The Black Women and Creativity interview series is focused on:
- Inspiring Black women to tap into their creativity capacity
- Showcasing Black women who are redefining what creativity really is
N’Tirzah al Rephaim, is a Sacred Poet, Author, Creative Activist, Performance & Teaching Artist, Vocalist, Musician, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Arranger, Dancer and Choreographer and Creative Director of two independent businesses: Pretty 2 Feathers
Productions, (est.2007) and WombMan WaistBeads (est. 2013). N’Tirzah is a beautiful spirit. Make sure to check our her website and follow her on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter ).
What does it mean to be creative?
N’Tirzah: Being creative is a birthright. For me, being creative is a part of my ascendancy as a black woman of West Indian/Caribbean heritage. Black Women of the African Diaspora have a Divine relationship with creativity because we were the first on this planet, that we call Mother Earth, to have created the most important thing, and that is life. It is for this reason that we are so deeply connected to Mother Earth; our genetic makeup, our very DNA, reaches back to the very first being that ever walked the Earth. Being creative is our collective birthright, and as such, we have the privilege of pouring our individual creativity into everything we do.
The Black WombMan is a Divine Creator/Artist. Creating includes bringing out our talents and using them effectively to inspire change. I believe this change should be good. It can be a piece of art, which comes in many forms such as: dance, poetry, a painting, photography, a book, a play, a musical composition, a video, a film, a
sculpture, pottery, a multi-media piece, architecture, jewelry, clothing design, etc.; the possibilities are endless! Creating also includes giving birth to something: a project, an idea, a baby, a business, or even helping someone to do those things. Creating happens within the heart and the imagination, from our deepest passions and desires. We intuitively know what we love when we wake up thinking about it and fall asleep with it on our minds.
What advice/wisdom/encouragement/insight would you have to Black women about navigating their own creative process?
N’Tirzah: Be Authentic, Value Who You Are, Others Will Too! In navigating our creative process(es) as Black Women of the African Diaspora with the deepest connection to The Most High Divine Creator, it is most important to stay true to our own inner voice. When we create, we are creating from our deepest, most sacred, spiritual place. The sacredness has its own wholeness, it IS holistic. It comes from a pure heart. In this purity, creating doesn’t seek to please others, it only seeks to be expressed. Black Women have always
been taught to care for others at the expense of their own voices and the sacrifice of their own dreams, so my advice is to know your inner voice and to harken to it, listen to its yearnings. If your creative process requires solitude and silence, then bathe in that solitude and silence. Whatever your creative process is, stay true to it. If your desire is to remain organic, be organic. If your desire is to receive formal training, get formal training. If you want to combine the two, combine the two. Be Free!!!! Black Women should create for the love of creating, but remember Black Women, that you are valuable, as is your time, and therefore, so are your creations! Don’t give yourself away-KnowYour Worth!!!
Thank you for blessing us with this wisdom N’Tirzah!
Want to tap more into your creativity? Join us on July 25th at 7:30pm for the “Space to Create” Virtual Meetup . We will be focusing on making space for creativity and exploring ways to cultivate your creativity so that you can use it for your most exciting projects! Space is limited, so sign up here!