Best Weekend Ever: Combahee Survival Revival Kick-Off!

19 05 2010

LOVED ONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Welcome to the future. As we get ready for the best week ever…orient your bliss with a BEAUTIFUL weekend featuring Durham diaspora all-stars Ebony Noelle Golden and Zachari Curtis, Greensboro commuter Laila A. and YOU!!!!!!!
*Email me at if you want help support parents, donate art supplies, food, toilet paper etc, or if you want to take pictures or shoot video of the events!!!!!

***Note…all events this weekend start at the Inspiration Station email for street address)

Set-it off on Saturday!

10 am Continental Breakfast at the Inspiration Station (Guess which continent?)

11 am Herban Foraging with Zachari Curtis

Farmer, dancer, capoerista, singer, visionary sista-comrade Zachari Curtis returns to Durham to share with us her knowledge of local, informal food sources. On this leisurely walk through the neighborhood adjacent to the Inspiration Station we will share knowledge and benefit from Zachari’s generations-thick knowledge of plants in and from this region. YUM!

2pm Combahee: We Invented the Remix (Guerilla Altar Making) with Ebony Noelle Golden)

Bring scrap-exchange esque items ready for transformation as we re-create/re-affirm West Durham (the neighbrorhood of the Inspiration Station) as a sacred space for the Combahee Survival Revival and the duration. We will be reading, performing and remixing passages from the sacred text (The Combahee River Collective Statement-download here: while we leave markers for passersby to come, witness, and transform.

5pm Potluck Dinner and Zine-Making @ the Inspiration Station

We’ve got veggie burgers and hot dogs and a borrowed grill. Bring your sides and your smiles for outdoor or indoor fellowship and an art station where you can layout/collage a page of the Combahee Survival Guide!

****updated**** 7pm SeeSaw Teen Design Show

Celebrate the SeeSaw Studio’s 3rd Annual BLAMO Teen Design Show at 410 West Geer Street from 7-8:30pm!  This show will feature a runway of t-shirts, skirts, bags and skateboard decks from our Youth Designers.  Admission is free – please tell EVERYONE to come out and support the positive achievements of youth in Durham!

And then…dancing?


Salvation Sunday (5/23)

11am Potluck Brunch at the Inspiration Station

Bring goodies, drink fancy herbal teas (thanks to Erin Bree for the Whole Foods hook up!) Come meet the beautiful out of town guests and recruit them to move to Durham! Do more Zine Making if you feel like it!

1pm Sakia Gunn Sunday School
What does it mean to honor a queer black ancestor who became an ancestor far too early, at the age of 15? What does it mean to honor the life of someone who is best known as the victim of a brutal death. This Sunday School right before what would be Sakia Gunn’s 24th birthday we seek and praise what it means to honor queer youth of color as spiritual leaders in our communities.

5pm Black Girls Rock II: Porch Concert featuring Laila A.!!!!

If you missed the first Black Girls Rock event…you can wake your heart up and rejoice. This Sunday you get a second chance to hear the self-taught beautiful creations of queer Black brilliant Greensboro singer-song-writer-guitarist Laila A. What’s that? You rock too? Let us know at this intimate supportive concert on the side porch of the Inspiration Station.

AND 7pm …Sunday Dinner Survival Potluck
You know how we do!

Sneak preview of the events for the rest of the week!

Monday May 24th—Daytrip to Tierra Negra Farm (yay for Tahz and Christina)

Tuesday May 25th—3pm Mamas Gathering @ the Inspiration Station

— 6pm Safe in Our Streets Roundtable on Queer Youth and Safety (featuring the Youth Noise Network @ Durham Media Center)

Wednesday May 26th—(Sakia Gunn’s Birthday)

Afterschool Butterfly Ancestors Workshop at the Museum for Life and Science (featuring Nia Wilson)

Thursday May 27th—Baking Day at Bread Uprising Bakery!!!!!!

Interactive Root Chakra Survival Workshop (featuring Audrey Esquivel and Kifu Faruq)

Friday May 28th—Noontime Oshun Eno River Experience (featuring Kia Carscallen)

(Seneca the teenage philosopher gets to town!!!!!!)

BACKYARD CAMPOUT at the Inspiration Station

Saturday May 29th—Sisters of the Healing Drum Circle (featuring Salsa Soul Sister starting Black Lesbian Elders Harriet Alston and Carolyn Gray)

Pajama Jammy-Jam Featuring your favorite Early 90′s Music at the Summit Spot!

Sunday May 30th—-Brunch and Garden Walk at the Summit Spot

Monday May 31—Work Day at JRuth Farm 9am-3pm. Transportation available.

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