Who’s Going to Sing a Black Girl’s Song: A Conversation on Black Girlhood (NYC)

29 10 2015

WGSBS“Who’s going to sing a black girl’s song?”: A Conversation on Black Girlhood

http://barnard.edu/events/whos-going-sing-black-girls-song-conversation-black-girlhood

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Featuring Asali Solomon ’95 and Alexis Pauline Gumbs ’04
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2015
6:30 PM
JAMES ROOM, 4TH FLOOR BARNARD HALL

Distinguished Barnard alumnae Asali Solomon and Alexis Pauline Gumbs read from their novels, stories, and poems as prelude to a discussion about the pleasures and dangers of black girlhood. Asali Solomon is the author of the recently published, critically acclaimed

In 2007, Asali Solomon was named one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35." Her previous book, Get Down, is a collection of short stories. She teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College.

In 2007, Asali Solomon was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Her previous book, Get Down, is a collection of short stories. She teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College.

novel Disgruntled—a comingof-age story centering on Kenya, a daughter of black nationalists who finds herself navigating both radical politics and elite white educational institutions on her way to adulthood—and Get Down!, a collection of short stories. Alexis Gumbs, queer black troublemaker, black feminist love evangelist, time traveller and space cadet, is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines and the author of a forthcoming work of narrative black feminist theory called Spill. She is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind intergalactic community school, and was recently named one of “6 Scholars Currently Reimaging Black Politics” by The Nation.

Information
bcrw.barnard.edu





Dreambook Oracles: A POC Workshop on Dreams, Poetry and the Deep Dark Future

27 10 2015
APG
Dreambook Oracles: A Workshop for People of Color on Dreams, Poetry and the Deep Dark Future!
2pm-4:30 pm on Saturday, November 7th
Libre Wellness Collective

2642 Banks St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

This workshop is for people of color and it is about our sleeping dreams as resources for the evolution of the species and the transformation of our collective relationship with the planet.    This workshop is about our beautiful unstoppable existence as the nightmare of capitalism and the fantastic victory of our ancestors.   We will be working with dreams as survival technology and evolutionary oracles together and individually using poetry, interactive engagement and the darkest parts of our love.

We will be using Alexis’s poetic dream memoir After Brightest Star to prompt, ground and excite us during the workshop.  It is not necessary to read the memoir in advance, but if you want a digital copy when you register choose that ticket option.

Space is limited.  Get your ticket here.  (To attend this workshop individually, the cost is $10-15 sliding scale.): http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dreambook-oracles-a-workshop-for-people-of-color-on-dreams-poetry-and-the-deep-dark-future-tickets-19258748435

FAQs

Under any circumstances should people who do not self-identify as people of color attend this event?

Nope.

Is it possible to pay for the workshop the day of?

Yes. If there are spots remaining, you can pay in advance (non-refundable) or in cash at the workshop.

Is it possible to get a digital copy of After Brightest Star at the event?

Yes!





Create the World Anew: Science Fiction Direct Action Training: Durham

27 10 2015
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“Create the World Anew”:  Science Fiction Direct Action Training
 
3pm-6pm Ella Baker Conference Room, American Tobacco Campus 

American Tobacco Campus

318 Blackwell St, Durham, North Carolina 27701
 
What kind of direct action would you create if you were in the world of Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Harry Potter?
On Election Day in Durham we will continue the visionary action of doing what Grace Lee Boggs called “creating the world anew” in the Ella Baker room at American Tobacco.   Please join Adrienne Brown (co-editor of Octavia’s Brood and former director of the Ruckus Project), Alexis Pauline Gumbs (contributor to Octavia’s Brood and founder of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind) and the SpiritHouse family for a 3 hour training in direct action strategies based on our wildest dreams.  We know that for Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer and many others our participation in elections was visionary fiction that they helped achieve through brave direct actions.  We also know that we have quite a ways to go to fulfill their vision of justice.  Drawing on the work of Octavia’s Brood and our own nerd-obsessions, we will draw on the sci-fi and fantasy worlds that inspire us and work together to glean insights for how we can create lasting change here in Durham.
Sponsored by Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories by Social Justice Activists,  SpiritHouse and Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind