Homebound Heroes: Pop Culture, Self-Care and Writing With Danielle Broadway
Fridays (Day/Time TBD subject to participants’ votes)
April 3-May 1
Instructor/Moderator: Danielle Broadway
Sometimes the greatest act of heroism is survival. There isn’t enough attention or respect for vulnerable communities that challenge adversity through self-preservation. In the midst of this pandemic, the notions of power, prowess and endurance are being challenged, as people must practice radical self-care to fight off the virus. A hero isn’t always someone who can punch their way through any evil–they are the marginalized Black woman staying home, deep-conditioning her hair, watching a movie and having a tasty meal. They are the diabetic mother, allowing herself an extra hour of rest when her children are sleeping. They are the queer non-binary person with depression who gets out of bed to talk with a friend even when the weight is almost too heavy to bear. They are real people. No matter how bound to a health condition, location or situation we all may be, our radical imaginations are unassailable. Through actions of saving ourselves, we are helping to save the world.
In this weekly offering, Danielle Broadway will guide participants on a journey to find the inner heroes within them. Accompanied by playlists, including scores from The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Marvel and anime films, the class will feature pop-culture prompts, self-care rituals, and a dedicated time to read, write and share. Each prompt will reflect part of our current, sequestered reality. There is absolute freedom, as writing can be fiction or non-fiction. The goal is to manifest a sense of community in order to harness our collective energy. You may not realize it yet, but you are a mighty hero. It’s time to strengthen your power.
Danielle Broadway is an English Literature MA student at California State University, Long Beach. She has been published in Black Girl Nerds, LA Weekly and Medium, is a writer for CSULB’s the Daily49er, is a managing editor for Watermark, her school’s academic literary journal and is an assistant editor at Angels Flight • literary west. She has worked in education for more than six years and is a social-justice activist. To that end, she is an intern at East Yards: Communities For Environmental Justice in Long Beach, where she works with community leaders to change environmental policy. Inspired by her family and her ancestors, Danielle aspires to be a catalyst for change both in the classroom and beyond.
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