Casually Brilliant is a Zooms With Friends Masterclass series that features some of my close friends and long time faves talking about our life, healing, knowing, and growing in these times. The term “Casual Brilliance” is something that came to me a few years ago on my journey to decolonizing my own intellect and authority and healing from my imposter syndrome. I realized that often my brilliance showed up in very casual spaces that wouldn’t have been historically considered credible or sacred which is why I didn’t totally understand how profound something so casually brilliant could be. It became a part of my mission to make every space that my casual brilliance showed up (everywhere) sacred and holy. Even a Zoom call. Or should I say, especially what you’re about to experience over the next few months through Season 1 of this MASTERCLASS series.

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THIS WEEK ON CASUALLY BRILLIANT
EPISODE 7: ELIZABETH GILBERT

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat Pray Love, The Signature of All Things, Big Magic, and City of Girls. We had the opportunity to talk about the kind of women we want to be, the rituals that keep us grounded and alive, and the grace we offer ourselves when we fall because, “Good guess!” You can learn more about Elizabeth Gilbert HERE.

 

 

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LAST WEEK ON CASUALLY BRILLIANT
EPISODE 6: JOEL LEON DANIELS

Joel L. Daniels is a Story Teller, Father, and a Recovering Rapper. In this episode of Casually Brilliant we spend some serious time talking about growing deeper in community, in these times and how we can really love and care for one another. Support Joel’s work HERE and learn in community with him HERE.

 

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EPISODE 5: RACHEL CARGLE

Rachel Cargle is the founder of The Loveland Foundation and The Great Unlearn. She is building an intellectual legacy through teaching, storytelling & critical discourse. In this episode we discuss gentrification, permission to grieve, excitement about black joy, how our grandmothers taught us abt the sacred, and being good stewards!

EPISODE 4: AMIR SULAIMAN

Amir Sulaiman is a poet, recording artist, Harvard Fellow, actor, screen writer and producer. His voice also makes EVERYTHING 100 x’s more profound than it would have been if anyone else on the planet spoke it. Amir and I talk about rest, self-care, and the Lover and the Beloved in this episode. My God – I can’t wait for you to experience this beautiful discussion.

www.amirsulaiman.com

 

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EPISODE 3: THEA MONYEE

Thea Monyee is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Priest, a prophet, and a poet – seen on HBO/OWN/FoxSoul/Godaddy Makers. She centers her healing through a Liberation, Joy, & Pleasure lens. At some point in this conversation we went from talking about hip hop lyrics to metaphysics. I quote Thea Monyee more than anybody on the planet in this season of my life. You do NOT want to miss.

www.theamonyee.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

EPISODE 2: UNEARTH & BLOOM

Khadijah and Zakiyyah Abdul-Mateen are Licensed Mental Health Professionals & Intergenerational Healers liberating mind and body trauma. We had the opportunity to talk about the difference between “healing generational trauma” versus the language of “breaking generational curses.” We also discussed the journey to ancestral reverence and spent a bit of time talking about how our elders often filtered many of their gifts (our gifts) through the Christian Demonic Filter as a way to “keep us safe.” 🤭 This was such an AMAZING conversation! Learn more about Unearth & Bloom and support their work at www.instagram.com/unearthandbloom

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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EPISODE 1: CANDACE SIMPSON

Candace is an Educator, a Baptist Minister, a Writer, a Queer/Abolitionist, and one of the most profound thinkers of our generation. In this debut episode of Casually Brilliant, we discuss black people’s healthy and unhealthy ways of coping with trauma, Candace troubles some of our collective thoughts about God, and I think the video version of this discussion has some random choreography to Candace’s current favorite viral video entitled, “If God Don’t Do It!” You can learn more about Candace Simpson and various ways to support her work at fishsandwichheaven.com

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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A Year of Black Joy