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Jackson Family. Join us tonight for "The Justice Playbook" tonight at Tougaloo College. I'll be moderating the discussion after the show. Free but get your tickets at the link to make sure you have a seat! #ArtsAndActivism #BlackLivesMatter #LetsTalkDontShoot #AlternateROOTS
From Renita Martin: "The Justice Playbook" is an original production created by artists, students, activists, families and law enforcement who have come together to find solutions to the various tensions between the justice system and communities of color.

Have you tried the new Grilled Lentils? They come in two flavours - Tex Mex and Curry! They taste great sprinkled on salads for a protein boost or as a crunchy snack on the go! @cuisinesoleil #glutenfree #vegan #snack #heathfoodstore #moosejaw #discovermoosejaw #alternateroots #theroot #shoplocal

"So can I get a window seat
Don't want nobody next to me
I just want a ticket outta town
A look around
And a safe touch down
Window seat
Don't want nobody next to me
I just want a chance to fly
A chance to cry
And a long bye bye..." @erykahbadu On days like today, the tragic news from Gaza, from everywhere. 💔
#WhenShensTravelogue #DeepSouthTraveling #NorthCrackALacka #MovingMountains #AlternateROOTS #ArtsAndActivism

#WhenShensTravelogue: Wet hair, don't care. After 4 weeks on the road, I got 7 straight glorious nights in my own bed. Totally worth the 2hrs of sleep and 4:30 departure from the house this morning. I think. I can't be trusted to have any coherent thoughts today. But no issues from TSA despite my #NoMuslimBanEver uniform. And I caught a selfie with Texas Astronaut Cow. It's already a great day. Hope so for you too. Wheels up in 30. 💖🤓✈️#365THNX #AlternateROOTS #ArtsAndActivism #DeepSouthTraveling #PlanesCowsAndAutomobiles #NeedCoffeeSTAT #ItsSoEarly

#WhenShensTravelogue: "When you leave Mississippi only to come up on Mississippi." Tufara Waller Muhammad. Pull up to spend the morning at SHAPE Community Center, 3rd Ward, Houston, TX, my newish home, to see the words of Baba Chokwe Lumumba from my other home, Jackson, MS. Giving thanks to the ancestors and to the elders who blessed my spirit today. 💜✨✊🏾 #365THNX #AlternateROOTS #ArtsAndActivism #Houston #Jackson #MigrationMoves #3rdWard

It was a great pleasure to host the Executive Director of @alternateroots, Michelle Ramos, in Jacksonville. As one of 16 cities on her listening tour throughout the Southeast, we benefited from Michelle’s wisdom and bold vision for the intersection of art and social justice and she heard from some of the most engaged artists, writers, visual artists, dancers, curators, and arts advocates in our community about their struggles and dreams. An important flame was lit and collaboration formed inside Yellow House tonight! A huge thank you to all who gave their time and input and to Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams for leading the charge. Art+Action=Change. #ROOTSroadtrip #AlternateRoots #YellowHouse #ThisisJax #yh

#AboutLastNight✨: When you're in a new city, looking for a parking space, and meet a bunch of big chickens. 😳🤓🐔🐓🤣😂 #WhenShensTravelogue #WhenShensWackyWorld #DeepSouthDriving #AlternateROOTS #TheyWereNiceTho

Aaaannnd that's a wrap! APASO (Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations) conference in Austin, Texas was fun and informative. Grateful to serve on the "Equity in Funding: Tips from Arts Service Organization Funders" panel with my friends and colleagues Gabriel @gabo.tx , from NALAC @nalac_arts , ROOTS' @alternateroots own Paige @ompaige , Ashley and Stanlyn from NPN/VPN.
Had a fantastic time sister-circling with WOCA sisters (Women of Color In the Arts) organized by founder (and ILI @weareili sis) Kaisha Johnson. Loved learning more about Six Square, a service organization in historic African American district in East Austin and how they are supporting artists and working with the community to respond to challenges. Always good to hang with one of my favorite Houstonians Shannon Buggs, who gave a succinct sermon on how our generation needs to step up and stop gentrification. #ThatWillPreach

Looking forward to more connections. But first, we rest! 💖✨
#WhenShensTravelogue #Austin #Texas #APASO #AlternateROOTS #ArtsAndActivism #Interculturality #NALAC #NPNVPN #ILI #WOCA #6Square #365THNX

Nashville, Knoxville it was fun. Grateful to get 16 whole hours at home. Now Nina and I are headed to Austin! Thanks to Sis @lizagarza for my new favorite ear adornments. #365THNX #WhenShensWackyWorld #DeepSouthDriving #RoadTripping #WhereInTheWorldIsWhenShen #ArtsAndActivism #AlternateROOTS #APASO #TravelingMiles #TravelingMusic #NinaSimone #OnAndInMyEars #WhenShensFabulousFriends

#WhenShensTravelogue: After 12days on the road (SanAnto/DC/BHam/Montgomery) I'm grateful to be home for 14hrs. After the last leg of my trip, I needed to be home, even if only one night. Reflections on the Memorial for Peace and Justice later. First snuggles, food, loads of laundry & sleep. 💖✨ #365THNX #AlternateROOTS #ArtsAndActivism #Montgomery #Alabama #EqualJusticeInitiative #ConcertForPeaceAndJustice #LegacyMuseum #NationalMemorialForPeaceAndJustice #AllTheArmBands

#WhenShensTravelogue: Though my preference for Deep South travel will always be driving, I love to occasionally fly in and out of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Airport Birmingham, as I did last night. I was honored to accompany MWE on a visit to see Rev. Shuttlesworth before his transition. We reap the benefits of his leadership yet most Americans aren't learning about him or the hundreds of other Civil Rights Movement veterans who changed our country. We owe them our deep gratitude. S/N: I chuckle remembering one of my mentors saying that every time someone books a flight to BHM, an old racist turns over in their grave. As it should be. 🤓💜✨ #365THNX #CivilRightsMovement #RoadToMontgomery #BirminghamChildrensMarch #BlackLivesMatter #PeaceAndJusticeSummit #ArtsAndActivism #CDF #AlternateROOTS

Check out Atlanta Chinese Dance Company Co-Artistic Director Kerry Lee's article "A Global South: Building Community Through the Art of Chinese Dance" as a part of Alternate ROOTS’ Creating Place project – a collection of reflections, challenges, and offerings to the national dialogue around creative placemaking. How has Chinese dance impacted your life? We would love to hear from you! #chinesedance @achinesedancer
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Repost from @alternateroots using @RepostRegramApp - We at #AlternateROOTS are THRILLED to introduce our multimedia Creating Place project – a collection of reflections, challenges, and offerings to the national dialogue around #creativeplacemaking, created by ROOTS members – #grassroots artists and activists in the South – and focused on #equity.

Explore it here: https://alternateroots.org/creating-place/ (link in bio) and please share widely! #CreatingPlaceROOTS

Big thanks to the 30+ Creating Place contributors, as well as #NEAOurTown whose funding supported this project!

National Endowment for the Arts #art
#community #equity

I am so incredibly honored to be a part of Alternate ROOTS' Creating Place collection! My article "A Global South: Building Community Through Chinese Dance" about @atlantachinesedance is just one of many articles, films, and podcasts contributing to the national dialogue around creative placemaking. Having read the entire collection multiple times as a proofreader, I am moved by the universality of our struggles and the uniqueness of our artistic practices. #chinesedance
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Repost from @alternateroots using @RepostRegramApp - We at #AlternateROOTS are THRILLED to introduce our multimedia Creating Place project – a collection of reflections, challenges, and offerings to the national dialogue around #creativeplacemaking, created by ROOTS members – #grassroots artists and activists in the South – and focused on #equity.

Explore it here: https://alternateroots.org/creating-place/ (link in bio) and please share widely! #CreatingPlaceROOTS

Big thanks to the 30+ Creating Place contributors, as well as #NEAOurTown whose funding supported this project!

National Endowment for the Arts #art
#community #equity

#WhenShensTravelogue: Spent the weekend with our Alternate ROOTS members The Sanctuaries in Ivy City, DC. Ahmané, Rev. and 'em are doing fantastic work training artists and organizers in working with their neighbors in Ivy City and Barry Farms. Had a great visit with Justice for Muslims Collective too. Especially grateful to walk the neighborhood with Parisa Norouzi of Empower DC and Elder/Historian/Organizer/WonderWoman Luci Murphy who wove stories of Ivy City's rich history and complicated present. The fight against gentrification is far too familiar in many of our urban communities. Here's to more artists/organizers building community alongside neighbors instead of pushing folks out. Thanks to Michelle Ramos, ROOTS ED and Jessica Solomon @jesssolomon for hanging with us! 💖✨ #AlternateROOTS #ArtsAndActivism #ResistGentrification #TheSanctuaries #EmpowerDC #BlackLivesMatter #NoMuslimBanEver #Interculturality #Solidarity #IvyCity #365THNX

Grateful to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers today while the Supreme Court considers another one of 45s inhumane Muslim Bans. Thanks to those who organized the rally (two amazing sisters, Darakshan and Maha of Justice for Muslims Collective who I met with this weekend) and everyone who came out and stood up against hate. #WeBelieveThatWeWillWin #NoMuslimBanEver #SCOTUS #BlackLivesMatter #365THNX #WhenShensTravelogue #ArtsAndActivism #AlternateROOTS #SouthernPeoplesPower

Check out #AlternateROOTS Creating Place project, a multimedia collection of reflections, challenges, and offerings to the national dialogue around #creativeplacemaking: https://alternateroots.org/creating-place/ #CreatingPlaceROOTS

We at #AlternateROOTS are THRILLED to introduce our multimedia Creating Place project – a collection of reflections, challenges, and offerings to the national dialogue around #creativeplacemaking, created by ROOTS members – #grassroots artists and activists in the South – and focused on #equity.

Explore it here: https://alternateroots.org/creating-place/ (link in bio) and please share widely! #CreatingPlaceROOTS

Big thanks to the 30+ Creating Place contributors, as well as #NEAOurTown whose funding supported this project!

National Endowment for the Arts #art
#community #equity

DMV Family: Don't forget to come hang out with us today! Michelle Ramos and I will be meeting up for #ROOTSRoadTrip stop number two today, April 22 – Washington, DC – 3-4pm at The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd NW. Thanks to Ahmané Glover, Rev. Eric and the Sanctuaries for hosting us. Stop in, say "heeeeeeyyyyy" and let's talk about the great work y'all are doing in the DC/Baltimore area. See y'all soon! 💜✨🚗 #RRT #AlternateROOTS #ArtsAndActivism #WhenShensTravelogue #PorchSitting
#Repost @alternateroots: One of Michelle Ramos’ first steps as ROOTS’ new executive director was to announce the #ROOTSRoadTrip – that she’d be packing her bags and hitting the road to meet ROOTers where you are, in your communities, in your neighborhoods, on the front porch.

You can read Michelle’s full #ROOTSRoadTrip announcement here, which invited folks to host a stop on the tour. Responses came rushing in and we are now excited to announce there will be twelve stops on the #ROOTSRoadTrip!

At this time of transition, and in connection with the Renew Your ROOTS initiative, we’re grounding ourselves in the heart and soul of Alternate ROOTS – you, our members. We hope you can make it out to the #ROOTSRoadTrip and meet up with Michelle somewhere along the route!

We’re still in the process of coordinating all stops with our local hosts, so keep an eye on the #ROOTSRoadTrip page where we'll add information about upcoming stops! Here's what's coming up in April:

April 22 – Washington, DC – 3-4pm
Hosted by Ahmane’ Glover
The Festival Center
1640 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

April 25 – Philadelphia, PA – 3-5pm

Hosted by Jamie Merwin
Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

#WhenShensTravelSnacks: Awesome day of work but it's Quittin' Time! Today's travel snacks of pepperoni, cheese, cashews and cranberries got a boost from the hotel wine down with Cabernet and olives. Now it's nap time! ⏰🍷🛌 #WhenShensTravelogue #ArtsAndActivism #AlternateRoots #WineDown #DirtyWine

Dr. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, composer, teacher, bass singer, formerly of Sweet Honey In the Rock, leads us in our closing day of the Beyond Incarceration Summit. #BeyondIncarceration #TheGraduates #AlternateROOTS #ArtsAndActivism #WontBowDown #FreeHer #LetsGetFree #WhenShensTravelogue

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