House and Hip Hop dancer Brooklyn Terry talks about the first Speakeasy since the pandemic hit Japan, raising kids here, starting @jp4blacklives, raising Japan’s awareness about racism in its own country, and Japanese rapper Awich’s use of the word “nigger.” It was an engaging and fun conversation about serious matters. Thanks again, Terry for coming through.
I want to give a big hug and thank you to our comrade and podcast family member, the bright and beautiful “Bernie.” To give this show some structure, she came up with the following guidelines that have become the ethos of Fire. They’re a description of how we move.
The Fire This Time Guidelines
1) This is a safe space for black people to come together and express their feelings on matters happening in America country
2) Please respect individual’s pronouns whether they are in this conversation or not.
3) One mic, please raise your hand or comment in the chat box if you would like to speak next (On zoom, there is a Raise Hand button you can press).
4) Don Miguel Ruiz: Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
5) Listen to understand, not to respond. Ask questions instead of assuming.
6) Understand that not everyone’s black experience is the same, do not invalidate others experiences.
7) If at any point you feel uncomfortable, please let a moderator know by sending a private message.
Please only share things that you’ve learned, not personal stories of others in the group unless you have been given permission.
-By Bernadette “Bernie” Benjamin
And lastly, this was Krystan Norris’s first appearance on Fire as a new addition to our crew. Please welcome her and offer words of encouragement. Watch the show below. Two fingers means…
Brooklyn Terry @brooklynterry
Tracy Jones (The Microscopic Giant) @themicrogiant
Paul Richardson @paulierhyme
Maurice Shelton @mauriceshelton