Sunday, April 22, 2018

Voodoo as Community Activism: Kristina Kay Robinson's Temple of Color and Sound



"The Temple of Color and Sound is a traveling shrine dedicated to the city of New Orleans. The Temple is in part a meditation on homelessness, life outdoors, outside of state control and what sacred space might look like in that context. Dedicated to all the ancestors, elevated spirits, and most especially Mother Marie Laveau... In New Orleans Voodoo, Marie Laveau is more than a queen, she is revered as loa. The loa are the elevated spirits. The intermediaries between God & humanity that bring us closer to the BELOVED than we could ever get on our own... Being a Black woman from the Deep South, I’ve been told who & what I wasn’t, so many times I’ve lost count. But Marie can remind us all of who we are, where we come from and what we can accomplish. That there is too much blood in this dirt to count us out. “Voodoo” means many things to many people, but for me and my lineage, it has always been about the harnessing of will coupled with respect for the laws of creation as vehicles toward creating change. I do not always understand her orders, but I always obey them. And because she walks with me, I know I am never alone. None of us are. Click the link to read the short piece I wrote on her for GoNOLA‘s series on ‘Notable NOLA Women." ~Kristina Kay Robinson: The Temple of Color and SoundCrescent City Boxing Gym, 3101 Erato St., Tuesdays 12 - 4  / Thursdays 12 - 4 & 6 - 8pm, through May 6.  More>>