The universe has been throwing a lot at me the last few weeks. Personal, professional, economic–you name it. My stamina is running low. My batteries have no time to recharge. I’ve had moments that made me question my worth as a scholar, global citizen, net-izen, and friend. At this point, all I can do is show up–and only because I hear someone’s voice telling me I’d damn well better.
Days like today, I wonder if the #gawds are even listening.
Lo and behold, the universe is speaking.
Happy Birthday Alice Walker!
Kima posting homage on Twitter reminded me that I was about to miss the birthday of the visionary whose words head this blog, who is the namesake of one half of my politico alter-ego, and who has helped me through more hard times than I can count.
Just seeing her presence everywhere reminded me I am more than I am. I’ve been inspired, calmed, and pummeled by Alice Walker’s words, and by the example she sets as a writer, pacifist, and social justice conjurer. Gawd bless her. A world with Alice Walker in it can never be damned. It’s just a world waiting to be saved.
Speaking of saving, today the always loving Alexis Pauline Gumbs reminded me that I also need to be saving myself. Introducing Brilliance Remastered:
Do you ever feel isolated and misunderstood in your department? Do you ever feel that the passions that motivated you to get your degree are contradicted more and more by the process of getting there? Do you feel like you are in limbo? That even the well-meaning advisors around you know how to help you conform to academic standards, but can’t be accountable to the ways you want to TRANSFORM?…
Brilliance Remastered is about going beyond our critique of the master’s tools in order to cultivate the already existing tangible forms of support that can free us up to do the brilliant work we were born to do inside the academy and beyond it….
Brilliance Remastered is my contribution to shifting the paradigm of what we do as community accountable scholars. It is my intention that your experience of graduate school is not full of paranoia, proving yourself, being misunderstood and overlooked, but rather of radiant and inspiring opportunities to bring your best intellectual resources to the issues and communities you care about. I also intend that when you finish graduate school you are not grabbing for crumbs based on what academic institution wants to hire and tokenize and overwork an under-represented person with your specialties, but rather that you will be able to choose to continue your passionate inquiry on your own terms in ways that prioritize and support strategies of power for the communities you love…
Brilliance Remastered is a wellspring for remembering that as Audre Lorde said, the master’s house is not our only form of support. As community, we are our primary and most valuable sources of support. Browse our webinars, one-on-one coaching offerings, blog and podcasts for resources to affirm your vision and support your growth whether you are deciding whether to go to graduate school, struggling to finish or start your thesis or dissertation, needing tools to rearticulate your purpose or to build a community of support. I know that working with you, bright thunder aka brilliant visionaries who are ready to transform the world, will have an impact on the meaning of scholarship and the usefulness of intellectuals for generations to come….
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Just like that: A one-two punch from the universe reminding me that I have wurk to do.
If you want to feel me/Better be divine