Join the Tour – Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir

DSC_0339_SittingSmile (3)In early March, I took on the task of organizing the NYC tour and launch of Professor Halifu Osumare’s newest book, Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir.  It is now two week to the opening event on May 17th, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00 at the  Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter , where Halifu Osumare will be join by her lifelong friend Ntozake Shange.

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The authors will read from their newest publications, Shange released Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poem in late 2017, and enter into conversation about the intersections of their lives and careers, highlighting  ways in which dance nurture and fortify them as artist, activists, and educators. Come join Osumare and Shange on this first stop of Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir book tour!  Reservations are highly recommended.  Click HERE to make your reservation.

But if you cannot make it…

Join Osumare on May 18, 2018 at 6:30 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise,  Harlem location – 439 west 127 Street.  Osumare will read from Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir surrounded by Arthur Jaffe”s exhibit AIR ABOVE MOUNTAINS, UNKNOWN PLEASURES – 

GavinBrown_NYC_Dancing in Blackness_ in which Jaffe “expansively extends his exploration of ontological Blacknuss* as a generative and pluripontantial phenomenon—one capable of addressing the social stresses weight, fissures and breaks of being Black—and concomitantly, Black Being and Thingification—in the world” Greg Tate, 2017.

Osumare’s  Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir  reading will engage visual arts and dance as co-collaborators in the making  and deployment of blackness as an audacious response to experiences of living-while-black in contemporary western spaces.   Make your reservation at RSVP@GavinBrown.Biz, or call  212/627-5258 

But, if you cannot make it to this event …

Join Osumare on May 21, 2018  in Brooklyn at Greenlight Bookstore, 632 Flatbush AveBrooklynNY 11225 location.  Co-hosted by Urban Bush Women, Osumare will read from Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir  and enter into conversation with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, GreenLight1_NYC_Dancing in Blackness_TourFounding Artistic Director and Chief Visioning Officer of Urban Bush Women. Osumare and Zollar’s conversaton will highlight dance as a tool for community building and social justice.  Reserve your seat through the following  Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2476394135919639/ 

 

Reward yourself... Make it to one of more stops on Dancing in Blackness, A Memoir  NYC Book Tour!!  You will get sustainable fuel for living a dance inspired life, and tools to build the better world many persons of goodwill truly seek.

 

Michaela DePrince

My interest is in the lives and life stories of African Diaspora women, with particular attention to expressions/articulations of identity and belonging.  Michaela DePrince is an extraordinary artist and survivor of war.  Please share your thoughts on the May 2017 interview.

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October 2014

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October 2014
Delivering lectures and conducting seminars/workshops (see titles below) for the Anthropos Group and the Centre for Liberation Theology at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

Workshop 1 and 2
‘Body Matters: Somatic Conversations on Christianity, Love, and Justice’
Lecture/Workshop 1
‘Love and Its Public Significance – Questions and Challenges for Theology’
Lecture/Workshop 2
‘Migration and Constructed Identities – A Theological Engagement’

Building Community

The womanist concept of Regardless, appropriated from Alice Walker’s initial womanist definition, is important to thinking through notions of new community building in which oppression and exploitation are part of the history and identity of those involved in this process. In point three of her four-point definition of womanist, Walker (1967 p. 1) implicates Love (capitalized to point to its political, religious and commonplace deployment), the creative imagination, and Regardless (also capitalized and italicized) in an endless and audacious network. Regardless in Walker’s usage stands alone as a sentence on its own after a consecutive series of two and three word sentences explicating the object of womanist Love:

  1. Loves music. Loves dance. Love the moon. Loves the Spirit. Loves love and food and roundness. Love struggle. Loves the Folk. Loves herself. Regardless. (p. 1)

Regardless is an essential partner to Love of the creative, of creation, Love of family and community (folk) and Love of self: Regardless. This notion of Regardless allows for thinking through and about survival from difficult histories and memories in a manner that is not laden with victim-ology, but articulated journeys of survival filled with dignity that demands Love towards one’s self. To Love Regardless is to accept all the broken, torn, and bruised pieces of one’s self and one’s history and nonetheless choose Love. Regardless empowers bent and broken persons to engage in loving acts without question and without conditionality. Regardless allow spaces for those caught up in webs of oppression and exploitation to find the courage to give and accept Love. Critical reflexivity, ethics and spirituality are core to womanist thought and theologies, and work to address structures of oppression without leading to additional displacement of the oppressed. In this context, the notion of Regardless methodologically points to alternative modes and lenses for locating, analysing, and negotiating power and oppression.

The building of new communities in which each body (in its physical materiality, historical fleshiness, somatic legacies and future imaginings) is valuable and valued requires the coming together of bodies in conversation about bodies, the body of individuals, the body of histories, the body of communities, the Body of Christ, and engagement with Regardless.