Background: In 2015, Bree Newsome Bass made national headlines when she scaled a 30-foot flag pole at the South Carolina statehouse and took down the Confederate flag. In an article entitled, “Charlottesville Reinforced That Self-Care Is an Essential Part of My Activism,” (SELF Magazine) Bass shares the importance of self-care stating, “I have a tendency to go, go, go until I burn out…self-care did not come naturally to me at first…since committing myself to social justice a few years ago, it’s something I’ve developed out of necessity.” VisitBlackHistory.com has invited participants to take part in an oral history project that will document the role of self-care in this day and time. We are specifically examining the individual impact of COVID-19, witnessing recent police brutality in the Black community, and the subsequent demonstrations that have followed.
Geronimo Collins: I am a 37 years old native of….I was born in Washington, DC. Grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland. I’ve lived a few places up and down the east coast. I am an urban culture and lifestyle enthusiast. Reformed blogger turned full-time conversationalist. I love talking with people to learn about them. I have always taken more often than not in my recent years as an adult – I’ve taken a very objective view on things. I’m free thinking. I’m not one to go with the crowd. And that’s pretty a unique stance to take for someone who is not only black but also someone who identifies as transgender. And I think it’s necessary to do that because you have to understand that even in going with the crowd, there might be something underlying that’s more detrimental in what’s being presented. Whether it’s in media, whether it’s a way of thought, whether it is just an action. So, before I jump on board because I want to make sure that I don’t fall victim to something that can come back to negatively affect me later. And so, I can I’m a very objective person. And what else can I say about myself? That’s pretty much it. I’m a podcaster and sometimes I write. I’m not a big fan of writing but you know I can do it. The podcast is called All the Fly Kids. I have another podcast called Centerpieces. Which is an every now and then conversation about Black artists’ influence on culture. Yeah – that’s me
Content may be used for educational purposes. Must include citation: Nelson, Sophia. Collins, Geronimo. Self-Care 2020 Oral History interview conducted June 15, 2020. A VisitBlackHistory.com Oral History Project, Atlanta, Georgia. 2020.