MASKS CHANGE / ESSENCE REMAINS THE SAME
A. We reserve the right to change what we think, to refine what we believe, to evolve how we do things. We know for a fact that what we believe will shift as we evolve as people and as a company. But, what we believe will never lose its Baladé Black essence.
B. The people we feature may have differing views (masks), but we know we share the same commitment to the Baladé Black vision. We also know that different masks with convergent essences need to have conversations (intergenerational, intercultural, etc.) and that these conversations are important steps towards systemic change.
YOUR SONG = RELATIONSHIPS = LIFE
Your song is your purpose, your place in the world, your gift to it. It also determines the role you play in making and serving community. It is your ultimate wealth. Any system that disallows any soul-filled mechanism from living out their song is a death sentence. As such, we are pro-song. And we are very serious about it.
BEST SOLUTIONS → LEAST VISIBLE = MOST SACRED
Those of us who live in liminal spaces, in the in-betweens, in the cracks, at the interstices of life. Those of us invisibilized by systemic violence. Those of us who live as disciplinary bridges, professional connectors, creatives and the likes. Yes, we often have the most to teach, and the most thoughtful solutions. Remembering that will save our lives.