For this week’s show, Joy Lehuanani Enomoto shares her blog post, titled “Where will you be? Why Black Lives Matter in the Hawaiian Kingdom,” including her variation on Black lesbian activist, Pat Parker’s poem “ Where will you be?” Joy’s recordings and her musical playlist, available below, are curated by the author herself.
BIO: Joy Lehuanani Enomoto is a scholar, visual artist, and activist of Kanaka Maoli, African American, Japanese, Scottish, Caddo Indian, and Punjabi descent. She is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in Pacific Island Studies and Library Information Science at UHMānoa.
I will also tell you that Joy brings beauty into the homes and hearts of all of her loved ones. The art that she creates is both beautiful and demands that we rise to our higher selves, to show up for each other, for land and for ocean, for our ancestors. If that kind of artwork interests you, I encourage you to check out her website, which is available at www.joyenomoto.weebly.com
- BLOG POST + POEM
- SONG Mau Power’s “My Island Home”
- SONG Sudden Rush’s “Ea”
- SONG Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout”
- SONG Gil Scott Heron’s “Winter in America”
- SONG Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”
I’m so grateful to Joy for producing a recording of her so-powerful blog post to go with her gorgeous poem this week. Read the full blog post here. Read it closely and share it with your communities.