Concrete Ritual for Audre Lorde (Sign up for March’s Ensemble)

18 02 2013

Check out this poetry/video collaboration between Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace and then sign up for our performance intensive honoring Audre Lorde ASAP!

Join the Brilliance Remastered community the first week of March for an interactive webinar investigation of performance and online ritual in relationship to community accountable intellectual work.  Participants will learn about performance practices from Audre Lorde’s Chorale Need, a classic text designed to end violence against black women and the shared experience of creating a healing multi-media cyber performance for our community about who we are and what we need as community accountable intellectuals.

Registration Due by Feb. 22, 2013

*the ensemble will be limited to 9 participants

Intensive dates: March 4,5,6,7,8  2012   (9pm Eastern Time)

Fee: Sliding Scale $150-250

Required Reading:

  • “Need” “Coal” “Power” and “Litany for Survival” by Audre Lorde,
  • One Campus Guide to Performing “Need” edited by Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • Excerpts from Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic by Omi Osun
  • (all readings available via pdf and snail mail to registered participants)

To Register:

  • Send an email to with your contact info (INCLUDING SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS) and what you hope to get out of the course.
  • Send registration deposit of $50 to Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind via paypal:
  • Full registration fee is due by March 1, 2013
  • webinar will take place over google hangout. participants will have to register (for free) for google plus.

Walking Arawak Road in Vinyl Magazine

18 02 2013
Just in time for the birthdays of Audre Lorde and my grandfather Jeremiah Gumbs, here is my poem “Walking Arawak Road”

Better Together! Sign up for the first Brilliance Remastered Cohort by Feb. 10th!

1 02 2013

After the successful launch of the three course Brilliance Remastered One-on-One coaching curriculum in 2012 we are expanding the brilliance by offering the courses to distinguished passionate cohorts of visionaries in 2013!

The cohort model allows a set of aligned visionaries to experience the life-changing curricula and to benefit from one-on-one attention from Sista Docta Lex while building community with each other.   Doing it together also allows Brilliance Remastered to provide this service at a lower rate.  (However the one-on-one version of this curriculum is still available for those of you who want me all to yourself! 🙂

Cohort Participants Commit to a 3-Month Experience with:

  • weekly transformative assignments
  • bi-weekly google-hangout discussion sessions with fellow cohort members facilitated by Lex
  • weekly email check-ins with Lex
  • access to Lex’s super-secret online office hours
  • song dedications and motivation

all for $500 per participant.  Payment plans are available.  I am committed to making this accessible to you!

Participants join the cohort through a phone assessment conversation where we will determine the best way to engage the curriculum.  Email to schedule a phone assessment for $25.  More on phone assessments here.

Here are this year’s offerings! Looking forward to working together!

Semester that Changed Your Life Coaching Modules:

Spring 2013 “Doing What I Came to Do”: Activating Your Purpose*

*Email brillianceremastered to set up a phone assessment by Feb 10th.

“I am who I am doing what I came to do.”-Audre Lorde

This is the first and most crucial coaching module in the Brilliance Remastered curriculum.  In this coaching process also known as the “purpose-keeper,” I will facilitate and support you in remembering/crafting and supporting an intentional, generative, empowering and energizing greater purpose for your degree work.   This process will give you a touchstone for every step of your degree work giving you consistent access to the superpower of PURPOSE which will provide energy and perspective when the going gets tough.  More info here.

Summer 2013 Community is Not a Luxury: Necessary Praxis for Degree Survival*

“Look how you print yourself on my heart.” -Audre Lorde

This intermediate stage of the coaching curriculum trains you to implement and build a community of accountability outside of the limits of your university setting.  Community accountability is what distinguishes meaningful intellectual labor from elitist word games.  This coaching module is for scholars who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the communities that inspire them and also activates community as a superpower to sustain your wholeness and to support and celebrate you in your degree process.  More info here.

Fall 2013 “My Words Will Be There”:  Eternal Strategies for Sustainable Community Accountable Scholarship

This advanced stage of the coaching curriculum is exclusively for graduates of the Doing What I Came to Do and Community is Not a Luxury coaching curricula or scholars who have defended their dissertations or already have PhD’s and are at a transition point in their careers.  This coaching process will provide you with the tools to build a sustainable ecology for your own scholarship that does not depend on the economy of the university.  This is a crucial tool-set for scholars who want their work to live in community organizing, to be interdependent with educational institutions, or to create their own educational/activist institutions.  More info here.