Hi, this is B. Gypsee and I'm back! I want to say thank you for coming here to consider Project: Stories Without Borders.The idea of Project:SWB was conceived, with my seed, some 42 years ago, however, now, 2012 is time to pu$h it, turn the soil real good! More than 25 years of unprecedented access to many ideal (not always real) images that have thrived; through which I have survived! Project:SWB is an intergenerational, cross-cultural, educational, performance art project undertaken to express the extraordinary commonality of our being.
Ma'dere Ma'kere Christine became what I describe as, 'gone and grown'* on 2/10/2010 at 12:10am; *that's expired, other sided, transitioned, no more or how do you describe it? None the less, I was fortunate to enjoy 39 extraordinary years parallel to Ma'Dere Ma'kere's 'herstory'. I am grateful for the authentic Griot that she was!
Knowing how Ma'kere glued and tied the family together, means you know you ain't heard nothing, 'til you hear how life's origami unfolded 'After Ma'kere died.' Envy can cause worse fallout than a chemtrail! So, one Project:SWB piece, you won't want to miss is the telling well of what happened worldwide 'After Ma'kere died!' We got ancestors watching over we?
Anyone who has been exposed to the end of the life of a loved one, can relate to the time and energy it can take to care for their affairs. One, sleepless night in Chicago, I decided to organize my Ma'kere's boxes of documents. Loads of everything, from 20th Century Social Security Correspondence, 1940's Church-School Records, 1970's Purchase Documents for Homes, Cars and Other Must Haves...No laptops, mobile phones or designer puppies early 20th century!
Within a final box of documents I find what? A white bundle of what? I take caution in unravelling my mothers 'secure' packaging and discover that the white bundle is a Blessings gown for a baby. Handmade with custom embroidery, ab-so-lute-ly beautiful! For what baby, if not mine? Within, I find a note on a ribbon, which is tightly tied around thousands of 35mm negatives. The note read, "Daughter, may all your negatives become positive."...and my griot within was awaken! Project SWB's:Sophia's Story of seeing yourself outside of yourself will give you goosebumps about the concepts of 'elephant angels and concrete shoes'.
Cer-tain-ly, I was capable of being B. Gypsee, going global digitally, to tell Stories Without Borders, however the thousands of negatives preserved shape thousands of words! Once upon a time in the wilderness, an unknowing voice cried out, "everybody's got a story". This is when I changed courses for Project:SWB. I own me & I owe you, to tell stories of bahramdipity and serendipity, that will change his story. Through Project:SWB I will share, excerpts of authentic 'truths and proofs', highlighting the lessons that have enjoined my journey. Having participated in the evacuation and aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Project:SWB expounds of the necessity of reinforcing lessons learned regarding being prepared when you find yourself in the path of aftermath. Has B. Gypsee ever crossed your path?
The images span more than 3 decades, growing up in the US, below the Mason Dixie and scratch lines, 1970's, studying, researching and rescuing in New Orleans, Louisiana, long before and after Hurricane Katrina and Rita in 2005, researching and investigative journalism that has taken me from Memphis' 'Most Memorable Martin Moment 1999.' to California 'On The Road With OJ' to Georgia 'Olympic State of Mind' to Mississippi 'Gulf Coast Tent Cities' to New York 'Great Times In The Square' to Texas and the 'Audacity of Veracity' to Las Vegas' Mike Tyson-Holyfield 'Bite Fight' to Kansas 'Hunting for Divine Heather's' to Puerto Rico's 'People of Color Advocating Across The Globe' conference to Chicago from 'Beavers, Nuts & NATO to the Prosecutors & POTUS plus all the governors bla-bla-bla in between, and those images conclude, last but not least in Washington, DC where there sits bills, big and small, being politicked with the knowledge of some and the finances of all taxpayers. Project SWB:'From Poe 2 Politics' journals seeing little change you can believe in!
"That's my gypsee child; don't let no green grow under her feet." Ma'kere "A picture is worth a thousand words." Ms. Cantrell "Yes, child, go to school and know that when you finish there will still be enough that you don't know to make other worlds." Great Griot Hannah "Anger is the door for the devil to come in." Grandpa Allen SH "You have the courage to care with love, so you will never meet a stranger; you will never not have what you have need of." Aunt Lottie "Where money can't, character can take you." Damon "I'd rather be abhored for who I am, than adored for who I am not." B. Gypsee
And so, Stories Without Borders needs you to become a part of this sharing of the sunshine & rain of human experiences and endeavors, of letting loose the reins, of trusting the path of the journey (into aftermath, into overflow), of keeping your eyes open and your mouth closed, in the midst. B. Gypsee speaks candidly because no longer are we separated 6 degrees. The truest generosity of humanity is often underexposed while images untrue to character are too often overexposed. And who puts down the reality TV remote to ask themselves, 'how far from this image is the reality?' Take a sagacious ride on a serendipitous path and witness some stories and exchanges that inspire, surprise & make you you go hmmm?!<@>! Life is... like a box of chocolates! or cracker jacks! or lemons, from which can come lemonade!
Kickstarter works this way: without your support to reach the $9000 goal, none of the dollars donated will contribute to bring Stories Without Borders to your life. There is a line in some song that goes, 'no thing from no thing leaves no thing.'; Project:SWB needs something:
ACCESS TO A MOBILE SPACE FOR CAPTURING, EDITING AND DIGITALLY DISTRIBUTING COMMUNITIES OF STORIES. I HAVE DONE THE YOEMANS TASK OF SCANNING THOUSANDS OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND DOCUMENTS WITH THOUSANDS MORE TO GO! STORYTELLING IS AN AGE OLD PATH FOR SHARING TRUTHS THAT LAST, CULTURE CHANGES AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES.
I've bought many lessons. Some have taught other lessons. Speaking is cathartic. Listening is therapeutic. When you hear Project:SWB 'Bonus to Bone Us' you will discover why a woman, working in America, can't invest in an American Dream. If not in America, where? Man-Del-A! Project SWB is one Griots interactive plethora of 'toasts' to birth, body image, modification, love, gradual-granual politics, indifference, dreams and the experiences of growing through and sharing lessons for leaps.
A thousand thanks in advance for your consideration and partnership in assisting me to create Project SWB, comprised of a mobile photographic exhibition as backdrop to independent journeying, journaling and journalism, expressing so much of what many learn before Kindergarten and others lack longer; that life is about the choices we make and where those choice behaviors take us. You can visit www.hayyimis.com for a photographic preview of some of the places and faces that have inspired me to recognize the benefits of coaching others as they 'grow through' circumstances. My mission (responsibility) is to work with communities of adults and children, assisting them 'unpack' to develop and implement wholistic strategies that inspire them to a lifestyle solution they can live with well. This amount to more well-beings. It is natural to be well, it is authentic to be you!
I am well and life is,