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    Returning Home

    — vol. ii



    The phenomenon of what we experience over many moments during this lifetime and the next.

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    Video · May 27, 2018

    I Gave Myself Space To Go Back…Pt. II



    It is a slowed moment where our past, present, and future self are on this earthly plane, at the same time, and are attempting to communicate, sync, and traverse space/time by utilizing light, reflection, sound, and the earth's own power.

    Along with drawn scrolls of ritual instructions and a sound piece that records the vibrations that this ritual creates, this piece is meant to elaborate on a particular belief I have, which is: Our past, present, and future selves...our kinfolks' past, present, and future selves all exist on this earthly plane at the same moment.

    And, in this way, when we attempt heal or better understand ourselves or them -- in this realm -- we heal and better understand those who have gone, those who are still here, and our future selves.

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    As told by

    Yetunde Olagbaju

    Yetunde Olagbaju is a multidisciplinary artist, collaborator, and curator currently residing in Oakland, CA. Through their work, they concern themselves with time travel, space, source, vulnerability, ancestry, and the human relationship to the Blackness of the universe. Through video, installation, performance, photography, sound, and ritual they aims to sort through how we, as human beings, orient ourselves through our emotional and physical landscapes—our timeless internal and external worlds.



    This story is part of Returning Home, a theme that the Black Girl Magik collective explored and invited the community to investigate with us through a practice of communal healing and coalition building.

    Disconnecting to Reconnect

    The Black Girl Magik collective supports each member in her healing journeys through our annual self-care break. During this time we disconnect from social media to the capacity our programming allows, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. Additionally, we take this time to re-engage with the mission of the collective and to return the root of what it means to organize and build collectively. We are now considering what this self-care break can look like when we invite transparency into our restoration process, and engage our community through physical programming.

    The main goal of our residency with Powrplnt is to provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing and to define self-care on their terms. We aim to: 1) conjure the capacity to center the resilience of women of color; 2) provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing with us, and to define self-care on their terms; 3) host programming, open studios and discussions for and with the community.

    Healing is a journey and we are honoring this journey as a collective by disconnecting from social media, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. We invite you to join us and can’t wait to share how you can meet us IRL.

    All Themes

    Reclaiming Pleasure
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    Reclaiming Pleasure

    "Reclaiming Pleasure" is the assertion of sexual power, alongside a period of recovery. It is a Black woman finding strength in her sensuality and grounding autonomy in the realms of pleasure and desire. It is the rejection of standards set on our ancestors and the distinction between agency and objectification.

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    Resident DJ: Alfafa Brown

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    Resident DJ: ON MOMMAS

    vol. ii — In Practice of Being

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    Returning Home

    Returning Home

    “Returning Home” is an exploration back to lands, rituals and traditions that we have always known. It is voyaging and feeling at home as soon as you step foot on the ground. It is hearing music and your soul perceiving the frequencies. It is seeing a familiar face and knowing that somehow you have met before. “Returning Home” is a return to self.

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    Conversations (1)

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    Resident DJ: Poetic

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    Resident DJ: Diva

    vol. ii — Congo Calypso

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    Reclaiming Pleasure
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