Monday, May 11, 2009

Hey, Brooklynites! (And People in Surrounding Areas)

How apparent is it that I know nothing about NY geography except "It's Big!"

We're inviting you to a party!!

It's a listening party for the SPEAK! CD, featuring readings by contributors Black Amazon and Mamita Mala.

What is the SPEAK! CD?
SPEAK! is a group of women of color media makers. In the summer and fall of 2008, they created this CD compilation of spoken word, poetry, and song. With contributors from all over the U.S., these recordings are testimonials of struggle, hope, and love.

This CD’s purpose is two-fold. First, we hope that this CD will be an outreach tool and a resource for women of color and allies seeking to bring important issues to light. Many teachers and activists are already planning ways they can use the CD in their work. We have a free curriculum available for download underneath the Listening Party page in hopes that people will come together around the CD.

Second, this is a fundraising tool. We plan to use all profits from the sale of the CD to support single mothers of SPEAK! in coming to the Allied Media Conference. Mothers are instrumental to our work and have been some of the key advisors to the AMC’s INCITE! Women/Trans People of Color Media Track, as well as instigators and shapers of SPEAK! from the beginning. We use the Allied Media Conference as a place to come together and plan our work.
If you haven't gotten your CD, a track listing is here and it's available here.

I love the CD; it is powerful, poignant, and affirming. I'm using it this summer in one of my classes (and I'd already used the work of many of these women in my teaching before).

So go listen! RSVP to for the address and details, and remember, SPACE IS LIMITED.

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