I N F O R M A T I O N
My name is Olivia Bradley-Skill.
These are my own works.
You can follow me on twitter/instagram @radio_ravioli,
or email me at email@example.com.
I am biracial.
You probably didn't realize,
and I probably didn't correct your assumption.
I have existed most of my life in camouflage.
I have tried my best to adapt, to fly under the radar, to avoid the complicated truths.
But oversimplifying or partitioning myself in order to accommodate other people's needs is a form of erasure.
My dad is black*, and my mom is white.
My mom is white, and my dad is black.
He didn't know anything about his biological parents, except that his mother was white and his father was black.
My dad's adopted parents, my grandparents, are African American.
They were raised in Texas and raised my dad and his two
adopted sisters in Ventura, California.
My dad's last name is Bradley**, and my mom's last name is Skill.
Hence, Olivia Bradley-Skill.
My mom gave me a hyphenated last name because my parents were not married when I was born,
in fact they weren't even together anymore***.
I am my mom's only child, but I grew up with three***** siblings******.
*My dad is mixed as well - he was born in the UK but was adopted when he was five.
**Well, actually, I think he goes by Nix-Bradley now, maybe even just Nix. Bradley is his last name by birth, Nix is his last name by adoption.
***My parents tried to make it work again a couple years later, but that was brief.
For most of my life, my parents lived about thirty minutes apart****, and I spent time at both households.
****this distance occasionally fluctuated as my parents moved up and down the 101 freeway
*****This number occasionally fluctuated due to marriage and divorce, but the core crew was three.
******My parents refused to use the term half-siblings. This was important.
W E L C O M E T O M Y W O R L D
Scent and Sound Collage, feat. a conversation with DJ/artist/sound healer Rena Anakwe - aired on 8.31.20 →→
Walk and SunShine - aired on 8.31.20 →→
Police Scanner Collage, footage recorded in early June 2020 during global BLM protests →→
Preservation & Invention - aired on 6.1.20 →→
The secret harmony - short, sweet sound sketches, which air every now and then on Radio Ravioli (2019 - present). →→
Balloon collaboration with Carlo Patrao from 2019 →→
Dreams experiment from 2017. →→
☇ exposure / communication →
"Music To Wash Disches By" →→
"After It All Ends" →→
"A Past Life" →→
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
FIGHT AGAINST SYSTEMIC RACISM.
ASK QUESTIONS, TEACH EACH OTHER, AND BETTER EACH OTHER.
ACCEPT VULNERABILITY AND GROWTH.
LET US ALL EXPERIENCE OUR OWN HUMANITY TOGETHER.
DONATE TO PLACES YOU CARE ABOUT AND PEOPLE IN NEED.
LEND A HAND.
YOU CAN CREATE CHANGE.
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