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Revolutionary Mothering: Listen to Lex and Fabi and Ntozake Shange on the Radio Today

1936367_224576660626_5235243_nTuesday Feb, 2  3pm-4pm Pacific Time (6-7 Eastern Time)

Use this link to listen in as co-editor Alexis Pauline Gumbs and contributor Fabiola Sandoval share about Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines the book, the concept and the community!

We are honored to be part of a revolutionary episode that also features the work of AF3irm and an archival interview with Ntozake Shange!

http://feministmagazine.org/2016/02/feb_2/

Alexis Pauline Gumbs was the first person to dig through the archives of several radical black feminist mothers including June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Lucille Clifton, and Toni Cade Bambara while writing her dissertation We Can Learn to Mother Ourselves: The Queer Survival of Black Feminism, a 500-page work. Alexis was named one of UTNE Reader’s 50 Visionaries Transforming the World in 2009, a Reproductive Reality Check Shero, and a Black Woman Rising nominee in 2010, and was awarded one of the first ever Too Sexy for 501c3 trophies in 2011! Alexis’s work as co-creator of the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive and documentary project has been featured in Curve magazine, the Huffington Post, in Durham Magazine and on NPR.  She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity (Duke University Press, 2016.)

Fabiola Sandoval lives, works, and plays in Los Angeles with her daughter Amaya and three pets. Since this essay was written they have moved from Lincoln Heights to another neighborhood in Northeast LA. She’s originally from South LA and mostly understands that home is in communion and connection. Amaya is now eleven and continues to dance,
sing and no longer likes long dresses. A poet, she has an essay published in Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind, and has been a regular contributor for make/shift magazine. She blogged at fabmexicana.com (her own site) actively from 2004 to 2013. Being a part of the communities: Radical Women of Color blogosphere, and SPEAK! Radical Women of Color Media Collective was instrumental in shaping her writing life.

Feminist Magazine is on the air to educate, advocate, inform, and entertain through a variety of feminist lenses.  We provide the tools necessary to implement feminist analysis and action via interviews, commentaries, performances, news, open dialogues and other features involving activists, intellectuals, and artists, etc.

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Fabiola’s brilliant daughter took this picture last Spring!

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Revolutionary Mothering! Help us fund our National Tour!

 

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Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother

Who We Are:
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We are Mai’a Williams, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and China Martens, co-editors of the anthology, Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines and starting in February 2016 Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines will be in the world and in your hands.
Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother

Our Goal:

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to create a series of events, through a national tour,  that will truly embody the legacy of radical Black feminists and move their visions forward, because marginalized mothers are at the center of a world in need of transformation.

We are now so excited to bring this vital work to your communities with readings, and a national tour, where we will do not only revolutionary readings, but also motherful community events, presentations, conference panels, and interactive workshops.
Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother
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More information on the book and the tour:

We have been working individually and collectively to center marginalized and oppressed mothers’ voices, inspired by the radical and queer Black feminists of the 1970’s and 80’s.

The challenges we face as movements working for racial, economic, reproductive, gender, and food justice, as well as anti-violence, anti-imperialist, and queer liberation are the same challenges that marginalized mothers face every day.

Starting in February 2016, the editors and contributors of Revolutionary Mothering will be on tour to share the work and spread the conversation in your community, on your campus and in collaboration with your organization.  We are excited to customize events that speak to the revolutionary power of our motherful society that will leave everyone uplifted.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother

Revolutionary Readings:
Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines shares the stories of (number of) contributors, with various experiences of mothering that challenge and transform how we think about race, class, gender, justice, intimacy and the future.  A Revolutionary Reading is an opportunity for your community, organization, department to have a whole new conversation about life, how it happens and what we mean to each other.

*available for bookstores, campuses, living rooms and community spaces

“Love is Lifeforce” Interactive Workshops:
In 1977 black feminist poet June Jordan wrote “Love is lifeforce” as the opening sentence of a lecture she gave on the creative spirit and children’s literature. Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines is the first book to have published June Jordan’s speech in its entirety.

We’ll build a custom workshop based on the needs of your community that allows you to learn about black feminist love practices, dive into the ways life-force flows in your community and facilitates you through the process of creating a work of art, poetry or performance together.

*available for campuses and conferences

Motherful Reality: An All-Ages Coloring Workshop:
The Sisterhood of Black Single Mothers decided to change the language in the 1980’s.  Instead of describing non-patriarchal families as “fatherless” they described them as “motherful” families.  Riffing on the genius of those mamas the Revolutionary Mothering crew is creating Motherful community events around the country, which are open to everyone!  We will bring the crayons and revolutionary activities, you bring your generations of brilliance and you’ll leave with intergenerational learning tools to keep the revolution alive!

*available for partnering community organizations, conference kids tracks, and loved ones

The Paper Quilt: A Revolutionary Mothering Zine Workshop:
Before there was the book Revolutionary Mothering there were the zines Revolutionary Motherhood and The Future Generation and Outlaw Midwives.   The Paper Quilt workshop is an interactive workshop in which a group of people will quilt together a motherful publication in 2 hours or less!  This workshop is a great way to make your insights shareable and is part of our mission to expand the idea of what stories about mothering circulate in our society.

*available for community organization, bookstores, publications, living rooms and

Conferences Panels and Keynotes:
Are you planning a conference about mothering that could use a dose of revolution? Are you hosting a convening about the revolution that is missing the perspectives of marginalized mamas?  Is your conference about movement building, sustainability, future generations, radical history, black feminism, queer liberation, transnational solidarity, embodiment, risk, love, failure, dreams or transformation? Invite us to craft a custom presentation that will bring the core reasons for your gathering right home.

Campus Workshops and Class Visits:
Bring us to town for Mother’s Day season, women’s herstory month, queer awareness month, black history month, latin@ history month…or really any time.  We are excited to ramp up the conversation about mothering and transformation in your class, in your department and on your campus!  Our editors and contributors are available to give workshops and lectures and to visit courses listed in Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Literature, History, Creative Writing, Medicine and more!


We are creating a generous space for life in the face of life-threatening limits.  We are activating a powerful vision of the future while navigating tangible concerns in the present and moving towards collective solutions.  We live for more than ourselves and remain accountable to a future that we cannot always see.

Revolutionary Mothering is a movement-shifting anthology committed to birthing new worlds, full of faith and hope for what we can raise up together.

Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother
Find out more about the book and order it: Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

Stay up to date with our blog!


Our gifts to you for supporting the Revolutionary Mothering tour:

Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/revolutionmother

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Nightmare Transformation Oracle from the Durham Dreamers of Color

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On MLK Day this year about 25 dreamers of color gathered in Durham to transform our nightmares into collective wisdom on behalf of the world we dream of and with deep love for the people we dream about as inspiration and fuel.   It was a love-filled and miraculous night.  We passed loved notes, listened deeply, wrote poems in honor of each other, held each other, shifted our breathing, embodied rebirth, had our scariest questions answered and emerged laughing and exuberant and full of cobbler and kale.   As a love offering to all those who weren’t there we are sharing this nightmare transformer oracle.  Here’s how it works.

  1. Think about a nightmare of yours, literal, political, or otherwise.
  2.  And ask yourself a question about the what that nightmare is teaching you.
  3. THEN choose a number between one and twenty-seven.
  4. Once you have your number scroll down to the haiku associated with that number below.
  5. Take a deep breath.
  6. Repeat as many times as necessary.

(If you want to have a one on one dream session with Lex find out how here)

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1.

power in the chest

hungry for a transformed world

dreams are open now

 

2.

empty basins filled

brimming with bright wind aglow

free darkness dancing

 

3.

dance today dance now

terrible danger ensues

cloaked, caught, shoot your stars

 

4.

peace isn’t always

spoken; on stairways to space

sometimes, we just know

 

5.

soup from under eyes

no power greater than you

with pockets of seed

 

6.

we all get out alive

with many offerings and

mushrooms in corners

 

7.

an uneaten love

an empty plate sits open

sister will you come

 

8.

you move through the world

sacred warrior of light

pathfinding through you

 

9.

hurt is coming, fly

safer than what is certain

legs pound to the unknown

 

10.

babe you are stronger

than hum, them or anyone

never will you fail

 

11.

blessings for healing

meows of intuition

to swallow serpents

 

12.

you move on a path

in different directions

fast slow shall you go

 

13.

seeing grandmother

from beyond she asks for both

English and Ibo

 

14.

grandmother to mom:

teach the Chairwoman to speak

Ibo and I’ll come

 

15.

mother destruction

strong womb, soft hands, brown skin, she

will set fire to light

 

16.

life death share the space

what you love you hold so dear

your light’s why they’re here

 

17.

wonder in the light

wander wild warrior in white

welcome this your plight

 

18.

rhythm not far sale

soul behind the veil they say

growing all the way

 

19.

hazed light between us

defenseless and immobile

I witness the worst

 

20.

should I pretend that

I didn’t see their hands red

chopped and bloodied raw

 

21.

turn to fire with mom

the explosion won’t last long

now open your eyes

 

22.

being understood

is knowing an embrace. love. like.

acceptance is yours

 

23.

dreams…art in motion

brother’s love, visitation

you are seen, always

 

24.

wolf as sheep, you eat

are eaten, teeth, family,

til you unmask truth

 

25.

left arm on heart’s side,

you are visionary, be

protected and loved

protected and home

 

26.

may the fall shadows

become breath liberated

illuminated

 

27.

black bodhisattva

transport beyond known limits

return with wholeness

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Intellectual Impact: A One Night Brilliance Remastered Webinar

Thursday, January 21st 6:30pm (Eastern)

Online Event: sign up here.

“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?”

– Audre Lorde reflection cut from an early draft of “Eye to Eye: Black Women, Hatred and Anger”

(Audre Lorde Papers, Spelman College Archive)

Happy New Year to all my community accountable, radical, brilliant, bodacious and rebellious intellectuals!!! This one night webinar is designed as an accessible check in and pep talk and devotional service for those of us who are being creative, brave and multiple about our intellectual work.   It will also be grounded in APGs research on the intellectual labor of Audre Lorde, June Jordan and more.

If you have exciting community accountable projects you are launching this year, if you are feeling weary about what it costs to navigate the institutions you are working through, if you want to be among other like-minded soul rebels, if you savor any opportunity to learn more about how Audre Lorde, June Jordan and other black feminists navigated and navigate their intellectual and creative lives…then join the conversation!

Our conversation will be inspired by an essay by Alexis Pauline Gumbs called The Shape of My Impact (or Sounds to Me Like a Promise/ On Survival) http://www.thefeministwire.com/2012/10/the-shape-of-my-impact/  Feel free to read it beforehand…or not!

Sign up here!

FAQs

 

What technology do I need to be able to participate in this online event?

A phone (for our call-in option) or a computer with internet for our video chat option.  You will have the choice to be visible via webcam or not…even if you access the conversation from a web-enabled computer.

Do I need to read the article The Shape of My Impact beforehand?

No.  But you can!:)

Why are there different ticket prices?

This is how I am simulating a sliding scale on eventbrite.  Please choose a price that works for you.  All proceeds contribute to the ongoing work of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind.

What if I am not affiliated with a university?

Many community accountable intellectuals are not affiliated with universities.  Join the conversation!

What if I AM affiliated with a university?

Many community accountable intellectuals are affliated with universities.  Join the conversation! (And see if your department will reimburse you!:)

Will I have to talk? 

No, but you will have the opportunity to tweet, speak and chat as part of our group poem excercise.  I love group poems!!!!

Can I ask questions?

Yes.  Please do!!!!

Will I leave the conversation feeling energized and excited about life?

Alexis is not a hypnotist, but most people report feeling better about EVERYTHING after experiencing her love-filled transformative faciliation.  We cannot promise that you will leave feeling happy, but we CAN promise that you will witness exuberant love.

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Nightmare Transformation: A People of Color Dream Workshop in Durham, NC on King Day

Monday, January 18, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016 we are going to face our nightmares and our deepest darkest dreams and honor all of it as exactly what we need to transform the world.   We have dreams everyday.  And we don’t remember all of them.  And some of them are nightmares shaped by our reality, and some of them are radical visions of the world we deserve.   Black Lesbian Poet Warrior Audre Lorde had recurring nightmares about police violence, her academic job and the fate of her children.  She also had gorgeous and erotic visions that she shared with her multiple communities toward liberation.  What are you dreaming about these days?

This will be a space for people of color to learn about Audre Lorde’s dream journals and theories of poetic dreaming, to access Alexis’s dreamstone oracle, to share and listen to each others dreams and nightmares, make poems, move our bodies and activate our collective dreams as the oracles we need to transform fear into love at this crucial time.   This event is open to dreamers of color ages 12 to 120. Refreshments will be provided and art, reading materials and sign-ups for one on one dream oracle sessions will be available.

Sign up to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nightmare-transformation-a-people-of-color-dream-workshop-on-mlk-day-tickets-20534139163

FAQs

 

Should a person who does not identify as a black person, an indigenous person or a person of color come to this event for any reason?

Nope. (Please pass the info on to your black, indigenous and poc friends though!)

What ages is this workshop appropriate for?

Ages 12-120.

Why are there different ticket prices?

This is how I am simulating a sliding scale on eventbrite.  Please choose a price that works for you.  All proceeds contribute to the ongoing work of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind.

Can I pay in cash or using a card at the event?

Yes.

What if I am running late? 

Come anyway.  We will add you into the mix.

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New Year’s Dream Oracle Sessions

stoneoracle_listen-380x380For the month of January (and only for the month of January)  Alexis Pauline Gumbs is offering a limited number of custom dream oracle sessions for visionaries of all walks of life.

These dream oracle sessions happen at the intersection of your dreams (like the dreams you have when you are asleep) and your dreams (as in your goals and aspirations for the future).   Even if you don’t remember many or any dreams you can get your life our of one of these sessions. Each dream oracle session will be up to 90 minutes and will consist of a loving conversation and a multi-level divination through which Alexis will access:

  1. a poem by Audre Lorde that speaks to your dream and where you are in your life right now, supplemented by context from Alexis’s extensive research on Audre Lorde’s life and work
  2. a poem from Alexis’s dreamstone oracle series (detail pictured above)

These sessions are a perfect way to have supported access to the wisdom your dreams, your inner-voice and the loving transformative context of black feminist liberation have for you in this new year.  (And you don’t have to identify as a black feminist to liberated by your dreams:)

Testimonial:

“My dream oracle session with Alexis Pauline Gumbs was/is an act of revolutionary self-love. I say ‘is’ because her ancestral alchemy transmutes traditional notions of time and  space ; her wise sharing’s still reverberate and will continue to bless me with other worldly insights! I highly recommend this honoring practice many times over! ”

Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy Artist and co-founder of Wildseeds Emergent Strategies Group in New Orleans

To sign up for a session on a Tuesday or Wednesday in January choose a time here:

https://calendly.com/alexispauline/dreamoraclesession

If those times will not work with your schedule email brokenbeautifulpress at gmail dot com to see if another time might work.

Sessions are available on a sliding scale from $100 to $150 for each 90 minute session.

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About Alexis’s dreamwork:

Alexis Pauline Gumbs was first trained as a dreamworker by her younger brother Seneca.*  She continued her dream work through her own journaling and her research in Audre Lorde’s dream journals.  Alexis wrote Daughter Dreams a groundbreaking essay on the concept of the mother-daughter dream archive based on her research on Audre Lorde which is published in the collection Laboring Positions.  In the summer of 2015 Alexis and  sister-collaborator Almah Lavon Rice-Faina convened Dark Sciences: A People of Color Dream Retreat, a gathering for 21 dreamers of color at Alma de Mujer Retreat Center near Austin, TX.  A significant portion of the funds for the Dark Sciences scholarship fund was raised through Alexis’s dream consultations with dreamers around the world.   In the fall of 2015 Alexis published a collection of 35 dream poems in conversation with Octavia Butler and the Durham based land collective Earthseed called After Brightest Star: A Dream Memoir for the Movement and gave the keynote address at The Dream Caravan, an international gathering of dreamworkers in New Orleans and facilitated Dreambook Oracles: A Deep Dark Dream Workshop for People of Color.  Alexis has developed a deck of dreamstone oracle cards that she uses in her multiple communities inspired by Seneca the dreamer.

*Seneca is an expert lucid-dreamer and is now actualizing his own dreams at the intersection of dream cognition and video-game design as and undergraduate at Vanderbilt University.

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Interviews on Dreams:

Listen to Alexis and Almah talk about POC dreaming and the end of the world at The C.O.U.P: http://www.thecoupproject.org/alexis-pauline-gumbs-and-almah-lavon-rice/

Dark Sciences Participant Tala Khanmalek interviews Alexis and Almah about Collective Dreaming for The Feminist Wire:   http://www.thefeministwire.com/2015/08/collective-dreaming-an-interview-with-alexis-pauline-gumbs-and-almah-lavon/

Cantrice Penn interviews Alexis and Almah for Lumens Magazine: http://www.lumenmag.net/blog/dark-sciences

FAQ: 

Can I offer a dream oracle session as a gift to someone else?

Yes.  If you would like to gift a dream oracle session to someone else please email brokenbeautifulpress at gmail dot com.  You will be able to pay the sliding scale fee for your gift and your lucky, blessed, recipient will be prompted to sign up for a time that works for them.

Can I sign up for more than one session for myself?

Yes you can, a series is only recommended for people with a long-term intensive dream practice.  A series of 2 sessions is $185-270.  A series of three sessions is $275-350.

What if I don’t want to talk about dreams and I just want advice from Alexis on how to be an amazing actualized community accountable intellectual and/or artist?

You should sign up for a Brilliance Remastered consultation here:

http://www.alexispauline.com/brillianceremastered/contact/

 

 

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