Trauma and the Black Body

#wakandaforever I have been thinking deeply about trauma and the way trauma impacts our entire humanity, in fact our entire planet; the intersectionality of trauma & the necessity for trauma recovery approaches to be grounded in anti-oppression. Working with myself and artists over the past 20 years, the root that we always end up digging up is #trauma. Trauma is generally defined as ‘a deeply disturbing and distressing physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, and or spiritual experience that impacts a person or group long after the traumatic incident or period.’ Where does this definition leave us all in this world of interconnected overlapping & intersecting systems of oppression? Are we all traumatized? And if we are all functioning from a place of trauma and don’t know it, how do we begin to heal? This is what I am interested in, through theatre, through activism, through poetry & through academia. I look at my entire body of creative work & I see an ongoing conversation about the impact of trauma & our possibilities to heal. I look at the #anitafrikamethod & it’s application as a mind-body healing modality, & it too targets trauma recovery. I want to innerstand & explore the theories around trauma & the #black body especially #blackwomen & sexual trauma. #growth#spolrusie #mentalwellness #black #watah #traumarecovery#strongblackwoman #study #ptss #newbeginnigs #blackgirljoy #blacktheory

d'bi.young anitafrika

From facilitating international artist residencies in Hawaii, India, and Costa Rica to being heralded as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts, the creative endeavors of African-Jamaican d’bi.young anitafrika are globally celebrated. A triple Dora award-winning playwright-performer, dub poet and arts-educator, d’bi is also the creator of the Anitafrika Sorplusi Method. She is the founding Artistic Director of Watah, Canada’s leading Black-focused professional theatre-training company. d’bi continues to address issues of gender, sexuality, race, class and the human experience through her vast field of artistic knowledge and is currently writing her first memoir entitled The Storyteller’s Integrity.