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The Shape of My Impact: Virtual Conversation about Survival and The Academic Industrial Complex

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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brilliance-remastered-broadcast-the-shape-of-my-impact-tickets-13111269159

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://thefeministwire.com/2012/10/the-shape-of-my-impact/

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brilliance-remastered-broadcast-the-shape-of-my-impact-tickets-13111269159

Alexis Gumbs


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Black Love Oracle Day #3: Power #blacklivesmatter #whateverwhenever

“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 Audre Lorde’s 1973 poem “Power” which she wrote about her nightmares and outrage over the police murder of ten year old Clifford Glover.  I offer it today because y/our presence in Ferguson reminds me what power actually means. 

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. 

A

and

am

and

a

and

and

at

as

am

and

a

a

and

a

and

at

and

approval

and

a

and

as

and

as

an

and

and

an

and

as

and

a

a

are

 

B

 

between

being

black

blood

blood

bleach

bones

boy

blood

by

been

Black

Black

been

but

between

beat

bed

beasts

 

C

 

children

child

cheeks

churns

cop

childish

color

convinced

coals

centuries

cement

children

corrupt

connect

chorus

 

D

 

difference

desert

dead

dragging

dry

desert

destruction

dying

down

die

defense

didn’t

done

dragged

destruction

difference

day

 

E

 

edge

else

eleven

ever

85

 

F

 

face

for

for

forcing

free

4’10”

frame

four

first

for

 

G

 

gunshot

go

graveyard

greek

 

H

 

his

his

his

hatred

heal

his

his

his

had

had

her

hot

had

her

have

her

her

hurt

 

I

 

is

instead

I

is

imagined

into

it

into

I

imagery

in

in

it

in

I

I

I

I

it

is

I

in

 

J

 

justice

 

K

 

kill

kisses

 

L

 

liquid

lips

loyalty

lost

little

let

lined

learn

lie

limp

 

M

 

my

miles

my

my

mouth

magic

make

my

motherfucker

man

men

me

meaning

male

make

me

my

mold

my

mother

 

N

 

notice

nor

nothing

not

nearest

 

O

 

of

on

of

off

of

only

or

of

if

ir

out

of

only

old

over

own

only

old

of

one

over

of

of

our

or

one

old

 

P

 

power

poetry

punctured

power

policeman

prove

prove

police

power

poetry

power

poisonous

plug

poor

 

Q

 

quicker

Queens

 

R

 

rhetoric

ready

raw

reason

real

rhetoric

run

raping

 

S

 

shattered

shoulders

stomach

splits

sinks

son

sun

shot

stood

shoes

said

size

set

said

satisfied

said

she

she

socket

somebody’s

senseless

set

singing

she

 

T

 

the

to

trapped

the

the

the

taste

thirsting

the

the

the

trying

to

trying

to

the

ten

the

there

tapes

to

trial

this

the

the

there

tapes

that

too

today

that

37

13

they

they

they

the

the

to

to

touch

to

the

too

take

teenaged

to

the

torch

to

thing

they

 

U

 

until

unless

useless

unconnected

 

V

 

voice

 

W

 

wounds

while

without

wetness

whiteness

where

without

with

will

who

with

white

with

was

white

who

were

Woman

who

white

womb

with

within

will

will

who

will

what

 

X

 

Y

 

yourself

your

year

year

years

 

Z

 

 


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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

 

Screen shot 2014-05-23 at 12.10.02 AMWe Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

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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