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What is the Babe Effect?

The name is a nod to my chosen home town, a tribute to my journey—and the truth of our potential.

Tell people you’re from Buffalo and the first thing out of their mouth is snow. Like other places along the Great Lakes and around the world, we get lake-effect snow—dramatic, fast, heavy accumulation that happens early in the season. It’s a phenomenon that occurs given the right conditions: it’s transforming, magical and abundant.

Buffalo is also home to righteous babe, folk musician and activist Ani DiFranco. Thanks to Ani, we have Babeville, an impressive, historic church she saved from demolition and upcycled into a music and art venue. There are a lot of righteous babes in this city—women and men—creating art, championing community and pioneering new definitions of success and fulfillment. Buffalo is a city on the edge and change is possible here. It’s not about renewing the old model, but about conceiving and creating a new way. Change comes with struggle, takes time, perseverance and grace. There is division in this city, as there is in the world at large, but there is also incredible solidarity and a spirit of caring and encouragement; an attitude of recognition, not competition. This is a babe effect city.

And this city is my journey’s end. Like the many refugees and immigrants from around the world that travel to Buffalo for a new beginning, I’ve come here to show up—to turn on. To use the voice I fought to find and free; to express the self I struggled to understand and love. I’ve come to Buffalo—a city that once introduced electricity to the world—to BE; one of the bright lights illuminating a new energy for a new era.

What is the babe effect? It’s joy and fulfillment the feminine way. It’s about self esteem and passion with purpose. It’s about finding your voice and living with truth. It’s about life, liberty and my conscious pursuit of happiness. www.babeeffect.com

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