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 [Read More...]

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

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This uncovering of ancestral information will be a lifelong process for my son that I will help start with discussions, stories, explanations, and information about who we are and where we come from. The ability to gather knowledge that shines a light on our inner core, gives us access to our ancestral power in a way that isn’t previously imaginable. We are a powerful people, spiritually aligned with the mission of resilience and cultured by the magic of our history. [Read more...]

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

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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 includes our experiences within society; one of the very reasons this work is so important for us all. [Read more...]

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

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I was conditioned to sit in that chair, stiff as a doll, while a metal comb was racked across my scalp so that my savage curls could be transformed into straight, flowing hair. A reminder that I was not beautiful as I was; only beautiful when I was able to look like something I was not. And when it was time to wash out the whiteness that came at the end of a smoking metal comb, I would dread the hours of combing through my unruly blackness, blow drying, and hot combing it again. A process that would take hours, but would begin to signify my conditioned perception of beauty until I became 36 years old and began to really question who I was underneath the perm, endless amount of hours, and burned flesh. [Read more...]

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

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She was magic. Maya was and is magic; she is the best kind of magic. She was the kind of magic that wrapped her intent into a rhythm that spoke to the heart, singing a song of love that always promoted reflection. She stood in her black skin, and whispered words that motivated and encouraged millions. She was a change agent, skilled in the art of the tongue, speaking the language of the Gods without pause. [Read more...]

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30 Day Real Black History Challenge Year Two; Opening Credits

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So this year, the 30 Day Real Black History Challenge will continue: same time, same bat channel. This year I plan to focus a little more on exploring the concepts of Black culture, and the application of intersectionality to the experiences of Black people past and present. Just the word ‘privilege’ can incite a riot on the discussion boards, and in almost any conversation with others, and so it is one concept I think we should continue to explore over and over again. If we cannot understand what privilege and intersectionality are, then we will not be able to recognize their impact on the various populations of people whom we claim to serve, protect, and care for. [Read more...]

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The Nature on the Inside by Cecily Joy Willowe

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The immanent Goddess is not only in the great outdoors. You can even bring the Goddess home with you. Honestly, she was always there to begin with. One of the many reasons why I like doing my daily rituals at home is because it reminds that nature is home. The Goddess is in my house with me every morning, day and night. [Read more...]

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

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Sterling is the most recent scapegoat for Americans around the issue of Black people in america, and that nasty word that many people have such a hard time saying….. RACISM. What actually happened was that Sterling’s incident placed a gigantic mirror in the face of society, reminding us of one of the things that many people want to ignore: that racism is alive and well in this day and age. [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 [Read More...]

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

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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 state. It is only until you pull the curl out of its natural pattern that you can see how long it really is, and how complicated it has become. [Read more...]

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