“What soothed my warrior spirit [in the military] was music and beauty.”
“People are recognizing that we artists live off this to a higher degree, versus the assumption that we do this just for fun.”
While the Afro Flow crew usually attracts around 40-50 attendees at a regular class, after just one week of streaming, they have more than 7,000 views on Facebook alone. Salmon Jones says she's had attendees from as close by as Northeastern, to folks tuning in from Barbados.
Movement and the immigrant experience at the region’s second home for countless cultures
"I realized the power I had was in really being myself and living my truth. I wasn’t willing to hide to make others more comfortable."
Lakou Ayiti, which debuts at the BCA this Friday and runs through the weekend, draws from both Appolon’s own immigration experience, as well as those of some of his dancers and from others in the Hub’s Haitian community.
“It’s been 25 years and I feel like I never made peace with my dad’s tragedy, but somehow my soul got healed through dance.”
"Being from Boston, there’s no other way to put this: there’s a suppression of [some] hip-hop and other events put on by people of color and those on the margins that has always gone on."
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“With AfrikCan, I wanted to make sure I put African culture on the map here in Boston.”