). 
Xavier, who herself is a Philly-based singer-songwriter who performs at the Festival, said this year’s event will feature, among others, visual artist Wanda Payne, singer-songwriter Narissa Bond, and performance artist O.A full schedule of presentations and performances will be released closer to the event, and artists interested in participating should contact Cassendre Xavier at
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The Rotunda | 4014 Walnut StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19104                                                     

— Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier

renaissance negresse

$15,000 Leeway Transformation Award-Winning musicianwriteractressvisual artist, and community cultural arts organizer.

Founder & Executive Director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women’s Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002).

Official website:

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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