LILY CORNELL SILVER TALKS TO NADYA TOLOKONNIKOVA (PUSSY RIOT) ON HER IGTV SERIES, MIND WIDE OPEN

LILY CORNELL SILVER
Releases Newest Episode of Her IGTV Series
with Artist, Author, and Activist
Nadya Tolokonnikova
Former Member of 
Pussy Riot
October 19, 2020 (Seattle, WA) – Lily Cornell Silver welcomes activist, musician, author Nadya Tolokonnikova, best known for her tenure in the band Pussy Riot on the latest episode of her IGTV series Mind Wide Open. Lily and Nadya talk about the intersections of activism, mental health, music, and art among other subjects.
Nadya gets real about her relationships, her struggle with depression, and her time spent in a Russian prison that has defined a lot of her present day activism.
She tells Lily, “Art to me is in itself a coping mechanism…I was diagnosed with depression and PTSD when I was released from jail. For a year I didn’t even go to doctors because I was one of those people who thought ‘I’m strong, I can do it by myself. Maybe I’m just having bad moods’.”
The episode continues on from there as the two women bond and discuss various subjects.
Lily says, “I am honored that Nadya agreed to be on Mind Wide Open. I was obsessed with Pussy Riot, even wrote a paper on them for a class in High School, (she laughs), but seriously, Nadya is an example for all of us to keep fighting, stay strong and keep creating. I loved having this conversation with her.”
As in previous episodes, Lily continues her mission to destigmatize conversations around mental health in all forms and to provide resources to help with those challenges. Since its launch in July, Mind Wide Open and Lily have been featured in Rolling Stone, Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, Variety, NME, ET, and the Seattle Times among many others.
Previous episodes featured Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Grief expert/Author David Kessler, Singer/songwriter Fantastic Negrito, Dr. Laura van Dernoot-Lipsky of the Trauma Stewardship in Seattle, Alicia Bognanno of Bully, Dr. Marc Brackett, author of Permission to Feel and founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, TikTok/Instagram influencer Sir Carter, Guns N’ Roses bassist, Duff McKagan, and Monique Minahan, founder of The Grief Practice.
Future episodes to be announced weekly.
ABOUT Lily Cornell Silver
Lily Cornell Silver is the creator and host of the new IGTV interview series, Mind Wide Open. Her mission for the series is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Lily is a poised, intelligent, and talented young woman whose goal is to open and amplify the conversations around trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and other challenges. Lily is a junior in college studying Media Studies, Sociology, and Psychology. In addition to managing and promoting Seattle musicians, she is an activist and avid supporter of social justice initiatives including organizations such as Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Equal Justice Initiative, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Planned Parenthood among many others. Lily Cornell Silver is the only daughter of music industry manager Susan Silver(Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Screaming Trees), and the first-born of the late singer/artist Chris Cornell, (Soundgarden/Audioslave) She is twenty
years old and makes her home in Seattle, Washington.
ABOUT NADYA TOLOKONNIKOVA
Musician, author, artist, and activist Nadezhda Andreyevna Tolokonnikova, nicknamed “Nadya Tolokno”, is a Russian conceptual artist and political activist. She was a member of the anarchist feminist music group Pussy Riot, who have a history of political activism. Nadya was famously arrested with Pussy Riot for their protest performance at the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, after which she was jailed in harsh conditions for over a year. Nadya’s autobiography How to Start a Revolution was released in 2016 and her most recent book Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism was released in 2018. Both books are first person accounts of Nadya’s ongoing activism and other details about her life and art.
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