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Thursday 7 April 2022

#DeafWoke with Ms. Melisha "Mimi" Battle

#DeafWoke is a Virtual Consciousness-raising, Engaging Online Talk Show, Led by Black and Native American Deaf Host Mr. Antoine Hunter PurpleFireCrow

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Thursday 7 April 2022

Antoine Hunter presented #DeafWoke with Ms. Melisha "Mimi" Battle livestreaming on the commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 7 April 2022 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Join us for a sweet evening with entrepreneur, baker, and artist Ms. Melisha “Mimi” Battle. Ms. Melisha will share her #DeafWoke story. ASL-English voice interpretation and English captions provided.

#DeafWoke is a virtual consciousness-raising engaging online talk show, led by Black and Indigenous Deaf host Mr. Antoine Hunter PurpleFireCrow.
Founded as a response to isolation and misinformation experienced during CoVID-19, #DeafWoke provides access to the Deaf BIPOC life stories, critical coverage of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, education, Arts, social justice and analysis of CoVID-19-related news for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and Black Hearing communities.

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our stories to be heard by providing the #DeafWoke platform to uplift BIPOC Deaf and disabled artists voices and to contribute to the arts and larger society, increasing awareness at the intersections of audism, ableism, and racism--this includes DeafDisabled stories as a force for cultural change and collective liberation. There is also a space to talk about economics, parenthood, and education.

All episodes will be produced with ASL Interpreters and captioning welcoming everyone to the conversation. For da Hearing and Deaf! It’s inspiring, it’s funny, it’s beautiful with the ugly, it’s things people don’t really talk about, it’s unheard of, it Deaf Woke!

The host: Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter also known as Purple Fire Crow is an award-winning Internationally-known African-American, Indigenous, Deaf, Disabled, choreographer, dancer, actor, instructor, speaker, Producer and Deaf advocate. He creates opportunities for Disabled, Deaf and hearing artists and produces Deaf-friendly events, and founded the Urban Jazz Dance Company and Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival.

Guest Bio: Melisha "Mimi" Battle is a Deaf, Black, and single mother of three. She was born in Florida and has two different families. She used to want to be a mathematics teacher for many years because she was really good at it, but when she worked with mental patients at National Deaf Academy, where she made some sweets from her home and shared them with the staff. From there, she can see where her passion is and lead her to see from there. And she did. She decided to leave her old job in summer 2013 which was difficult for her since she had been workaholic for her whole life before she had a son in 2010. She decided to get a big dream to be self-employed in 2015 and she did. Melisha is the owner and operator of Mimi’s Sweet Boutique, a customized bakery featuring “made from scratch” cupcakes and custom designed cakes. This self-employment venture gives her the flexibility to concentrate on what’s most important, like focusing on being a stay at home Mom and being involved in her children’s extracurricular activities. She has two hearing sons 11 years old (Jameer & Rashord) and 4 year old daughter named Ja’Lisha. All of her children are fluent in Sign Language.

About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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