Ms. NedRa: What Awaits You Now?

M. Chislom, jR
KC KS & DBQ, IA
4/10/16

 

You called shotgun the first trip we took; only thing was, you and I were the only two in the car
You told me that the man giving the Speech at the Kansas Arts Council was lying and that somebody needed to twist his unmentionables
When the Arts Council called to see if I could take somebody with me to the State run meetings; one member of the Team said, “anybody but Nedra”, which made me call you first
The other side was this short woman who came to the door with blankets wrapped around her shoulders, coughing and whizzing and said, “don’t even ask why”
At the National Arts Festival in St. Louis, you said everybody at the table was a phony and they needed to quit playing, but I was the table, you winked at me and said-“I call them like I see them”
When Vikki and Tyrone were chosen to give  the Technology section of our first Minority Conference for Kan Arts, you said “bout Time a Real Minority” gets to do something for the Minorities in Kansas
When I needed your advice on continuing to be President of the Kansas Arts & Technical Services, I was smiling and being a typical MALE with an ego and you said; “Watch your back”, at the next meeting I was impeached, you suggested I go shopping, I still have the sweater I bought that day
Standing at the Indian Center in Wichita KS, we both saw our relatives standing in line waiting on a wagon train headed to Texas and WE KNEW WE WERE SOMEHOW RELATED!
When WE interviewed STUDENTS from my speech CLASS at Penn Valley AND TRIED TO HELP THEM LOOK Professional, ONE PERSON CAME IN LOOKING LIKE THEY PARTIED ALL ANIGHT AND you SAID, “WHAT CLUB ARE YOU coming from BABY?” I TOOK LOTSOF HEAT FOR THAT, BUT GUESS WHAT? HER mama called the next week and THANKED ME AND YOU
My favorite quilt is your “Freedom Quilt” and when you explain it to folks, you don’t apologize for the symbols or the knowledge imprinted in the design
It is the True Artist who sees what will happen; and in your work, if we don’t see it in the beginning, we’ll walk out and go home and go to bed and wake up and say, OOOOO that’s what she meant
Those of us who admire you, we don’t give you your props often enough! So Props to Sistah
Cousin Nedra your art inspires us all! Keep inspiring, teaching and being unapologetic

Cancer: The ART Project

I have an ancestor who is trying to kill me.
I have cancer but cancer does not have me.
Being a survivor means you came through a situation bigger than yourself. I’m going to OVErCome this
Situation because I AM bigger.
I am not a victim. I am victorious.
I will not do the pink ribbon. Pink ribbons stigmatize us into subservient
Categories. I will not be categorized.

F*ck Cancer