Noemi ‘Saafyr’ Paz, also known as a Tigress, is a Black Caribbean, Lesbian, Spiritual Warrior. Saafyr survived sexual abuse as a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA), police brutality, systemic oppression, fat shame, racism, homophobia, and traumas in the medical field. This experiences motivates her to seek liberation in her. mind, body, and spirit. Saafyr explores Radical Self-Love through various disciplines. Saafyr seeks to thrive in her boundaries to empower revolutionary pleasure to dismantle oppression. Saafyr creates from trauma-informed trainings and activism. With her skills, Saafyr is a trained creative artist, consultant and freelance ASL interpreter.
poetry, song writing, dance, theatre, event hosting, consulting, illustration, video editing, travel
Saafyr has collaborated with:
Dunamis Boston, Creatives of Color Boston, The Network/La Red, Brain Arts Org, Dorchester Art Project, Boston Area Rape Crisis, Transformative Culture Project, Roxbury Strong, and many others in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.
Saafyr has published poetry with Boston College, has written for NEXUS Storytelling Project and Brain Arts Blog of Dorchester Art Project. She currently a creative consultant and member for Survivor Theatre Project (STP). She has worked as a community educator, a youth worker, director of programs such as YMCA East Boston, Beantown Society, and Survivor Theatre Project. Saafyr received a Luminary Award from The Network/La Red in 2019 for her compassion for others towards liberation.
Saafyr is an entrepreneur pioneering her SOS Method. In winter 2014 Saafyr collaborated with STP's Healing Through Creative Arts to invent a new way of healing for survivors of the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Deaf/Hard-of Hearing Communities. SOS used to be a program known as SOS: Sharing Our Stories; a collective space for artistic affirmations that centers autonomy for radical self-love by storytelling. STP and Saafyr has now collaborated on a new program called Blueprint to Thrive, an innovative healing program that nurtures and guides emerging survivor artists.
SOS by Saafyr is transforming this idea into a methodology that can offer access to healing by personal design.
Saafyr has produced two albums, SOS: Sublime Over Stress on Soundcloud and YouTube. Her second album SOS: So Saafyr was released on her birthday, September 7, 2020 on Spotify and Apple Music, featuring artists such as Aabidah Muhammad, Eva Davenport, and Red Shaydez.
“I am an artist that reciprocates creative liberty and affirms shared wisdom with anyone who desires pleasure for their body.
If I eat, we all eat.” - Saafyr