About This Blog

i am an advocate. artist. believer. dancer. educator. feminist. lover. mentor. poet. scholar. student. vocalist. womanist. writer.

i am a also a ph.d student of urban education.

in a context where we have suffered both race and gender oppression, literature (and really art, in all its forms) has offered many of us a space through which we can write our own histories, explore our experiences, and create our own names and definitions. our creative productions attempt to make human the images we often see in pop cultural media.  so while personal, our art also can reveal a lot about the world we live in.

there are too few spaces where people can display the range of our experiences and emotions – rage and loss, love, desire and even aspiration – without our being reduced to some misguided interpretation of who we are, and/or what we want.  no single narrative or group of representations should speak for an entire population, yet within popular discourses some experiences count for naming “me,” and others don’t.  and more – there exists a hierarchy of experiences and artistic performances, that guides the dominant of narrative of who i am [not].  this blog is my attempt to narrate my experiences, name myself, and define it in a way that represents all of me.

and it represents one small part of my effort to also helping to encourage others – especially the young people and their families who i work with everyday in philadelphia – to intervene in (and disrupt) conversations about them.  conversations, from which they are often alienated.  as i mention on my  “Revolutionary Petunia” page, in order to encourage others to name themselves, i must also be a part of that process.

to learn more about my professional work in philadelphia, please visit ucitysuccess.wordpress.com.

and to connect with me, leave your comments here, or email me at:  patrice.berry@gmail.com.

12 Responses to “About This Blog”

  1. tj December 28, 2009 at 1:17 am #

    it’s fascinating that “about me” is funneled (in large part) thru the description of your current academic project….”critical consciousness” thru advocacy/research of street lit…hmmm, so in essence you are providing young people with a tool for “intervening in (and distrupting) conversations about them.”

    that’s dope on an intellectual level…i have previously expressed 2 u my admiraton for the way u think. now i want 2 know y these particular wars? in “about me” i would like to read some of “who is partrice berry” outside of school that influences/affects her passions inside of school…(only my opinion tho)

  2. patrice berry December 28, 2009 at 1:59 am #

    i hear you, yo. seriously (and thank you so much for your feedback!). but this means i gotta like – ya know… actually talk about mySELF. ewww… i’ll work on something. writing about myself is difficult. i’ve tried. i admit, part of it is probably my preoccupation with the way it sounds, and/or how people will read it. #wompwomp 🙂 if i can get over that, i will have moved mountains…

  3. tj December 28, 2009 at 2:30 am #

    that is honest of you, thank u…it would be wrong of me to project on you something i find just as difficult to do (prob. 4 similar reasons) without stating so…

    what i have asked of u, i also ask of myself…

  4. Nick Vittum February 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm #

    I just want you to know that I support what you are doing here and in your studies, 200%.

  5. patrice berry February 2, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    that means a lot – truly. thank you!

  6. BP February 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    I admire your courage! Its amazing! I also believe that the journey to look at oneself critically is part of the revolutionary battle. I think you are doing just that with the blog… Its important to move beyond fear and silence.

    Kudos, sis!!

    • patrice berry February 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

      you too!! your blog is definitely an encouragement to me!

  7. SEBerry February 11, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    You’ve given my soul a voice! Thank you.


    • patrice berry February 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

      awww mommy!! *tear* you are an inspiration…

  8. talibhaiku February 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    lol that’s cool your mum is also on wordpress

    • patrice berry February 21, 2010 at 12:00 am #

      haha, i wish she’d write something! she’s pretty awesome, lol…


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