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Mentoring is More than a Notion

dedicated to Cheryll Y. Greene

10151199_10101184226627142_1065609381_nI once heard someone say that the measure of a good teacher is whether the children of the student, the students of the student, the neighbors and friends of the student know her name.  It was an honor to lead a Brilliance Remastered workshop yesterday about mentorship in remembrance of one of my greatest mentors and chosen mothers the editor, poet, rabblerouser, teacher, oral historian, archivist, visionary queen Cheryll Y. Greene.

On the Barnard lawn just across the street from the building where I first met Cheryll, we shared our gratitude for the mentors we have and have had.  We mapped our community accountability and talked about the mentors we don’t often acknowledge and the mentoring relationships we need to nurture more.  We did role plays about overcoming the vulnerability of seeking mentoring relationships with people we find to be intimidatingly awesome. We talked about the impact of mentorship, the ways that our mentors can change the way we carry ourselves, the ways we live in our bodies even when they are not physically near us.  I am grateful that Cheryll’s presence, her wit, her advice, her critique and her no-nonsense focus have become a part of my being.   And together in Cheryll’s honor and for our collective clarity we created a poem based on a classic phrase that Cheryll often used to describe the indescribable.  Whether talking about the unstoppable brilliance of Black people, the realities of single motherhood, the intricacies of moving ideas from brains into tangible print, Cheryll would take a deep breath and shake her head saying, “It’s more than a notion.”

The impact of Cheryll Greene and all of our mentors and each of us as we mentor each other is more than a fleeting thought, more than a strategy for advancement, more the sum of the pieces of advice we need, more much much much more than a notion.

Mentoring is More Than a Notion

by the participants in the 2014 Barnard MMUF Workshop

in honor of Cheryll Y. Greene

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real talk is more than a notion

eye contact is more than a notion

a smile is more than a notion

nodding your head is more than a notion

being present is more than a notion

asking for help is more than a notion

 

owning my fabulous is more than a notion

keeping in touch is more than a notion

heeding advice is more than a notion

 

cooperation is more than a notion

having your back is more than a notion

your gut is more than a notion

saying thank you is more than a notion

 

making time for tea is more than a notion

deep sighs are more than a notion

silence in conversation is more than a notion

tenderness is more than a notion

 

we are more

we are more than a notion

 

*Learn more about transformative workshops from Brilliance Remastered here.


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My People Are Free: Black Feminist Breathing Chorus Meditation #5 (Harriet Tubman)

My People Are Free

Harriet Tubman

Today Harriet Tubman teaches us how to speak our dreams in the present tense.   May we continue to breathe in the presence of our freedom.  Special thanks to the 21 Black feminists who came to last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage who join the chorus of our love on this track!

Click below or here to listen.

 

Shapeshift.  For Harriet Tubman.  By Alexis Pauline Gumbs. 

 

If you are not already on the email list to receive the emails daily in your inbox during our 3 week experience join on in here. 

In order to keep the air moving and the energy gathering each meditation is available for three days after it is posted.  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.

Or if you want to move the meditation magic forward you can make a donation towards the scholarship fund for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat (see more below).  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.

If breathing in chorus through this virtual experience feels great, imagine what it would feel like to breathe together in person!!!  On July 4th weekend 2014 we will be gathering for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat in Magnolia, Mississippi at the Flowering Lotus Meditation Center.

Here is a video that includes some of the power of our breathing together at last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage Retreat:

 

 

We hope to see you this Summer!!!!

Love,


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Black Feminist Breathing Chorus Meditation #4: Black Women Are Inherently Valuable

Black Women Are Inherently Valuable

Combahee River Collective

On Memorial Day I am remembering the world-reorganizing truth that Black Women Are Inherently Valuable.  Today’s mantra affirms our breathing.   Today’s collage uses the cover of the Combahee River Collective’s 1979 pamphlet in response to the murder of 12 Black women in Boston in 3 months as a centered element for remembering the urgency of love.

Click below or here to listen.

 


Cross My Heart.  
For the Combahee River Collective.  By Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

If you are not already on the email list to receive the emails daily in your inbox during our 3 week experience join on in here. 

In order to keep the air moving and the energy gathering each meditation is available for three days after it is posted.  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.

Or if you want to move the meditation magic forward you can make a donation towards the scholarship fund for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat (see more below).  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.

If breathing in chorus through this virtual experience feels great, imagine what it would feel like to breathe together in person!!!  On July 4th weekend 2014 we will be gathering for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat in Magnolia, Mississippi at the Flowering Lotus Meditation Center.

Here is a video that includes some of the power of our breathing together at last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage Retreat:


Combahee Pilgrimage Trailer from J. Roxanne on Vimeo.

We hope to see you this Summer!!!!

Love,

 Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind


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Black Feminist Breathing Chorus Meditation #2

from http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/


I Have Hopes For Myself

Today Queen Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks offers us what I call an “accessible affirmation.”   Something great is possible.  :)

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If you are not on the email list to get these meditations in your inbox, sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to breathe together in person there is still time to sign up for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat:

http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/event-view/black-feminist-breathing-retreat-july-4-6th-magnolia-mississippi/

And if you want to pay it forward consider donating to the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat Scholarship Fund so someone else can attend!

http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/cause-view/support-black-feminist-breathing/

If you are not already on the email list to receive the emails daily in your inbox during our 3 week experience join on in here. 

 

In order to keep the air moving and the energy gathering each meditation is available for three days after it is posted.  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.

 

 

Or if you want to move the meditation magic forward you can make a donation towards the scholarship fund for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat (see more below).  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.

 

 

If breathing in chorus through this virtual experience feels great, imagine what it would feel like to breathe together in person!!!  On July 4th weekend 2014 we will be gathering for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat in Magnolia, Mississippi at the Flowering Lotus Meditation Center.

 

 

Here is a video that includes some of the power of our breathing together at last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage Retreat:

 

 

Combahee Pilgrimage Trailer from J. Roxanne on Vimeo.

 

We hope to see you this Summer!!!!

 

Love,

 

 

 Alexis Pauline Gumbs

 

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

 


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The Waiting is Over!: Black Feminist Breathing Chorus Meditation #1

 

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From http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/

 

Our first meditation is based on June Jordan’s “Poem for South African Women.”  Remember the multitudes that breathe through you.  (And if you listen to the VERY end you will actually hear June Jordan laugh!)

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If you are not on the email list to get these meditations in your inbox, sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to keep the air moving and the energy gathering each meditation is available for three days after it is posted.  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.

 

 

Or if you want to move the meditation magic forward you can make a donation towards the scholarship fund for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat (see more below).  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.

 

 

If breathing in chorus through this virtual experience feels great, imagine what it would feel like to breathe together in person!!!  On July 4th weekend 2014 we will be gathering for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat in Magnolia, Mississippi at the Flowering Lotus Meditation Center.

 

 

Here is a video that includes some of the power of our breathing together at last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage Retreat:

 

 

If you want to breathe together in person there is still time to sign up for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat:

http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/event-view/black-feminist-breathing-retreat-july-4-6th-magnolia-mississippi/

And if you want to pay it forward consider donating to the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat Scholarship Fund so someone else can attend!

http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/cause-view/support-black-feminist-breathing/

If you are not already on the email list to receive the emails daily in your inbox during our 3 week experience join on in here. 

 

Combahee Pilgrimage Trailer from J. Roxanne on Vimeo.

 

We hope to see you this Summer!!!!

 

Love,

 

 

 Alexis Pauline Gumbs

 

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

 

 


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One More Day Until the Black Feminist Breathing Chorus Begins!!!

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Sign up for the Black Feminist Breathing Chorus a series of meditations drawing on the wisdom of Black feminist ancestors.

Every day starting Friday May 23rd  you will get an original collage (by me!!) and a recording of an affirmation from Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Fannie Lou Hamer, Essex Hemphill and other powerful ancestors to chant with or meditate to featuring love messages from me and music composed by the brilliant Julia Wallace right up in your inbox!

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You can sign up to get the meditations sent to your inbox for free by adding your email here:

 

 

Join the Black Feminist Breathing Chorus: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

 

Tell your friends!  Invite your friends over to breathe with you!
It would be beautiful for as many folks as possible to be part of this love-filled experience from the very beginning!
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AND  If breathing together virtually is magical imagine what breathing together in person will do!!!!
Check out what happened when 21 Black feminists breathed together along with Lorraine Hansberry’s mantra “We can impose beauty on our future,” at last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage retreat.

 

There are still spots available for this summer’s Black Feminist Breathing Retreat in Magnolia Mississippi!  Join us or support others to attend!   More info here: http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/event-view/black-feminist-breathing-retreat-july-4-6th-magnolia-mississippi/
  Hope to see you this summer!!
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Your breathing is a crucial contribution!
Love,
Lex

 


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Support the Black Feminist Film School Fellowship Fund!


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The Poetics of Black Feminist Film School – Summer Session

 

Black Feminist Film School Summer Session is the answer to a prayer whispered by storytellers, film school students, healers, artists, closet queer preachers and others who believe another world is possible as long as we can imagine it.

It is the vision we can not imagine of what a revolutionary practice can look like when we take the time to birth it together.

It is the liberation that is possible when our community and allies understand that Black women sharing their autonomous and self-actualizing work means freedom for us all.
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bffs in BITCHThe answer, the vision, the liberation. Black Feminist Film School is an initiation journey that will transform all involved toward love and light. I invite you to join in and support in the ways that make sense for you.
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This is serious life saving and life changing work. It will be challenging and rewarding. It is not merely a workshop to gain filmmaking skills. It is not just a networking opportunity to gain crew for your projects. For ourselves and each other we seek to create a profoundly safe space; to develop a league of excellence, a language of love and transformation that allows us to create the world anew by every generative means we know.
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Black Feminist Film School Summer Session (bffs Summer Session) will take place June – August 2014. We will be focusing on building skill and practice as Black Feminist storytellers using the filmmaking medium and accompanying art forms. Within the three month session we will cover all phases of filmmaking including research and writing, pre-production, production and post-production.

Donate here:  Black Feminist Film School Fellowship Fund

Sign Up to get more info on Auditing

 

Our goal

Our goal is to share and(re)develop a standard of Black Feminist filmmaking so that when participants complete the program they are able to: 1) join a film crew – independent, Black Feminist or within the Hollywood system – and excel; 2) develop their own skill and voice by creating short film projects that result in a high quality reel; 3) have the tools and relationships necessary to create a practice that will be self-sustaining.

UMD ResidencyThis inaugural (bffs Summer Session) is for 6 self-identified Black feminists (21 and up) who live in the southeast or are from the southeast (ideally within 6 hours driving distance of Durham, NC). Applicants will need to commit a minimum of 5 – 10 hours a week to the session, attend bi-weekly virtual meetings and be available for two in-person gatherings. The two intensive gatherings will take place in or very near Durham, NC June 6-8 and August 1-3 and are both mandatory.

 

Up to 15 of those that apply will have the opportunity to audit the session once the 6 participant spots are filled. The fifteen auditors will have access to electronic copies of course materials, videos, tutorials, etc. But they will not be a part of the intensive gatherings or the virtual meetings.

Donate here Black Feminist Film School Fellowship Fund

 

Sign Up to get more info on Auditing

 

If you have any questions please email us at: blackfeministfilmschool@gmail.com

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Julia Green ScreenEach week we will cover a number of theoretical and hands on exercises designed to grow your skill, voice and understanding of the art of filmmaking. We will also be considering what a Black Feminist filmmaking practice looks like in practice. Each week there will be required reading, dialogue and assignments (including screenings, writing, media projects, etc.) that will grow our filmmaking muscles.

 

  1. Storytelling
  2. Script reading and writing
  3. Camera
  4. Light
  5. Sound
  6. Production Roles/Jobs and Collaboration
  7. Elemental Forces/Nature
  8. Invisible Elements/Spirit
  9. Music
  10. Wardrobe
  11. Locations
  12.  Set Design & Props
  13. Directing Actors
  14. Production Notebook and Organization
  15. Scheduling
  16. Budgeting
  17. Equipment (Care, Rental, Review)
  18. Software
  19. Black Feminist Theory & Practice
  20. Media Files, Formats and Workflow
  21. The Hollywood System

 

 

 

Legacy

 

black feminist film school acknowledges the legacies that we walk in especially QWOCMAP Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project which creates, exhibits and distributes new films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color and address the vital social justice issues that concern multiple communities; Yvonne Welbon an independent film director, producer, screenwriter and film/media scholar; Jessie Maple, the first African American woman to direct an independent feature-length film in the U.S.; Amy Ongiri scholar of film, literature and cultural studies; Zeinabu Irene Davis, Camille Billops, Cheryl Dunye, Ayoka Chenzira, Barbara McCullough, Pratibha Parmar, Ada Griffin, Michelle Parkerson, Julie Dash and many more.

Donate here:  Black Feminist Film School Fellowship Fund

Sign Up to get more info on Auditing

If you have any questions please email us at: blackfeministfilmschool@gmail.com

 

 

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