Disclaimer: Before you continue , i got to say this. I am not a professional. I am not a lawyer. I am just a friend sharing what i know. Immigration rules change regularly so stay woke on this please.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, LOVE4ALL AND
How was it growing up as an illegal immigrant ?
It was a rollercoaster of highs and lows, its an experience that can’t be put it into words. I’ve literally tried! However, i’m currently working on a short film and talking about my experience on there .
Why did you decide to share your story?
To empower individuals going through the exact same thing and do it in the most creative way possible. Simple!
The topic of immigration can be super sensitive and isolating.
Its easy to feel shameful and not want to confide in others.
I kept quiet for a long time because i didn't feel like my story was valuable. Now i recognise that vulnerability is power. My mantra is : "when you show your wounds, you heal somebody else's" .
You are not alone ; your voice matters. No matter what you go through - no matter the trauma - your story is important. Ever since i've been sharing , a huge weight has been lifted. I encourage you to find that one person you trust and share what’s really up inside. Don't keep it inside, babes !
What is Self Love to you?
Self Love is Progress .
It takes time . Its ok if you aren't there yet. We focus so much on becoming this fearless person who can do no wrong, when in actuality - self love is more about peeling rather than becoming. I believe that you already have what you think you need.
This quote by Maya Angelou is so important to me and i take it where ever i go:
‘There’s a place in you that you must keep inviolate. You must keep it pristine, clean, so that nobody has the right to curse you or treat you badly. Nobody. No mother, father, no wife, no husband, nobody.’
What is your self love / self care routine?
Music and Art has got me through it. When i'm stressed, i create. When i wanna beat myself up , i start singing. Self care and self- awareness is so important. When you've lived life long enough, you'll realise that you can't escape your wounds. Its so easy to get lost in just trying to get by. With all the issues i was facing, i developed a lot of anxiety issues. I felt like since i can't control this, i've got to control something else. This is perfectionism and its detrimental. I experienced mental paralysis, fear, anxiety and all that jazz. Now i just take one day at a time.
Keeping a diary - Your thoughts are so much better on paper than in your head.
- #Sisterhood. Jisting with my friends on the bus home: Nothing like hanging out with your friends and catching up on the latest happenings and being my authenticc self with no apologies.
Shaving my head from time to time has been a symbol of empowerment for me. Its about defying the barriers that are placed over me as a woman of colour, along with embracing what beauty is to me. I wear wigs, braids, buzz cuts e.t.c. I choose to wear my hair, however i damn well please.
- Water! The sea! The THAMES. I love the water a lot. I'm a cancer baby so of course. Water brings me so much peace and power.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important?
Very, very, very, very important. We are the world, people. I find it so weird that certain people wanna be like “NO MORE IMMIGRANTS” but are the same ones going to Jamaica or Egypt for #Baecation. Pick a side, pick a side !
No matter your race, age, political or sexuality, we should all be treated with R.E.S.P.E.C.T. As a woman of colour, i face discrimination but that won’t stop me from raising my voice and opening doors for others.
What do you think of Trump's Anti- immigration policy?
I know this topic is bound to come up but i refuse to give any light to that man . Bring on, 2020.I send my love and support to the families who fall victim to these RIDICULOUS policies that seperate parents from their children. HUMAN RIGHTS!
What have you learnt?
In everything you do in life, you have to fight. You can't let the pain be for nothing. Personally, my pain gotta elevate me to success. My motto is #PIMPTHEPAIN. So never ever give up.
How can i show support?
So 079-LOVE-4-ALL is coming to Peckham in September for a fun two day event. On the 1st and 2nd of September, we are taking over a gallery space in Peckham Levels, packed full of workshops, talks and more. And it’s all FREE!
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