*WHAT’S UP: WNC SoundSpace @ Rabbit’s Now Open Inside Historic Rabbit’s Motel
For Your Black History Month Coverage Consideration:
The Green Book Landmark Celebrates 50 Years of Black Entrepreneurism in Asheville’s Southside Neighborhood
ASHEVILLE, NC — A three year revitalization project taking place inside of Asheville, North Carolina’s historic Southside neighborhood has come to fruition with the opening of SoundSpace @ Rabbit’s, the city’s first public access music rehearsal facility. The studio space, which will soon include a soul food eatery and mixed medium artist amenities has taken residence inside the now-defunct Rabbit’s Motel, a Green Book site for African-American travelers which operated from the late 1940s until the turn of the 21st century. Repurposing the building to accommodate the influx of creatives who call Asheville home, co-founders Claude Coleman, Jr. (of the rock outfit Ween) and Brett Spivey hope to carry the legacy of the historic construction by providing functional practice quarters and an accessible gathering place for artists of all mediums. CLICK FOR MORE
Organic Growers Upcoming Events and Programs – Spring Conference
Organic Growers School is the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food & farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. Our hands-on training, workshops, conferences and partnerships inspire, educate, and support people to farm, garden, and live organically.
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WOMANSONG PRESENTS TWO NEW VIDEOS: “MY VOTE, MY VOICE, MY RIGHT” AND “59 CENTS”
This spring, Womansong had planned a concert entitled “Ain’t I A Woman? – Celebrating Women’s Lives and the Right to Vote!” The concert theme highlighted the facets of a woman’s life, including advocating for equal rights in the workplace and in the voting booth. A pandemic may have prevented the performance but it cannot stop our choir from sharing this important message. So to our fans and our village around the country we offer two new recordings: 59 Cents and My Vote, My Voice, My Right. You can watch them both below!
We encourage you to vote and use the privilege for which our ancestors fought so bravely. For more information on voting or to support local organizations working on voting rights, contact one of our partners: Democracy NC, JMPro TV Voto 2020, League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe, and the YWCA of Asheville. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!
TANESHA PEEPLES: Closed mouths don’t get fed. That’s why fellow Chicago activist, Natasha Dunn, and I recently demanded that Chicago Public Schools adopt our Black Student Achievement Task Force to serve as a liaison between the district and our community. And guess what? Our demand was met. So, I’m urging you to form your own task forces, go to your city and district reps and demand a seat at the table. Tell them that we’re no longer accepting table scraps or the half-assed job they’ve done with educating our kids, and we don’t give a damn about their cute little equity initiatives that only serve as a cover to make us think they’re doing the right thing. Tell them we want an intentional investment with proof of outcomes. And if they won’t give us what we want, their days in office are numbered. CLICK FOR MORE →
By Jessica Wildfire in MEDIUM
I’ll never forget the time I fell for a neg. It was almost fatal. If you don’t know, neg is pick-up slang for a backhanded compliment.
The guy strolled up to me at the end of a conference and started critiquing my presentation. I started to shut down when he told me how much potential I had, if I could “just work on some things.” Walking off, he turned around and said sarcastically, “Good luck landing a job.”
I didn’t take it very well. CLICK FOR MORE >