Jalisa Roberts

artivist | choreographer | educator using dance as a language and a means to process the world, spark conversation, and build community.

I remember taking a course in music history. The teacher was a white woman. She stood in front of the class and declared that the blacks play the blues, because they are poor and need to pick cotton. That is why they were sad, and therefore the Blues came from their sadness. My hand shot up like lightning, I got up and said: “I come from East St. Louis and my father is a rich man, he is a dentist. But I also play the blues. My father had never picked cotton in his life and I woked up this morning without any sadnass and played a blues. There is much more behind it

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