Bridget B. here, I really enjoy, listening to and playing for you, international music, which I strive to convey in the first hour of An Evening of Afrotainment. My professional work as an event producer has taken me to many countries and I always take pause to inhale the surrounding culture, mostly through various forms of visual and musical, artistic expressions. The world is large, but it still finds ways to connect us and I believe the connecting point is through music.
I played a piece by Lura, pronounced Loo-Rah, called Bida Mariadu, off the Putumayo Presents: Women of the World: Acoustic CD. This compilation is "...an exploration of contemporary acoustic music by some of the world's leading female artists." http://www.putumayo.com/en/catalog_item.php?album_id=231 I always preview the songs that I play and this one was just so touching that I couldn't pass it by and then I learned more about the artist...read on...
Labor doula and Icarus Project student organizer Annie Robinson talks about her experience in the mental health system as an adolescent, and how it led to her interest in changing medical birthing procedures and becoming a doula. Annie discusses the trauma caused by doctor interventions in childbirth and its lasting effects on both children and mothers.
Music of the African Diaspora by Black Artists-Worldwide
Bridget B.here, Celeste and I will be joining forces to deliver An Evening of Afrotainment each Saturday from 7pm to 10pm. I'll be at the helm on December 20 and 27, 2008 and January 3, 17 and 31, 2009. Then Celeste and I will rotate with Celeste serving as the host on January 10 and 24, 2009.
This episode of Gender Blender addressed religion/spirituality and gender. During this second half of the two part 1 hour show, hosts Rebecca Nay and Jacob Anderson-Minshall were joined in studio by Reverend Nathan Meckley, Senior Pastor at Portland Oregon's MCC, and Reverend Dr. Frodo Okulam, from Sister Spirit (sisperspirit-portland.com), a women's spirituality group. Okulam also teaches classes on women's spirituality as part of Portland State University's Women Studies. Earlier in the hour an interview was played with Fatemeh Fakhraie the founder and editor of Muslimah Media Watch (muslimahmediawatch.org). The hosts were also joined by phone from Martin Rawlings-Fein in San Francisco.
Portland's venerable In Other Words Bookstore, the nation's final nonprofit feminist bookstore and resource center may be forced to close if it does not raise $3,000 in the next three weeks.
In Other Words Women's Books and Resources is the last surviving non-profit feminist bookstore in the United States. For the last 14 years they have offered a comprehensive and diverse collection of books, magazines, and zines with a wide variety of subjects, including: feminist & queer studies, erotica, sex & sexuality, trans studies, spirituality, herbs, and non-sexist children's books, to name a few.
In Other Words has become a hub of activity—hosting a wide range of community events, meetings and workshops that include author readings, Spanish classes, writing workshops, concerts, art shows, yoga and more.
This episode of Gender Blender addressed religion/spirituality and gender.Hosts Rebecca Nay and Jacob Anderson-Minshall were joined in studio by Reverend Nathan Meckley, Senior Pastor at Portland Oregon’s MCC, and Reverend Dr. Frodo Okulam, from Sister Spirit (sisperspirit-portland.com), a women’s spirituality group.Okulam also teaches classes on women’s spirituality as part of Portland State University’s Women Studies.
The message below from In Other Words, the LAST non-profit, feminist bookstore in the country. Please repost widely, even to contacts outside of Portland. This community resource has touched many lives in her long herstory. Let us support those who have supported us for so long. Thank you, Carla
In Other Words, like so many of our fellow bookstores, has fallen upon incredibly hard financial times. With the decline in our current economy, we have experienced severely decreased revenue. If we are unable to raise $11,000 by the end of December, In Other Words will have to close its doors.