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    Returning Home

    — vol. i

    A deep look into influencers of our identities and how we define ourselves for ourselves.


    Video · April 29, 2018


    This performance art piece defies what it means to know your identity. To be a woman and know who you are as a millennial means something, if not you are lost. I wanted to create a discussion of the evolution of woman and what we are told to be as women. The women we are, are not truly free. We have blockage because we have been taught to mask our feelings and respect for self, and become who is comfortable and acceptable. The woman who I felt was most free is the cavewoman, an ape (Charles Darwins Evolution theory) and cavewoman (Neanderthal), these women have no record of society and no plans to be. As should we. How do we get back to the basics of how we define women, and how do we build and create them. This is why She is, She was, She was created to indulge the ideas of women defined.

    I was lost when I graduated SCAD in June of 2016. I graduated with a BFA in Acting and I completely felt like I robbed myself of my eccentricities to fit a mold of a person that wasn't true. So, as a curious soul, I began researching what identity meant. I would spend countless hours on my computer reading theories like Plato's Allegory of the Cave, watching Basquiat's The Radiant Child documentary, even little dissertations that others defined identity with from universities to the classroom subjects. What really got me thinking about a woman's identity is this piece done in California by these ladies for a project called "WOMANHOUSE" and I immediately knew that I would be exploring what it meant to be a woman and define herself in a world that tells her who she is, what she was, before she has a chance to tell herself. This is the beginning of figuring out a purpose and place, and we all have somewhere we need to be. We need each other to figure out these small details that make us full embodied women of character and voice.

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    Malikah McHerrin-Cobb

    Malikah McHerrin-Cobb is a performance artist based in Atlanta, GA. She was, She is, She is her first piece within this medium, challenging the norms for people stuck in a chained collar that has prevented them from releasing the caged door.

    This story is part of Returning Home, a theme that the Black Girl Magik collective explored and invited the community to investigate with us through a practice of communal healing and coalition building.

    Disconnecting to Reconnect

    The Black Girl Magik collective supports each member in her healing journeys through our annual self-care break. During this time we disconnect from social media to the capacity our programming allows, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. Additionally, we take this time to re-engage with the mission of the collective and to return the root of what it means to organize and build collectively. We are now considering what this self-care break can look like when we invite transparency into our restoration process, and engage our community through physical programming.

    The main goal of our residency with Powrplnt is to provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing and to define self-care on their terms. We aim to: 1) conjure the capacity to center the resilience of women of color; 2) provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing with us, and to define self-care on their terms; 3) host programming, open studios and discussions for and with the community.

    Healing is a journey and we are honoring this journey as a collective by disconnecting from social media, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. We invite you to join us and can’t wait to share how you can meet us IRL.

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    “Returning Home” is an exploration back to lands, rituals and traditions that we have always known. It is voyaging and feeling at home as soon as you step foot on the ground. It is hearing music and your soul perceiving the frequencies. It is seeing a familiar face and knowing that somehow you have met before. “Returning Home” is a return to self.

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