Meet the woman revolutionizing our community on several wavelengths.
Change Agent. Builder. Organizer. These are words that automatically come to mind when I think of Niecee X. I had the pleasure of chatting with her recently regarding the amazing, life changing work she is doing in the community and I knew I had to introduce her to the Black Space Family.
Well, Black Space Family, Meet Niecee X!
Although we have been checking for you for a while and keeping abreast of the dope ish you’ve been doing in the community, please tell the rest of the family who you are.
Well, I’m Niecee X and I am from Oak Cliff, TX. I am a #poet, #artist, #organizer and the founder of the Black Women’s Defense League and Revolution Cafe & Bookstore. My background is in community security, transformative justice models, event curation, and imaging avenues to our collective liberation as people.
Let’s delve a little deeper into Revolution Cafe; it seems like something The Family would definitely be interested in.
Revolution Cafe is an upcoming vegan coffee shop, eatery, and bookstore with defining values in freedom, sustainability, health, wellness, and cultural diversity. We are a collective of QTPOC (Queer, Trans, People of Color) artists and organizers working in solidarity to create intentional CommUNITY.
The work you are doing in the community is needed. How has the work you all do, and will do in the future, changed the landscape in Dallas? The world?
Dallas is home, but as a queer radical black non-binary person, it has felt very hetero-normative and colonized both in social spaces and movement spaces. My goal is to change the culture so that is more accountable to those among us who are marginalized and whose gifts are often over looked. My praxis on how we get free has a lot to do with creating spaces that make basic community and relationship building possible. I see RC&B as being that container. I think the greatest threat to our freedom is not white supremacy but rather the lack of Black connectivity and POC “ally-ships”, both locally and worldwide. Our salvation is in OUR hands.
Do you anticipate your business/organization evolving? How?
I am currently in the pop up stage, we are currently securing a house to be used as a community center and Black-Trans emergency housing; something Dallas is lacking with great consequence. We are taking every step we can to build as we look for funding for an official brick and mortar shop. I look forward to seeing our communities: Black, straight queer, trans and creatives growing in understanding and mutual solidarity as well. I want to see our movements becoming more interested in decolonization and anti-capitalist thought as repression increases. I think of RC&B as being fertile ground for those type of conversations and actions.
What would a perfect world of solidarity and cohesiveness look like to you?
Oh that’s easy! It would be a world void of white supremacy , colonization and neo-colonization. I would like to see marginalized people upfront. It would include CIS Black men standing up to protect Black trans women. We’d see Black parents to accepting and cherishing their kids who are queer, creative, and/or not normative. Imagine Black culture, as a whole, decolonizing it self. With that, recognizing that we have the answers to all the questions; we just have to be willing to look into each others eyes and be open to real friendship. Solidarity is a by-product of healthy friendship.
I’m particularly intrigued with the Pay What You Can kitchen, Books and Breakfast, the QPTOC Open Mic Queer ASF, and The Kiki Conversation series? What brought these events to life? How are they transforming the community and/or speaking to your mission?
Thank you! These are the visions that I and other organizers have ventured to create. Coming from a more rank and file movement tradition, I was searching for ways to make political education accessible. We want to build community without it feeling forced and without it only stemming from crisis. I believe in the transformative magic of Black Joy. We need to share our words and we need to share our stories. With that, there need to be opportunities to ask questions and learn from/about each other.
I’m so glad you said that! Yes, we need to be able to ask questions. I must admit, I’ve learned more from talking with you than I have in my 35 years of life as it pertains to the QPTOC Community! And, that’s probably because there are no safe spaces to ask questions so that people can truly gain an understanding. This goes for all aspects of our journeys, not just sexuality.
Exactly! We can party AND protest. One is not more important than the other. We need to create a sense of community so we are all informed and unified and ready to go.
Tell us more about the Street Team.
The Street Team is an effort to take our community to those who need it most, to share resources, and be sure our people have eyes watching out for them. In the wake of the murders of Chynal Lyndsy and Muhlaysia Booker, both Black trans women, in Dallas we realized that the nonprofits sitting on a hill somewhere were no longer enough to tend to the needs of our sisters. We are an all POC collective, full of everyday people seeking to build relationships with our family out in the streets.
Well, what’s next?
We are working on programming for our emergency housing shelter and center. That’s a big undertaking and we need help to ensure it gets up and running! Also, I’m hopeful that the complete and utter dismantlement of capitalism is on the horizon!
How can Black Space followers/users support your mission?
Spread the word, donate, and volunteer! Also, call your favorite local organizer and invite them to lunch… on you… just because. We are people too. A little sweetness goes a long way!
Listen, it has been a pleasure getting to know you and learning more about the amazing work you are doing in the community, and the world!
For more information on Niecee X, the trans formative work she is doing, or to donate/volunteers, please visit her website: https://www.revolutioncafeandbookstore.com/