#whateverwhenever #blacklivesmatter Black Love Oracle Day 2: For My Own Protection

29 08 2014

“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 “For My Own Protection” by Essex Hemphill from the revolutionary anthology In the Life edited by Joseph Beam. 

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

 

an

and

are

and

able

a

are

almost

and

a

around

around

Anacostia

are

and

and

any

a

about

attire

a

all

are

 

B

 

be

Black

be

be

Black

be

Black

blood

bush

 

C

 

cats

Chrysler

can

can

chain

can

can

chains

curls

conkaline

concerned

capable

 

D

 

dogs

don’t

don’t

dead

drugs

do

dreadlocks

 

E

 

each

extinct

each

 

 

F

 

for

for

Foundation

formed

form

for

 

G

 

H

 

Heritage

human

human

Harlem

Hollywood

have

 

I

 

I

if

I

I

if

if

I’m

I

is

 

J

 

K

 

know

 

L

 

life

lives

living

 

M

 

my

my

men

missile

men

make

more

my

 

N

 

Nixon

Nuclear

not

 

O

 

own

organization

other

other

our

or

of

own

 

P

 

protection

priceless

people

pacified

phillies

protection

 

Q

 

R

 

release

rock-n-roll

ready

ready

 

S

 

start

save

snails

saved

saved

should

save

study

saying

sex

sites

surely

South Africa

s

soldier

 

T

 

to

to

the

to

to

the

to

to

the

then

to

take

tomorrow

than

the

to

 

U

 

us

 

V

 

W

 

want

whales

we

want

wait

want

Wall Street

we

with

we

want

we

whatever

whenever

 

X

 

Y

 

Z





#whateverwhenever oracle Day 1: We Need a God Who Bleeds Now

28 08 2014

“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 “We Need a God Who Bleeds Now” from Ntozake Shange’s 1983 collection A Daughter’s Geography

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

a

a

a

are

a

a

am

am

a

are

anything

B 

bleeds

bleeds

bleeds

breath

breaks

bleeding

bleeding

bleeds

C 

concession

D 

desert

dryin

E 

embrace

end

 

F

G 

God

god

god

god

god

H 

humility

honor

her

her

heaving

hold

her

hold

her

hills

I 

in

in

in

is

ignorance

i

i

 

J

 

K

L 

lord

lunar

like

let

like

life

M 

male

marrow

mothers

mothers

mourning

moon

N 

need

now

need now

not

need

not

need

now

not

O 

of

of

of

our

open

our

open

our

our

of

P 

pitiful

place

planet

 

Q

 

R

S 

some

small

some

swept

spreads

showers

shades

scarlet

seas

swelling

T 

to

the

thick

the

tearing

to

this

the

the

tugs

the

to

to

to

the

U 

us

us

vengeance

vulva

W 

we

who

we

who

whose

wounds

with

we

who

warm

wounded

we

who

whose

wounds

 

X

 

Y

 

Z

 

 





Happy Birthday Ida B. Wells!!!!

16 07 2014

It is Ida B. Wells Day!!!

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Shield. For Ida B. Wells by Alexis P. Gumbs. 

In honor of Ida B. Wells Day (July 16th), here is an encore presentation of a meditation comes from this warrior for the transformative light of truth.  I see you bright thunder!

Listen to the meditation here: http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/post/88260018735/todays-meditation-comes-from-the-great-ida-b 

If you want to get access to all of the meditations streaming find out how here:  http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/about 

Also get your limited edition copy of the collage “Shield” for Ida B. Wells this week in celebration with a donation of $35 or more.  (Only 20 copies exist!)

 

Remember to put “Ida B. Wells Poster” in your donation note!

If you want to be notified about future meditations and are not on the email list yet sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

Support When We Free

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Ida B. Wells funded her revolutionary investigative journalistic publications Southern Horrors and A Red Record about the next steps for freedom after emancipation through the supportive fundraiser of Black Women’s Clubs in the early 1900s. Now, we too are funding When We Free our revolutionary independent film about spiritual freedom after emancipation by reaching out to our most aligned and devoted community!!! YOU! Celebrate Ida B. Wells, independent media and the possibility of our collective freedom by donating and spreading the word!!! http://www.gofundme.com/ba5bqg

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And then tune in to #idaslegacy at 2pm ET on twitter for a conversation convened by Echoing Ida and Ebony Magazine featuring Kimberly DrGoddess Ellis (and moderated by yours truly)!





Wave a Hand and Shake a Fan: Online Revival for When We Free Filming Fund

11 07 2014

 

 

We making a film. (So) We passing the hat! Check out this online revival and get some soul-stirring perks when you donate towards cast, crew, location, costumes and food for When We Free’s upcoming filming weekend!!!! 

 

http://www.gofundme.com/ba5bqg

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When We Free is a short film about Rose Hill, a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting since emancipation. They search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those they learned in bondage. When We Free engages the various choices free Black folks made in Rose Hill concerning spirituality and religion when “Master” was no longer directly in charge or involved.

To find out more about the film visit: http://whenwefree.jroxmedia.com/current-projects/when-we-free-the-film/

This film is the Omiero (the holy water infused with herbs in “New World” Ifa/Yoruba/African spiritual practice) preparation internally and externally for Africans in diaspora to consider the Earth based spiritual practices of their ancestors. What do we need to break and to draw; to keep and to relinquish so that the Holy Spirit, the divine, can fully be present? What chains need to be broken and what needs to be awakened so that Africans in diaspora can have access to unbound spirit? How can even the religions of the colonizers and enslavers be reconnected to their own Earth based roots? When We Free is a cleansing and clarifying ritual that questions the source and sustenance of our freedom and spiritual roots.

The filming of When We Free will be a transformative community ritual that uplifts our ancestors and contributes to the conversation about what spiritual practices our freedom requires in the current moment.  We are raising money to house, feed, transport, and offer stipends to cast and crew and for equipment, props, location fees and supplies.

              

   





Happy Birthday June Jordan!!!: Meditation and Collage

9 07 2014

Happy Birthday June Jordan!!!!

In honor of June Jordan’s Birthday (July 9th)  Here is an encore release of our first meditation is based on June Jordan’s “Poem for South African Women.” This is available for 24 hours!!! Share with your friends and loved ones!  Remember the multitudes that breathe through you.  (And if you listen to the VERY end you will actually hear June Jordan laugh!)

Listen here: http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/post/86567549445/our-first-meditation-is-based-on-june-jordans

If you want to get access to all of the meditations streaming find out how here:  http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/about 

Also get your limited edition copy of the collage “Wholehearted” for June Jordan today in celebration with a donation of $35 or more.  (Only 20 copies exist!)

Remember to put “June Jordan Poster” in your donation note!

If you want to be notified about future meditations and are not on the email list yet sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

 





Ida, Sojo, Harriet and the Crew…: Casting Call for When We Free

7 07 2014

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When We Free – Casting Call

http://whenwefree.jroxmedia.com/current-projects/when-we-free-the-film/when-we-free-casting-call/

30 minute Narrative (Short) Independent film, Non-Union

Production Location: Durham, NC
Director: Julia Roxanne Wallace / Sangodare Akinwale
Producer: Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Format: 16:9 HD
Compensation: Meals, Copy and Credit

***NOTE: For non-actors some of the information and the process in general may be unfamiliar. Please scroll down to the bottom where we have more information about what to expect.
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Synopsis

When We Free is a short film about Rose Hill, a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting since emancipation. They search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those they learned in bondage. When We Free engages the various choices free Black folks made in Rose Hill concerning spirituality and religion when “Master” was no longer directly in charge or involved.

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Dates:

Auditions
10am Saturday – July 12, 2014
5pm Tuesday – July 15, 2014

Rehearsals
Friday – July 18 and 25, 2014 at 6pm
Sunday – July 20 and 27, 2014 at 1:30pm

Filmming Dates
August 1-3, 2014 (Friday – Sunday)
September 5-7, 2014 (Friday – Sunday)

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Contact:

Please contact us via email to schedule your audition. Please send an image and relevant resume. If you don’t have a resume for acting or performance please just send a description of any relevant experience or interest in acting and performing. Please come to the audition prepared to sing a song of your choice, sing in a group and to do a scene. Scripts and lyrics will be available when you arrive. Please be prepared to stay at least 1 hour.

info@whenwefree.com
(919) 666-7274

 

Roles:

IDA
[ Lead - African/African American Female age 13 - 15 ]

Ida is a curious teenager coming of age just after emancipation. She is searching for a connection to her African roots and pride in a community where some are only seeking survival and validation from whites. She is fully self-expressed. She sings, dances and pays attention to everything.
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DEACON
[ Lead - African/African American Male age 40 - 60 ]

Deacon is magically middle-aged, tall and slender in his collage-looking suits. As a skilled farmer and medicine man, he is a leader in his community. His favorite place to be is the forest and his favorite thing to do is make music. He is working to heal himself and his community from the traumas of slavery and ongoing oppression.

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PASTOR
[ Lead - African/African American Male 40 - 50 ]

Pastor is a quiet and playful carpenter and welder who avoids conflict and the expectations placed on him by others because of his size and skill.

 

HARRIET
[ Lead - African/African American Female 40 - 60 ]

Harriet is a strong-willed and sweet matriarch in her community. She holds and shares the stories and ritual memory. Not everyone agrees with her practices but everyone respects her.

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SOJO
[ Lead - African/African American Female 35 - 45 ]

Sojo is a humble and skilled laborer and well educated relative to those in her community. She revels in her ability to where pants whenever she chooses, not just while working, now that she has her freedom.

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NAT
[ African/African American Male 13 - 17 ]

Nat is a passionate teenager who works hard and looks for work everywhere he can as a means to achieve independence and gain respect.

 

CONGREGATION MEMBERS
[ African/African American  ages 10+, all sizes and all sexes/genders, ]

Congregation members are recently freed folks from all walks of life – laborers, educators, domestic workers, etc. They have journeyed from far and wide seeking healing, home, family & friends, work and salvation. The local congregants already have their own preferences about belief and service style; while the new comers eagerly explore the services. Many of them are powerful singers and spiritually attuned in their own right.

NOTE: The Congregation actively participates in various church services on the camp site. Some of the services are conservative with little emotion, others are very emotional and ecstatic. Congregants will be expected to play multiple roles and participate fully in multiple services and rituals.

 

Contact:

Please contact us via email to schedule your audition. Please send an image and relevant resume. If you don’t have a resume for acting or performance please just send a description of any relevant experience or interest in acting and performing. Please come to the audition prepared to sing a song of your choice, sing in a group and to do a scene. Scripts and lyrics will be available when you arrive. Please be prepared to stay at least 1 hour.

info@whenwefree.com
(919) 666-7274

 

 

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NOTES on the Process:

1. The first step is to schedule your audition as described above AND tentatively set aside any dates listed for rehearsal and filming.

2. Prepare for your audition based on the description of the role and any other information and directions given by the casting coordinators.

3. Arrive a little early/on time to have as much time as possible to prepare using any material provided.

4. You will likely find out if you have been cast within a week.





Join us for the Black Feminist Film School Summer Session Opening Weekend Community Screening (Friday June 6th at 6:15pm)

29 05 2014

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Join Black Feminist Film School Summer Session for our opening screening at Center for Documentary Studies!  This screening is open to our entire community and will give you an opportunity to to meet the Black Feminist Film School 2014 Summer Fellows, see some of Black Feminist Film School’s films in process and celebrate the legacy and livelihood of Black Feminist Film practices.  We look forward to your feedback on our films in process and your warm welcome of our Summer Fellows.

We will be screening:

No Legacy Let Go

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No Legacy Let Go is an experimental short film that is part of the Mobile Homecoming experiential archive.  Based on our interview with Black lesbian elder Imani Rashid and our imaginings of a blues counterstory of queer Harlem, this film features original music and a reimagined and reclaimed history.  Versions of this film have been shown at the National Queer Arts Festival,  MIXMIX LGBTQ Film Festival in NYC and on multiple stops on the Mobile Homecoming national tour.     Our Durham community will get the chance to see the newest cut of the film and to offer feedback.

Combahee Pilgrimage

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Combahee Pilgrimage is a documentary in process about the life-changing journey of 21 Black feminists to the Combahee River to commemorate both the 150th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s 1863 uprising during which at least 750 enslaved people in South Carolina burned down 35 plantation buildings, flooded the rice fields and stole themselves to freedom and the origin story of the 1974 founding of the Black lesbian socialist feminist Combahee River Collective.

 

Tradition Returned

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Ile Ori: Tradition Returned (working title) is a film about a unique Ifa community in the United States. Building on African traditions in the new world diaspora and a sankofa (go back and fetch it; looking back to move forward) approach to Yoruba culture and spirituality, this inclusive community travels the ecstatic and challenging terrain of initiating new Priests into the mysteries, medicine and power of Orisha.

This film introduces some of the concepts of Ifa, tells the story of this Ile’s first 10 years and tells the story of some of the challenges and stigmas that a same gender loving, transgender and racially inclusive Ifa community faces. Through it all, the power of this community to support one another through transformation is mesmerizing.

My People

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My People is an audio performance piece based on a poetic protest narrative by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and a soundscape created by Julia Roxanne Wallace aka Sangodare.   The piece was created in response to the unjust arrest of two queer and trans activists of color by the NYPD and successfully helped to mobilize global support for their release.

See you there!








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