WHOA

Life carries risks especially if you are Black. The weight of making decisions determines the quality of your life, unfortunately in many areas. Everything is life or death. Black LGBTQ Disabled are signically impacted by the disownment from families, depression, rejected job opportunities, inaccessibility to resources, unemployment, homes, and more. Their livelihood is at stake everyday. Treatment towards the intersex folx are inhumane period. We demand to know the “gender” of intersex/Non-Binary/Transfolx and ask them “what are your genitals?” Binarism is one of the masters’ oldest tools for slowly destroying the livelihood of LGBTQ folks.  Living in social constructions, the Black Deaf LGBTQ truly have defined themselves in a way they want to be known and acknowledged.  The WHOA factor is not about being marveled. It is for folks to be put back in their place when it comes to homoantagonism, audism, transmisogynoir, fat-antagonism, ablesism, femme-antagonism and many more. It is also a celebratory response to defying the norms. It is a moment of YES GO ON & DO THE DAMN THANG MA’AMMMM!!!

Firework *ASL* performed by Kriston Pumphrey

Video Descripton:

A light-brown skinned man with dark brown hair and a trimmed mustache and beard is looking at the camera.  He is wearing a dark blue shirt.  In his background is a bookcase full of books.

LYRICS:

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep?
Six feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you?

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go, oh
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go, oh
You're gonna leave 'em falling down

You don't have to feel like a waste of space
You're original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe you're reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow
And when it's time, you'll know

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go, oh
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go, oh
You're gonna leave 'em falling down

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It's always been inside of you, you, you
And now it's time to let it through

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go, oh
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go, oh
You're gonna leave 'em falling down

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon

I Will Always Love You performed by Mervin Primeaux-O'Bryant

Video Description:

A caramel skinned person with long braided hair, a red and black blazer is signing a song.  He is wearing make up and has a bright smile.  In the background is a flowing black backdrop and a red floor.

Lyrics:

If I should stay
I would only be in your way
So I'll go but I know
I'll think of you every step of the way

And I... will always love you, ooh
Will always love you
You
My darling, you...
Mmm-mm

Bittersweet memories –
That is all I'm taking with me
So good-bye
Please don't cry:
We both know I'm not what you, you need

And I... will always love you
I... will always love you
You, ooh

I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of
And I wish you joy and happiness
But above all this I wish you love

And I... will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you

I will always love you
I, I will always love you

You
Darling, I love you
I'll always...
I'll always love you
Ooh
Ooh

ALL OF ME by Rae DaVonne

ALL OF ME performed by Rae DaVonne

Video Description:

Green background with a dark-skinned woman signing a poem that is posted at the end. Dressed in three different styles. The first style, natural earth tone with hair up. Second style colorful with green eye shadow, red lips, and yellow earrings. Third style burgundy shirt with matching burgundy head wrap with brown earrings, no make-up.

Video transcript

Beautiful

Dark Chocolate

Smart

YASSS She’s a Queen

deaf?

Oh, I’m so sorry

God will heal you

And you speak so well

Queer?

I thought you’re a lesbian

Oh, so you date men too

Can’t decide what you want huh?

You’re beautiful for a dark skinned girl

Like a Hershey chocolate bar

At least you’re smart and not TOO LOUD

WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO LABEL ME

WHO GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO DEFINE ME

PLACING ME IN A BOX

YOU HAVE NO CLUE

I’M MORE THAN MY HEARING STATUS

I’M MORE THAN MY SEXUAL PREFERENCE

BEING BLACK & BEAUTIFUL 

BEAUTIFUL ON YOUR TERMS YOUR STANDARDS

BECAUSE OF THE MELANIN IN MY SKIN

YOU DON’T KNOW ME NOR WILL YOU EVER

DON’T WORRY ABOUT HOW THE WORLD SEES ME

CAUSE I DEFINETLY DON’T

HOW ABOUT YOU DO US ALL A FAVOR

EVERYONE YOU JUDGE FUCK OFF & MIND YOUR BUSINESS

OR BETTER YET CHECK YOUR MUTHAFUCKING PRIVLEGE