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Portraits of two powerful Black German women who are doing critical work.

MisSa Blue performs Rising of the Black Sheep drawn by Suzanne Forbes July 23 2020MisSa Blue is a legendary German performer who has lived in London for years, because she was so sick of German racism.

Yes, there’s racism in Germany. Disingenuous, gaslighting racism, and violent, murderous racism. MisSa Blue grew up with white adoptive parents in the beautiful German countryside, and that’s one of the things she talks about in her powerful new work in progress, The Rising of the Black Sheep.

I met MisSa last summer when she facilitated the Performer’s Panel on Cultural Appropriation in Showbiz at Berlin Burlesque Week. That panel had a huge impact on my understanding of how to be an ally and how to do anti-racism work, and I am so grateful to MisSa and the panelists and the BBWeek team for making it happen. I also drew MisSa during her Birthday Extravaganza earlier this summer!

Below, you can see MisSa talk about sword swallowing and other things in her TEDx talk.

The Rising of the Black Sheep is a mixed media performance which is being developed, and MisSa hopes to bring it to the stage, when there are stages again.

The sold-out show was live-streamed to an international audience – Alotta Boutte who I knew in the Bay Area was in it! – and we stayed for a Q&A afterwards. We were all moved and grateful to have been present for the show.

You can follow MisSa Blue on Instagram here and check her website for updates on the development of “Rising” and other projects.

MEP Dr Pierrette-Herzberger_Fofana by Suzanne Forbes July 2020Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana is the first woman of African descent to be elected to European Parliament from Germany.

On June 17, she told the parliament in Brussels that she had been physically abused by Brussels police while attempting to stop the harassment of Black kids. As an MEP, she was in Brussels because the European parliament was due to vote on a non-binding resolution against racism! The Belgian police have brought a defamation complaint against the 71 year old professor!! That’s where the situation stands. It is horrifying, and so typical of Brussels.

I drew this using reference from a photo by Daina Le Lardic.

I never draw from photos but I had to talk about this story which should be the shame of Europe, and Dr Pierrette who is a jewel in the crown of Parliament. I am following the case and waiting to see if Dr. Pierrette receives an apology or has to go to court.

You can find Dr. Pierrette’s website here and her Instagram here, and follow her on twitter.

The fabulous performers of Drag Syndrome!

Horrora Shebang July 8 2020 by Suzanne ForbesI got to draw the performers of Drag Syndrome at last!

Having to miss the Drag Syndrome show in Berlin last Fall was one of the times I felt most frustrated and saddened by my health problems. The group, described as “highly addictive drag queens & kings with Down-Syndrome”, looked so vivacious and happy! I so wanted to draw Horrora Shebang, above! And luckily I did get to, thanks to online shows!

Gaia Callas of Drag Syndrome July 8 2020 by Suzanne ForbesI am so grateful there was a livestream show of these incredible divas this Spring!

Produced by Culture Device and Queer House Party, the show featured multiple acts and costume changes from each performer. Above, the gorgeous Gaia Callas!

Justin Bond of Drag Syndrome July 8 2020 by Suzanne ForbesThe most wonderful performers, the most charismatic stars!

Justin Bond has incredible moves!! Drag Syndrome and the Friends was one of the best drag shows I’ve ever seen. The House has fantastic dancers!

Horrorchata by Suzanne Forbes May 2 2020 And fabulous Horrorchata started the show off!

A treat to get to draw her again after last summer’s Bushwig Berlin.

Indoor Goblin with Drag Syndrome July 8 2020 by Suzanne ForbesAlso performing was musician Indoor Goblin!

Lovely music! I have a whole bunch more drawings from Drag Syndrome and the Friends, and I will be posting them soon.

Meanwhile, to learn more about these fantastic performers:

I absolutely encourage you to check out the videos, see this new movie by Jess Kohl and read the article in Vogue.

As usual these drawings are licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) for all to share and enjoy!

In addition, I release the copyright on each drawing to the performer shown and they may use the drawings for their own profit and joy in any way they choose.

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