Calling into question

As a Washingtonian, I have an obligation to stay tuned to the news. In the home, I listen and watch the BBC news plays short videos about the world’s travesties, comedic moments, struggles and triumphs as well as the bizarre and cosmic.  Often I feel as though I am avoiding what is going on in the home front by listening to the BBC. Listening to Democracy Now this morning I was alarmed to hear of a story I had no knowledge of about the Move 9 and bombing of a group of Philadelphia residents with testimony from a mother Debbie Africa who had given birth to her son in prison. Pieces of American slowly revealed shocking in their weight and guilt make me call into question this time period where we passively stand by allowing those hungry for more to poison our minds and pit us against each other. On the radio, Debbie Africa spoke to the systems in place that benefit and profit from enslaving life: zoos and jails for example. This made me think of Foucault’s relational statement;

What action will I take to combat hatred against free thinkers like Debbie Africa and Michel Foucault? I plan to take up more news listening on Democracy Now and post as many illuminating articles as possible encouraging free press and movement of a people.

Congrats Debbie Africa for making it out of jail.


Published by sylvanachristopher

Sylvana Christopher is performer choreographer and teaching artist native to DC. She is mom to Jasper Lee Christopher and wife of guitarist John Lee. She has danced for Rincones & Company Dance Theater, Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Arts United of Washington, Mason/Rhynes Performance Projects, BosmaDance, Kate Jordan Dance, Sarah J. Ewing & Dancers, Word Dance Theater & Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group. In 2009, Christopher sparked the formation of Glade Dance Collective which continues to thrive today. Sylvana has taught for several DMV schools and arts organizations including Holton-Arms School, Wolf Trap, Sitar Arts Center, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Washington Performing Arts and currently Inner City, Inner Child. Sylvana loves swimming, travel, potlucks, movies and soaking up live music! She hopes to travel to Brazil, Thailand, Ireland and Russia one day. Sylvana has been fortunate to study in Senegal and France as well as perform in Germany and Mexico.

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