Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

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.


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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