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In the wake of so many tragedies in the world and after coming back from the Burlesque Hall of Fame 2016, where I had the honor of moderating the performers of color panel and where a new POC Miss Exotic World Poison Ivory was crowned, I’ve been thinking and struggling a lot with how to tackle the ignorance, hatred, anger, pain, frustration, and complexities of race, sexuality, gender, identity, and all the other things used to oppress groups of people.

After many thoughtful conversations I've been reminded that for me the best way to act is to try and combat the darkness with light. The pain and anger are real and valid, so vent, cry, scream, feel the rage inside safe spaces with loved ones. But let anger not become my solution, but my inspiration to be the change. Do my best to bring as much love to the outside world as I can and trust that the love will heal and be more infectious and powerful than all the fear and hate. Among the growing pattern of volatility and vicious attacks, I hope to see kindness to ourselves and others. Dialogue instead of debate. Openness to speak up but also be willing to see and hear others with as much love and understanding we can muster. And if we're mad may we let that anger not be the goal, but the fuel for change, solidarity, and love."Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - Martin Luther King Jr