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The Shine Mix: Celebrating Black Mothers and Sons in the Age of Hip Hop

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Last Thursday a brilliant panel of local genius mamas and one genius son spoke their truth about mothering, sons and music.  Thank you so much to Nia Wilson, Osunfunke Omisade Burney-Scott, Afiya Carter, Sekou Goff and Courtney Reid-Eaton for sharing so much brilliance.

We meditated to Me’shell Ndegeocello’s song Solomon and talked about Audre Lorde’s Manchild and the challenge and imperative of challenging a the gender binary in a society that socializes boys not to be responsible for their own emotional work.  I am so excited about the impact that these mother/son relationships are having on our community!   Our featured panelists also shared some of their favorite songs.  So I offer you THE SHINE MIX.  Featuring black music from around the world and across the last few decades, these are glimpses of the soundtracks of nuanced relationships, from shared favorites, to Saturday morning cleaning songs, to memories of a concert experience, these songs tell part of the story of the mother/son relationships we learned about.

Update: Soundcloud won’t let me post the mix because a majority of the songs are owned by record companies that don’t want me to share with you.  If you are interested in the mixed mix email brokenbeautifulpress at gmail dot com directly.

Tracklist: 

Ponta De Areia- Earth Wind & Fire

Solomon- Me’shell Ndegeocello

By Your Side- Sade

The Sweetest Gift- Sade

For You I Will- Monica

9th Wonder (Blackitol)- Digable Planets

Rebirth of Slick- Digable Planets

Umi Says-Mos Def

Umi Says- Nnena Freelon and the Beast

Bold as Love- Jimi Hendrix

Set- Youssou N’dour

The essay that sparked our conversation is “Shine” by Alexis Pauline Gumbs in the collection Mothering and Hip Hop Culture.   41UPoym+QDL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

1_9781629631103And look out for the book Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines from PM Press in February 2015.

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Mothering is a Practice: Poem from In Search of Our Mothers (A Revolutionary Garden Walk)

IMG_20150516_191518Yesterday’s sweet journey with the other participants of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind‘s In Search of Our Mothers: A Revolutionary Garden Walk

was a blessing!  Duke Gardens looked especially womanist (which is to say, purple) and alive with allium flowers, birds and beautiful people of color in fancy clothes.

Together, inspired by specific excerpts of Alice Walker’s ground-nurturing essay “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens” and by her poetic definition of womanism, we reconsecrated a fountain, meditated in public, walked by ourselves humming and singing, walked together talking and created a group poem inspired by Alice Walker’s revolutionary proposition in her essay “Democratic Motherism” (in the book The World Will Follow Joy) that “Mothering is an instinct, yes, but it is also a practice.  It can be learned.”

Here is our verbtastic poem, reflecting on mothering as a practice.  Oh! And we created this poem together standing in a special echo vortex at the gardens.   I cherish the experience of our creative laughter in surround-sound :)

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by the participants of “In Search of Our Mothers: A Revolutionary Garden Walk

“Mothering is an instinct, yes, but it is also a practice.  It can be learned.”

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it can be spoken

it can be awoken

it can be showered

it can be flowered

it can be washed and ironed

it can be held and given

it can be felt and heard

it can be reinvented

it can be ululated

it can be undulated

it can be celebrated

it can be bloomed

it can be blessed

it can be laid bare

it can be wished for

it can be rememebred

it can be sat with

it can be listened to

it can be called up

it can be answered

it can be run

it can be wrung

it can be sung or whispered

it can be walked

it can be chirped

it can be laughed

it can be breathed

it can be birthed

it can be reborn

it can be regendered

it can be adorned

it can be complicated

it can be energized

it can be revived

it can be survived

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it can be bloomed

it can be watered

it can be gilded

it can be embraced

it can be honored

it can be invoked

it can be built

it can be unexpected

it can be lived

it can be loved

it can be woven

it can be chosen

it can be consecrated

it can be transformed

it can be splashed

it can be sparked

it can be cultivated

it can be released

it can be expanded

it can be grown

it can be prismed

it can be danced

it can be winged

it can be landed on

it can be sustained

it can be fulfilled

it can be unearthed

it can be tasted

it can be excited

it can be tapped

it can be nurtured

it can be forgiven

it can be created

it can be cared for

it can be stretched

it can be shared


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Revolutionary Mothering Web Conversation #1 and more upcoming conversations!

1_9781629631103Yesterday’s conversation between Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Mai’a Williams about Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines was everything! It went everywhere!  If you missed it you can watch it here:

Also! There are more conversations coming up!

See Lex in conversation with:

Conversation #2:

Cynthia Oka (contributor to Revolutionary Mothering and power poet and activist) on May 17th at 1pm Eastern

Watch live or later here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mdod9mRsNg

Conversation #3:

China Martens (co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering and powerhouse mama author and organizer)  May 18th at 1pm Eastern

Watch live or later here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC5936nnbxw

Watch live or later here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC5936nnbxw

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Today!: Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (Web Conversation #1: Guerilla Mama Mai’a)

Photo by sister-editor China Martens

Photo by sister-editor China Martens

Tune in today (May 11th 3:30pm eastern) for a long distance kitchen table conversation with Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Mai’a Williams (two of the three co-editors of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines) in a one on one conversation on moving from the shorelines to the frontlines, mothering, the revolutionary mothering zine, transnational fairy godmothering and more.

Tune in to our video conversation live, or after the fact here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJy7Djn_6bc

See you soon!

Love,

Lex and Mai’a

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And it is done: Actualizing Daughter Dreams

IMG_2300Last night’s Daughter Dreams: Revolutionary Mothering Conversation #1 was a miracle!  Fruit, cake, juice and profound sharing about our night dreams, our spiritual visions and our aspirational intentions about being and having daughters and mothers and birthing creativity, possibility and community into the world!

After a night of laughter, tears, lesson sharing, deep listening and collaborative remembering we created a poem together and offered it to each other in a circle to witness and affirm our intentions. After each dream affirmation we repeated “And it is done,” together.  We invite you to witness and affirm our dreams now.  Feel free to add your own dream affirmation in the comment section. And it is done!

And it is done.

by the participants in Daughter Dreams

for the unloveable broken pieces

I dream of wholeness

And it is done.

for my 3 daughters

I dream a world where they can soar and shine in safe environments

And it is done.

for my grandchildren

I dream that they will one day ask “what is gender?” “what is gender violence?” because they haven’t experienced the colonization of gender and violence against women and girls.

And it is done.

for my mother Anthonette Elix to Anne Wallace

I dream of faith and her highest destiny fulfilled

And it is done.

for Osunnike and Ololodi

I dream of unlimited creativty, health and wholeness in their bodies and realized visions

And it is done.

for Erica Jeanette Wallace

I dream of purposeful and peaceful living and loving

And it is done.

for myself I dream of abundant space, love, partnership and collaboration

And it is done.

for Eloise

I dream of your love expression

And it is done.

for Aleese

I dream of continued life

And it is done.

for my mother Carmen

I dream of the creativity you were never allowed to express.

I dream of the adventures you’ll have not that I’m grown.

I dream of life.

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And it is done.

for Bombom and Bz

I dream self-knowledge and self-love

And it is done.

for Lula Mae

I dream wholeness

And it is done.

for liberation

I dream of expansive thought and courage

And it is done.

for future

I dream of life abundant

And it is done.

for love

I dream of light

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Our panelists Michelle Lanier, Dannette Sharpley, Rachael Derello and Dannette’s daughter Maria Lillian, blessed by light.

And it is done.

for Pearl Adele Stokes

I dream of me and the rest of her descendants experiencing a true sense of liberation in our spirits minds and bodies.

And it is done.

for Pearlene Derello

I dream of us healing our individual, collective and ancestral trauma

And it is done.

for Adele Rose Derello-Luebke

I dream of us all forever living int our own bodies (while we are on this plane) safely, lovingly and with gratitude

And it is done.

for Eden and all she births

I dream of grace made liberated by her love made life- overflowing in peace, fertile in shimmering goodness-glorious to behold!

And it is done.

for Mariah

I dream of a world where both literary and intuition are respected equally.

It is done. We live not by bread alone but by our hunches, inklings, wisdom, knowledge and sheepskin.

And it is done.

for IonaPearl

I dream of JOYFUL TRUE CONNECTION

And it is done.

for Lorraine

I dream of RELEASE FROM THE BONDAGE OF ANXIETY

And it is done.

for Courtney

I dream of TRUST and BELIEF IN HER GIFTS

And it is done.

for Jeevan

I dream of open untrammeled, uninhibited life

fields of life spilling over with light and the possible

deep soils of life endless and unknown

waiting for you, you in particular, you to join us in joy

And it is done.

for me

I dream of making space

making art

And it is done.

for Judy

I dream of being with glorious eyes and heart wide open

And it is done.

for myself

I dream of strength

And it is done.

for Carmela

I dream of home

And it is done.

for children

I dream they will not be harmed

And it is done.

for Richard and Joni

I dream a world

And it is done.

for Richard and Joni

I dream of their own bed

And it is done.

for my daughter

I dream a safe home and a steady bed

And it is done.

for Ariana

I dream of homefulness, heldness, hope and hallelujah

And it is done.

for me

I dream of openness to receive the love I was made by and for

And it is done.

1_9781629631103Look out for Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines from PM Press this Fall!

Much gratitude to Ed Swan and the L Room B & B for hosting this event.  Please support their fundraising campaign if you can!  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thelroombnb

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Maroon Studies: A Brilliance Remastered Summer School Webinar Series

Screen shot 2015-04-25 at 10.53.12 PMMaroon Studies: A Brilliance Remastered Summer School Series

Intensive #1: Debt and Black Unbelievability:  June 15-17, 2015  (12pm-2pm Eastern)

This is a webinar intensive for bad credit/bad debt intellectuals committed to unbelievable futures. Engaging ideas of debt, credit and the incredible this webinar draws on texts by Evie Shockley, Fred Moten, Jamaica Kincaid, Sylvia Wynter, Gayatri Spivak and of course our real life experiences of pulling our realities out of thin air.  This is especially necessary for broke and brilliant creatives committed to black life.

8 spots are available. $125-225 sliding scale (payment plans available).

You can reserve your spot by offering a $50 non-refundable deposit here (please include the name of the webinar in the notes):

Intensive #2: Necessary as Water: July 6-8, 2015  (12pm-2pm Eastern)

This is a webinar intensive for thirsty visionaries who value transnational/intercommunal connections and a planetary scale of transformation.  Transubstantiating the poetry of Audre Lorde, the theoretical work of Jacqui Alexander, Chandra Mohanty, Michelle Wright and Katherine McKittrick and the activist legacies of June Jordan and Lydia Gumbs, this webinar is especially necessary for thinkers connecting basic needs to brave visions.

8 spots are available. $125-225 sliding scale (payment plans available).

You can reserve your spot by offering a $50 non-refundable deposit here (please include the name of the webinar in the notes):

Intensive #3: Blood, Water and Land August 10-12, 2015 (12pm-2pm Eastern)

This webinar is for ride or die radicals who live to love the people. Drawing on the legacy of Sisters in Support of Sisters in South Africa, the solidarity journalism of Alexis DeVeaux, the blood ecologies of Jewelle Gomez and Audre Lorde and the salience of spit, saltwater and sangre, we will explore connections, contradictions and discursive possibilities across imperial divisions towards tangible outcomes.

8 spots are available. $125-225 sliding scale (payment plans available).

You can reserve your spot by offering a $50 non-refundable deposit here (please include the name of the webinar in the notes):

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