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This interview was conducted with Ngonda Badila at the public library in Hudson, NY on Thursday June 18, 2019. Ngonda is part of the well-known Badila family and has returned to live in Hudson after spending time in New York City. Ngonda is an educator at Kite’s Nest, a musician who performs under the moniker Lady Moon and a costume designer/stylist among many other talents. In this interview, Ngonda speaks about her family’s move to Hudson, her parents’ connection, growing up in a creative family and their contribution to the city’s arts community. Ngonda talks about the importance of spiritual wellness, her own journey finding stillness in the wake of grief, and the need for solidarity and support for those suffering in Hudson as wealth disparity increases. Ngonda shares her excitement for the future of Hudson and the possibility it holds.
This interview would be of interest to those curious about the arts scene in Hudson, the Black experience in Hudson, astrology, personal growth and grief, and the future of Hudson.
Alex Chouinard is a community worker, researcher, and country music dj in Toronto, ON. Currently, Alex works with the Students Commission supporting youth-led initiatives to develop program evaluations. Alex is interested in self-publishing, meme culture, and using oral history to capture communal experiences of grief & loss.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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