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The Institute of Black Imagination.

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Welcome to The Institute of Black Imagination hosted by artist, writer, and brand consultant Dario Calmese. Each week we bring you conversations from The Pool of Black Genius: a collection of iconoclasts at the leading edge of cultural thought and innovation. More than anything, we are here to inspi… read more


E34. The Process of Un-Drowning with Poet and Scholar Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Part Two).

In today’s episode Dario sits with poet, independent scholar, and self-ascribed cousin to all sentient beings, Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs.  As described by writer, Sharon Bridgforth,  “Alexis serves as guide and translator of vibrational realities of dreaming into how to survive, thrive and shape-shift this world.”  Dario and Alexis discuss creating our own paths outside of established institutions, particularly, academia and the church. Alexis shares thoughts on collaborating with Spirit and a love offering to anyone who has experienced spiritual violence. 

Today’s conversation is part 2 of our conversation with Alexis. During these conversations, we invite you to slow down and simply listen.To listen in between the pauses of life, to listen for the lessons in grief, and to listen for your own voice.  Sista Docta Pauline Gumbs leaves us with a benediction and closing ceremony for 2021. 

We mentioned over the course of two conversations 

A couple of books. 

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals by Alexis Pauline Gumbs 

Dub: Finding Ceremony  by Alexis Pauline Gumbs 

A few mentors.

Alexis De Veaux 

M Jacqui Alexander 

Farah Jasmine Griffin 

A favorite writer.

Sharon Bridgforth 

A noted singer. 


An Academician without Institution .

Anna Julia Cooper 

A spiritual experience.

Mobile Homecoming

Alexis Pauline Gumbs on Twitter

Alexis Pauline Gumbs on Instagram 

Alexis Pauline Gumbs website 

This conversation was recorded on November 23, 2021.  

Original Music composed by Dario Calmese, Show Art by River Wildmen, Social Art by Stéphane Lab, production Carmen D. Harris, Dario Calmese 

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