Bright New Day

A CyberQuilting Experiment

Happy Birthday Ida B. Wells!!!

It is Ida B. Wells Day!!!

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Shield. For Ida B. Wells by Alexis P. Gumbs. 

In honor of Ida B. Wells Day (July 16th), here is an encore presentation of a meditation comes from this warrior for the transformative light of truth.  I see you bright thunder!

Listen to the meditation here: http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/post/88260018735/todays-meditation-comes-from-the-great-ida-b 

If you want to get access to all of the meditations streaming find out how here:  http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/about 

Also get your limited edition copy of the collage “Shield” for Ida B. Wells this week in celebration with a donation of $35 or more.  (Only 20 copies exist!)

 

Remember to put “Ida B. Wells Poster” in your donation note!

If you want to be notified about future meditations and are not on the email list yet sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

Support When We Free

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Ida B. Wells funded her revolutionary investigative journalistic publications Southern Horrors and A Red Record about the next steps for freedom after emancipation through the supportive fundraiser of Black Women’s Clubs in the early 1900s. Now, we too are funding When We Free our revolutionary independent film about spiritual freedom after emancipation by reaching out to our most aligned and devoted community!!! YOU! Celebrate Ida B. Wells, independent media and the possibility of our collective freedom by donating and spreading the word!!! http://www.gofundme.com/ba5bqg

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And then tune in to #idaslegacy at 2pm ET on twitter for a conversation convened by Echoing Ida and Ebony Magazine featuring Kimberly DrGoddess Ellis (and moderated by yours truly)!

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Wave a Hand and Shake a Fan: Online Revival for the When We Free Filming Fund

 

 

We making a film. (So) We passing the hat! Check out this online revival and get some soul-stirring perks when you donate towards cast, crew, location, costumes and food for When We Free’s upcoming filming weekend!!!! 

 

http://www.gofundme.com/ba5bqg

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When We Free is a short film about Rose Hill, a recently freed black community’s first camp meeting since emancipation. They search for balance between the spiritual traditions they have brought across the Atlantic and those they learned in bondage. When We Free engages the various choices free Black folks made in Rose Hill concerning spirituality and religion when “Master” was no longer directly in charge or involved.

To find out more about the film visit: http://whenwefree.jroxmedia.com/current-projects/when-we-free-the-film/

This film is the Omiero (the holy water infused with herbs in “New World” Ifa/Yoruba/African spiritual practice) preparation internally and externally for Africans in diaspora to consider the Earth based spiritual practices of their ancestors. What do we need to break and to draw; to keep and to relinquish so that the Holy Spirit, the divine, can fully be present? What chains need to be broken and what needs to be awakened so that Africans in diaspora can have access to unbound spirit? How can even the religions of the colonizers and enslavers be reconnected to their own Earth based roots? When We Free is a cleansing and clarifying ritual that questions the source and sustenance of our freedom and spiritual roots.

The filming of When We Free will be a transformative community ritual that uplifts our ancestors and contributes to the conversation about what spiritual practices our freedom requires in the current moment.  We are raising money to house, feed, transport, and offer stipends to cast and crew and for equipment, props, location fees and supplies.

              

   

Happy Birthday June Jordan!!!: Meditation and Collage

Happy Birthday June Jordan!!!!

In honor of June Jordan’s Birthday (July 9th)  Here is an encore release of our first meditation is based on June Jordan’s “Poem for South African Women.” This is available for 24 hours!!! Share with your friends and loved ones!  Remember the multitudes that breathe through you.  (And if you listen to the VERY end you will actually hear June Jordan laugh!)

Listen here: http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/post/86567549445/our-first-meditation-is-based-on-june-jordans

If you want to get access to all of the meditations streaming find out how here:  http://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/about 

Also get your limited edition copy of the collage “Wholehearted” for June Jordan today in celebration with a donation of $35 or more.  (Only 20 copies exist!)

Remember to put “June Jordan Poster” in your donation note!

If you want to be notified about future meditations and are not on the email list yet sign up here: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

 

We Are the One’s We’ve Been Waiting For: Black Feminist Breathing Chorus Meditation #1

 

 

Black Feminist Breathing Chorus Meditation #1

We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

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Our first repetition meditation is based on June Jordan’s “Poem for South African Women.”  Remember the multitudes that breathe through you.  (And if you listen to the VERY end you will actually hear June Jordan laugh!)

Click below or here to listen.



Wholehearted.  For June Jordan.  By Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

If you are not already on the email list to receive the emails daily in your inbox during our 3 week experience join on in here. 

In order to keep the air moving and the energy gathering each meditation is available for three days after it is posted.  If you would like to get eternal access to the meditations streaming and downloaded to use for your personal upliftment or to share with your organization or students you can become a monthly sustainer of the Eternal Summer of Black Feminist Mind at a level that feels generously sustainable to you.

Or if you want to move the meditation magic forward you can make a donation towards the scholarship fund for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat (see more below).  Donations of $25-100 give you eternal access to the streaming meditations on the site and donations of 101 or more give you access to streaming AND downloads of the meditations as audio files.

If breathing in chorus through this virtual experience feels great, imagine what it would feel like to breathe together in person!!!  On July 4th weekend 2014 we will be gathering for the Black Feminist Breathing Retreat in Magnolia, Mississippi at the Flowering Lotus Meditation Center.

Here is a video that includes some of the power of our breathing together at last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage Retreat:

Combahee Pilgrimage Trailer from J. Roxanne on Vimeo.

We hope to see you this Summer!!!!

Love,

 Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

One More Day Until the Black Feminist Breathing Chorus Begins!

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Sign up for the Black Feminist Breathing Chorus a series of meditations drawing on the wisdom of Black feminist ancestors.

Every day starting Friday May 23rd  you will get an original collage (by me!!) and a recording of an affirmation from Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Fannie Lou Hamer, Essex Hemphill and other powerful ancestors to chant with or meditate to featuring love messages from me and music composed by the brilliant Julia Wallace right up in your inbox!

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You can sign up to get the meditations sent to your inbox for free by adding your email here:

 

 

Join the Black Feminist Breathing Chorus: http://eepurl.com/ThvM5

 

Tell your friends!  Invite your friends over to breathe with you!
It would be beautiful for as many folks as possible to be part of this love-filled experience from the very beginning!
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AND  If breathing together virtually is magical imagine what breathing together in person will do!!!!
Check out what happened when 21 Black feminists breathed together along with Lorraine Hansberry’s mantra “We can impose beauty on our future,” at last year’s Combahee Pilgrimage retreat.
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There are still spots available for this summer’s Black Feminist Breathing Retreat in Magnolia Mississippi!  Join us or support others to attend!   More info here: http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/event-view/black-feminist-breathing-retreat-july-4-6th-magnolia-mississippi/
  Hope to see you this summer!!
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Your breathing is a crucial contribution!
Love,
Lex

 

Support the Black Feminist Film School Fellowship Fund!


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The Poetics of Black Feminist Film School – Summer Session

Black Feminist Film School Summer Session is the answer to a prayer whispered by storytellers, film school students, healers, artists, closet queer preachers and others who believe another world is possible as long as we can imagine it.

 

It is the vision we can not imagine of what a revolutionary practice can look like when we take the time to birth it together.

 

It is the liberation that is possible when our community and allies understand that Black women sharing their autonomous and self-actualizing work means freedom for us all.
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bffs in BITCHThe answer, the vision, the liberation. Black Feminist Film School is an initiation journey that will transform all involved toward love and light. I invite you to join in and support in the ways that make sense for you.
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This is serious life saving and life changing work. It will be challenging and rewarding. It is not merely a workshop to gain filmmaking skills. It is not just a networking opportunity to gain crew for your projects. For ourselves and each other we seek to create a profoundly safe space; to develop a league of excellence, a language of love and transformation that allows us to create the world anew by every generative means we know.
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Black Feminist Film School Summer Session (bffs Summer Session) will take place June – August 2014. We will be focusing on building skill and practice as Black Feminist storytellers using the filmmaking medium and accompanying art forms. Within the three month session we will cover all phases of filmmaking including research and writing, pre-production, production and post-production.

Donate here:  Black Feminist Film School Fellowship Fund

 

Sign Up to get more info on Auditing

Our goal

Our goal is to share and(re)develop a standard of Black Feminist filmmaking so that when participants complete the program they are able to: 1) join a film crew – independent, Black Feminist or within the Hollywood system – and excel; 2) develop their own skill and voice by creating short film projects that result in a high quality reel; 3) have the tools and relationships necessary to create a practice that will be self-sustaining.

 

UMD ResidencyThis inaugural (bffs Summer Session) is for 6 self-identified Black feminists (21 and up) who live in the southeast or are from the southeast (ideally within 6 hours driving distance of Durham, NC). Applicants will need to commit a minimum of 5 – 10 hours a week to the session, attend bi-weekly virtual meetings and be available for two in-person gatherings. The two intensive gatherings will take place in or very near Durham, NC June 6-8 and August 1-3 and are both mandatory.

 

Up to 15 of those that apply will have the opportunity to audit the session once the 6 participant spots are filled. The fifteen auditors will have access to electronic copies of course materials, videos, tutorials, etc. But they will not be a part of the intensive gatherings or the virtual meetings.

 

Donate here:  Black Feminist Film School Fellowship Fund

Sign Up to get more info on Auditing

 If you have any questions please email us at: mobilehomecoming@gmail.com

 

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Julia Green ScreenEach week we will cover a number of theoretical and hands on exercises designed to grow your skill, voice and understanding of the art of filmmaking. We will also be considering what a Black Feminist filmmaking practice looks like in practice. Each week there will be required reading, dialogue and assignments (including screenings, writing, media projects, etc.) that will grow our filmmaking muscles.

  1. Storytelling

  2. Script reading and writing

  3. Camera

  4. Light

  5. Sound

  6. Production Roles/Jobs and Collaboration

  7. Elemental Forces/Nature

  8. Invisible Elements/Spirit

  9. Music

  10. Wardrobe

  11. Locations

  12.  Set Design & Props

  13. Directing Actors

  14. Production Notebook and Organization

  15. Scheduling

  16. Budgeting

  17. Equipment (Care, Rental, Review)

  18. Software

  19. Black Feminist Theory & Practice

  20. Media Files, Formats and Workflow

  21. The Hollywood System

 

Legacy

black feminist film school acknowledges the legacies that we walk in especially QWOCMAP Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project which creates, exhibits and distributes new films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color and address the vital social justice issues that concern multiple communities; Yvonne Welbon an independent film director, producer, screenwriter and film/media scholar; Jessie Maple, the first African American woman to direct an independent feature-length film in the U.S.; Amy Ongiri scholar of film, literature and cultural studies; Zeinabu Irene Davis, Camille Billops, Cheryl Dunye, Ayoka Chenzira, Barbara McCullough, Pratibha Parmar, Ada Griffin, Michelle Parkerson, Julie Dash and many more.

Sign Up to get more info on Auditing

 If you have any questions please email us at: mobilehomecoming@gmail.com

 

 

Black Feminist Film School Summer Session! Apply by May 15th!

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The Poetics of Black Feminist Film (School) – Summer Session

Black Feminist Film School Summer Session is the answer to a prayer whispered by those who believe another world is possible as long as we can imagine it. It is an answer, a vision, a liberation. Black Feminist Film School is an initiation journey that will transform all involved toward the possibility of love and light amplified through film.

I invite you to join in and support in the ways that make sense for you. We are now accepting applications for our Summer Session. The application is due May 15th. The first in-person session is the weekend of June 6-8, 2014..

for more information and the application – CLICK HERE