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 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...]

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

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I cannot believe that week one is done already, but I am so EXCITED to share this first archive of this year. Three more weeks to go of information, and I am happy to be doing this with people who want to explore, unlearn, relearn, grow, and be change makers in our communities. Only together is this possible. Enjoy the information of culture, privilege, and intersectionality in week one of the 2014 30 Day Real Black History Challenge. Day 1: * I want to set the theme of this next 30 … [Read more...]

Saving the World One Manicure at a Time!

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(Or Nurturing Myself as a Global Peace Initiative)   Since I was a little girl, I have loved beautiful hands and manicured nails. (I also find hands that are twisted and knotty like tree trunks beautiful, but that's an ode for another article. I think I might have a hand fetish. That is yet another article or, better yet, a craigslist post.) Before I dive in, though, I will confess that I feel a certain degree of some kind of way about claiming that getting my nails done positively … [Read more...]

The Sacred Sensualist’s Guide to New Year Resolutions

(Or how to play your way through this newest New Year) Welcome to 2014! Happy New Year and New Moon and Super Moon and the BEST YEAR EVER that EVER happened in the history of ever before! I've seen (and sent) a few posts and texts like this one in the last few days. I'm excited about this New Year, 2014. I feel that good things are coming for myself and for those I love, and those that I like, and those that I don't know but pass in the grocery store. I'm looking forward to those good energy … [Read more...]

Big Mama Magic and Holiday Thoughts

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The holidays are an interesting time. It is the challenging time of memories, and of making memories. Memories are not always comforting, and can be just as sad as they can be funny or delightful. All week I have had these incredibly insightful moments of clarity about holidays, and especially thanksgiving. I have become pretty rooted in the idea that I am slowly growing into being the Big Mama of my family…. slowly coming into my own sense of maternal self. It is strange because I do not see … [Read more...]

Once I had a Brilliant Idea to Embrace My Prejudice Against an Entire Group of People

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Do you ever have moments where Goddess takes some decision you make, looks you up and down and says, "Oh really? We'll just see about that"? Because I have them pretty regularly. And however molded you feel when your behavior gets checked by another human being, it doesn't really compare to the feeling of having the Divine check you all in your face. A few years ago, I spent a couple summers working as a tour guide and Resident Assistant for an organization that was helping international … [Read more...]

Love is the Law…Even at Fruitvale Station

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Tonight I finally was able to go to see the movie Fruitvale Station, we had babysitters and I was excited to go. It is funny… usually people do not look forward to paying for something that is going to break their hearts all over again. But tonight I was. I have to take a quick moment to rewind here though. About a week ago my son Rob was riding to summer camp and asked me if he could go with me to see the Fruitvale Station movie. He said he felt it would be good and educational for him. So … [Read more...]

My 30 Day Challenge: Week THREE of a Different Kind of Black History

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And week three has come and gone, and the information continues to come. I have found this process incredibly inspiring and humbling. This week I focused a lot on the Black Panthers and the continued revelation that today's damage is built from the ashes of our trauma. How profound for me as I think about spiritual healing and rebuilding. How do we move forward in our spirits if we cannot heal the pain of the past, or even acknowledge it? This is a question I hope we continue to ask … [Read more...]

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

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Week two of this challenge has been equally as interesting, insightful, and revealing as week one. I am continuing to find very interesting, valuable and educational resources for understanding some of the layered levels of complexity within Black history and culture. I have also continued to post some of my personal accounts and thoughts on racism. Here is the account of week two's posts from my Facebook account. I found some really good videos this week and hope to continue to tap into the … [Read more...]


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