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2013 – womben can be naked and that nakedness be accepted by the society as long as she is being sexualized by a misogynist gaze (in commercials to sell products, in films to sell sex, in videos to sell anything etc) however if a womban owns her nudity in the creation of art and the only idea being sold is her own liberation of herself, then that is considered indecent. humanity, our hypocrisy, lack of courage, inequality, and sheer hatred of ourselves, makes me very sad sometimes…my answer to that sadness – complete and total liberation of myself through deep reflection, innerstanding, meditation, artistic expression beyond what i have been told a ‘good womban is supposed to do’, action that causes no harm and love, love, love, love, love…parralled with an unrelenting questioning of every narrative i am told about who i am and what my potential as a human being is…i carry no shame, not for you and not for me…liberate ourselves…love ourselves… – d’bi.young anitafrika
Dear Ottawa, prepare to have your minds blown. The one and only d’bi.young anitafrika is coming to town on June 13 to perform a whole show all to herself. As if that weren’t enough, she is doing a full day masterclass on June 15. If you are a storyteller, poet, writer, performer, artist, then you should come to the show and then take the masterclass. I’ve done the masterclass, mind blowing, life changing. I loved it so much I’m doing it again. – ruthanne edwards, storyteller
Change must begin with self; any critique of society must start with a critique and analysis of self within society. – d’bi.young anitafrika
d’bi.young’s storytelling is a mirror in which she views herself reflected through and by the village. She is a jamaican–wombanist–warrior–artist; internationally celebrated for her unapologetic explosive consciousness on and off stage.
Tickets are $20 at the NAC Box office, or available online with fees: http://www.ottawastorytellers.ca. Live Rush tickets also available.