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The idea for The Goddess Festival: OSHUN RETURNS, came from my desire to see Black women represented in a more positive light in our society.  Every time I turned on the television, the radio, skimmed through a magazine or simply walked down the street, I was reminded that Black women were constantly being pigeonholed into negative stereotypes.  Moreover, it seemed that there was no refuge from these hurtful ideas that too many people accepted as truth.

I believed that one way to help release these stereotypical ideas of Black women, would be to constantly produce and share work that provided a more honest representation of  this particular group.   Each month of 2012 creative events will be presented to encourage a more balanced view of the Black woman in our society.  From the page to the stage, The Goddess Festival: OSHUN RETURNS, hopes to create experiences that aid in releasing damaging stereotypes that have been associated with Black women for centuries.  The festival also aims to promote a more honest representation of the Black woman’s sexuality.  The negative stereotypes of  the over sexed Jezebel, the asexual Mammy & the masculine Workhorse have heavily influenced how society and some Black women view their sexuality.  This Festival is an effort for Black women to reclaim and redefine our image and sexuality without the limitations of stereotypes.

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