Loving My Blackness: A Personal Reflection

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I love how my skin is a mixture of the history of my past. It is the color of the trauma of rape, and yet is the symbol of resilience. It is the color of a revolutionary, and an agent for change. [Read more...]

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My 30 Day Challenge: Week TWO of A Different Kind of Black History

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In Week Two of this challenge to look beneath the surface of what is usually taught as history, I am continuing to find very interesting, valuable and educational resources for understanding some of the layered levels of complexity within Black culture. [Read more...]

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My 30 Day Challenge: Week One of A Different Kind of Black History

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As promised, here is a listing of the posts from Facebook for the first week of the 30 Day Challenge. Sharing the joys and sorrows of the ancestral history of Black people has been an enlightening process for me. [Read more...]

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My Thirty Day Challenge: A Different Kind of Black History Month

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The history we have learned about Black people, Africans, Atlantic slave trade, the middle passage, US laws, the constitution, social injustice, crimes of humanity here against other races, Jim Crow, and current policies that are targeted at specific races are streamlined in a way that leaves out the truth. [Read more...]

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Gratitude in Practice: Embracing Today

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Finding reasons to connect to our gratitude can be important to the process of spiritual connection. It is important to recognize that the liberties we often take for granted are the very ones that others have to do without. [Read more...]

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Not That Far Away: Honoring My Mom on Mother’s Day

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Three years have passed since she died… three years and a couple of months. And every year the pain is easier to bear, but her presence is harder to feel. I think the more that time passes, I realize that one of the things I do have is the understanding of how much I really am my mother. [Read more...]

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Stepping Into Who I Am: Nappy Headed Goddess Part Two

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I have learned a lot about who I am as a person through the process of reclaiming my natural hair, and now I understand why my mother did this, too, at about the same age. [Read more...]

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Acknowledging the Complex Process of Coming Out on “Pagan Coming Out” Day

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Pagan Coming Out day is a powerful day in so many ways. Not only does this day act as a type of religious diversity day, and a stance against religious discrimination for Pagans. It is also meant as a means of support for those who are able to be open with who they are spiritually as Pagans. [Read more...]

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Sensitivity and Awareness; Respecting What You Don’t Know

Photo I took on a middle school yard in Oakland. The kids were doing an expressive art project after watching the movie Bully as an entire school. They came up with the idea of drawing their shadows connected together, in respect.

Respecting the culture of others does not mean that we have to agree, understand, or even integrate another understanding into our own. What cultural awareness is not, is proving that someone else’s cultural or personal understanding of the world is wrong. [Read more...]

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200 Words: Reflections From A Multicultural Wiccan Priestess

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I am an eclectic Wiccan priestess, a child of the sea and moon. My spirit moves with the tides of the ocean and my energy expands with the swell of the full moon. The warriorress lives inside of me, forever in a dance with the hunter who provides. I am the nurturer and the one who needs nurturing; I am of all and the all is within me. [Read more...]

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