coloredgirlshustle:

“On Her Hustle” is a series of interviews with women of color artists, entrepreneurs, healers and activists who hustle hard for our communities. Colored Girls Hustle uses this series to amplify the work, talent, and passions of other women and girls of color. Click here to read more…

On my hustle!

coloredgirlshustle:

Check our latest #OnHerHustle interview with @alexispauline — a #queer black troublemaker, #blackfeminist love evangelist, #doula & #scholar. Read her full interview on our tumblr to learn more about how she #hustlehard for her community through #poetry, scholarship, black feminism & so much more. ColoredGirlsHustle.tumblr.com #ColoredGirlsHustle #woc #qwoc #qpoc

coloredgirlshustle:

Check our latest #OnHerHustle interview with @alexispauline — a #queer black troublemaker, #blackfeminist love evangelist, #doula & #scholar. Read her full interview on our tumblr to learn more about how she #hustlehard for her community through #poetry, scholarship, black feminism & so much more. ColoredGirlsHustle.tumblr.com #ColoredGirlsHustle #woc #qwoc #qpoc

Black Feminist Breathing Retreat: July 4-6th, Magnolia Mississippi

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What:  

This is a weekend retreat to practice and celebrate the technology of black feminist breathing. We will use breathing, mantras and poetry rooted in short wise sayings from black feminist teachers and writers as a resource for mindfulness, sustainability and connection to legacy and purpose.  This retreat builds on a successful national (plus Canada) Black Feminist Breathing Tour through which Sista Docta Time Traveller Space Cadet visited schools and community centers around North America.   It also builds on 5 years of retreats by Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind in North Carolina and South Carolina.  We are excited to bring this energy to Magnolia Mississippi.  We will be gathering about 21 participants (including facilitators) for a weekend full of LOVE!


931151_10100780662472942_390673411_nWho: This retreat is for black-identified people who breathe or who want to breathe and who would cherish a space to breath in the queer affirming, gender transforming, loving and abundant context of black feminist legacy and practice!   We are especially excited for people who live and work in the deep south and people with roots in the deep south who are breathing elsewhere to participate in the reality of what it means to breathe in the legacy of freedom and struggle in this geographic area.

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Where:  The retreat will take place at the Flowering Lotus Retreat Center founded by a visionary black woman named Dolores Watson in Magnolia, Mississippi.  We will be using their meditation hall and two of their large houses for our retreat. They will also be providing us with vegetarian meals prepared by a gourmet chef for the duration of the retreat.  There are directions to the retreat center here:  http://ift.tt/1qfTyBb

Magnolia, Mississipi is 90 minutes away from Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.  We are intending that the majority of attendees will be within driving distance from Magnolia (6 hours or less), but there will be ONE shuttle with 10 spaces for people who fly in between 10am and 1pm on Friday, July 4th and who fly out on Sunday July 6th between 4pm-9pm.

When:  The retreat will take place starting at 3pm on Friday July 4th and ending at 12pm on Sunday July, 6th.  Please plan to attend the entire retreat.

How:

The retreat costs $500 per participant and includes housing, all meals, and world-renowned facilitation and transportation from the airport for a limited number of participants. Scholarships are available!!!!  The organizers are working hard to secure scholarships from aligned organizations and donors.  We are also able to work with you if you are interested in being funded by your workplace, school or organization to attend or if a loved one wants to make a tax-deductible donation in order for you to attend.   In order to reserve a spot fill out the application above and deposit $75-175.   The deposit is non-refundable UNLESS the retreat is full by the time you register or you do not meet the criteria to participate and register by mistake (see “who” above).  Full scholarship recipients will also 
have their deposits refunded by the retreat date.  Partial scholarships recipients will not have their deposits refunded.

Make your deposit here:
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Flowering Lotus also has a 30 minute work meditation policy which means that each participant will (mindfully) do something for 30 minutes that supports the functioning of the center…like washing dishes.  You will not miss any retreat programming during this time.

Why?  You tell us!To apply to attend this life-changing and love-filled event please let us know a little bit about your vision and your needs here (this is also where you can apply for full and partial scholarships!):

http://ift.tt/1qfTyBf


Cosponsor this life-giving event:

If you or your organization want to be listed as a co-sponsor of this event and have your work publicized as part of what makes it beautiful and worthwhile for black feminist visionaries to BREATHE you can offer a donation of $50 or more here:

or go to our donation page.

If you want to be a retreat partner and either send members of your organization to the retreat or fund scholarships for other participants you can offer a donation of $500 or more here:

http://ift.tt/1qfTyRy

or go to our donation page.




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Come to the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat in Magnolia, Mississippi July 4-6th.   See you there!  http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/event-view/black-feminist-breathing-retreat-july-4-6th-magnolia-mississippi/

You can’t ask a mother to moderately snatch her baby out of a burning house. Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary’s life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime.

— Angela Davis (via lastuli)

aroseinthebarrelofanak47

joshunda:

In honor of her birthday, I wanted to re-post a Q&A I did with Octavia Butler a few years before her death. She had such a rich voice, and she was so gentle and sweet with me as I stumbled through our interview. I had just discovered her work, and I adored her vision and talent. It was the first…

joshunda
ami-angelwings:

badass-bharat-deafmuslimpunkstar:

An Indian woman, a Japanese woman, and a Syrian woman, all training to be doctors at Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia, 1880s. (Image courtesy Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives, Philadelphia, PA. Image #p0103) (x)

The Indian woman, Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi, was the first Indian woman to earn a degree in Western medicine, and also believed to be the first Hindu woman to set foot on American soil.
The Japanese woman, Dr. Kei Okami, was the first Japanese woman to obtain a degree in Western Medicine.
The Syrian woman is Dr. Sabat Islambooly.  Her name is spelled incorrectly on that photograph. 
For those interested, here’s more information on other women of color who attended and graduated from Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia in the past, with a focus on the Japanese-American women they accepted during the US WW2 internment of Japanese-Americans.

ami-angelwings:

badass-bharat-deafmuslimpunkstar:

An Indian woman, a Japanese woman, and a Syrian woman, all training to be doctors at Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia, 1880s. (Image courtesy Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives, Philadelphia, PA. Image #p0103) (x)

The Indian woman, Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi, was the first Indian woman to earn a degree in Western medicine, and also believed to be the first Hindu woman to set foot on American soil.

The Japanese woman, Dr. Kei Okami, was the first Japanese woman to obtain a degree in Western Medicine.

The Syrian woman is Dr. Sabat Islambooly.  Her name is spelled incorrectly on that photograph. 

For those interested, here’s more information on other women of color who attended and graduated from Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia in the past, with a focus on the Japanese-American women they accepted during the US WW2 internment of Japanese-Americans.

badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista
ethiopienne:

Interview with Diamond Sharp, a Chicago-born poet based in DC.

ethiopienne:

Interview with Diamond Sharp, a Chicago-born poet based in DC.

Sending back page proofs for an oracle in print…so excited for the Audre Lorde tribute in the next issue of Feminist Studies!!!!

Sending back page proofs for an oracle in print…so excited for the Audre Lorde tribute in the next issue of Feminist Studies!!!!

Brilliance Remastered celebrates the archival impulse of Babajide Ajisafe. I am honored that some of my thoughts about the archive influenced this important film “Etta Moten Barnett Sings.” Check it out!

classicladiesofcolor:

Here is vaudevillian Nora Hendrix being interviewed about her late grandson, Jimi.

classicladiesofcolor

postwhitesociety:

ethiopienne:

CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, and Dean Spade: Police & prisons don’t keep us safe—we keep each other safe

mamaaaaaa!

ethiopienne

Here yet be Dragons by Lucille Clifton

jalylah:

Here yet be Dragons

by Lucille Clifton

so many languages have fallen
off of the edge of the world
into the dragon’s mouth. some

where there be monsters whose teeth
are sharp and sparkle with lost

people. lost poems. who
among us can imagine ourselves
unimagined? who

among us can speak with so fragile
tongue and remain proud?

nedahoyin:

fyahblaze:

blackfeminism:

ourtimeorg:

If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon
I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.
In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.
I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.
Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.
And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.
Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.
Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.
Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.
Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.
Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.
The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.
That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.
The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.
Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.
As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

still relevant today


Forever reblog..

nedahoyin:

fyahblaze:

blackfeminism:

ourtimeorg:

If you don’t know who Johnnie Tillmon was, look her up.

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon

I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.

In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.

I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.

Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.

And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.

Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.

Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.

Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.

Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.

Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.

The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.

That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.

The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.

Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.

As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

still relevant today

Forever reblog..

ourtimeorg