By 651 ARTS on April 05, 2016
In an effort to help our audience know more about 651 ARTS, we have developed the 6-5-1 Interview—six questions, five minutes, one artist. This interview spotlights 651 ARTS Program Manager Crystal Boyd.
- What’s your morning routine?
What’s your fondest memory of being a Black child?
- I wake up to the beep of my “Sermon Text of the Day.” Today’s was “Your mistakes don’t disqualify you. You didn’t miss out on your destiny because you had a detour.” Love that!
Anyway, I check for an email from my partner-in-life who goes to work at ungodly hours of the AM and usually has a Good Morning message for me, I drink some tea and watch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and I eat some fruit and toast (I don’t like eating hot food too early).
How do you define Classically Black?
- My mother’s singing voice - full of soul, billowing in sirens of testimony as the soloist at church, kneeled in private, intimate tones of prayer to the Lord, and in a warm soprano when putting my brother & I to sleep. In her I awoke to the contralto of Marian Anderson, the play of Josephine Baker, the cry of Aretha, and the accountability of Nina Simone. In my mother’s voice I learned the colors of the Black Canon and my own black consciousness, in the deepest ways that sound can touch us. I blossomed under music in that way.
If you could visit any place in the world where would it be and why?
- Classically Black is any part of the Black Canon that shakes the world and has forever changed the way people move, talk, speak, commune, and dress. Black people have always been the cultural engine of the world in Music, Dance, Expression, Community, Soul. We touch in every crevice of the world. Just think of MJ! It’s beautiful.
What’s going to be fly, fresh and fun about being a Black person in 50 years?
- Tokyo and Osaka. I want to understand an Eastern point of view. I want to feel the difference in my pores. Japan, I’m coming for you.
How do you love?
- Not asking or waiting to do it- we are “just doing “it” with joy and fun. Not being labeled first as Black, it’s rather a beautiful nuanced color of our personhood. Being admired and respected for the gifts that we’ve given to the human cradle of civilization. Living in a world that is liberating in acknowledgement of its contribution to the painful stories of the African diaspora. Bless!
- I look before I leap. But then I leap and the rest is history.
651 ARTS would like to thank Crystal Boyd for answering our six questions that give a better glimpse of who we are. Stay tuned for more interviews. Keep up with 651 ARTS by following us on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the links to the right.