It was five years ago a supervisor of mine asked what quote I lived by and I said "Freedom or Death", I didn't think much of it but the alarm of this generic prep school looking white man made it clear he had never heard someone recite these words.
Since then the concept has evolved deeper in my mind and heart, meaning something more sacred with my own personal becoming. I live by many guiding principles such as "what would love do" and "create art as a prayer". None of my other principles seem to alarm others the way "Freedom or Death" does. The most likely reason is, it is a call to action. In three simple words it makes it very clear what my options are and where I stand on any given matter.
I believe it is extremely important each individual develop there own guiding principles in which they live by. Why? Because in moments where life is pulling you in every direction, you will need a compass to direct your actions and hopeful outcomes. You will need a grounding point.
How does this relate to "Beauty. Freedom. Power"? It is a call to action. It is a life style choice and guiding principle. It is a compass with clear directions how to proceed further.
My team and I wanted to recreate the famous 90s music video, Money. Power. Respect with the same raw energy and a current day compass. We just happen to know two beautiful souls who embody this principles as the founding members of Black Lives Matter Toronto. Their dedication to community and generosity in our personal friendship embodies the energy we hope to use as guiding tools to a beautiful future.
While we can't define for you what each of these words mean or provide you with a guiding principle to live by. We will however, tell you what it means to the NiaZamar team and suggest you choose your own principles to guide your life path, art creation and heart.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world....I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other. - Harriet Tubman