Just another transplant here. I've lived a few places over the past handful of years, but home is NC and Boston. I'd like to think I've taken the good things from those places (like the southern sweetness and soul food mixed with the boston straight-forwardness, street-smarts & actual understanding of diversity outside of binaries).
I just moved out here so I'm enjoying meeting other writers, radicals, artists and herbalists. But believe it or not, its hard to find folks who can laugh themselves to tears AND talk about serious shit like anti-blackness, settler/colonialism, border/imperialism, anti-immigrant/diaspora or anti-Asian/orientalism etc etc etc. It's even harder to find folks who have done the internal work on these issues and on how to just be a decent human being in comparison to all the external work they do (like organizing and socializing and being "down"). With that said, it would be cool to find more people who have their shit together on how to divest from oppressive/abusive behaviors AND drink a goddamn beer & talk about absolutely nothing for hours without it being awkward.
I can hang out with pretty much anyone (& unfortunately I seriously have) and still hold my ground on the types of respect/thoughtfulness I desire around race/gender/sex/culture/etc etc. I come from peoples of the African diaspora throughout Caribbean (from Puerto Rico to Bahamas) & the deep and dirty south. Also from indigenous nDns of NC (multi-ethnic Coharie folks).
I'm pretty transparent about who I am and what my lived experiences are, and can always let other people do the same. There's no need for folks to pretend to be a different person for me to like them–– to me the most substantial inner substance is from acknowledging all the many selves you are, from your past selves to your current self to the self you want to be. And I'm most drawn to folks who can mournfully/joyfully accept all that.
My biggest passion is writing. I write plays, short stories, poetry, and the works. I'm looking into MFA Prose programs but also looking into Ethnic Studies Ph.D programs (cause in both fields I would be able to write about transgenerational trauma in black and native women-identified communities/spaces). Not to mention, get money for doing the kind of work I do anyway and reallocate those funds away from institutions of privilege towards people who actually need it. If it weren't for those funds I would completely divest from academia altogether. Luckily writing is part of my sense of self and being, so I'll have it no matter where I go in life.
Other than writing, I do decolonial herbalism (the recovery and re-imagining of old ways and healing) and counseling work (for lots of identities/communities and peoples, but with a focus on blacks in the diaspora and nDn folks dealing with oppression-related trauma).