Black Lesbians United welcomes Mobile Homecoming Project

Jeannette Bronson, Black Lesbians United

*****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*****

Black Lesbians United welcomes Mobile Homecoming Project

3rd Annual BLU Retreat

Malibu, California

October 7-9, 2011

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For inquires, contact: Yolanda Carrington

Phone: 919-695-3673

Email: media@mobilehomecoming.org*

Mobile Homecoming co-founders Julia Roxanne Wallace and Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be participants at the 3rd Annual Black Lesbians United Retreat in Malibu, California. Julia and Alexis cherish the opportunity to buildcommunity at this intergenerational gathering of Black lesbians from around the country.   Gumbs and Wallace will be on hand to document this year’s activities and also present footage from their upcoming documentary.  The Mobile Homecoming project highlights the intergenerational impact of Black

LGBTQ elders who have been trailblazers in the social justice movement, the creative arts, and within their communities.

The Mobile Homecoming project is an experiential archive that uses multiple forms of new media and interactive educational technologies to collect, archive and amplify the social organizing stories of Black LGBTQ folks in order to create lasting relationships and share resiliency practices across age.  Julia and Alexis believe that “the stories of how trans and cis gender women, trans men and genderqueer black people grew their own bravery and created community are priceless resources for our communities and the communities of the future.”

During the retreat, Alexis and Julia will be documenting the history of BLU retreat, an event which serves as an important resource of community-building, self-care, and spiritual rejuvenation, for Black lesbians in Southern California, organized by a group of volunteers who have been carrying on this tradition for over twenty-five years. Alexis and Julia will also lead an interactive song-making workshop where participants will create a BLU(es) song together!

Julia Roxanne Wallace M. Div is a filmmaker, theology scholar and the

founder of Queer Renaissance (queerrenaissance.com)  a multimedia movement based on the premise that we can create the world anew through passionate pursuing our individual and collective purpose.  Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a writer and educator with a PhD in English, Women’s Studies and Africana Studies, and the founder of BrokenBeautiful

Press<http://brokenbeautiful.wordpress.com/>(brokenbeautifulpress.worpdress.com) and Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind (blackfeministmind.wordpress.com) an interactive community school and creation-space based in the transformative brilliance of Black feminist visionaries.

For more information about the BLU retreat, contact blu@blacklesbiansunited.org or visit the retreat’s event page at http://blacklesbiansunited.org/overview.html.

If you would like to learn more about the Mobile Homecoming project, please email

mobilehomecoming@gmail.com or visit our website at www.mobilehomecoming.org.

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