Canvas of Words- ‘Preserving Our Roots’ Interview with Poet Cindy ‘Black Angel’ Peralta

Que tal mi gente!

I hope your week is going well so far! I’ve been thinking, I can’t help but getting you over this week without sharing with you the next interview! I have to do it! Trust me on this.

This next poet will raddle your insides with her words and her body language as she performs. Hands down this is a poet who feels exactly what she is saying. She conveys it with conviction and passion.

Her name is Cindy Peralta aka Black Angel Poet! I have seen her perform her work in different venues and it is always a powerful experience. She embodies what she reveals through her poetry. Black Angel is one to watch!

What I appreciate about this artist as well is that she makes sure she takes her children with her when possible to share what she loves, Poetry. It is amazing to see mothers share with their children what their passion is. Which is what this year’s Canvas of Words- Preserving Our Roots is all about. Cindy is passing down her history to her sons through dialogue and exposure to the arts. So please enjoy this interview where she tells us about herself, her work, the importance of preserving our roots and a taste of what we will hear at Canvas of Words- Preserving Our Roots Poetry and Arts Festival October 11!

Beauty, Brain and Blogging: Please let us know about yourself, the work you do, and your poetry?

Cindy Peralta: I’m a single mom of two young boys who keep me on my toes DAILY! I am also an advocate of women’s rights and activist against social injustice. My poetry is usually a reflection of what I do in my life as an advocate and activist with a sprinkle of my personal life here and there.

BBB: Can you share with us your connection with Wendy Angulo and what led you to be in this year’s Canvas of Words- Preserving Our Roots?

C.P.: I met Wendy via Peggy Robles at a feature for Women in Creative Rebellion in 2013. After that we connected for an event in Richmond Queens library and we have been working together ever since. Being a Queens native myself, I sought out to be a part of this event and very appreciative to have been selected to participate in this event to represent not only Queens but Dominican writers/poets as well.

BBB: I have seen you perform your poetry, which is great by the way! You are very passionate about what you deliver and I know this year’s theme for Canvas of Words is something you often write about, Can you tell us how preserving our roots is important for you? And please share with us a snippet of what you will be bringing us this year!

C.P.: Preserving our roots is the only way we can tell our children our stories, the ones that are not written in the history book, the ones who got erased via colonialism. Our history is too rich to let it be told by those who tried to eradicate our lineage. Our history started WAY before 1492 and I want to make sure my sons know this. With that said my poem is dedicated to my Great Grandmother who always held me under her wing.

Here is a sneak peek of what we can expect from Black Angel,

‘They ask me where are my roots…
“Oye nena de donde tu eres?”
where do I come from?
My response comes
Within every reflection
I see her
On the backs of my hands,
my winding mountainous caderas
that seem to go on for days
as I watch my skirt sway…’

There you have it my friends just like that… I don’t need to say anything more than get your tickets!!! What are y’all waiting for!

And guess what?! Starting this Friday October 3 and ending Sunday October 5 at 11:30pm 2 tickets for $20!! Buy one for you and a friend or gift a couple a pair of tickets for them to enjoy! Just a wonderful suggestion 😉

Also if you want a group rate of five or more email the producer of the show at canvasofwords75@gmail.com

Thank you and that is all… for now.