Happy New Year!
We hope this email finds you well. I’m reaching out on behalf of the amazing vocalist and songwriter, Shelley Nicole. We are excited to share that her band Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe will be releasing their third album I Am American in the early spring!
The lead single on the project is “Punanny Politixxx” which speaks to the overreaching hands of the government trying their best to dictate the who, what, when, where and how of women’s bodies and our reproductive rights. In an effort to shed light on this seemingly never-ending intrusion we are reaching out to women in our circle to contribute to our “Punanny Politixxx” social media campaign.
We are creating text boxes, picture boxes and short videos that will share quotes/experiences from well-known women and those in our sister circles illustrating a number of scenarios that we face daily in this world currently dominated by patriarchy. We will use these boxes to outline the daily “Punnany Politixxx” that we face, but this is not a pity party! We would also like to hear what brings you strength and your achievements against the odds? Do you have a personal mantra that keeps you going? What do you believe in? What is your truth?
Examples of anecdotes include:
- Personal or shared instances of sexist comments…
- Ex. Hey miss, are you open for business?
- Things overheard in the streets / at work / in a bar, etc.
- Say that one more time, and I’ll….
- Any antiquated sayings that have lingered…
- Ex. A woman’s place is in the kitchen.
- What are your mantras? Any phrase that gives you strength?
- Ex. I am blessed and highly favored.
- What do you stand for?
- Ex. All women should have the right to choose!
Anecdotes should be short and concise. Please no long experiential essays. While it is important to share your fullest experience remember that this will be shared mostly on Instagram and Twitter so space is limited. Please keep it to a phrase or 2-3 sentences tops. If you choose to share a video please no longer than 1 minute. Thank You!
With your permission, it is our hope to share all or excerpts of what we receive in the lead-up to the release of “Punanny Politixxx” in the coming weeks. If you would like to participate please reply to teamblakbushe @ gmail.com with:
- Your Full Name
- Personal Anecdote(s) (please only give 2 max)
- If it is okay to include your full name, first name only, first name/last initial, first initial/last name or only initials in our post. If none of those options work, but you would still like to share we will attribute the quote you submit as “anonymous.”
Of course we will inform you when your post is LIVE! We have attached a link below to a live video of the song in case you would like to hear it. If you choose to participate we will also send you the studio version of the song to be released as a THANK YOU! In the spirit of community, if you think of anyone else that you think would like to participate, please do forward this email. Also check out the @teamblakbushe Instagram account for examples and FOLLOW US!
Thank You So Much! We are looking forward to your responses!
"Punanny Politixxx" Video
(Tiny Desk Contest)