Season 3: Uncolonising nature with Alexis Pauline Gumbs

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‘How do we practice this revolution in a way that embodies the best of what we have as humans and the best of what we can observe in other species?’ - Marion

In Season 3 of Black Earth Podcast, we are meeting visionary black women who are creating innovations inspired by nature. 

Today we meet Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs from North Carolina, United States. Alexis is a queer black feminist, love evangelist and an aspirational favourite cousin to all living beings. 

They are also the author of numerous works including the incredible book, ‘Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals.’

In this inspiring and deeply moving episode, Alexis and I explore ways to uncolonise our humanity, our creativity and our relationships with more-than-human beings.

00:00 - Introducing Alexis
02:15 - Alexis’ relationship with nature
09:00 - Alexis reads the preface from their book ‘Undrowned: Black feminist lessons from marine mammals’
27:00 -  Alexis shares an example of black feminist lesson they learned from witnessing the harbour seal
37:15 - What we can learn from apes about mothering and care
43:50 - Why it’s important for black people to reconcile with other living beings and how decoloniality helps us
56:55 - Alexis’ advice on how to give ourselves radical permission to create 
01:06:00 - Alexis’ upcoming book on Audre Lorde
01:18:00 - How to support Alexis
01:20:00 How to support Black Earth podcast

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Creators and Guests

Marion Atieno Osieyo
Marion Atieno Osieyo
Creator and Host of Black Earth Podcast
Season 3: Uncolonising nature with Alexis Pauline Gumbs
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