Tuesday, January 25, 2011

MotherOurselves Materials! Gifts for Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Monthly Sustainers!!!!

Happy January beloved and far-flung supporters of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind!!!!!!

Since it is a beautiful new year...we have a beautiful new gift for our beloved Eternal Summerian monthly sustainers! All existing Eternal Summerians and all NEW monthly sustainers who sign up before the end of the month will receive their very own digital copies of crucial priceless curriculum materials from the MotherOurselves Bootcamp:

*The MotherOurselves Manual (including the mother ourselves manifesta, playlist, activity station descriptions and a 5 cycle meditation of release including direct quotes from across Lorde's body of work...especially Eye to Eye: Black Women Hatred and Anger.

*The MotherOurselves Meditation/Dance Party Mixtape: guide yourself or your group through the cycles of meditation and release with music, poetry and the mesmerizing sound of my voice :)

AND Eternal Summerians who sign up at levels of $20 or more will receive hardcopies of both the Manual and the Mixtape (well CD actually) and a one of a kind collage in the mail!!!

Hooray!!!!! Sign up today or on payday! Thank you for making another year of ETERNAL inspiration possible!!!!



Sunday, January 23, 2011

nomad lullaby for kai


may your birth be easy

as one two three wants to be


may you have exactly the hot drink and black skirt you want

wherever you happen to be

may your bright black brain be ever enough

light to paint by

may markerstained hands map you

back to drawing board belief

may the flavor of sunset stay singing

in your ear as praise

may you keep dreaming

next millennia dreams

set in the place you were two days ago

may your circles whirlwind you up to hope

may you see yourself in our bravest most beautiful faces

may our hearts beat and victorious dance your echo name

deep footprints bootsunk


may we know where you have walked by our reshaped pulse

and may you always know you are right


Saturday, January 15, 2011

MotheringOurselves (Manifest!)

(distilled from Audre Lorde's Eye to Eye: Black Women Hatred and Anger)

We can make something out of anything.

We recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.

We establish authority over our own definitions.

We claim power over who we choose to be, knowing that such power is relative within the realities of our lives.

We provide an attentive concern and expectation of growth, which is the beginning of that acceptance we came to expect only from our mothers.

We affirm our own worth by committing ourselves to our own survival in our selves and in the selves of other black women.

We refuse to settle for anything less than a rigorous pursuit of the possible in ourselves, at the same time making a distinction between what is possible, and what the outside world drives us to do in order to prove that we are human.

We recognize our successes and are tender with ourselves even when we fail.

We learn to love what we have given birth to by giving definition to, to be both kind and demanding in the teeth of failure as well as in the face of success without misnaming either.

We lay to rest what is weak, timid and damaged without despisal and we protect and support what is useful for survival. We explore the difference together.

We stand toe-to-toe inside rigorous loving and speak what has always seemed like the impossible to each other.

As we speak the truth to each other it become unavoidable to ourselves.

We can learn to mother ourselves.

We can make something out of anything.