Farewell to Stuart Hall “Godfather of Multiculturalism”

legflection photo by Seniju. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

If I'm honest, and I am, I wouldn't be writing this blog if it weren't for Stuart Hall. Now I was writing on Afro-Diasporan culture long before I even knew who Hall was, but when I discovered his work and his writings over two decades ago, it was like a rainbow of realization went off in my brain. Here was an educated Black man who had been speaking out for decades against racism, colonialism, and oppression...and he even wrote about television sometimes. "They Didn't Have Tails"Hall's … [Read more...]

Why This Copper-Skinned Woman Hates Black History Month.

Black History Month at wj table photo by DC Kitchen. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0.

Why do I hate Black History Month, you ask?  Because every damn day should be Black History Month. At least this should be the case for the African-Americans out there and all thinking people who seek to better understand the truth. Think about it for a minute, slavery put an unholy toll on the recording of these stories in the first place, and then more problems are added to the mix with the ...  Commodification: Money, Money, Money, Money. We sell everything these days love, … [Read more...]

Part 2: More Truth About Voodoo Spells

Trash Voodoo Art on Ouidah Beach photo by Willem Heerbaart. Photo cropped and text added. Licensed by CC 2.0

This is the continuation of my previous post about Voodoo Spells. Desperate people can be willing to sell their souls and empty their wallets for the mystical, magical Voodoo spell. It doesn't have to be like that though. There are some basic Voodoo truths you need to know first, and I'm going to lay it all out for you. 6. Promises, Promises Please keep your promises and ritual obligations. This goes without saying, but Voodoo and Vodou spirits are notorious for holding you accountable. On … [Read more...]

9 Truths About Voodoo Spells

Voodoo by Pedro Henrique Correa. Text added by author. Licensed under CC 2.0

Voodoo spells are hot sh*t. Everyone wants to sell you an expensive little bottle of love, money, magick. It's a monstrous business, and even though I am an initiated Voodoo Priestess, I'm not really sure why. Most of the time the stories I hear are about hucksters and haters and people would probably be better off just throwing their money away. There are a few truths that I think might help people better understand what is and what isn't possible with a Voodoo spell. Good luck, and if you're … [Read more...]

Santeria Recipe: Oya Flaming Spinach Salad

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Everything you put in your mouth, your mind, your body should feed your soul. I am a firm believer in the sacred power of food and I hope you are too. Many of you took the time over the weekend to celebrate the wondrousness of the Santeria goddess of the wind Oya. If you'd like to learn more about this whip wielding Queen of the cemetery, you can read Santeria's Rider on the Storm. Another way to learn more is to try the following  is exciting recipe that includes many of her favorite offerings, … [Read more...]

Oya: Santeria’s Rider on the Storm

Oya Santeria's Rider on the Storm photo by Lilith Dorsey.

Oya is the Storm The Wind, the Tornado, the Hurricane... all of these are the domain of the great and powerful Santeria goddess Oya. She is change. Oya can very often be change in the form of severe weather. Civil rights activist Dick Gregory used to speak of the HER- icane, a powerful force of wind that started in Africa, where the roots of mass slavery began and carried it's ire over the ocean, destroying the “new world” and stopping at Canada which never has a system of enslaved peo … [Read more...]

Voodoo Priestess Says Bye Bye American Horror Story Coven

American Horror Story Coven Recruits photo by Lilith Dorsey

Zombies, Witch Hunters, Red-Eyed Papa Legba, and Blood Bathing Marie Laveau, honestly even if I live to see the "seven wonders,"... I may never see anything as strange as this again. American Horror Story Coven has brought New Orleans Voodoo and Witchcraft into our livingrooms these past several months and we may never be the same again.My post Voodoo Truth About Papa Legba got some viral Voodoo buzz, and I'd like to think that's because people really do want and need to know more about this … [Read more...]


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