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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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A discussion (One of many discussions on how new literacies practices and events enable the location and exploration of endarkened feminist epistemologies and ontologies that taught me all about terror in love) (Jeanine speaks)

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A discussion

(One of many discussions on how new literacies practices and events enable the location and exploration of endarkened feminist epistemologies and ontologies that taught me all about terror in love)

The worst thing about [terror]…is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds your self-doubt. You start thinking…perhaps I am not good enough.

(Nina Simone, The High Priestess of Soul, artist, activist, feminist extraordinaire, one that I perceive as a student of Supreme Love.

[Available: http://tinyurl.com/mr554sj])

Asher was not beaten or raped (by Him) or overtly spoken to with contempt. She was cheated on, lied to, and quietly and consistently humiliated in the space of a significant romantic relationship (Maven experienced a similar case). These terrors sparked deep confusion for Asher because of the irony of their context (they happened inside a deep love). This irony resulted in a type of dis-ease and a slow erosion of her sense of self-trust and confidence. This erosion triggered the basis of her self (to inquire, to dig, to seek, to conclude succinctly and cleanly). This compelled Asher’s questioning and made her care. In Maven’s case, such erosions resulted in a barely audible, yet steady, and desperate need for control. Nason was beaten and swindled out of valuable resources that support a sense of security (time, space, money). These terrors came in response to (or supported the affect of) her ironclad...

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