We had the good fortune of connecting with Tasha Fierce and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tasha, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I have many, but the one that’s sticking out to me right now is “i found god in myself / & i loved her/ i loved her fiercely.” It’s from “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf” by Ntozake Shange, and I first read it when I performed the final lady in red monologue in high school. It cuts to the bone for me, because at the time I was deeply depressed and dealing with the aftermath of sexual trauma, and I was looking for god everywhere but in me. And when I read that, it made me realize—a realization I’ve had to come to again countless times since—that I am a vessel for the divine. That I am a manifestation of the divine. And who I am, what I create, what I bring into to this world, is worthy of love. No matter how I feel in the moment. As long as I can remember that, as long as I remain in alignment with love and justice, I’ll be alright.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is dedicated to taking the traumas and heartache and struggles of my life and creating something that can help others through their own. I also do spiritual work with people to get them to the mountaintop. I believe so deeply in the possibility of our liberation, “our” being Black people, queer people, Mad people. I am fulfilled by doing whatever is within my capacity to get us there, whether it’s education, material support as I can, creating art, or just choosing to continue existing at times. It has taken a lot of tears and gnashing of teeth to get to where I am. It has not been easy, but as they (whoever they is) say, nothing worth doing is. My gratitude is owed to the people who love me, my community members, and my little audience. Thanks to their care, I’ve been able to carve out a space for myself as an artist. I’ve been able to undertake this journey of self-discovery and love and learning about the world and the people in it, knowing I have the support behind me to catch me if I fall. And I feel like I’m going to leave something beautiful behind when I’m gone. If I am dedicated and able to fulfill my purpose, I’ll get to make something that endures far beyond my wildest dreams, something that inspires folks to create a better world.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love plants, so I would take them to all the botanical gardens in my area, like Arlington Garden in Pasadena, the Los Angeles Arboretum, and maybe the Huntington Gardens if we can score free passes—I’ve had some racist experiences at the Huntington, though, so I might skip it. The Lower Arroyo Seco is one of my favorite places to go give thanks to our native plants and collect sticks and branches for art, so we’d probably hit that, too. I love the beach, but it’s far from my house with traffic, and I’m a chronically ill person, so I can’t be doing all that driving—if they were down to drive, though, I would take them to Topanga Beach or Pacific Palisades. As far as food, I love sushi, and there is this amazing sushi place in Arcadia called Maki & Sushi that I’ve been dying to visit again since pre-pandemic times, so we’d definitely go there.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Los Angeles Spoonie Collective. I was fortunate enough to become a part of this organization’s core steering committee in 2019, and I’m so proud of our community education work and how much we’ve grown in the last two years.

Website: https://www.tashafierce.com

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Other: https://www.spooniecollective.org https://www.transplantedcollective.org https://www.magicaldepressiverealism.com

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