Slacker Hacker Mom is a new venture. After years of parenting and being asked numerous times: “How do you have 4 kids, give talks around the USA, consult, and write books? You are super mom!”
False. I’m a hot mess. I do not have my sh*t together. Most of you only know the online “life of Dr. A. Breeze Harper”…. but behind the scenes is another story (my motivation for my 3rd book Black.Mama.Scholar.) . I’m sleep deprived. Haven’t showered for days and I often forget about practicing mindfulness and Buddhist precepts when it’s the end of the day, kids still won’t go to bed and I start yelling and screaming or bribing them to go the f*ck to sleep.
Certain family members may think I’m a “slacker” when it comes to raising my children, keeping my house in order (stacks of laundry I don’t fold on a daily or even weekly basis), while other folk experience me as “supermom” when I remedy my motherhood challenges by taking my baby with me to give talks so I can nurse on demand (though some folk think this is “slacking” and I should stay home and not go out trying to pursue a career with baby in tow)….
The point is, you can’t please everyone nor should you. Slacker Hacker Mom dispels the myth that one is a “slacker”/”bad” mom or a “supermom” for not adhering to or adhering to some prescribed rules of perfect parenting (which is usually white upper-middle class heteronormative neoliberal capitalist framing). My new project hacks this binary with a Black Feminist framing along with other critical frameworks and methods/methodologies.
Slacker Hacker Mom is a Black Feminist Hack of Mothering (and beyond). I will still be keeping the Sistah Vegan Project, but check out www.slackerhackermom.com which will be launching in early 2018 and sign up to receive newsletters.
Dr. A. Breeze Harper has a PhD in Critical Food Geographies. She is the creator of The Sistah Vegan Project and the editor of the ground-breaking anthology, Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak On Food, Identity, Health, and Society, is a sought-after speaker, writer, and consultant at Critical Diversity Solutions (www.criticaldiversitysolutions.com).
Her most recently published book is Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014). Scars interrogates how systems of oppression and power impact the life of protagonist 18 year old Savannah Sales, the only Black teenager living in an all white and working class rural New England town. In 2018, her latest book project will be published, tentatively titled Black Mama Scholar: On Black Feminism, Food Ethics, And Toddler Tantrums .
Overall, Dr. Harper’s work focuses on how systems of oppression- namely racism and normative whiteness- operate within the USA. She uses food and ethical consumptions cultures, within North America, to explore these systems. Her favorite tools of analysis are critical whiteness studies, decolonial world systems theory, Black feminisms, critical race feminism, critical animal studies, and critical food studies. She is known for using engaged Buddhism as the choice method to explain her research and broach these often difficult topics of power, privilege, and liberation.
Dr. Harper has been invited to deliver keynote addresses and lectures at universities and conferences throughout North America. Her talks explore how and why people have unique relationships to food and wellness and how these relationships are impacted by race, socio-economic class, gender, sexuality and physical abilities.
If you are interested in having A. Breeze Harper speak at your college, conference or organization please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about her on her author and publications page here.