Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Heat, Light, and Rebirth: On Resurrection

"Learn to accept love fully and to express love completely. Do nothing while doing everything. Self-care is paramount in self-empowerment. Remember who you are. Remember who you were. Remember what you must do. Do it!"
-a scroll from Black feminist same gender loving feminist spiritual leader and activist, Ifalade Ta'Shia Asanti

This Sunday after an epically bright Saturday full of cars overheating, corner preaching, gas station parking lots, auto part stores and street mechanics who would probably be surgeons in a different ecological manifestation...Julia spent Sunday getting resurrected with the sisters, aunties, mothers, gender queer uncles and brothers of the Shades Retreat in Pine Mountain Georgia. As a hymn that I have recently appropriated for the spiritual practice of black feminist self/collective/multiversal transformation says, "I Know I've Been Changed." So I want to testify, to the heat, the light and the tangible power of sacred space created by our love for ourselves and each other.

The recognition and faith in each others faces is the space that we would go through hell to get to . Pay for in countless paypal installments whenever we can, keep like a light in the center of our foreheads to remind us where we are going on hard days. We are the heaven we know about.
I want to testify that the presence of black feminist transformers of different ages and approaches is a sacred invitation to the revelation of the universe, a call for love to show up and show OUT!

With huge congratulations to Kat Williams and the Shades Retreat organizing crew....some quirky black dreamers if ever there were any, I want to give thanks for US. For the community that saves my life everyday. For the true context for eternal life. For our love.

In the year since the first annual Shades Retreat, Julia and I have visited and interviewed several of the amazing women that we met for the first time in an unassuming cabin in a not at all famous state park in Georgia we have been to their homes and met their communities. We have been able to act on and witness our belief that family is made out of the choice to take risks for each other, to believe in each other more than we believe what we have been taught is practical. We have become unstoppable, made it across the country and come back.

I know I've been changed. Because my soul gets renewed when you speak my name.

This year I have asked for help more times than in the rest of my lifetime added up. I have become a person who dances on purpose, and daily, and in public and without shame. I have become a person who prostrates on the floor greeting elders. I have become a chosen daughter and granddaughter over and over again. I have become a person who is emotionally available. I have become a person who actually takes days off (UNIMAGINABLE!), who can be still and present. I am now a person who is less and less afraid of being known as who I am. I have begun to expect you to love me anyway. Any way. I have begun to walk the unconditional.

I am grateful for the holy space that we create when we are together. And I am so humbled and honored to live in the sacred, divinely possible, miraculous space of your heart and your mind, and your recognition and your reflection. Loving you has invited me to love myself better than I ever woulda known to. I accept your love fully. I commit to expressing my love completely.

Oh what a joy. To wake up and be reborn. With you.

Love always and all days,

P.S. QBG Updates!

Creating Sacred Transformative Space Online!

Dedicated: The Black Feminist Request Line of the Future!

Ask Sista Docta Love (aka Lex) a question or make a dedication via http://blackfeminismlives.tumblr.com/ask

Come Correct: Because Black Feminist Sex is the BEST Sex Ever!!!


Submit your sexy brilliance or ask questions at Come Correct...the hottest tumblr ever if we do say so ourselves :)

And follow QBG on our new Tumblr site: http://quirkyblackgirls.tumblr.com/

And for sacred space IN PERSON save the dates for some amazing and mostly FREE chances to be together

Towards an Intellectual History of Black Women: An International Conference
April 28-30th at Columbia University in New York City (Lex is speaking about blood, water, land and love between black women in the US, Haiti and South Africa on Friday morning at 11am!)
Register for free here: http://www.iraas.org/node/203

Everyday Brilliance: Resilience Practices from Black LGBTQ Elders
May 15th, 2pm Stone House 6602 Nicks Rd Mebane, North Carolina
email mobilehomecoming@gmail.com for more info

Rainbow Reclamations: Blue-"Once I Was Pregnant" (a discussion ritual for women of color and genderqueer people of color based on Ntozake Shange's choreopoem "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf")
May 22 in Durham, NC place to be announced
for more info email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com and see http://blackfeministmind.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/lavender-rainbow-reclamations-2-love-between-us-beyond-competition-and-sacrcity/

THE 6th Annual Gemini Jam: Friday May 27th in Atlanta, GA (memorial day weekend) Celebrate with some of your favorite Queerky Black Geminis AND listen to our beloved QBG hip hip duo The Lost Bois!!!!!! We are so excited! Save the date and be in the place!
Place to be confirmed soon, to get more info or to put your name on the reminder list email quirkyblackgirls@gmail.com


Indigo Days: A Gathering for Black Warrior Healers (June 9-15 in Durham, NC)
a free grassroots gathering, housing, childcare and food provided! For more details see: www.indigodays.wordpress.com

Lucille Clifton ShapeShifter Revival Summer (Every Thursday in June at 6pm at 204 Rigsbee St. in Durham, NC)
F0r 5 Thursdays in Lucille Clifton’s birth month of June we will gather as survivors of child sexual and physical abuse and sexual violence and parents and caretakers committed to ending cycles of abuse in our families and communities to do writing activities based on Lucille Clifton’s poetry and the ShapeShifter Survivor Rebirth Broadcast video series.
For more info see: http://blackfeministmind.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/announcing-lucille-clifton-shapeshifter-survival-school-summer-session-2012/
or email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com

The Allied Media Conference June 23-26th at Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan! Quirky Black Convergence. Enjoy the Women of Color Skillshare, the Mobilehomecoming Elders Track and SO much more!!!! For more info and to register (see alliedmedia.org)

Educators save the date for the Juneteenth Freedom Academy Summer Intensive: Rituals for Classroom Presence. This is a week-long gathering especially for transformative educators. August 15-19th in Durham, NC!!!!!! email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com for more info!!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

May 15: Everyday Brilliance: Resilience Practices from Black Lesbian Elders

brought to you by the MobileHomecoming Project (mobilehomecoming.org)

amplifying generations of black feminist LGBTQ brilliance!

2pm-6pm Sunday, May 15 2011

Stone House

6602 Nicks Rd.

Mebane, NC

Join us for a day of immersive wisdom where black lesbian elders in North Carolina share the practices that have kept them awake and amazing for decades in an interactive, intergenerational, skillshare and dialogue!!!

Invited featured speakers include:

Dr. Anjail Ahmad

Mandy Carter

Ed Swan

C. C. Wiggins

Janice Vaughn

Carolyn Grey

Harriet Alston

Bring a dish to share and be prepared to be inspired everyday from now on!

email mobilehomecoming@gmail.com for more info!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Indigo Days: June 9-15th, Durham, NC

Indigo Days is a resource for black warrior healers remembering ourselves and reclaiming our traditions of magic, love and transformation. Inspired by the black girl healer folklorist, revolutionary character Indigo in Ntozake Shange's 1982 novel Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo, Indigo Days is a context for every day as sacred space for the sacred task of healing our planetary selves and deepening the meaning of life.

Get everyday wisdom here: blueblackblessing.tumblr.com

or submit your own wisdom at blueblackblessing.tumblr.com/submit

Indigo Days (June 9-15, 2011) will be a week of celebration, learning and healing specifically centered on the power of black women and black genderqueer people to be healers, spiritual leaders and transformative warriors in our communities and on the planet. For more info on the event visit indigodays.wordpress.com

The week will include:

A Blues Porch Concert

Workshops on black healing traditions

Herb Walks

Blues Woman Bible Study (blues as sacred texts in the tradition of black feminist healing)

Sharing family remedies and herbal wisdom

A Blue Lights in the Basement House Party

Film Screenings

The gathering is FREE and all participants will be provided with food and housing for the week. Email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com for more details, and to confirm your participation.

To donate food, various materials, time, money or other resources check the contribution page: http://indigodays.wordpress.com/contribute/ or email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com or donate via paypal here:

Educational Materials:

Art Supplies of All Kinds

small notebooks/journals



borrowable cars

driving help


Couch, futon or guest room space for out of town participants


Sleeping bags


Gift cards to Whole Foods, Kroger, Food Lion or Harris Teeter

Healthy vegetarian-friendly and protein-rich dishes

Assorted Items:



birtwort leaves

magnolia incense

lady's fern


flowers from your garden




damiana leaves

cubeb berries


rasberry tea



laurel leaves

wild hyssop

white water lilies

red sunflower


mandrake berries

squaw weed

ginger/wild ginger




lemon tea



caraway seeds



Monday, April 18, 2011

Dedicated: Request Line of the Black Feminist Future!!!!

Greetings loved ones!

Because black feminist bass is the unstoppable heartbeat of the universe transforming. Because I revise every song I hear to praise your name. Because a movement is only a movement if it moves...I am excited to announce that my inner internet DJ (Sista-Docta Lex on the ones and zeroes!!) is finally launching a project to amplify black feminist healing and love all over your airwaves!!!!!

Yay!!!! Welcome to Dedicated: The Request Line of the Black Feminist Future! Here is how it works:


Ask for some advice about love, life, the practical or impractical pursuit of black feminism, foolishness at work, self-care, dilemmas or anything that might be on your mind. Typing a rant about a situation in need of healing in your life followed by the words "help a sista out" counts as reaching out for help and support.

You can reach out to me at


or formspring.me/blackfeminism

Whether you leave your name or reach out anonymously you will get a song dedication towards your healing, affirmation and transformation of whatever situation inspired you to reach out with much much love from me!


You can listen to songs dedicated to you and everyone else at


or see the links at blackfeminismlives.tumblr.com

@alexispauline on twitter

I will also periodically be making podcasts with song dedications that fall into themes. You can subscribe to BrokenBeautiful Press for free on itunes to make sure that you get the newest podcasts when they come out. (Just search BrokenBeautiful Press in the itunes store)


You can also dedicate a song or affirmation to someone you want to affirm or to an ancestor you want to honor! Just go to the "ask" site above and type in your dedication and the name and artist of the song you want to dedicate and I'll amplify it on out.

We will also be having planetary release parties when the themed podcasts come out where people can share digitized mp3 mixed tapes with their own take on the theme of the podcast. Email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com if you'd like to host release parties in your town!!

And if you are creating awesome black feminist music that affirms us all email me at brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com to send me links to your music so I can put it out too!

Yay!!!! And as always if this inspires you and you are able....donate!

love always,

Sista Docta Lex about to bring Black Feminist Flava to ya Ear!!!! :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Announcing Lucille Clifton ShapeShifter Survival School Summer Session 2011

In honor of the great poet Lucille Clifton, who was also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, a mother, an artist and self-identified Amazon warrior through her poetry, the Lucille Clifton ShapeShifter Survival School is especially designed for families that are committed to ending childhood sexual abuse and all forms of gendered violence. Informed by Generation 5 and the regional plan of the Atlanta Transformative Justice Collaborative, the ShapeShifter Survival School is part of a holistic process of ending child sexual abuse by creating healing community.

Lucille Clifton Rebirth Summer


F0r 5 Thursdays in Lucille Clifton's birth month of June we will gather as survivors of child sexual and physical abuse and sexual violence and parents and caretakers committed to ending cycles of abuse in our families and communities to do writing activities based on Lucille Clifton's poetry and the ShapeShifter Survivor Rebirth Broadcast video series. (See videos here: http://blackfeministmind.wordpress.com/category/shapeshifting/). Participants in the series will also receive digital mixes of the music we work with to create a sacred space of memory. We can use the digital music mixes at home to activate memories of safety from the group writing space.

Rebirth Summer Thursdays:

Thursday. June 2

Unapologetic: Reclaiming Our Memories and Voices

Thursday, June 9

Bright: On Clarity and Power

Thursday, June 16

Gentle: On Cultivating Self-Love

Thursday, June 23

Futuristic: Towards the World that We Deserve

Thursday, June 30th

Planetary: The Depth and Urgency of Our Healing

Our intention is that after this summer month of Rebirth the Shapeshifter Survivor writing group will continue on a monthly basis hosted by participants as an ongoing source of support and healing drawing on work by Lucille Clifton and other writers.

For more information or to add your name to the reminder list email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com

to donate click here:

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Spring Reading!

Hey family! Stop by tomorrow (Sunday 4/10) between 1pm-6pm to pick up these books and more...or email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com to pick up any of these books on an afternoon next week!

Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind

Lending and Reference Library

Spring Reading Recommendations!

Spring into Action!

*Sisters in the Struggle : African-American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement

*Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days

* June Jordan’s Technical Difficulties: African-American Notes on the State of the Union

*This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (several copies available!)

Reading in the Park

*Sacred Cows...and Other Edibles by Nikki Giovanni

*Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros

*The New Moon's Arms by Nalo Hopkinson

*Miss Muriel and Other Stories by Ann Petry

*Dreaming in Cuban : a novel Christina Garcia (she went to Barnard…like me, my sister, Zora Neale Hurston, June Jordan and Ntozake Shange!)

*The used world : a novel by Haven Kimmel (she's from Durham)

*Some things I never thought I'd do by Pearl Cleage

*Not without laughter by Langston Hughes

Twisted (like a Spring)

*Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience by Jill Nelson

*Sally Hemmings. a Novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud

*Passing by Nella Larsen

*Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor

*Venus by Suzan Lori-Parks

*Soul on ice by Eldridge Cleaver

Books That Help Us Grow!

*The World Has Changed: Conversations with Alice Walker

*Praisesong for the Widow by Paule Marshall

*Sisters of the yam : black women and self-recovery by bell hooks

*Claiming an Identity They Taught Me to Despise by Michelle Cliff

Especially for Youth

*Words By Heart by Ouida Sebestyen

*Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred Taylor (one of June Jordan’s favorites!)

*Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Puffin Modern Classics) by Mildred Taylor

*Crick Crack, Monkey by Merle Hodge

*What Your Mama Never Told You: True Stories About Sex and Love (featuring a piece by our very own Shirlette Ammons!!!)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Clarity: On Clarence Thomas and the Worth of Black Life

Yesterday my dad sent me an article from Slate Magazine about a Supreme Court decision written by Clarence Thomas that effectively argued that a black man, John Thompson wrongfully convicted because of evidence suppressed by 5 Louisiana prosecutors does not deserve the 14 million dollars that he was awarded as damages for his 14 years on death row for a crime he did not commit and 18 years served in prison unjustly even by the meager standards of prison justice we deal with in the contemporary US. (And yes, it matters to me that John Thompson, like my father and like Clarence Thomas is a black man in the United States.) I want to be as surprised as I am outraged that of all the conservative Supreme Court "Justices" to write this decision it would be Clarence Thomas, but that would be ridiculous.

I cannot forget that years ago my father told me that he considered it a "cruel joke" and an "insult" when he first heard the announcement that on the retirement of Thurgood Marshall, genius for justice and civil rights hero, a mediocre sellout Reagan appointee to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission named Clarence Thomas was named by Bush One as the person to succeed Marshall and become the second ever African American supreme court justice. I was only 11 years old when the national government blatantly showed in hearings (which I was mostly not allowed to watch) that black men who would disrespect and lie about and betray black women would be rewarded by white men who could more quietly continue to do the same thing, when Thomas somehow claimed to be lynched by a fellow conservative and black female lawyer Anita Hill who spoke out against his practice of sexual harassment. And as psychologist and psychotherapist Dr. Alvin Wyman Walker says in The Conundrum of Clarence Thomas: An Attempt at a Psychodymanic Understanding "What can you say about a man who savages his sister?" (In reference to an instance when (In)Justice Thomas called his sister dependent and pathological for receiving a welfare check...which come to find out she was using during a short time to support their sick relatives who Thomas had abandoned-not that it should actually matter why she was receiving a welfare check anyway.) Indeed, what CAN you say about a man who savages his sister? You can say that he will certainly not feel accountable to any of us, brethren included, that he will turn against anyone, and especially anyone black if given the slightest opportunity. And now Thomas has taken his opportunity to justify a an attempted lynching (John Thompson narrowly escaped the electric chair 7 times during his years on death row.)

It is not a surprise that the Supreme Court would want to invalidate a decision that a black man who is wrongfully convicted in Louisiana deserves 14 million dollars for the cruelty that he has experienced. Imagine if ALL of the people of color wrongfully convicted with shady evidence received a million dollars for every year they have unjustly spent in prison....

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