Loved ones!!!! For those of you who didn't get to participate in the MotherOurselves Bootcamp in Durham NC this January here is a podcast featuring the insights of the participants and some beautiful music!!! Playlist below.
Also know that for the next week...if you become an Eternal Summerian (monthly sustainer of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind) your first gifts will be a mixtape of the meditations of release we did during the bootcamp and the motherourselves manual so that you can bring this work into your life and your community!!!
We can make something out of anything.
Insight from Mariel Eaves and
The Revenge of Ricky Williams "Sweet Wolf Shirt"
We recognize and nurture the creative parts of each other without always understanding what will be created.
"Dear Mom" by Adele Nieves and
Climbing Poetree "I Wonder"
We establish authority over our own definitions.
Affirmations from Miya Binta
Doria Roberts "Dying Man's Wish"
We claim power over who we choose to be, knowing that such power is relative within the realities of our lives.
Estas Mujeres: Covenant by Fabiola Sandoval
Amel Larrieux "All I Got"
We provide an attentive concern and expectation of growth, which is the beginning of that acceptance we came to expect only from our mothers.
"When I Crave Mama" by Fabiola Sandoval
Me'shell Ndegeocello "Solomon"
We affirm our own worth by committing ourselves to our own survival in our selves and in the selves of other black women.
"I Am My Mother's Daughter" by Rashida James-Saadiya
Lauryn Hill "If They Only Knew"
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.
"Mother Ourselves" by Julia R. Wallace (JDub)
We recognize our successes and are tender with ourselves even when we fail.
"My Mother Ourselves Covenant" by Dara Montaque
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.
"Letter of Release to the Next Generation" by Miya Binta
Erykah Badu "My Life"
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.
"Mother as Savior" by Miya Binta
Georgia Ann Muldrow "Runway"
We stand toe-to-toe inside rigorous loving and speak what has always seemed like the impossible to each other.
Truth Booth Conversation between Miya Binta and Manju Rajendran
Tata Vega, "Miss Celie's Blues"
As we speak the truth to each other it become unavoidable to ourselves.
ESG "Keep on Moving"