Dear Community,

We hope you are well.
We hope you are supported. 
We hope you are taking time to mourn and rest, to rage and organize. 

We hope you are visioning. Now is a time to activate our visions. As it was yesterday, and last year, and a decade ago. And as it will be for many tomorrows. 

This month has us reflecting on 2012. That was the year 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida. A few months later, Dancing While Black was born. This is not a coincidence; our work is called into being by our times. That same year, several other like-minded efforts were formed by Black artistic and organizing circles: The Coalition for Diasporan Scholars Moving, Camille A. Brown’s The Gathering, Urban Bush Women’s Choreographic Center Initiative and a research group that became the Collegium for African and Diaspora Dance (which produces the bi-annual Dancing the African Diaspora Conference at Duke University). Angela’s Pulse saw all this work as part of a larger movement for change, one that we were eager to help shepherd together.

As the movement continues, we at Angela’s Pulse continue putting our energy toward the worlds we are envisioning; animating visions is a practice we believe artists must bring to movements for change. We are working for the long haul. Once the headlines have shifted and, for some, the urgency has waned, we and the communities we call home will continue the daily, unseen work that keeps us activated, connected and accountable.

We do this work as part of a vital ecosystem of artists, organizers and institutions committed not just to equity, but to liberation. Some have been developing their practice for generations, others have just arrived; our partnerships intentionally cross generation and geography. The folks we call comrades, like us, center the voices and visions of Black folks as well as POC, Indigenous and queer communities, and the many multiple identities that cross these intersections.

As we consider this historical moment, Angela’s Pulse wants to lift up BIPOC-centered work that has a clear analysis, activated values and strategic organizing practices. These vital initiatives and organizations straddle generations and animate visions rooted in history.

They are in it for the long haul. They help keep our team inspired, emergent and on point. We hope they will do the same for you.

In solidarity,
Paloma and the Angela’s Pulse team

The Ecosystem That Holds Us 


Continue the M4BL Momentum


We lift up Movement for Black Lives M4BL, their 5 Year Plan, Juneteenth organizing and last week's Week of Action agenda. Keep doing what you can. Where you can. When you can. Today and beyond...

We also want to shine light on other timely national anti-racist organizing: 

Take Care

Resistance movements necessitate reflection and rest; we are grateful for the organizing that created Liberate, a Meditation App for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community
Liberate believes in a future where the BIPOC community is moving as a unit to help us collectively heal and be free. Listen to dozens of guided meditations to ease anxiety, find gratitude, heal internalized racism and micro-aggressions and celebrate Blackness. For us, by us.

Get the Liberate app Here.


A selection of what our team is watching, listening to and reading right now.



Black Love & Rage (BIPOC-only)

A Conversation on Meditative Practice hosted by Liberate

Friday, June 12th, 8 - 9:30 pm EST

In the face of systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence, what can Black, Indigenous and People of Color do internally with their anger and rage?

Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation through Anger, joins Liberate in a live virtual gathering on Zoom to center us in our healing as we work through anger and rage.

This event is open to all that identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Donation-based with a suggested $20.

More Info & Register Here


We can’t yet travel to St. Croix to continue developing the next phase of Building a Better Fishtrap. But the work of local Crucian artists, culture bearers and organizers is ongoing. Here are a few that are doing significant work that informs our visioning:
Image description: At the bayside in St. Croix, we passed a jar of sea water among us, each offering a wish or hope or blessing back to the sea. Dr. Chenzira Davis-Kahina pours water on her hands as part of her ritual. Fishtrap collaborator Oceana James and Paloma McGregor stand in the background. Photo by Quiana L. Adams, 2016.
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Angela's Pulse is supported by The Mosaic Network and Fund of The New York Community Trust, and a recipient of funding from Dance/NYC’s Dance Advancement Fund, made possible by the Ford Foundation. Paloma McGregor is a recipient of the inaugural Dance/USA Fellowship to Artists, made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and of support from The Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative which is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as the Ford Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
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