- How Raye took an alternative route of not attending college despite straight A’s because she knew it wasn’t the right path for her, but that this challenged other people’s sense of reality and made them uncomfortable.
- How Raye was able to bust through many culturally conditioned stories at such a young age, and actually find herself in her 20s versus having to wait until she was much older. This young woman is a wise soul!
- The importance of leaving behind politeness in order to get to a place of empowerment.
- We play a clip of Raye’s song “Run with the Wolves” based on our favorite book “Women who Run with the Wolves” by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes. (We love that Raye has read this book already and even ripped off the front cover of her copy and has it framed!)
- Raye talks about the importance of “radical alliance” – this term feels so timely and powerful. We discuss how women can support one another in a pack, and how women can be good sisters in radical alliance.
Raye Zaragoza is a galvanizing presence, a self-assured artist making music to fight for, represent, and celebrate those left too long outside the spotlight. Known for tenacious feminist anthems and fearless protest folk, her stage presence teems with determined morale. As a Japanese-American, Mexican, Indigenous woman, Zaragoza spent much of her early life trying to assimilate with the world around her, to meet punishing standards of beauty synonymous with just one color of skin—and not her own. She has come a long way from that youthful pain, proclaiming “I am proud to be a multicultural brown woman with insecurities and a vibrant intersectional identity that I continue to grapple with. I hope young girls of today will know that the It Girl is whatever the hell they want to be.”
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