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Musings From The Rainbow Sparkle Palace

Musings From The Rainbow Sparkle Palace

By RAINBOW STAR
Art fuels the revolution. Feminist folk punk musician RAINBOW STAR brings female artists, activists, and advocates to the foreground so that women can be heard. Covering topics from spirituality to patriarchal horrors, this Appalachia-based cast seeks to empower, heal, and enlighten.
A treasure trove of goodies lie in the show notes at www.rainbowstarmusic.com/podcast
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Holler Ghosts: Creepy. Rad. Offensive. Coming Soon.
My new EP is on its way, and the preorder campaign is up for a little while yet with crazy discounts & exclusive shit. Hit up www.rainbowstarmusic.com for deets.
08:40
August 23, 2020
Let’s Talk About Death, Baby
In which R drops a bombshell, tells you how to kill someone, and encourages sex magick. Ya. It’s not just a Red Hot Chili Peppers song.
22:28
July 10, 2020
Death & Growth
The world’s on fire 🔥. Righteous Babe form to request an R STAR song (perhaps Patriarchy Song) is at www.righteousbaberecords.com/radio
22:05
April 18, 2020
Minisode: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Familial forgiveness, dating after a 6 year hiatus, and a good man is (maybe not so) hard to find.
13:58
February 17, 2020
Minisode: Humans Are Weird
Holla if ya feel me: it’s weird af to be a human. Get $20 (and earn me $20) when you use this link to join Ellevest, the investment app made by & for women. Empowered women rule the damn world. When women win, we all win. https://www.ellevest.com/invite/s6sqw3
20:38
February 5, 2020
China’s Genocide: The Fight to Free Uyghur Muslims, w. Jewher Ilham
Complete show notes at www.rainbowstarmusic.com/episode12 ABOUT JEWHER ILHAM Jewher Ilham is an author, activist, & daughter of Uyghur scholar, Ilham Tohti, an internationally noted moderate voice who was dedicated to bridging the gap between the Uyghur people and the Han Chinese. Jewher arrived in the United States in 2013, following the detention of her father at the Beijing airport, as they were prepared to travel to Indiana University for Professor Tohti’s fellowship. This was the last time she saw her father. At eighteen years old, with little English and no plan, and unable to return safely to China, Jewher found herself having to start a new life in Bloomington, Indiana. Meanwhile, her father’s situation worsened. In September of 2014, he was given an unprecedented life sentence based on the writings on his website, Uyghur Online, that promoted peaceful co-existence between the Uyghur people and Han Chinese. His conviction and sentence swiftly were condemned by the then-Obama White House and leaders throughout Europe and the EU. During the period between her father’s arrest and sentencing, Jewher enrolled as a student at Indiana University.  As an advocate for her father, she testified before the U.S. Congressional-Executive Committee on China, wrote op-eds in the New York Times, met with a number of government officials including former Secretary of State John Kerry, and received numerous awards worldwide on behalf of her father. In 2015, she recounted her experiences in her book, Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur’s Fight to Free Her Father (University of New Orleans Press). She was invited to be the key speaker at 2019 Ministerial to advance religious freedom hosted by Pompeo, the Secretary of State. During the week of the 2019 Ministerial to Advance religious freedom event, she was also invited to the White House to speak to the President on the Uyghur issue. Following that, she had the opportunity to speak at the UN general assembly on the atrocities the Chinese government is committing on the Uyghurs. In December 2019, Jewher accepted the Sakharov Prize on behalf of her father and urged the European Parliament to take a stand and hold the Chinese government accountable. Jewher graduated with her bachelors degree at Indiana University in May 2019. S She is currently taking a year off to assist on a documentary film (‘Static & Noise’) about Uyghurs, as well as to continue to advocate on behalf of her father. LINKS * Follow Jewher Ilham on Instagram * Support the Documentary ‘Static & Noise’ that Jewher Ilham is helping create * Purchase Ilham’s book, “Jewher Ilham: An Uyghur’s Fight to Free Her Father” * Visit the Wikipedia on Jewher’s father, Ilham Tohti
1:03:42
January 29, 2020
Minisode: Alive AF
R has survived a mental health crisis and lived to tell the tale.
29:44
January 22, 2020
Minisode: Not Dead Yet
R is still here. Climbing out of the abyss, with any luck. Been down so long, it can’t be longer still... as Jewel sang.
05:57
January 15, 2020
Minisode: Depression: #1 Disability?!
R’s been struggling, and wants to shake taboos around mental illness by sharing it with you. Resources mentioned in this episode include texting “Hello” to 741741, and full episodes of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood on YouTube. We are worthy of feeling well.
08:55
January 8, 2020
Minisode: 2020 #Goals
Checking in with y’all and getting real about depression and more... be back next week with a full episode!
08:13
January 1, 2020
Minisode: The Magic of Rest
We are taking a break this week and next but there are some really amazing and powerful, inspiring women coming in future episodes! Checking in with you for the sake of regularity.
06:47
December 25, 2019
Building A New Earth: w. Farmer/ Artist/ Activist Joana Amorim of Permaculture Action Network
Extra goodies in complete show notes here. www.rainbowstarmusic.com/episode7 Joana Amorim is a multi-generational farmer, building a new earth, dreaming in foreign tongues, emerging from her forest speaking the language of plant medicine, and offering the fruits of her labor as garden-grown fuel for her community.   Born and raised in Portugal, Joana learned quickly in film school as an animator, that she needs freedom in order to let divine inspiration flow through her.  Her American partner fell in love with Appalachia while searching for a place to call their own.  Joana joined him from Portugal, not knowing quite what to expect in the first wooded land she'd ever encountered, but fully intent on making a sustainable home here as a back-to-lander.   She now works with Permaculture Action Network to organize communities around music & food - getting fingers in the Earth alongside neighbors, and growing their own sustenance, as the sounds of local musicians fill the air, and sunshine fills their souls.
1:00:07
December 18, 2019
Training To Slay Patriarchy, w. Personal Trainer Anna Leigh Homa
Complete show notes & extra juicy goodies HERE Join RAINBOW and Personal Trainer Anna Leigh Homa as they empower one another to create gender equality, in the gym & beyond. Hear RAINBOW’s big ol’ rant on police brutality, racism, and misogyny (some kind of 3-legged stool/tool of the patriarchy). Dive into (more) ways that (paid) men in authority are passing the buck to unpaid mothers who’ve lost their children to drunk driving. In this episode, you’ll be reminded of how strong you are, and learn how to never take “No” for an answer again. This episode is jam-packed with feminism, and we can’t wait for you to soak it up. ABOUT ANNA LEIGH HOMA Born in Germany (her father was in the Air Force) Anna’s family moved to Berea in October of ’79, and never left. Anna Leigh is a Jill-of-all trades; she’s worked in fast food, pizza delivery, gas stations, factories, as an office administrator, in taxes, payroll and bookkeeping, as a wedding photographer, newspaper reporter/photographer, and for nearly eight years has been a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. In 2007 she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Eastern Kentucky University, and in 2019, returned to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Exercise Science. Her hobbies include punching things for fun (boxing), picking up heavy things just to put them back down again (heavy lifting), CrossFit, reading (Game of Thrones, Book 3 and The Walking Dead currently), music (metal warms her cold heart 😂), movies, and video games. Anna Leigh really tries to live her life the best I can. She loves her son to the moon and back, and everything she does, she does for him. Annna Leigh’s motto is: “I am me, unapologetically.“
53:26
December 11, 2019
Grief & The Quest To Save The World, w/ Molly Smith
Complete Show Notes & Extra Goodies HERE RAINBOW and Molly met as a result of an invitation for R. to come on Molly and Amy Harmon's 'Little Sister Radio Show,' a brilliant hour of feminist talk & spinning female musicians' tracks.   Molly greeted R. with thoughtful handmade gifts from local shops, and the friendship was instantly sealed. Molly is a Prospect Research Analyst at Berea College, and she loves cooking, reading, comedy, pub quiz shows, the Great British Bakeoff, swimming, cartwheels, writing, and pretty much just being able to do anything with friends. Other than ice skating. Molly hates ice skating. It hurts. "Pocketful of Miracles," by Dr. Joan Borysenko, the daily meditations book quoted regarding wintertime and birthing the Light "Everything You Need To Know About Miscarriage"  Stats on the high prevalence of miscarriage, a pervasively, perniciously taboo topic that affects 1 in 5 recognized pregnancies, therefore, many women, and can be utterly devastating to those who experience it
57:25
December 4, 2019
Waking A Sleepy Appalachian Town & The Witch Within, w/ Ali Blair
Complete show notes & extra goodies @ www.rainbowstarmusic.com/episode4 A 'rabble-rouser' in the best damn sense of the term, Ali Blair has a heart for community revitalization, born from her rebel roots.   Raised Jehovah's Witness, now an atheist who wears the label of 'small town witch' proudly, she came to deeply value unity and inclusivity as a young adult, and is now using that passion to question the status quo in little ol' Berea, Ky, where some folks in charge would rather everyone look and believe just like they do.   Ali's efforts to awaken Old Town, the teeny downtown area that was falling into disrepair and disuse, have generated new businesses in the area amid a 10-12 week summer concert series.  Families and folks of all backgrounds convene weekly around a cabin stage, vendors come to sell their wares, and free music is enjoyed by all.  The spirit of pride and sense of community this builds is immeasurably precious, and locals are noticing a change in the trajectory of Berea because of it. *Correction:  I stated in the beginning of this episode that Ali's 3rd annual concert series alone was created via a grant which brings in "$50,000 altogether."  The actual number for the 2019 season alone is closer to $90,000, including inkind goods and services.
57:19
November 27, 2019
Femicide: With Dawn Wilcox of Women Count USA
Complete Show Notes & Extra Goodies here Femicide is the epidemic of our time, and Dawn Wilcox, full-time nurse based in Texas, is fighting single-handedly to end it.    In 2017, Wilcox founded Women Count USA, a national database and femicide census of women and girls murdered by men in the United States. This riveting episode is packed with data and resources for victims of domestic violence. SHOW NOTES * 12 Step Program for healing betrayal bonds of domestic violence survivors:  Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous * Betrayal Bonds: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships, a book by Patrick Carnes that details the bizarre ways our brains actually change to bond us to our abusers * Noonlight App for safety: Sends emergency services to your location with the push of a button * WomensLaw.org  Plain-language legal information for abuse victims seeking protection * RightsofWomen.org.co.uk: Talkin' about Coercive Control: A subtle form of domestic abuse that is now illegal in the UK * CBSNEWS.com  Article on the Alabama man who murdered his ex, 3 other people, and himself, after his ex-wife tried twice to obtain protection orders * Mayo Clinic Article on Narcissistic Personality Disorder ______________ PODCASTS REFERENCED; FOR STUDY & CRIME PREVENTION PURPOSES * Cold Podcast: I was addicted to this for a while.  The true story of Josh Powell, a narcissist who emotionally manipulated his wife for years, then brutally and horrifically murdered her, got away with the murder, then went on to kill himself and two toddler sons.   It's a gut-wrenching story, but I found it important to hear, as if it were a violence-prevention guide of its own accord. * Hell & Gone Podcast:  Arkansas holds deadly secrets, and many of them lie in - yet again - men in authority not doing their jobs * Man In The Window: Podcast about the serial killer who could have been caught long before he raped & murdered myriad women, (as well as a few dogs) had men in authority simply done their jobs SEND CASES OF WOMEN & GIRLS MURDERED BY MEN & BOYS TO: shecounted@gmail.com Women Count USA is run on a completely volunteer basis by a registered nurse employed full-time. Your support and contributions will help create a fund to pay for access to media sources and newspapers, and fees for this website and a photo hosting site for the women's photos. It will also help pay for Freedom of Information requests, to hire students to collect data, and to pay registration fees to attend conferences or travel to share this important work. DONATE THROUGH PATREON HERE: https://www.patreon.com/WomenCountUSA NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 24/7 HOTLINE 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
56:31
November 20, 2019
Extended Interview: "Unapologetically Progressive" City Councilwoman, Emily LaDouceur
Complete Show Notes at http://www.rainbowstarmusic.com/episode2 Berea, Kentucky City Councilwoman Emily LaDouceur is a force to be reckoned with.  Her resume is impressive to say the least, containing such feats as becoming Executive Editor at "The Good Men Project," doing market research for health organizations, organizing city-wide cleanups, teaching yoga, self-esteem-building and meditation to youth, organizing projects to bring food, clothing and school supplies to students in need, and raising her mixed-race sons in the era of Black Lives Matter.  She graduated from Berea College in 2004 with a degree in Art and went on to obtain a masters degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Student Personnel in Higher Education.  Emily worked in higher education for over a decade before leaving the field to pursue work that aligned with her passion for community development and justice. You don't want to miss this episode!
1:14:42
November 13, 2019
"Unapologetically Progressive:" An Interview w/ City Councilwoman Emily LaDouceur
Complete Show Notes at http://www.rainbowstarmusic.com/episode2 Berea, Kentucky City Councilwoman Emily LaDouceur is a force to be reckoned with.  Her resume is impressive to say the least, containing such feats as becoming Executive Editor at "The Good Men Project," doing market research for health organizations, organizing city-wide cleanups, teaching yoga, self-esteem-building and meditation to youth, organizing projects to bring food, clothing and school supplies to students in need, and raising her mixed-race sons in the era of Black Lives Matter.  She graduated from Berea College in 2004 with a degree in Art and went on to obtain a masters degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Student Personnel in Higher Education.  Emily worked in higher education for over a decade before leaving the field to pursue work that aligned with her passion for community development and justice. You don't want to miss this episode!
52:42
November 13, 2019
Facebook Censorship, Feminist Rage, & Fierce Self-Love: How I’m Overcoming Patriarchal Oppression
Complete Show Notes @ www.rainbowstarmusic.com/episode1 ✨ Art is a powerful tool for healing, and when Facebook started blocking my content and banning me for speaking out about #metoo and domestic violence and calling for #freethenipple, this podcast was formed on the grounds of necessity. Women’s voices must be heard. SHOW NOTES *Album recorded on iPhone, RAINBOW’s 2019 release: Music From The Rainbow Sparkle Palace: Volume II @ www.rainbowstarmusic.com *Earthships.org - Sustainable homes made from recycled materials *Kiran Gandhi: (ALSO MADAME GANDHI AND THE DRUMMER FOR MIA - Why did I not know this? Bc it was not mentioned in this Article on the carefree free-bleeding marathon runner, quoted in the podcast https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/heres-why-i-ran-the-london-marathon-on-the-first-day-of-my-period-and-chose-not-to-wear-a-tampon-10455176.html *Book, "Good and Mad," by Rebecca Traister, about the power of women's rage historically to change law for the betterment of all http://www.rebeccatraister.com/ *Audiobook Apps where free books can be accessed via your local library: Hoopla (wide selection, sad monthly limit of 3) and Overdrive (lower selection, more tedious to use, but no limit. I use both.) https://www.hoopladigital.com/ https://app.overdrive.com/ *SARK: Author of the whimsical, fun & deep af self-help journal that helped birth the beginnings of self love for me: “Succulent Wild Woman”. Side note: While taking her online courses ( search “Succulent Wild World on Facebook) this and last year, I spoke face to face with her a few times via Skype. We are kindred namesakes (her full name is Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy!), and if ya tell her you know RAINBOW the musician in Kentucky with the cats and the tiny house, she will know who ya mean. She lives in San Francisco in a magical cottage with her love, and looks almost identical to my sunshiney mother. ✨🌟✨ Know a fierce female artist, activist, or advocate who could talk about her work on the show? Email info@rainbowstarmusic.com Buy RAINBOW some time ⏰ at www.paypal.me/rainbowstarmusic
51:39
November 6, 2019
Trailer
  Background music: Instrumental version of "Patriarchy Song," by RAINBOW STAR, on banjo dulcimer.    Banned video for "Patriarchy Song:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-gyno2L2rw Written and edited by RAINBOW STAR www.rainbowstarmusic.com/podcast for complete Show Notes, full of Easter eggs.
01:40
August 6, 2019