Self Actualization, Spiritual Oneness, Freedom and the Fourth of July

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Self actualization is a process. We see this concept discussed in so many aspects of society, and yet we don’t always have an exact understanding of what this means or what it looks like. Spiritually, self actualization is a coming into one’s self, a evolving into a knowing that brings one closer to an understanding of how to live in the world with a sense of wholeness. I often look at this as if it is a shallow glass ceiling idea, we can think we are at the top and yet it takes certain tools to … [Read more...]

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

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While I thought week four would take longer to upload, I am determined to get this information to everyone as soon as possible! And, like last year, I did my finale separate from the final week... making a day 31 for the fireworks last day.This weeks digest is full of very interesting studies on transgenerational trauma, historical oppression, Nina Simone, Dr. Joy Degruy, Melissa Harris-Perry, "columbusing", some comedy, racial profiling, Freedom Summer, Angela Davis, and more. It is a power … [Read more...]

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

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This is the week three digest for the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge. I am a little bit behind, but plan to get the week four, and the encore/finale, up within the next couple of days. This week's digest includes posts that range from reparations, white privilege, racism, colorism, Tupac Shakur, Mumia Abu-Jamal, George Jackson, urban classroom lawsuits, and personal reflections of culture.I hope you enjoy the third week of the challenge and continue to explore Black culture, … [Read more...]

My Kid is Kind of Swedish….. (#30DayRBHC)

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Several weeks ago we had an incident at home that really stopped me in my tracks, and helped me to remember that parenting is complicated for all people and some situations have no one right way to deal with them. Last time I checked, I have not seen anything in the parenting rule book about how to talk to children about race, especially when they are of mixed race. You see, growing up there was never a question about what I was. My mother never entertained the concept of discussing race … [Read more...]

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

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Week two of the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge has been very inspirational to me personally. Exploring topics of culture and intersectionality, such as colorism, beauty, culture, the prison industrial complex, and even the relationship between African and Black. Power packed week full of topics to stretch our understanding of what culture is, and how that plays into privilege, the lack of privilege, intersectionality and ultimately.... spirituality. We are spiritual as a whole being, which … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

A Community Influx: The Journey to Redefine the Umbrella

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I am back from two incredibly important and special trips this year. In back to back conventions, I got to speak about things that are very important to me personally and spiritually; Cultural empathy, multicultural community needs and addressing privilege. The Conference on Current Pagan Studies invited me to be one of the two keynote speakers this year for their 10th anniversary. I accepted and they flew me to Claremont, California to engage in one of the most important conversations I have … [Read more...]


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