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...]

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...]

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...]

Kwanzaa in a Pagan Home: My Spiritual, Pride Practice

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I am ending this year with pride and culture. I have been hesitant to start the practice of Kwanzaa in my home for some time, not because I did not believe in the value of its practice, but because of…. fear. It is the continuous fear of breaking away from overculture, even though I am Pagan, and a Black woman. I will never fit into the norm of overculture, and it is not something I am trying to do anyway. It is often an unconscious fear that pushes us away from something that is new and p … [Read more...]

On Mothering, Sacred Sensual Style

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Before I became a mother, I was so certain I was going to be one of those A personality moms -- take no guff, behave right or else, the way any self respecting Black mother "should" be. I vividly recall an incident in college, sitting with friends (other women of color) and watching children running wild at an event. We all shook our heads and commented that our children would not ever be allowed to behave that way.But by the time my son, T, came along, my thinking had undergone a radical s … [Read more...]

Grieving the Loss of Hope: Healing in the Dark of Injustice

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Sometimes faith and reality clash. It is the battle between those things we want to see happen, and the pattern of reality we have become use to experiencing. I am often challenged when holding onto my faith in change when I have to stare in the face of such harsh realities.Tonight I will not write about my feelings about the Trayvon Martin trial, they are too raw and they hurt too much. Instead I want to focus on channeling that fear in my belly into something useful. As I recently wrote … [Read more...]


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