HELP UNI & DEEZLE GET BACK EAST!!!
Heyyyya folx! It's Uni Q. & Deezle, coming to you with sincerest thanksgiving for being in our lives.
We moved out to Oakland in July 2012 to start our beloved West Coast Journey. It has been...QUITE a ride! Just a few highlights, if ya missed us:
-Uni set out to complete a Master's of Fine Arts program at Mills College, and that mission was accomplished in May 2014! WHOOOOO!!
-Uni became the 4th member of the renowned powerhouse group, Pr3ssPlayPoets. We've made numerous features around the bay, and had two SOLD OUT runs of our unfiltered show, "The State of Black Bodies" at Eastside Arts Alliance and La Pena Cultural Center!
-She also had a fantastic ride as an Academic Mentor, working with youth at a few of Oakland's Alternative high schools (Dewey, Bunche, & Bridge Academy), nurturing their inherent creative light in English and Creative Writing classes;
-Deezle set out to pour her love for the creative arts and the babies, and worked for three years as a 3D Arts Educator with 3rd graders at Oakland Leaf!
-Deezle strengthened both her visual and songstress pipes by cranking out some of the most beautiful art and sounds I've ever witnessed!
-She made her Extreme Makeup debut at this year's Queer Fashion Week, creating a visual masterpiece on 8 faces, who each strutted down the runway like they owned the place! SLAY!!
We've grown up in colossal ways in these three years, and learned a tremendous amount about ourselves, our mind, body, SPIRITS, and humanity as a whole. We are stronger than ever before, and we truly have Oakland to thank for giving us these experiences!!!
But that same calling that brought us out here...is now asking us to return back to our hometowns (Western Massachusetts & Baltimore, respectively)! This, we cannot ignore, and we must follow our inner guidance. For one, we have not been home in two years (WHAT?!). Secondly, we are being asked to work with our roots, so that we may continue to blossom and flourish in our artistic lives. We need your assistance to get us there safely, and to cover whatever expenses we may need in the meantime!!
We are trying to raise a goal of $1600 for our return in the 2nd week of August. This will cover airfare, shipping costs, lodging, and covering the bills/expenses we still have in Oakland. If anyone has lived in Oakland lately, you know the struggle is REAL out here...we've been trying to find steady work to no avail (yup, even with a Master's!), while also trying to maintain having a roof over our head. Any, any help at all will be greatly appreciated!!!!!!
Without our community of you lovely folx, we wouldn't be where we are today. Thank y'all SO much for your continued support of our path from coast to coast! If there's anything we can do to show each of you our specific gratitude, please let me know! Tell your friends, ya fam, ya homies, ya enemies to fund us at GO FUND ME!!!!!! Here's the link:
So much love, always!!!!!!!!!
Uni Q. & Deezle
EHRMAGERD YOU GUYS...BECAUSE OF YOUR CONTINUOUS EFFORTS, I'M $25 SHY OF MY $550 GOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST CANNOT BEWEAVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i continue to be thankful and humbled by you all. thank you so, so much from the bottom of my heart for believing in my work and its purpose!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you again to EVERYONE who's contributed thus far, i'll be putting your names on BLAST at the end!!!!!!!!!!! LOL
i'm asking for one last P U S H to send this baby onward!!!!!!!!!!!! OOOOOOHWEEEE!! #toohype