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The Revelations of Asher

Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)

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Jeanine M. Staples

The Revelations of Asher: Toward Supreme Love in Self is an endarkened, feminist, new literacies event. It critically and creatively explores Black women’s terror in love. With poetry, prose, and analytic memos, Jeanine Staples shows how a group of Black women’s talk and writings about relationships revealed epistemological and ontological revelations, after 9/11. These revelations are presented in the context of a third wave new literacies framework. They are voiced and storied dynamically by the women’s seven fragmented selves. Through the selves, we learn the five ways the women lived as lovers: Main Chick, Side Chick, Bonnie, Bitch, and Victim. As an alternative-response to these identities in love, the author presents a new way. She introduces the Supreme Lover Identity and illuminates its integral connection to social and emotional justice for and through Black women’s wisdom.
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When Asher and Soren met (Jeanine speaks)

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When Asher and Soren met

When people show you who they are believe them. (Dr. Maya Angelou)

When people show you who they are believe them. And, if it’s safe, keep an eye out for additional demonstrations and embodiments of Self because what you see is not all there is and what they’ve shown is not all they’ve got. (Dr. Jeanine Staples)

There are many things to say about Asher and Soren’s first interaction. I like so many things about their dynamic and find it very curious and interesting to absorb. Compiling the story of An encounter meant re-reading members’ accounts of initial interactions with significant loves and weaving together one that portrayed a description of what it means to connect with someone and experience a visceral, physical, and emotional connection, along with an ideological disconnect. When I read Asher’s voice today, I hear in her tonality and pitch a semblance of confidence that is only partially true. I can tell that she is trying out what she believes; Soren’s curiosity is heightened and her defenses are up as she is only beginning to live out an idea that inspires safety in her world. There is, as she concluded, a base of certainty in herself that is mixed with a degree of uncertainty. She hopes she is right, even as she declares that she knows what is right…absolutely right.

Of course, when we hear and see such insistences we begin to...

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