Rebel Yell – Love your rebellion | Pro Club Bd

When Angela Page from Cape Coral takes the stage with her punk rock band Except You, she attracts attention. Dressed in torn fishnet tights, cut-off jean shorts and combat boots, she holds the mic upside down, head tilted toward the ceiling, and grabs the mic cable with her other hand as she belts out the lyrics. “Singing is part of a long legacy of my affinity for music and performance — all those things together,” says the theater major-turned-lead singer. “There’s something theatrical about the way I perform.” Away from the stage, she writes poetry, scouts up-and-coming musicians in local bars, and runs the non-profit organization Love Your Rebellion (LYR), which serves marginalized groups through arts events and a zine (or self-published magazine) of the same name. The tattooed 30-year-old has gathered a group of LGBTQ advocates, young BIPOC professionals and badass women. “A dollar amount is tied to many nonprofit bodies,” she says. “We don’t want your money. We want your time, your intelligence, your cooperation – who can you bring to our grassroots movement?”

A Fort Lauderdale native, who has a master’s degree in creative and critical writing (she quickly transitioned from theater to writing while in college), she was teaching at Edison State College (now Florida SouthWestern State College) when she published her first issue of love your rebellion in 2011. That set the stage for their punky, ’90s-inspired organization, inspired by female rock icons like Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna and Hole’s Courtney Love. She also drew on the DIY fanzines of the era, with their cut-out photos and ransom notes that featured typewritten feminist poems and short stories. “Throughout history, a lot of people haven’t had the opportunity to publish simply because of their race or gender, and zines are taking that power back and creating that direct line to the audience,” says Angela. “You don’t have anyone censoring you, editing you, telling you what to say, and in the end it’s really authentic.”

Angela drew on an all-female writing group she started in 2015 to build her core team. The group hosted a launch party for LYR Volume 7, which inspired the 2016 Babe Fest annual concert fundraiser, which evolved into Angela and made LYR a nonprofit two years later. Now she nurtures emerging and established artists through events such as Murals on Tour, for which board members Cesar Aguilera and Danielle Branchaud join Angela to commission paintings expressing social injustice. Cesar is symbolic kingdom of four partsexhibited at the Cape Coral Arts Center, reflected on his Inca ancestors and how their history has been distorted and portrayed as uncivilized over the years.

Due to her musical upbringing (her immediate family is made up of musicians), Angela is big on the underground music scene. She is the lead singer of her punk band, which released their debut EP, Never Relax, this summer. The grunge and screamo rockers of the 90’s inspired their sound and their vocal range shows it. “There’s a lot of women screaming and that was always something I found really empowering because anger isn’t really an emotion that ‘looks pretty’ on women,” she says, gesturing with air quotes.

From the band’s most recent release, I Don’t Owe You Anything:

do you hate how i speak

Or just what I say?

if i don’t care

Because I don’t owe you anything.

When she’s not practicing or performing, she seeks out live shows to recruit talent for music-based Love Your Rebellion fundraisers like Rock For Equality, Punk Brunch, and Sonic Masquerade. The main event, Babe Fest, held in Cape Coral and Tampa, where festival co-founder Victoria Huddy resides, brings together national headliners with local acts representing minorities, women and queer communities.

Love Your Rebellion always shares proceeds with other non-profit organizations that support disadvantaged or disempowered groups. Board Member Jason Teeters, who oversees corporations and nonprofits at Fort Myers Nonprofit the Collaboratory, helps Angela build partnerships in the community. In the past, Love Your Rebellion has donated more than $2,000 to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Showing Up for Racial Justice SWFL and Planned Parenthood of Central and Southwest Florida. Last November, LYR partnered with Fort Myers arts center Neenie’s House and clothing brand Injoy to raise $4,000 to feed local families. While the dollar amounts may seem low compared to other nonprofits in the area, the group’s value is best measured in social and cultural currency. “It’s great for the public to bring a national act that is diverse because they get to see something that isn’t offered here. On the other hand, it’s a great opportunity for the local musicians to make connections that could take them further in the future,” says Angela. “Every little thing helps and we’re glad to be a part of the puzzle.”

Browse the latest issues of LYR— sold online and at some Lee County arts centers including Alliance for the Arts — the message is unabashed: Brooklyn-based Latina author Christine Stoddard’s witty poem “Sorry for the Delayed Response to Your Email” touches on generational differences; Board Member Danielle’s surreal painting of a nude woman surrounded by erupting volcanoes represents grace amidst fire and chaos; and Cesar’s coffee-stained charcoal and collage work, overanalyze, touches on issues such as self-image and toxic ideals of beauty. Angela credits longtime board members and graphic designers Michelle Caraway and Annie Pritchard, who joined in 2015 and 2016, respectively, to refine the brand’s look. She credits photographer Jesi Cason for the engaging photography, including heavily editorialized cover shoots – often starring Angela, surrounded by a variety of creatives ranging from visual artists to musicians to drag queens. For the latest riot-themed issue, Jesi photographed the models in dresses, crowns and jewels while tending the garden at Fort Myers’ Remedies Parlor. The message: feed yourself in times of scarcity; Create abundance within yourself to thrive.

A few years ago, Angela tapped into her good friend Rebecca Martinez-Thomas, a San Francisco-based licensed marriage and family therapist, to add mental health exercises, such as meditation. A grant from the City of Fort Myers allows the group to donate 500 printed copies of LYR, which is published semiannually and archived online for subscribers, each year to Fort Myers’ Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT). The nonprofit organization uses the zine as a resource for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. Last summer’s Metamorph-themed issue encouraged readers to heal through reconnecting with nature. The issue dedicated to ACT, with its focus on mental health, had worksheets centered around the four elements of matter. In an activity titled ‘Gather Your Resources’, readers filled a water bottle with their values ​​- borrowing from the idea that our values ​​are essential resources that ebb and flow like water and that we can draw from to build them to cleanse, erase and create every day lives.

In 2019, Angela set up a zine library at Neenie’s house to carry titles from around the country, including those filled with poetry Corazon de PolloLGBTQ positive Agenda and Black beans, dedicated to black culture. “We have always published artists and writers from marginalized groups; that’s what it was about love your rebellion,” She says.

Although LYR was born out of Angela’s wild imagination, the punk rock virtuoso credits her distinctive team with putting the words into action. Board member Ambrose Sullivan, who identifies as non-binary and advocates for the autism community, uses his experience as a podcaster and Twitch streamer to bring fundraisers online. Newest board member Tara Calligan, who works as a producer for WGCU and co-hosts the Three Songs Stories: Biography through Music Podcast, weighs in on marketing strategies. To promote the events, Angela turns to graphic designer Annie to create hand-drawn posters that reflect the zine’s grunge vibes. “I like to see other people shine; I like to see that other people have a place,” says Angela. “And socio-politically, I’m an anarchist, I’m a feminist, and I believe there should be room for everyone.”

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