Combahee River Sound: Podcasts

Greetings loved ones!!!!!

This podcast is a graduation gift from me to you, from Black Women’s Studies to me and to a planet ready to be transformed by our bravery!!!  Consider it a bravery infusion, listen to it when you need a supplement, or honor yourself by contextualizing your brilliance in the deep tradition of Black feminist intellectual bravery.

Despite the adversity (two different police officers in one county in Virginia pulled me over on my way) I was able to have the beautiful experience of attending the Still Brave Symposium at University of Maryland, a celebration of the impact of the classic anthology All the Women are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies and the contributors of the new collection Still Brave, published by the Feminist Press last year.

On this podcast you will hear Black feminist scholars Akasha Hull, Barbara Smith, Patricia Hill Collins, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Frances Foster Smith, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Cheryl Wall, Cheryl Clarke, Elsa Barkely Brown, Merle Collins, Renina Jarmon, Christin Taylor, Courtney Marshall, Monica A. Coleman, Faith Pennick, Nikki Lane, Sharon Hurley, and Althea Tate talking about what keeps them BRAVE.  You will also hear music from Janelle Monae, Mahalia Jackson, Goapele, Mosadi Music, John Coltrane, Lykki Li, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Amanda Ray, The Lost Bois, Santigold and more!

The experience of making and editing this podcast affirms for me that tomorrow when I walk to get my PhD in English, African and African American Studies and Women’s Studies, I am participating in a long, deep, resonant walk with many fellow travelers.  One of the blessings that keeps me brave is the vibrant, intergenerational community of Black feminist scholars, cultural workers and activists represented here.

Stay brave,

Alexis

Still Brave

direct link: http://brokenbeautiful.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/still-brave.mp3

3 years ago women of color came together and transformed what it meant to transform terror on Halloween, declaring October 31st Be Bold Be Red Day, a day for women of color and allies to speak out against violence against women. And 30 years ago women of color came together to respond to violence in the same critical and poetic spirit.

Towards the world the we all deserve, fully transformed from the misogyny and internalized racism we face in popular music to the frightening expendability of the lives and bodies of women of color this podcast places the brave voices of women telling the truth about gendered violence over the remixed sounds of Miles Davis. This year we take every sound back, starting with our own voices and the background that seeks to silence them.

Listen with your community, your class, your friends, your study group, your church, your crew, pass the link on or listen by yourself and see, hear and wear red.

listen here

or download here: http://brokenbeautiful.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/real-be-bold-be-red-podcast.mp3

Learn more about the Salsa Soul Sisters, an NYC organization founded in 1974…the same year as the Combahee River Collective!

“because they were coming home.”-Carolyn Grey

On Saturday January 30th Harriet Alston and Carolyn Grey brought decades of memories and a Linda Tillery album that Harriet had spent days digitizing through the rare (and unplowed) North Carolina Snow to have a conversation with eager listeners at the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Potluck about their time in the Salsa Soul Sisters and the lessons they learned about building community.  This audio documentary blends the conversation with music selected by Harriet to bring others into the conversation who could not attend the event, and to serve as a historical and movement resource for those of us committed to the political intervention of creating loving and affirming community. Brought to you by the MobileHomeComing Project-a partnership between BrokenBeautiful Press and Queer Renaissance to nurture and amplify the resilience and creativity of Black queer intergenerational community.

Listen to the audio documentary here:

http://brokenbeautiful.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/salsa-soul-audio-documentary.mp3

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