I keep writing because I realize that until Black people’s social reality is free of oppression and exploitation, I will not be free to write as one who’s not oppressed or exploited. That is the goal. That is the struggle and the dream.

— Sonia Sanchez, 1984

heeyvevo:

OMG THIS IS SO FREAKIN CUTE

heeyvevo:

OMG THIS IS SO FREAKIN CUTE

voguememoirs
i try to write with weight and air.
this way. you
are held and set free at the same time.

— nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)

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nuneyskid:

50-year anniversary of the 9/15/1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.

Their names are Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robinson, Addie Mae Collins and Denise McNair.

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nuneyskid:

50-year anniversary of the 9/15/1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.

Their names are Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robinson, Addie Mae Collins and Denise McNair.

nuneyskid

The Shape of My Impact: Virtual Conversation on Survival and the Academic Industrial Complex (9/17 at 7pm EDT)

zp_audre-lorde-in-berlin_1984_photograph-c2a9-dagmar-schultz“I love the word survival, it always sounds to me like a promise.  It makes me wonder sometimes though, how do I define the shape of my impact upon this earth?” –

reflection cut from an early draft of “Eye to Eye: Black Women, Hatred and Anger” by Audre Lorde (Audre Lorde Papers, Spelman College Archive)

Shape of My Impact Conversation 

Wednesday Sept, 17th 7pm-9pm EDT

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This Back to School Brilliance Remastered Webinar is an opportunity for community accountable scholars to support each other and access resources designed to helps us all activate our brilliance in collaboration with the communities we love. This discussion will center on Brilliance Remastered founder Alexis Pauline Gumbs’s article on survival and the academic industrial complex entitled “The Shape of My Impact” and published at The Feminist Wire in October 2012.  “The Shape of My Impact” has circulated over the past two years and has resonated with many community accountable scholars.   Recently, several community accountable scholars have reached out about a space to discuss the issues that the article raises.    This is that space!

The article is available here:  http://ift.tt/113PV3s

Join online or via phone to talk about how draw on the insights of earlier generations of community accountable scholars to navigate the academic industrial complex and how to support each other as we deal with the realities of the neoliberalization of the university.   This dialogue will be facilitated by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and is the perfect place for anyone who is interested in building subversive intellectual community and talking about strategies for living the dream.  Register for free or with a donation at eventbrite here: http://ift.tt/1sY5SJh

Alexis Gumbs




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shirleychisholmproject:

Shirley Chisholm a woman ahead of her time…

My president.

shirleychisholmproject
It’s coming out of yourself, really. It’s a deeply appreciative and enthusiastic awareness of somebody else. I mean, in general. It’s what we’re living for and that’s what I’m fighting for. I think of myself as a political person doing whatever I do, but basically what I aim for is to make love a reasonable possibility. ‘Cause if things are really horrifying all the time, I don’t think it is a reasonable possibility. If we’re living in a climate of awesome cruelty exercised by folks who have power over us, it can happen, but I don’t think it becomes reasonable. But it’s that possibility that makes living worthwhile. My commitment to love is not an alternative to my political commitments. It’s the same thing.

June Jordan on Love as a Reasonable Possibility from 

http://bombmagazine.org/article/1905/

(thanks for the reminder Che Gossett!)

nido-b-z:

Happy birthday to my cousin Freda!! Here is what she shares about our village Jifna. Jifna is a small village. There are around 2000 Christian and Muslim people. In the past people used to depend on agriculture to live and the life was very simple. These days with all the development in the world…

Back to School!!! Breathing and Brilliance! (Remastered)

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Greetings loved ones!
It’s already that time when the intellectual cycle restarts us!  Congratulations to all of you starting new scholastic adventures, re-engaging multi-year degree expectations, sending little ones off to school, teaching at all levels or navigating your first fall without structured educational space!  I am so excited for you and for what this season of your brilliance means for ALL OF US.  In celebration,  I want to offer three resources for your continued brillliance:

 1.  Black Feminist Breathing!

This summer more than a thousand people participated in a digital Black Feminist Breathing Chorus with guided medtations and beautiful images that I designed in honor of the brilliant Black ancestors who have made my intellectual practice of Black Feminist Love Evangelism possible!

Screen shot 2014-09-02 at 10.04.22 AMI recently made ALL THE MEDITATIONS available as downloads so they can motivate you through the hard moments and help you celebrate the legacy of brilliance that lifts us all up!

Donations of $25-100 give you eternal access to the streaming meditations on the site and donations of 101 or more give you access to streaming AND downloads of the meditations as audio files.  Sustainers of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind are already using the meditations in their classrooms and for their ongoing community work!  Shout out to the Black Girl Project who used our Anna Julia Cooper meditation at their recent board retreat!

If you would like to get eternal access to the meditations streaming and downloaded to use for your personal upliftment or to share with your organization or students you can become a monthly sustainer of the Eternal Summer of Black Feminist Mind at a level that feels generously sustainable to you.

2. Brilliance Remastered One-on-One Reboots!

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Whether you want to start one-on-one coaching for this semester with me or you just want advice on taking one aspect of your community accountable intellectual work to the next level, now is a great time to schedule a phone consultation with me!

Phone consultations about one-on-one Brilliance Remastered coaching, joining a coaching cohort or writing feedback are $25 for 30 minutes.

Phone consultations or video conference sessions for specific advice about applications, programs, projects, next steps, campus activism etc. are $50 for 1-hour.  (During Fall 2014 I will be conducting special online office hours on Wednesdays 10am-2pm EST free for existing participants and at the regular hour or half hourly rates for new folks!)

All phone consultations offer concrete next steps and all fees go directly to Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind.

3. Bright Thunder Brain Trust Network

And if you just want to be the first to know about upcoming webinars and resources for community accountable intellectuals sign up for the email list!

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Black Love Oracle Day #5: open poem to those who rather we not read…or breathe #whateverwhenever #blacklivesmatter

“All I want to know
for my own protection
is are we capable
of whatever
whenever.”

Essex Hemphill “For My Own Protection”

The #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind‘s offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride, a national movement in solidarity with young black people in Ferguson, Missouri with a vision towards a just society within which black life is cherished.   Today’s poem is Suheir Hammad’s “open poem to those who rather we not read…or breathe” from her collection Born Palestinian, Born Black. To activate the oracle, choose a letter of the alphabet (your initials? the initials of a loved one? a letter that is speaking to you..) and read the poem for that letter aloud to yourself.  If you happen to choose a letter that has no words in the original poem you get to make your own poem using only words that begin with that letter of the alphabet. 

open poem to those who rather we not read…or breathe

by suheir hammad

(concordance)

A

and

arawak

and

and

amsterdam

ave

and

a

act

as

as

as

a

and

an

and

and

a

a

and

and

and

a

analyze

and

and

B

breathe

be

bodies

bloom

backs

blood

brutality

brooklyn

be

blood

bold

behind

bars

blood

blind

braid

breasts

bluesy

brown

blood

bluer

black

back

be

billy

bend

be

breath

back

be

beings

C

children

children

carry

continents

concrete

cracks

cells

civilizations

cops

cold

clash

cops

contracts

cash

clubs

cost

D

dressed

danced

descendants

denied

demand

dogs

dogs

did

demand

down

dangling

death

E

exiled

eyes

education

earth

entire

ears

eyed

eternal

evil

everlasting

F

facism

fashion

from

for

feed

flowers

for

fruit

facism

fashion

freedom

fight

fashion

G

girls

governments

guns

H

homelands

humanity

her

heads

hungry

humanity

hair

hands

human

human

I

is

in

in

immigrants

in

in

in

in

is

in

imperial

in

in

itself

it’s

it’s

is

is

is

J

jobs

jazzy

jewels

juice

just

K

kiss

keep

L

love

long

love

laws

lips

M

middle

music

men

mothers

mace

mercenaries

mission

marks

N

not

nation

nation

not

not

O

open

or

off

of

of

our

of

of

our

on

of

our

on

of

of

our

our

of

of

of

old

our

our

onto

our

of

on

of

of

on

our

off

out

our

our

out

P

poem

passage

people

pissed

pink

passion

police

poetry

prison

police

pigs

pierce

pale

power

power

price

pay

political

prisoners

passing

Q

R

rather

read

recognition

rich

recite

running

right

return

resistance

rouges

round

refuse

round

rather

read

S

style

sweat

survivors

stand

starving

stained

she

style

slashed

silence

sport

skin

state

souls

sent

set

strength

style

strained

see

semi-free

style

T

to

those

taino

toilets

the

the

through

through

the

tracing

tears

taste

the

trees

tongues

to

the

treat

the

the

through

through

tattoo

the

the

think

they’re

than

they

to

thin

tightens

that

the

tag

the

to

threat

to

those

think

the

U

V

vans

velvet

very

W

who

we

we

we

we

we

we

we

walls

willow

weeps

we

we

wear

wrapped

whores

we

witness

we

with

war

we

while

wears

with

with

won’t

we

we

we

walking

who

we

watch

way

we

we

wear

warrior

well

we

X

Y

you

youth

youth

Z




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Inspired by Essex Hemphill’s question in his poem “For My Own Protection” : “are we capable of whatever whenever,” the #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s (blackfeministmind.wordpress.com) offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride to Ferguson/St. Louis Missouri. Go to blackfeministmind.wordpress.com to see the oracle mini-poems. For more black feminist reflections on death and life see: http://ift.tt/1vtrWxp

vivanlosancestros:

nowyoukno:

Now You Know (Source)

Her name was Katherine G. Johnson

vivanlosancestros:

nowyoukno:

Now You Know (Source)

Her name was Katherine G. Johnson

nowyoukno

ourafrica:

Artwork by Jamaican artist Tamara Natalie Madden

Artist Statement
Tamara has always felt a connection to ‘everyday folk’, the working class, the unseen and unheard, the true warriors of our time. She realized, however, that many people who may have suffered through a similar struggle, did not want to revisit those struggles. With great thought and consideration for her message, she decided to amend her ideas. Inspired, by the golden period of Gustav Klimt and images of royalty from Egypt and West Africa; she decided to turn regular folk into representations of nobility. It seemed, in her view, to be the only way to allow them to be represented and appreciated for who they were intrinsically; kings, queens and warriors, in their own right, who never had a chance to shine, their austere appearance setting the tone for others to judge them. The embellishments with rich fabrics and gold present an opportunity for these people to be seen. The quilted clothing have a double meaning, on one hand representing a sense of distinction, while also allowing for a bit of nostalgia. The birds in the pieces represent a sense of freedom. It was her way of injecting her personal experiences into each painting and remembering her escape and survival from illness and the dialysis machine.

info via ADA

ourafrica

Inspired by Essex Hemphill’s question in his poem “For My Own Protection” : “are we capable of whatever whenever,” the #whateverwhenever oracle is Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s (blackfeministmind.wordpress.com) offering to the #blacklivesmatter ride to Ferguson/St. Louis Missouri. Go to blackfeministmind.wordpress.com to see the oracle mini-poems. For more black feminist reflections on death and life see: http://ift.tt/1vtrWxp