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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 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.

MisSa’s Birthday Extravaganza!

MisSa Blue performing in red room for her Birthday Extravaganza by Suzanne Forbes May 18 2020What a joy to draw MisSa again!

MisSa is such a charismatic performer. And she brought in some wonderful folks for her birthday livestream!

Kiki Deville for MisSa Blue Birthday Extravaganza by Suzanne Forbes May 10 2020A marvelous touch from hostess Kiki DeVille was that after each performance, she would check in with the performer about how they were doing.

It was so cool to see the performer shake off their stage persona, catch their breath, and tell us how things are for them.

MisSa Blue for her Birthday Extravaganza by Suzanne Forbes May 10 2020MisSa did go-go dancing during the intermission. Good heavens, she can dance!

Ruby Tuesday NeoBurlesque for MisSa Blue Birthday Extravaganza by Suzanne Forbes May 10 2020Ruby Tuesday is a fabulous drag creature, and gave a sizzling show.

You would not believe how resourceful she was in utilizing living room furniture!

Jo Boobs Weldon for MisSa Blue Birthday Extravaganza by Suzanne Forbes May 10 2020I have been drawing burlesque performers for fifteen years, but this was the first time I drew Jo “Boobs” Weldon, the Headmistress!

I had such fun drawing this legendary pillar of modern burly-q, Mistress of the New York School of Burlesque.

MisSa Blue for her Birthday Extravaganza 2 by Suzanne Forbes May 10 2020Thanks so much to MisSa and Kiki DeVille for an incredible joyful show!

I am so grateful to my Patrons on Patreon, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting performers and releasing the art free to all, while I work safely at home. 

You can see previous drawings of MisSa performing at Berlin Burlesque Week here, and co-hosting the Berlin Burlesque Week Performer’s Panel on Cultural Appropriation here. Her linktree for all info is here!

Cleopantha by Suzanne Forbes Feb 17 2021Updated Feb 18, 2021: Finally finished this drawing of Cleopantha!

It took so long to finish this drawing of Cleopantha ! Sometimes my finishing a drawing stalls because of a silly thing – in this case, I couldn’t figure out how to draw the hallway Cleopantha was dancing in. Then I suddenly realized yesterday, it’s a good likeness of a very beautiful performer, no one will care about the hallway!