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

This week’s 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 packed week of Black culture, privilege and intersectionality information and sources. And like on the other weeks, I include very personal reflections of culture as well. Enjoy and wait for the encore! [Read more…]

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

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

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)

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

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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Where is the Line?…..There is No Spoon

Sometimes, especially lately, I have felt like I am talking about being Black all the damn time. On a normal day, I don’t wake up in the morning, reference my Black experience, talk about systemic or historical oppression. Instead I get up, and am in the rush of being a mother, wife, social worker, and human being. Yet I realize that I am a Black woman navigating the society around me and I don’t forget that fact, even if others do. And that is a part of the experience of being a Witch of color within Paganism. [Read more…]

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Natural. Hair. Magick.

My first exposure to the concept of hair as a magickal thing came from my West-African step-father. Whenever my mother would cut his hair, he would meticulously gather up all of the hair to be buried. Now that I’m living full time in the realms of the mystical, I find myself regularly saying and doing things that are *way* more “out there” than anything he ever said. [Read more…]

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Loving My Blackness: A Personal Reflection

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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Stepping Into Who I Am: Nappy Headed Goddess Part Two

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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