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The Revelations of Asher

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


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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List #2 (Asher speaks: A list)


List #2

1.     Decide to be a woman who likes to work.

I mentioned this before. We all know this. Relationships of any kind are hard work. Lazy women cannot formulate lasting romantic relationships. The idea is to honor service and production. My two truths come to mind here. I remember my resolve: to be transparent, to be stronger, smarter, braver, and more loving with each passing day. I resolved to be more helpful, more useful, more conscious, and more attuned to what my Creator desires than what I desire because it takes two. It takes two healthy individuals to build a life-giving partnership. Remember, you’ll be known by your fruits too. Do you have a dream? Are you inspired to accomplish a task, tackle a new profession, start a business, raise remarkable children, be a better friend, sister, daughter, or lover to your boyfriend or husband? Get crackin’, sis. Work hard and smart. Be your truest self. Be Wisdom.

2.    Cultivate your character more than personal wealth or material possessions.

I learned a lot of other stuff about women in the book of Proverbs. At the end, in chapter 31, there’s a description of an incredible woman. The first thing I noticed was that she’s got money to buy her own land, clothe her entire household, hire help to tend to some of her family’s needs, and lace herself with the flossiest gear. I immediately felt down with that. Then, as...

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