30 Joy as an Act of Resistance — Resistance Revival Chorus (Sarah Sophie Flicker & Meah Pace)
In this episode we’re talking with Resistance Revival Chorus members Meah Pace and Sarah Sophie Flicker. You’ll hear their performances of protest songs new and old, as well as their thoughts on song and sisterhood, intersectionality, singing at the Grammy’s with Kesha for #TimesUp & the #MeToo movement, parenthood, and self care.
This is the fourth episode we have created about music as collective healing on Healing Justice Podcast - for more inspiration, music, and activities you can use to empower activism in your group through singing, check out our conversations with IfNotNow in practice 16, Flobots in episode 19, and Peace Poets in episode 23.
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Referenced in this episode
Kesha’s performance of Praying at the Grammy’s with Resistance Revival Chorus
Other instrumental leaders in the chorus: Nelini Stamp, Ginny Suss, Paola Mendoza
Writer Ashley C. Ford
Harry Belafonte and Gathering for Justice
Poet Toi Dericotte’s quote, “Joy is an act of resistance.”
Toshi Reagon & Sweet Honey on the Rock
About our guests
Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 60 self-identified women who come together to sing protest songs in the spirit of collective joy & resistance. They honor the long tradition of music and protest songs in civil rights movements by uplifting historical songs as well as creating new ones for our current moment. They are calling for a resistance revival of our spirits, of our commitment to the movement, of our joy and of our power.
Sarah Sophie Flicker is an activist, producer, writer, filmmaker, cultural organizer, creative director, aerialist, and Creative Director of political cabaret group The Citizens Band. She's a co-author of the NY Times bestseller Women's March official book, "Together We Rise.” She is the creative director of Firebrand with Paola Mendoza. Sarah Sophie was a national organizer at the Women's March and has worked with many organizations on critical issue campaigns. She's a founder & member of The Resistance Revival Chorus.
Meah Pace is the renowned songstress you may know from NYC's soul scene as well as dance/punk band "!!!" (Chk Chk Chk), The Resistance Revival Chorus, Binky Griptite's "The Mellomatics", Rev. Vince Anderson's "Love Choir" and her own band "The MAP Legends" who backed her up on her E.P. entitled "11:03". She’s had performances with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Roots, Deborah Cox, The All-American Rejects and Wild Belle. Meah is also a former captain of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders. Learn more about Meah.
Practice: Sing for Freedom
Check out the corresponding practice to join Resistance Revival Chorus Musical Director Abena Koomson Davis in a meditative singing and listening practice you can do alone or in a group. Get ready to hear her beautiful voice and join in!
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