Greetings! I am Orlando Zane Hunter Jr.
You’re quiet. You get to listen to the natural sounds of the earth. If not us, Black women and they’re gonna do it now. They ain’t waiting. They have patience, but they ain’t waiting. If not us, you If not us, them If not us, you and them If not us, you and them and us If not now, today, If not now, yesterday, If not now, tomorrow If not now, yesterday, today, and tomorrow then tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. If not now if not now if not now if not now if not now if not now if not If not now if not now if not now if not now if not now if not now if not Ifnotnowifnotnow NOWNOWNOWNOWNOW Ifnotnowifnotnow Ifnotnowifnotnow NOWNOWNOWNOWNOW Ifnotnowifnotnow Ifnotnowifnotnow NOWNOWNOWNOWNOW Ifnotnowifnotnow If not now if not now if not now if not now if not now if not now if not If not now if not now if not now if not now if not now if not now if not Dance!
Our hoods have been strategized, hijacked, and stigmatized for social inadequacy under a hypocartic system. Moving through challenges like food insecurity, land rental, high health risks and public transportation, the Black communi- ties we come from fight back with ingenuity, creativity, and innovation.as community members we work to re-envision, reclaime, and restore our right to occupy this earth without harm to our body, mind, or spirit so that we may pass it onto the next group of humans better than we found it. D.A.T. is the dance we do in our hood. Oh yea D.A.T is dance, agriculture and technology. Wink. Get into it.
I did not grow up with brothers however I had one sister in my household and a number of aunts and sister circles to witness practices of care, tenderness, and resilience through trials in relationship to their environment. It’s no secret that within male dominated spaces due to the construction of masculinity and hard posturing, there tends to be little value in emotional intelligence for it’s seen as feminine to be in touch with how a situation has impacted your emotional body. Let alone the care that comes after.
I’m Ricarrdo Valentine
together we are Brother(hood) Dance!
There is no room for doubting us ‘cause we got work to do!
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And if it’s not now, do it when you’re ready.
move with urgency.
If it is not us, it’s going to be them and they’re gonna do it now. As we contemplated a space based on same-gender loving beings coming to build a space of liberation and equity through brotherhood, we could not envision a space where the softness and emotional intelligence imparted to us from Black women, our sister circles, our mothers, and our aunts was not at the center of how we function and create from these male bodies. Calling on deep Black womanist and same-gender loving notions of togetherness, there would be no brotherhood if it wasn’t for Black mothers, womxn, and femmes with deep love, integrity, accountability, forgiveness, and a commitment to growth. These are the fruits planted within us to move in intimate solidarity together.
Dance Agriculture Technology (D.A.T.)
These are treasures bestowed within us so that we create and curate spaces of care, strength, positivity, change, and resilience. We believe working in this way can be the space from which we work to ensure the least injury to communities, because let’s be honest our Black mothers were the first choreographers we’ve known.
If it’s not going to be us, then it needs to be me. Or maybe a child, if we just listen to them.
We would like to take this time to address our concept of what Brother(hood) Dance! means. As a collective we are connected through diasporic tethering to our ancestral dreams.
These Mthrfckrs don’t wanna back down
Death to the patriarchy
Healing Food Dance Technology
They are at the peak of mediocrity and it’s causing harm to everyone, everyone , everyone, everyone.
Growth in the spiritual for us has lived in our connection to the divine feminine, Yemaya, Oshun, Oya, Kali Ma, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Fannie Lou Hamer, Audry Lorde, Queen Amina. The truth is that these aren’t all soft, fuzzy, or comfortable spirits to embody or deal with; they are warriors!
If not us, what are/is us/we going to do? Are we gonna do it now? Are we gonna do it now? You know what, fuck it. Trans folks are doing it now. Who is us ? Are we all agreeing on the us ? There is no room for doubting us ‘cause we got work to do! Sunday might be the day, if not today. Something about Sunday lets you start over from scratch. You’re cleansed.
BROTHER(HOOD) DANCE! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving Black experiences in the 21st century.
There is no room for doubting us ‘cause we got work to do.
There is no room for doubting us ‘cause we got work to do.
The (hood) is where you come from.
Look within the us .
They’ve been strategizing this shit for centuries.
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In Dance | May 2014 | dancersgroup.org
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