grandma, we are poets: Lucille Clifton Rebirth Broadcast #10

30 08 2010

Take home message: ableism denies and perpetuates trauma. In this poem Lucille Clifton breaks down traditional definitions of autism and reminds us that every way we experience the world is poetic, and necessary for the end of oppression…i.e. the transformation we deserve.

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Water Sign Woman: Lucille Clifton Rebirth Broadcast #9

22 08 2010

remember what you know.

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Eternal September: Jewelle Gomez and the Cost of Silence

22 08 2010

(Jewelle Gomez and her Nana, photo by Ann Chapman)

Reconnect with the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Potluck Series on September 2nd at 6pm at the Inspiration Station.    We will be discussing Jewelle Gomez’s “Because Silence is Costly” and discussing what it means for us to speak up intergenerationally and in community.

You can download the reading here: “Because Silence is Costly”

Bring a dish and a friend if you can and your brilliant eternal mind.



School’s In (Beware)

19 08 2010

“If Black women were free it would mean that everyone else would have to be free…”  Combahee River Collective Statement 1974

The Last Day: Lucille Clifton Rebirth Broadcast #8

16 08 2010

The Last Day: Lucille Clifton Rebirth Broadcast #8 from Alexis Gumbs on Vimeo.

Because. Because. Because. YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE!

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In the Mirror: Lucille Clifton Rebirth Broadcast #7

8 08 2010

Pronounce the shape of an unsafe life. Look at yourself in the mirror.

and don’t forget, this is the last week to sign up for the Lucille Clifton ShapeShifter Survival School.

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