SPEAK!: Words of Radical Womyn of Color

9 03 2009

Greetings loved ones,

I am THRILLED to let you know about the release of a CD created by SPEAK! a Radical Womyn of Color Media Collective that I have been learning and growing in for the past few years. SPEAK! the self-titled CD is an amazing resource and I’m so proud to be a part of it because I truly believe that it is fierce and transformative in the tradition of This Bridge Called My Back. I know that being part of this process has changed my life.

The CD is available for purchase at www.speakmediacollective.com. The CD is part of a pilot grassroots fundraising project to fund young mothers of color to attend national gatherings within the progressive movement starting with the Allied Media Conference in Detroit this summer. I am super super proud to be part of this project (even though I am freaked out about the recorded sound of my own voice). One of the featured poems on this CD is “Wishful Thinking” a poem that (as most of you know) I wrote for the National Day of Truthtelling in Durham, NC. I.e. it’s a poem a wrote for you.

Your support for this project means everything to me.



p.s. To listen to an interview with Adele…the loving genius diva who first spoke and facilitated the idea that became this CD click here: http://madamaambi.blogspot.com/2009/03/adele-nieves-speak.html

p.p.s. here is the official press release…SPREAD THE WORD!

*March 9, 2009*
*UNITED STATES **– March 9, 2009*– SPEAK! Women of Color Media
a netroots coalition of women of color bloggers and media-makers, is
debuting March 7, 2009 with a performance art CD, accompanied by a
collaborative zine and classroom curriculum for educators.
Compiled and arranged by Liquid Words Productions, the spoken word CD
together the stories, poetry, music, and writings of women of color
across the United States.  The 20 tracks, ranging from the explosive
“Why Do
You Speak?” to the reverent “For Those of Us,” grant a unique
into the minds of single mothers, arrested queer and trans activists,
excited children, borderland dwellers, and exploring dreamers, among
“We want other women of color to know they are not alone in their
experiences,” said writer and educator Alexis Pauline Gumbs, one of
contributors to the CD.   “We want them to know that this CD will
sound, voice and space to the often silenced struggles and dreams of
of color.”
The Speak! collective received grant assistance from the Allied Media
Conference coordinators to release a zine complementing the works
on the CD, as well as a teaching curriculum for educators to
incorporate its
tracks into the classroom environment.
“*Speak!* is a testament of struggle, hope, and love,” said blogger
Factora-Borchers of A Woman’s Ecdysis.  “Many of the contributors are
in the
Radical Women of Color blogosphere and will be familiar names… I
guarantee you will have the same reaction as to when I heard them
speak, I
was mesmerized.”
To promote the initiative, the Speak! collective is coordinating
parties in communities across America, creating short YouTube
promotions (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7tsdaYmvhE) illustrating the CD
process, and collaborating with organizers and activists online and
The CD is available for online ordering at
http://speakmedia.wordpress.com on a sliding scale beginning at $12.

All inquiries for review copies should be directed to us at
speakcd@gmail.com.  Proceeds of this album will go toward funding for
mothers and/or financially restricted activists attending the 11th Annual
*Allied Media Conference* <http://alliedmediaconference.org/> in Detroit, MI
July 16-19.

Sweets from the Sweet: intergenerational language (re)production

5 03 2009

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Sweet. Sugar in the shoes, funny. Queer. What do these terms mean and how do we relate to them as self identified black queers? While “queer” may translate and feel accurate in our peer group we find that with lgbt or straight elders it doesn’t and it doesn’t have it’s own currency among younger kids. As we work to reappropriate language we bear witness to the need for an intergenerational dialog that will help bridge gaps in meaning. The purpose of this session is to demonstrate how language is a queer process of reaching for self and community across generations within and across black communities.
This film is part of  a qreative exploration of ways we can make ourselves heard, felt and seen across generational divides as we work to uncover a language that liberates and transforms.
Visionaries  included
Alexis Pauline Gumbs: founder of BrokenBeautiful Press (www.brokenbeautiful.wordpress) and PhD candidate in English, Africana and Women’s Studies at Duke University.
Julia R. Wallace: founder of Queer Renaissance, MDiv in Theology from Emory University and filmmaker currently in the Film Production Program at Georgia State University.
Moya Z. Bailey: A 4th year Women’s Studies graduate student at Emory University and Co-founder of Quirky Black Girls Social Network.
Bea Sullivan: graduate of Oberlin College and member of the New Jersey 4 Solidarity Committee and INCITE: Women of Color Against Violence.