DeviantArt spoke with Trap Heals, the creative agency for Black Lives Matter, to get insight on how art can echo the movement for social change. Read on to learn more and find out how you can get a new badge for your profile!
Trap Heals, the creative agency for the Black Lives Matter organization, sat down with DeviantArt to talk about the political and cultural events of 2020, how art can shape movements, and more. This is the final journal of the series, and features their answer to the following question:
Of the countless energizing moments of the BLM movement during 2020, which of these were the most personally motivating and encouraging?
The 2020 election cycle definitely stands out to us as the most pivotal moment in recent history. With the residue of the former president still present in the world, it was deeply healing to see how many communities rallied around shifting the political landscape in this country, and even more specifically, it was inspiring to see how the state of Georgia was at the helm of said change that saved the soul of the nation. This moment created a powerful synergy between organizing and art, bringing together the hip-hop community, activists, politicians, clergy, academics, and many more.
Georgia has historically been a largely Conservative state with a long history of voter suppression of its Black voters by the political establishment, which emboldened white
supremacist violence until recently. This past year, through the incredible organizing work, led, in part, by Stacy Abrams, Georgia turned blue and thus secured a presidential and senate win for the democratic party. While we understand that President Biden’s election does not signal the end of the system of white supremacy this country was founded upon and operates within, the last four years of living under Trump have had a very real and detrimental impact on our communities.
Following a summer of uprisings in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, it was incredible to witness that invigorating energy evolve into organizing power that ultimately led to immediate political transformation. Nevertheless, one isolated incident is never enough for the ultimate liberation we all seek. This is why the momentum we’ve supported in developing is focused on three areas:
Our work is not done simply because this new administration has been elected. White supremacist groups are on the rise, police murders are ever-present, and the right is actively campaigning to roll back voting rights for Black and Brown communities. The movement must continue to do the work of holding elected officials accountable to the platforms and commitments that got them there in the first place. We need to put pressure on the new and re-elected senators, congresspeople, President, and Vice-President to push policies forward, like The Breathe Act, that provides equity, safety, and healing to Black communities.
When we say we want to continue envisioning Black joy and Black love, we must also think about the world in which this Black humanity exists. BLM Creative Strategist Noni Limar suggests, "as our movement continues to gain momentum, it is imperative that we consider the environmental crisis that we are experiencing as a human family. Climate change and soil health will continue to have an unparalleled negative impact on our communities. As we fight for racial and economic justice, a reimagining of our relationship to our earth is essential. I have been working with a group of leading voices in ecology, spirit, and culture on a project called 'The Living Altar', asserting that we cannot have a cultural reckoning without a deep grounding in right relationship to the earth and to spirit."
What does it mean to prioritize healing if the communities we want to invest in are not environmentally sustainable? When our children have high rates of asthma and emphysema, or we don't have access to healthy, fresh foods, or when affordable housing units are direct across active oil wells? The past year of living in a pandemic has also brought to light many of the health inequalities that our communities experience, as COVID-19 disproportionately affects Black folks at much higher rates, and yet have the least access to healthcare. We are coming out of this moment with acute clarity that environmental and healing justice must be prioritized for our work to be sustainable for generations to come.
It is no secret that Black folks experienced systemic exclusion from wealth-building opportunities in this country. Through policies like redlining and intentional corporate divestments, it has been an uphill battle to pool substantial resources to build community infrastructure for centuries. That time has changed. Now, more than ever, we see a shift in how Black folks are organizing around gentrification in our communities, engagement with financial institutions via platforms like Robinhood and Coinbase, and developing new businesses to help circulate dollars. These simple to use tools lower the barrier of entry into the stock market. BLM wants to be in the conversation with other leaders around lowering the barrier of entry into building wealth.
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A journal was posted to @team each Wednesday in July highlighting a question we put forward to Trap Heals, as well as the answer they provided. Check out each journal below!
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Weekly Community Journal 07/28/2021
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These weekly journals have accidentally become monthly 0.0 oops! These will be posted on Wednesdays, going forward.
My schedule was a little haywire again but now I've set aside some time to be back on DA every morning like I used to be when I was a little less chaotic haha
Updates? I've been writing like crazy. For the first time in my three years working as a freelancer, my project work has been continuously 40 hours a week or more. Usually I have two full weeks a month, but now my calendar is full of endless due dates... and it's the most amazing thing ever A big shout out to all my amazing clients-past and present! You guys have single handedly made my writing dreams come true
Because of this growth in my writing work, I've been able to stop working the handful of part time jobs I've had to balance weeks when there wasn't much work back in 2020. Crazy to think that's a thing of the past and I am only writing now
I've finally start scheduling with a calendar in Microsoft Excel and it's been a life saver. I used to do everything by hand and I usually change my calendar once a week so that was time consuming.
New Writing Instagram Account: I've started an Instagram to share my love of the written word and all the curiosities that go with it. You can find me at @ writingdaydreams2reality To my old followers, that username might look familiar as I've used it for a number of things--glad to see it have a home I post lots of quotes on the backdrop of my own photos. Take a look!
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Okay, basically, i did mentioned that dubby did block fuzzyponch when fuzzyponch was just trying to look out for her friend, SAD-HOURS, and that leads to me and fuzzyponch thinking that dubby could be stalking SAD-HOURS and possibly doing something to her, but me fuzzyponch can't see what they are doing since dubby blocked fuzzyponch out of the blue so she won't see what dubby and SAD-HOURS are doing, when, SAD-HOURS and fuzzyponch are best friend, and i mean close friend, and here's dubby trying to screw it up, and that's not all, there's more mischievous things she's done, and here it is, and also shoutout to :iconfuzzyponch: for helping me calling dubby out, without her help, i would've lost sleep after this to expose this manipulative liar, but since that's out of the way, here's a few evidence fuzzyponch has provided.
A former user known as DubstepDemonBoi or DubbyCrunchez is no longer on this site due to her behavior. But she is in fact on other sites causing drama.
Dubby has lied about her age and harassed users over artwork, including a former user known as SAD-HOURS. This caused a tornado of drama. They have since split and SAD-HOURS no longer wants any association with Dubby. Dubby has stalked this artist for 3 years and has traced their artwork for "improvment" she is worshipped for the talent that is not hers.
Dubby has become very narcissistic. Constantly seeking admiration and not caring for people's feelings. She became very selective with who she cared for and gave affection to.
She does not care for many people and when she did it was because they made her artwork. She may seem perfect to some but truly this is the opposite case.
Dubby believes she is the top level and no one can tell her what to do.
Dubby is very hypocritical, as she has shamed me for making nsfw and an nsfw account (it had no followers or posts. Even if I did create nsfw content it would just be nudity or suggestive posing)
Meanwhile Dubby is just a year older than me and also creates nsfw. She has even made 2 ocs based on an nsfw artist's character and style.
She also blamed me for mistakes and mishaps without listening to my point of view. She would not be sympathetic to me like she would with the other person.
And would instead scold me on what I did wrong and bring it up in present arguments as a defense mechanism towards me.
I have done my fair share of damaging things but I do not and would not treat the person of wrong doing very poorly as she did with me. When I do things wrong I apologize. But in Dubby's case when she does something wrong she blames me for it.
She and her friends who worship her have caused me a lot of mental damage. I do not feel free to do what I want and love as I'm afraid because of what they have done to me. Dubby also stalks me, which also explains why she found my nsfw account.
Dubby has lied on my name and has filled me with false accusations. She has helped break me and my reputation down, bullying me out of servers and ruining my chances to make more friends. I am currently left by myself, only speaking to 2 people. I've wasted a lot of time on this individual, constantly crying and begging for forgiveness, only for the same thing to occur over and over again. Very small things anger her. I've come to realize how much of a horrid person she is and I no longer want to associate with her.
From here on other people can speak on their views of Dubby
Link to the original deviation:
Links, shown in order:
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The "apology" notes:
I spoke to Bent-glqsses about this situation and, considering that Dubby and her had some interaction she had this to say:
As for the traced piece(s):
I tried to go back and grab the pieces, but it looks like your Deviantart account has since been deleted/deactivated so unfortunately
I cannot retrieve it. But it was a direct trace from this:
The most recent piece she's obviously taken reference/traced/stolen from is this one:
"Why it's just both of them have their heads cut off!" No, considering the looniness of the character and the fact they didn't even try to change the overalls is a tell-tale sign. And it ticks me off because, this isn't even my character. It's someone elses, it belongs to @/Drawbanban.
And to take into consideration she's been stalking/obsessed with me for nearly 3 years now (including the fact she has tried to get back in contact with me
and had been pushy about it.) it's just way too coincidential.
A docs by Juicebird that contains the traced piece
Evidence by Vaynoo on a situation where Dubby was pretending to be antagonized by creating an account and using it to antagonize herself for sympathy
Other various evidence
Offering to get an nsfw artist core
Commissioned nsfw art
Following nsfw account
Nsfw roleplay in DA comments
Shit talk + false accusations
Zoophilia ship and referenced oc
(Original by SAD-HOURS)
Possible bun reference??
Accusation of referencing