30 Day Real Black History Challenge 2014 – Week One (#30DayRBHC)

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I cannot believe that week one is done already, but I am so EXCITED to share this first archive of this year. Three more weeks to go of information, and I am happy to be doing this with people who want to explore, unlearn, relearn, grow, and be change makers in our communities. Only together is this possible.Enjoy the information of culture, privilege, and intersectionality in week one of the 2014 30 Day Real Black History Challenge.Day 1:* I want to set the theme of this next 30 … [Read more...]

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Pressing the Black Out; Hot Combs, Fear and Culture (#30DayRBHC)

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“Be still girl… stop moving!” The words of my mother, and many other Black mothers out there, just trying to press their little girls hair. The smell of smoking hair, the heat on the back of my neck, and the lingering memories of shadow burns on the tops of my ears are all a part of my memories of being a little girl made beautiful by my mother. My mother was skilled at her job, she could press that hair better than most, and I did not even get scared until she was behind my ears or in the kitch … [Read more...]

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The Magic of Maya Angelou; The Lost Voice of the People (#30DayRBHC)

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Her voice was a deep, soulful voice of husky quality. Her presence reverberated into the space of the world, creating a energy that held wisdom in it’s vibration. She was powerful in her womanhood, bringing her culture, her past, and her history as a vehicle for change. Words were her weapons, bullets of love shot from a her heart and directed at her people… all of her people. They called her the “people’s poet” because she wrote messages for, and about, the people. She was not easily described … [Read more...]

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30 Day Real Black History Challenge Year Two; Opening Credits

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It has been a whole year since I was motivated to start the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge. What started as a deep seated frustration with some comments on facebook turned into a spiritual quest leading to one of the most memorable processes of my life. In the (now) 38 years of my life, this is the one moment that I feel I was able to explore my cultural identity from a structured perspective, with a goal in mind. And don’t get me wrong, after the first 36 hours of what started on my F … [Read more...]

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Why Everyone Hates Donald Sterling But I Am Grateful For The Opportunity

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Why did the news of a racist guy surprise anyone in America, and why did it suck up so much attention? Well, I imagine that most of us are sick and tired of hearing about Donald Sterling, and the adventures of a racist basketball team owner and his ethnic girlfriend. The initial shock of the situation has long since worn off and many of us have been far past the moment of wanting to move on. But it seems like there are lessons in the ridiculousness of some old White dude who happens to be racist … [Read more...]

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My Favorite Moments; Happy 5th Anniversary Patheos! ‪#‎Patheos5Yrs‬

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My favorite moments, as a writer for Patheos and with readers, are every single moment. I feel like I get the opportunity to explore one of the most challenging, often misunderstood, and complex issues around the intersectionality of ethnic culture and alternative spirituality. Being a Black woman has its own distinct culturally significant challenges, and moments of beauty and resiliency. The addition of Paganism to that path adds to the very interesting, multifaceted perspective and experience … [Read more...]

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My Hair Doesn’t Get Longer, It Gets Tighter: A Symbol of My Path

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My path is a continuous evolution of unwinding spirals, leading to a place that is still unknown and yet very magical. My hair is often a metaphor for my life in that I am not sure how I will be by the end of the day, but it is certain that it will be different than I started. I have come to understand that my life is not getting less complicated, just like my hair doesn’t get any longer. The longer my hair grows, the tighter the curl becomes, and the shorter the strand appears in its natural s … [Read more...]

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Beltane Dreams: The Return of Hope

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Beltane has always been one of my favorite times of year. The flowers, the sunlight,  the colors, the celebrations, and the promise of summer in the height of spring. I can remember my first Beltane celebration, and  I can remember the last… this day always leaves an imprint in my mind. I think that I associate this time of year with the promise of future growth, the kind of growth that is beautiful and full of laughter. While the dark half of the year brings about growth too, it is usually the k … [Read more...]

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Everyday Celebration: Happy Earth Day to the Mother and Birthday to the Dad

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Today is Earth Day, and it is also my father’s birthday: the celebration of two very important things in my life, two things worth honoring and celebrating. The miracle of living is something I often think about. It is incredible to think of the mystery behind how we are, who we are, where we are, living here on the planet. There are a lot of theories of the how, the where, and the what, but in reality, I am just amazed to be here, on this green (and brown if you are in California) earth. Today … [Read more...]

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Privilege and Racialist Paganism Talks at Pantheacon

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PantheaCon is one of the best formats for having broader community conversations that are important to the culture of what is happening around us. I have seen big festivals like this contribute to the direction and tone of Pagan culture, and so it could be very important for us to seize these moments in positive ways. I was honored to be on one of those panel talks, the Pagans and Privilege panel from 2013 and 2014. I was not able to be present at the Racialist Pagans discussion in the Solar … [Read more...]

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