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Andrea Jennings: Show up Unapologetically

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“Show up Unapologetically” is a synthesis of performance poetry and an avant-garde poetry short film.

Avant-Garde Short Film Intro to “Show Up Unapologetically” Monologue by Andrea Jennings
Run-Time 1 min.

A black, disabled woman was the lowest type of person ever and had no purpose? (Laughs) Yeah, that was the microaggression of choice thrown at me that day., and many others that look like, have to hear this every day. As I heard my oppressor’s voice, my inner voice lay dormant. His words kicked my soul; however, through my faith, my spirit remained intact. Today, I will share with you through performance poetry how I shall respond through words of power and encouragement because his words have no power over my soul. My spirit is free, and the very thing that matters to me is to empower others to use their voice, know their power, speak their truth and show up unapologetically. 


Short Film Intro by Andrea Jennings

Written, Directed, Produced and Performed by Andrea Jennings 

Edited by Amila Sampath

Artist Bio
Andrea Jennings Headshot

Andrea Jennings has a Master of Music specializing in Music Business and Entertainment Industries and hopes to facilitate better opportunities for marginalized individuals such as people with disabilities by developing authentic content through her production company Shifting Creative Paradigms – Leveling The Playing Field™. As a sought-after keynote speaker, Andrea is a panelist for numerous diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) panels advocating for social justice through the lens of disability culture, film, music, and art. She is the Vice-Chair of the Accessibility and Disability Commission for The City of Pasadena, a university guest lecturer, and serves on various advisory boards.