Shake It Without Shame at Twerk 4 Mother Earth

written by Nastia Voynovskaya

The upcoming West Oakland day party promotes self-love, mindfulness, and carefree fun — for everyone, but especially Black women and queer people — at a time of immense political strife.

Finishing off her performance at the opening reception of The Black Woman is God, an art show at San Francisco's SOMArts, Queens D.Light shouted: "If you love yourself come to the stage." Over an uptempo dance beat, the Oakland rapper chanted I'm lovin' myself, I'm lovin' myself while twirling in her floor-length, bright yellow coat. A crowd of joyous Black folks, mostly women, joined her for an impromptu dance as the audience gleefully cheered.

While the celebratory get down was only a small part of The Black Woman is God, partygoers can expect it to be the main event at Twerk 4 Mother Earth, a day party and concert D.Light is throwing on August 20 in an empty lot in West Oakland with her frequent collaborator, Oakland photographer and curator Sasha Kelley.

D.Light and Kelley co-founded the multimedia and event production company The House of Malico earlier this year, and their diverse projects combine music, visual art, design, and healing practices such as yoga and meditation. While the connections between these disciplines might not be immediately apparent, the women of Malico have an overarching mission to bolster the advancement of people of color through interdisciplinary, interactive projects that utilize their members' wide-ranging talents.

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