Happy #DigitalSisterhood Wednesday: Our April Creativity Conversations & April 30 DC Digital Sisterhood Meet Up


Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday Digital Sisters,

It’s hard to believe today is the last day of April. This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) promoted the theme, “Giving Birth to Your Creativity” as a Creativista. Click here to read more about what it means to be a Creativista. What have you given birth to this month and year?

Photo Credit: Ida Wainschel

Photo Credit: Ida Wainschel

DSN has given birth to a series of creative conversations. Earlier this week, we hosted an episode of Digital Sisterhood Radio that featured an interview with Tech Creativista  Ida Wainschel, Senior Director for Global Product Innovation and Strategy at Dun and Bradstreet. Click here to read about and listen to the interview (approximately 20 minutes).

April 23rd DSN Breakfast Meet Up at Teaism

April 23rd DSN Breakfast Meet Up at Teaism

Last week, DSN founder Ananda Leeke hosted the DC Digital Sisterhood Network’s Breakfast Meet Up at Teaism, a woman-owned tea house (see photo above). Learn what happened at the meet up by clicking here to listen to the podcast Ananda recorded with Valerie Trammel, founder of Trammel Communications. Valerie was the first person who arrived at the meet up. She won a Digital Sisterhood mug filled with Tazo Passion tea bags and chocolates. She also received a complimentary 20 minute creativity coaching session (which we had today). They had a great time chatting about creativity and overcoming challenges with Nia, founder of Karat Cakery, a DC Dessert Food Truck (makes the best carrot cake in the universe!!!!).

April 9th Altanta DSN Meet Up

April 9th Altanta DSN Meet Up

On April 9th, Ananda hosted a creativity conversation during the Atlanta Digital Sisterhood Meet Up held at Proof and Provision, a bar and restaurant located in the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Click here to listen to the podcast she recorded with the amazing women who attended the event.

April 30th DSN Meet Up Location

April 30th DSN Meet Up Location

APRIL 30 DC EVENT

If you are in DC on April 30, join Ananda for the DC Digital Sisterhood Meet Up: Sip Tea & Coffee, Eat Dessert & Chat About Creativity from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Mediterranean Spot, 1501 U Street, NW, Washington, DC (located on the corner of 15th and U Streets, two blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Green/Yellow Line Metro). Click here to register for the event on Eventbrite.

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Come ready to chat with Ananda about creativity and her new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online. She’ll have copies of the book for sale ($23.95 – credit card via Square or PayPal and cash accepted). Be sure to read the Digital Sisterhood Network blog for clues that can help you win a prize (the first person to arrive will win a special prize).

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MAY 15 ONLINE EVENT

Do you know what creativity looks like in your life? Do you need to open your creative heart? Do you know what your creative voice sounds like? Are you able to access it? What is it telling you? Are you ready to give birth to your creativity? Do you need support and tips on how to give birth to your creativity or navigate your creative process?

If you answered YES to one or more of these questions, join Ananda on Thursday, May 15 for the “Giving Birth to Your Creativity” online workshop from 8:30 p.m. EST to 10:00 p.m. EST. The online 90 minute workshop will offer a small group of five participants the following:

•Creative Self-Care Practices (breathing exercises, guided meditation, affirmation, and kind and gentle office yoga for your eyes, hands, mouth, and shoulders).

•Ice Breaker Exercise and Sharing Circle.

•Talk on “Giving Birth to Your Creativity with a Creativity Recipe.”

•Journaling Exercises with Sharing Circle and Creativity Coaching Feedback.

•Action Planning Steps and Tips for Giving Birth to Your Creativity.

•Two creativity coaching email check-ins (one in June and one in July).

•A special discount on creativity coaching sessions and packages.

That Which Awakens Me by Ananda Leeke

That Which Awakens Me by Ananda Leeke

The workshop is based on exercises and information contained in her book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available on Amazon). It will be delivered via conference call. So all you need to participate is your telephone. Once you register and pay $26.26 ($23.95 workshop fee and $2.31 Eventbrite fee) for the workshop, she will email you an agenda with handouts, the special discount on creativity coaching sessions, and the telephone number for the conference call. Click here to register for the workshop.

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Digital Sisterhood Radio Interviews Tech Creativista Ida Wainschel


Photo Credit: Ida Wainschel

Photo Credit: Ida Wainschel

Greetings Digital Sisters,

Yesterday, Digital Sisterhood Radio featured an interview with Tech Creativista Ida Wainschel, Senior Director for Global Product Innovation and Strategy at Dun and Bradstreet. Click here to listen to the 21 minute interview which focuses on Wainschel’s eclectic career journey from a Psychology major and French minor in college to her work with the iLab at Dun and Bradstreet. It also includes her top two lessons learned while working in the field of technology and tips for women interested in pursuing tech careers.

Happy April Digital Sisters! Are You A Creativista?


Happy April Digital Sisters!

This month, Digital Sisterhood Network (DSN) is promoting the theme, “Giving Birth to Your Creativity” as a Creativista. What are you giving birth to this year?

Today’s blog invites you to explore who you are as a Creativista. Check out the Creativista Profile below. It is an excerpt from Ananda Leeke’s new book, Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online.

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley - www.leighmosley.com

Photo Credit: Leigh Mosley – http://www.leighmosley.com

Creativista Profile:

A Creativista is a woman who gives birth to creativity (art, books, content, films, mobile apps, products, services, webisodes, and videos). If you identify with one or more of the Creativista’s characteristics, please check out the Creativista Manifesto collage below. Consider making one to jumpstart your writing process. All you need are some of your favorite magazines, construction or poster board paper, scissors, and glue sticks. Look for words, phrases, and images that represent your definition of a Creativista. Paste them on to your paper. If you need to write some of your words and phrases, use magic markers, crayons, or pens. After you finish the collage, give yourself a few days to look at it. Record any thoughts you have while looking at it. Use them  as writing prompts for your Manifesto. Feel free to use the one contained below as a sample or adopt it as your own.

Creativista Collage by Ananda Leeke

Creativista Collage by Ananda Leeke

Manifesto:

I am a woman who makes beautiful things. I embrace Virginia Woolf’s wisdom: “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” I create a life I love. It starts with a desire to chase what moves me the most. I discover it. I live it. I own it. I add my own scenery. I am colorful. I use my voice. I express myself. I take a deep breath and dream big. I rediscover myself. I am intuitive, open-minded, imaginative, adventurous, and curious. I am creative inside and out!

Chakra Connection (click here to learn more about chakras):

Creativista’s energy is connected to the:

§  Sacral, or second chakra, which corresponds to creativity, pleasure, sexuality, and well-being. It governs the bladder, circulatory system, and sexual and reproductive organs.

 

§  Solar plexus, or third chakra, which corresponds to willpower, persistence, self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. It governs the stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, and spleen.

 

§  Heart, or fourth chakra, which corresponds to love, joy, harmony, and inner peace. It governs the heart, chest, lungs, and circulation.

 

§  Throat, or fifth chakra, which corresponds to communication, expressions of feelings, and the truth. It governs the throat, ears, nose, teeth, mouth, and neck.

 

§  Third-eye, or sixth chakra, which corresponds to intuition, imagination, wisdom, and the ability to think and make decisions. It governs the eyes and base of the skull.

 

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Color Connection (click here to learn more about colors):

Wear or surround yourself with the colors orange (second chakra), yellow (third chakra), green or pink (fourth chakra), light or sky blue (fifth chakra), and indigo blue (sixth chakra) to connect with Creativista’s energy.

Gemstone Connection:

Wear or surround yourself with amber or carnelian (second chakra), citrine or tiger’s eye (third chakra), aventurine or rose quartz (fourth chakra), turquoise (fifth chakra), and lapis lazuli (sixth chakra) gemstones to connect with Creativista’s energy.

Goddess Connection (click here to learn more about goddesses):

Creativista is connected to the goddesses mentioned.

§  Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of creativity, and Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of the arts (second chakra)

 

§  Al-Uzza, the Arabian goddess of confidence, vigilance, and preparation; Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess of royal power; Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess; and Sekhmet, the Egyptian warrior goddess (third chakra)

 

§  Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love; Erzulie, the Haitian goddess of love; Kwan Yin, the Chinese goddess of compassion; and Venus, the Roman goddess of love, (fourth chakra)

 

§  Vach, the Hindu goddess of speech and communication (fifth chakra)

 

§  Tara, the Tibetan goddess of wisdom (sixth chakra).

 

Yoga Connection (click here to search Yoga Journal’s web site for instructions on how to do the poses below):

Practicing bound angle, downward facing dog, triangle, and wide angle poses (second chakra); bow, boat, warrior one, warrior two, warrior three, sun salutation, and all twisting poses (third chakra); camel, cat, cobra, fish, sphinx, upward facing dog, and upward facing bow poses (fourth chakra); bridge, fish, lion, plow, and upward plank poses (fifth chakra); and bridge, child’s, downward facing dog, shoulder stand, and standing half forward bend poses (sixth chakra) can help you connect with Creativista’s energy.

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

Badge Design by Dariela Cruz

 

During Digital Sisterhood Month 2012 and 2013, the women listed below were named Creativista Digital Sisters of the Year. Take a few minutes to learn about them. They are great Creativista virtual mentors.

2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

 

2013 Digital Sisters of the Year

 

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Cover Art by Dariela Cruz

Visit Amazon.com to read about and purchase Ananda Leeke’s Digital Sisterhood: A Memoir of Fierce Living Online (available for Kindle and as a paperback). The book includes a list of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. It also features an appendix that helps you explore and identify Creativista and the six other Digital Sisterhood Leadership Archetypes. The interactive exercises encourage you to journal your thoughts in the book’s notes section.

 

Digital Sisterhood Radio: Tune into 12/19 Interview with Myavana Mobile App Founders & Digital Sisters of the Year


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Photo Credit: Myavana.com

Photo Credit: Myavana.com

Celebrate Day #19 of Digital Sisterhood Month 2013 by tuning into Digital Sisterhood Radio’s interview with Creativista  Digital Sisters of the Year Chanel Martin, Candace Mitchell, and Jess Walton, Techturized Inc., founders of Myavana, a hair mobile application (see photo below), from 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Click here to listen to the show.

Photo Credit: Myavana.com

Photo Credit: Myavana.com

Creativista Digital Sisters + Theatre + Videos + Twitter = Funnel Cake Flowers & the Urban Chameleons


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Happy Digital Sisterhood Wednesday! Happy July!

Last night, the Digital Sisterhood Network attended the D.C. performance of Funnel Cake Flowers & the Urban Chameleons, a theatrical performance that utilizes an interactive talk-show format, a D.J., video clips, and audience participation via Twitter to discuss race and identity in America. It was held as a part of the Washington Women in Theatre’s 10th Year Anniversary Celebration at American University’s Katzen Center.

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Funnel Cake Flowers, an urban chameleon reporter created by Tickles.TV founder and Emmy-nominated writer/performance artist/producer HaJ, tells the stories of “Urban Chameleons.” Urban Chameleons are people of color who seamlessly transition from the cultural extremes of white Corporate America and their ethnic communities. They represent code-switchers when they choose to reveal their accents, attitudes, and authentic selves in front of white people.

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Video

When the show opens, Funnel Cake Flower uses her bougie accent to introduce the audience to the “double-consciousness” of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois and reminds them that people of color code switch due to the dual realities they are faced to live in America. Her detailed description of ‘Urban Chameleons” includes people who watch CNN and Boondocks, listen to Jay Z and Yo Yo Ma, shop at Target and Gucci, and eat fried chicken and sushi.

HaJ does a masterful job of playing  a diverse cast of characters including a spoken word Black female bohemian poet, an upper class Black female fashionista named Sandra, and an Afro-wearing man named Leroi or Leroy who keeps it real. Through video clips, Funnel Cake Flowers shows how Black female professionals navigate the landscape of Corporate America during the week and travel into their ethnic communities to take care of their beauty needs on the weekends. She also gives insight into the challenges faced by Latina women who encounter fellow Latinos who do not speak Spanish or embrace their cultural identity.

Spoken Word

Spoken Word

Sandra

Sandra

Leroy

Leroy

HaJ collaborated with her mother, Dr. Ayoka “Ayo” Chenzira, an award-winning filmmaker, interactive digital media artist, and the founder of Spelman College’s Digital Moving Image Salon, on the performance. Ayo serves as the show’s director. Ayo was named 2012 Digital Sister of the Year – Creativista. Click here to listen to Digital Sisterhood Radio’s June 19th interview with the mother-daughter team.

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Ayo

Haj and Ananda

Haj and Ananda

If you are in D.C., check out the final show on July 3 at 8:00 p.m. at American University’s Katzen Center. Click here for more details.