Sunday, August 23, 2015

Black and Brown Visibility

I found myself traveling around Central America this summer and discovered a unique perspective of the Black and Indigenous.  Just a few years ago I spent some time in Louisiana researching my fathers side of the family and discovered that my Grandmother is creole French and I am Chikasaw on both my fathers side and mothers side in Oklahoma.
I have come to realize that our traditions are collective memories stored in our DNA. Africans left traces of ancient Ancestors wherever that slave ship landed. We are the beginning and the end.  Our global traditions and cultures have cross hatched, intermingled and woven the fabric that connects us to relatedness. It is important to share stories of healing, listening and quieting -past and present. Understanding how our history connects on a global level is the path towards freedom and empowerment.  I will document the importance of keeping our history and ancestors alive with art and ecology from North America to Central America.
I will be developing a series of experimental art exhibits in Los Angeles to help raise funds for my safe travels by land to explore Black and indigenous communities. I'll be showing some of the footage and there will be crab races! It is imperative that Black and Indigenous people are unified in heart, soul and mind. We are the original spiritualists.

Donate here:

I'll keep you posted.

Zoe Blaq

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I'm in the Rain Forest

Donation Perks:
$5000- Executive Producer 
$1000- Special thanks in credits / DVD copy / Los Angeles VIP Party
$500- Signed Photography book/ Los Angeles VIP party
$100 -  2 tickets to premiere / Los Angeles VIP Party 
$25- Los Angeles VIP Party 

Greetings! I am a Los Angeles writer and cultural documenter of the healing arts. In a quest to understand my family history in Louisiana and Oklahoma, I became fascinated with the richness of creole and indigenous culture and traditions. As a world traveler I have decided to explore a narrative of quieting, listening and healing through an adventurous trip along the Caribbean Sea to study and experience creole and indigenous culture in Central America. Archiving gives us a point of reference and I feel it is important to tell the stories of our people through film and photography. 

I am in Costa Rica at this time and would love for you to join my journey by supporting this project I desire to share with the world.  With your help I will be able to finish production and post production. 

YouTube: PiddleProVision 

Thanks again,
Rashonda "Zoe Blaq" Bartney  

Friday, May 22, 2015

Loc Update and YouTube

Around six years ago I decided to loc my hair after a whirlwind of devastating events and I knew there was no turning back. I studied a bunch of loc torturials on YouTube and became even more inspired and empowered by the rich natural hair community. I decided to start my own channel archiving my own loc journey. Well, it was short lived because I can honestly say, I'm more of a writer and experimental artist -than a TV personality. Nonetheless, I want to thank all my viewers who are still with me today, I had my highest ratings when I was making loc videos years ago. My page is still alive! I still post from time to time. This is a time of challenge, determination and passion and I will attempt to conquer being in front of the camera. Feel free to check out my videos and add PiddleProVision on YouTube. If you comment I will add you.

With this new project,  I'm going to be using my YouTube channel PiddleProVision to keep you informed on my travel adventures. I am exploring new ways to use art as a healing medium in under served communities. It is a narrative of quieting, listening, healing and metamorphosis. I'd like you to take this journey with me.

Here is an update of how my locs look today.

Stay Curious,
Zoe Blaq

Friday, May 1, 2015

BlaqNomad Tales

                                                             Artwork By Zoe Blaq 

Greetings loved ones!
 I will be traveling extensively for research, study and creative growth to explore new and innovative ways to promote art as a healing medium. Traveling helps me connect with the world. It assists with my personal development of compassion and human understanding. Challenge your fears every chance you get!

My creative intent is to be an artist that creates new dialogue by motivating people to become closer to their higher self. My intent is to express our relatedness and not the distortion of fear and limitation which is the illusion of human separateness.  My intent is to create with my soul. My role as an artist is to let go of societies expectations by erasing boxes that keep us from growing.

I would like to serve as a vessel for thriving relationships and human connections. I intend to create from my heart space based on value and community. My work will remind humanity of unity. I intend to be the hero of my own story in order to inspire people. This project will prompt my next book and short film.

Your donations will support any challenges that I may face while in the Jungle. Thanks in advanced!

It is not easy to just pick up and go to another country for an extended period of time. However, where there is a will there is a way. Make travel part of your daily affirmations. Be open to the way travel presents itself in your life.
I've lived in Europe before and often get the urge to travel for extended periods of time so I decided to get a TESOL certificate several years ago. My tip is to always be prepared. Invest in yourself. Get a passport. With a bachelors degree or higher (any subject) and a TESOL certificate you can teach English class to grades K-12 or teach business English at college level anywhere in the world. No experience needed! Look into it if you want to try at least one year abroad. I know several artists teaching while being adventurous in other parts of the world.

I will be traveling through Central America this summer to explore the organic sequence of life through community, wellness and holistic health. This is a narrative inspired by healing, quieting, reclaiming, and envisioning.  It will be an experimental journey through photography, writing and video.

Your life is a product of your awareness. Choose wisely and don't be afraid to move about the world like a child eager to learn.

I'll be in touch here:
IG: ZoeBlaq


Zoe Blaq

Saturday, April 25, 2015

What Does Piddle Mean?

What Does Piddle mean?
Piddle can mean a lot of things. Piddle Productions is a multimedia hub for under-served communities. To our community of artists, free thinkers and leaders it means we will continuously express ourselves without limitation or boundaries. We are committed to experimenting with several forms of art in order to heal ourselves and our communities. The time we waste here is exploring new ideas that help humanity come together with art, wellness and understanding.