All The Black Girls Are Activists : A Fourth Wave Womanist Pursuit Of Dreams As Radical Resistance by Ebonyjanice Moore
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Who would black women become if they didn’t have to create from a place of resistance? That is the central question explored in EbonyJanice’s thought-provoking book, All The Black Girls Are Activists.
As a Hip Hop Womanist writer and theologian, EbonyJanice delves into the realm of a fourth wave of Womanism, embracing concepts such as dreaming, the pursuit of softness, ancestral reverence, and radical wholeness as tools for liberation.
All The Black Girls Are Activists is a heartfelt love letter to Black girls and Black women, aiming to provide answers to the question of identity and purpose. By emphasizing the significance of Black women’s wellness, wholeness, and survival, EbonyJanice positions them as the catalysts for the radical revolution they have long been awaiting.
About the Author:
EbonyJanice is a dynamic lecturer, transformational speaker, and passionate multi-faith preacher. Her work focuses on Decolonizing Authority, Hip Hop Scholarship, Womanism as a Political and Spiritual/Religious tool for Liberation, Blackness as Religion, Dialogue as a central aspect of professional development and personal growth, as well as Women and Gender Studies centered on black girlhood.
EbonyJanice holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Political Science, along with a Master of Arts in Social Change, specializing in Spiritual Leadership, Womanist Theology, and Racial Justice. She is the founder of Black Girl Mixtape, a multi-platform safe think-space that amplifies the intellectual and creative authority of black women, featuring a lecture series, an online learning institute, and a creative collaborative.
Furthermore, EbonyJanice is the visionary behind Dream Yourself Free, a Spiritual Mentoring project dedicated to empowering black women through healing, dreaming, ease, play, and wholeness as avenues for activism and resistance.
Being an Activist and Author with EbonyJanice | Multitudes: a Love Letter to Black Women and Girls, Embracing Softness as a Radical Act
Hello everyone! Welcome back to Multitudes. I’m your host, Nicole Carter, and I hope you’re doing well today. Thank you so much for tuning in. Here on Multitudes, we have conversations that provide information, a new perspective, and entertainment for your day. Today’s conversation is with activist and author Ebony Denise. We are re-airing this conversation because Ebony Denise’s new book, “All the Black Girls Are Activists,” has just been released. In this conversation, we talk about the book and the importance of softness, as well as Ebony Denise’s journey towards fully embracing herself and her activism. I encourage you to check out her book, and you can find more information about Ebony Denise and all of my guests on Multitudes at multitudespodcast.com.
Before we dive in, I have a couple of updates for the podcast. Transcripts of the episodes are being added one by one, so soon you will be able to view all of them online. And if you prefer listening to podcasts on YouTube, episodes are now available on the Multitudes YouTube channel. Just a note, though, that they are audio only. Now, let’s get started with today’s conversation.
Where do the guests come from?
Most of the guests on the podcast are found through online research or recommendations. I try to find people who are knowledgeable about the topics we discuss or who have a unique perspective to share. I reach out to them through email or social media, and it has been really heartwarming to have guests say yes to coming on the show.
How does your upbringing influence your activism?
I grew up in a small, predominantly white town in Ohio. Even as a young girl, I noticed that I was different from my white classmates, and I became aware of the inequalities and unfairness in society. My grandmother, who grew up in the Deep South, also had a major influence on me. She taught me about the importance of education and taking care of our fellow black men and women. These experiences shaped my activism and my belief in the pursuit of freedom and liberation.
What does it mean to be an activist and a hip-hop womanist?
Being an activist means living authentically and intentionally, and using my voice and actions to fight for equality and justice. As a hip-hop womanist, I embrace the term coined by Alice Walker to define black women who are doing gender equality work from a black feminist perspective. Hip-hop has been a significant influence in my life, and I consider it a sacred text that teaches us about what to do and what not to do. I use hip-hop to explore the possibilities of freedom and liberation.
Tell us about your childhood and the influence of your elders.
I grew up in a predominantly white town in Ohio, but I had a conscious awareness of my blackness and the inequality and discrimination that existed. My grandmother, who is from Alabama, taught me about the importance of education and taking care of our community. Growing up in the black church also had a major influence on me. The church empowered me and taught me about liberation and the importance of centering black women in religious experiences.
When did you know you wanted to be an activist?
I have always been aware of the need for equality and justice, even as a young girl. It wasn’t a specific moment when I decided to become an activist; it was more of a natural inclination based on my experiences and beliefs. I have always felt a responsibility to fight for the well-being and liberation of my community, and that has guided my activism.
Why did you write “All the Black Girls Are Activists”?
I wrote “All the Black Girls Are Activists” because I wanted to challenge the idea that black women have to constantly resist and fight against oppression. I believe that our existence and our dreams are forms of resistance. The book is a love letter to black women and girls, affirming their worth and encouraging them to embrace their dreams and softness. It explores the power of imagination and the pursuit of freedom.
How has your spirituality evolved over time?
I grew up in a conservative Southern black Christian community, but as I got older, I started questioning certain beliefs and practices. I began exploring other texts and ideologies that resonated with me, such as womanism and hip-hop. My spirituality is deeply connected to my African roots and ancestral knowing. It is about centering black women in religious experiences and acknowledging the divine wisdom within ourselves.
What does decolonizing authority mean to you?
Decolonizing authority is about challenging the institutions and systems that have historically imposed their definitions of credibility and expertise. It is about recognizing that education and credentials alone do not make someone credible. Other forms of knowing, such as lived experience and ancestral wisdom, are just as valid and important. It is about shifting the power dynamics and recognizing that marginalized voices, specifically black women, have their own authority and expertise.
Why is softness important to you?
Softness, for me, is about being fully seated and having a regulated nervous system. It is about embracing vulnerability and navigating the world with an open and compassionate heart. Softness allows us to be more empathetic towards others and create a kinder and more inclusive world. It is a form of resistance against the pressures to be strong and unyielding all the time.
What are you currently learning about?
Currently, I am learning about the importance of self-care and self-compassion. I am exploring what it means to have a softness toolkit and how to prioritize my own well-being. I believe that taking care of ourselves is a revolutionary act and allows us to show up more fully in the world. I am also learning more about the power of romance novels and the ways in which they can teach us about empathy and keeping our hearts soft.
Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you found this conversation insightful and empowering. Don’t forget to pre-order “All the Black Girls Are Activists” by Ebony Denise and support her work. Stay tuned for more episodes of Multitudes, and I’ll see you next time!