Back by Popular Demand: Remastered Tools 101 (The Original Brilliance Remastered Webinar)

24 03 2013

Remastered Tools 101 is an opportunity to examine our relationship to knowledge and our theories of change as they relate to the work we do as scholars and the work we empower with our scholarship.   We will investigate how dependence on systems that are NOT community accountable are cultivated even in the most seemingly radical fields and support each other in creating visions for our own community accountability.

Applications for Remastered Tools 101 are now open.  Our next session is April 2013, Tuesday evenings at 7pm ET (4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23)

imagesThe April 2013 Remastered Tools 101 Course also includes a Bonus Been There Genius Lecture by scholar, poet and disability justice activist Anjail Ahmad!

Apply by March 30th.

For insights from past participants in the Remastered Tools 101 Webinar check out:

The Remastered Tools 101 Webinar includes:

  • a workbook based on Audre Lorde’s The Master’s Tools
  • 4 live webinar discussion sessions facilitated by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and attended by aligned visionary underrepresented scholars
  • inclusion in an ongoing networking google-group for webinar graduates
  • group theme songs to rock to while you smash the system🙂

Required Reading:  Audre Lorde’s The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House

Rate:   (Sliding scale $100-200) or FREE for one-on-one or cohort coaching clients.

To apply for the Remastered Tools 101 Webinar email with your responses to the following questions:

Contact information: (phone, email)

Who are you and what are you up to?

Why do you want to take this webinar?


Locally Grown: Sign Up for a Brilliance Remastered One on One Garden Walk in Durham!

23 03 2013

historic-terraces-at-duke-gardens-6Another part of the Brilliance Remastered Durham Advantage!   It is SPRING!!!!  I am celebrating my favorite season in Durham, focusing my energy on the community I love!!!!!  Are you or someone you know someone who could benefit from a personalized Brilliance Remastered Conversation this Spring?

Maybe you are about to graduate from something or about to embark on your own social justice minded project.  Maybe you are ready to have a breakthrough around making your creative or intellectual work more community accountable.  Maybe you are hoping to launch an art project that will make our world a better place.  Maybe you need to quit your job and are looking for a way to transition out.  Maybe you want to make your side project the center of your life.  Maybe you just know a walk and conversation with Sista Docta Lex about your passionate work would increase its value for our whole community.  If that is you or someone you love you should sign up for a garden walk!  (Also if your accessibility or allergy needs call for it we can certainly sit in a garden or walk near a river or do something else.)

images-1So here is how it works!

1.  Sign up for one of only 7 available one hour walks (Monday and Wednesday afternoons from April 1-22)

2.  Send an email to Lex at about what you are up to right now and your hopes and dreams for our conversation.

3.  Recirculate the love!  Donate $50 to Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind (the same donation that folks not lucky enough to live in or near Durham pay for a phone consultation) OR donate $25 and a delicious healthy vegetarian meal that can feed Lex and her partner Julia!

That’s it!!!!  Looking forward to your locally growing brilliance!!!



Black Feminist Film School Fieldtrip! A Place of Rage at UNC

22 03 2013

211185_151073095043370_1131390110_nDate: Wednesday, March 27
Time: 7:30p
Place:UNC Greensboro Campus, Curry Building, Room 225 (Curry Auditorium)

Black Feminist Film School co-founder Alexis Pauline Gumbs is thrilled to lead a discussion after a screening of Pratibha Parmar’s film  “A Place of Rage” at UNC-Greensboro.

“This exuberant celebration of African American women and their achievements features interviews with Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker. Within the context of the civil rights, Black power and feminist movements, the trio reassess how women such as Rosa Parks and Fannie Lou Hamer revolutionized American society. A stirring chapter in African American history, highlighted by music from Prince, Janet Jackson, the Neville Brothers and the Staple Singers.”
This event is brought to you by Women & Gender Studies Program of UNCG

We Know What We Need!: Brilliance Remastered Need Ensemble Convenes!

5 03 2013

Audre+21Last night was the first session of the Brilliance Remastered  weeklong digital performance intensive honoring Audre Lorde’s “Need: A Chorale for Black Women’s Voices” as a resource for community accountable artist/intellectuals.  Inspired by Omi Osun/Joni L. Jones and the Jazz Aesthetic Manifesto we created this group poem as a performance, practice and primer on what we need in order to be present in our lives and in this intimate work together across time zones and geographical borders.  Here is one arrangement of our poem:





 We Know What We Need


i know

i need love

i know

i need to know that

i am loved


i know that

(i need hugs on hugs on hugs)


i know

we need water

i know

we need art

i know

we need our imaginations

i know

we need trust

i know

we need to breathe deeply

i know

we need LIFE

i know

we need to trust the miracles

yes! i know

we need miracles


i know

I’m needing



i know i

need to forgive

i know i

need to let go

i know i

need to accept that

I exist.


i know we

need to stop being shamed of our natural smells shapes ideas loves

i know we

need to remember what we hid

i know we

need to forgive ourselves

i know we

need to be courageous

i know we

need our ancestors breathing

i know we

need to continue learning

i know we

need to surrender to freedom

i know we

need to cry

i know we

need to work it all out

i know we

need to exhale

i know we

need to laugh… belly laughs…

i know we

need to mother ourselves

I know we

need to (continue to) connect

i know we

need to reach out for support when the terrors begin

i know we

need to hold hands

i know we

need to practice self love



i know

we need each other

we know

we need one another

i know

we need to heal

i know

we need to speak each others names

i know

we need to speak each others names in prayer

i know

we need sacred space

i know

we need ritual

i know

we need space to dream

i know

i need this space

this space!!!!


I know

i needed to come here tonight… this week.

i know

i need this life because i am here

i know

i need to overcome fear of the unknown

i know

it takes presence to perceive the miracles

i know

that i can always find this space when

i need it





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