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...]

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...]

Lizzie Borden: The Ghost Story Waiting to Be Heard

_MG_2287 by dbking. (Text added) Licensed under CC 2.0

My great-grandmother lived just down the street from Lizzie Borden, and the information in this post has been waiting to be heard for over 100 years. The crime unfolded this way, on August 4th 1892 the maid of the house, Bridget Sullivan found the first body. In the days that followed Lizzie Borden was indicted for the murder of her father Andrew Borden and his wife Abby. There are a lot of inconsistencies between Lizzie and the maid's story. Now my great grandmother always believed that it was … [Read more...]

Counting Kwanzaa: Thoughts on Voodoo Unity

Kinara in Oakland YMCA lobby by George Kelly licensed under CC by 2.0

 Someone just posted on my Facebook wall that “Kwanzaa is crap.” So much for hopes of U-N-I-T-Y, in the community, in the world, even on my fracking wall. Okay, Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday. It's not associated with any religion in particular and is designed to, in the words of it's creator Dr. Maulana Karenga, "bring a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and Human in the fullest sense." That sounds great, in theory. Kwanzaa starts today. I … [Read more...]

Christmas with the Ancestors: Sicilian Stuffed Artichoke Recipe

Sicilian Stuffed Artichoke photo by Lilith Dorsey

 The holidays are upon us and it is time for friends, family and feasting. My Voodoo house celebrates this as another joyful time to share with the ancestors and renew our spirits. There is cornbread, black eyed peas, collards, ham, and the delicious list goes on. Each food fulfills it's own special role providing healing, fertility, abundance, financial success and the like. I grew up with the Sicilian portion of my Family and as my grandfather always said “the Sicilian part takes o … [Read more...]

Mojuba Means Thank You: A Praise Poem

Mojuba and Thanks by Lilith Dorsey.

 Devotees of the religion of Santeria (Lucumi) frequently recite a devoted list of prayers and thanks to their ancestors, spiritual teachers, and gods, or Orisha. These are most commonly referred to as mojubas. The word literally breaks down linguistically to the Yoruba words Mo, for "I,"  and the word for juba, which means to "give respect to." Some even believe the word "Mojo" derives from these roots. The following is a holiday praise poem I wrote to give thanks to the honored … [Read more...]

Thanks and Giving: It’s All About the Food Rite?

Stuffed Acorn Squash for the Ancestors, photo by Lilith Dorsey

Thanksgiving is one of our most magickal and connected holidays. We set a sacred space in the form of a table. We gather in a circle, or an oval, or whatever shape our table takes. We give thanks to those who are there, and also those who have come before. We even pray sometimes. Then we get down to the real serious and holy business, we eat. The older I get the more I see clearly that mainstream society has made Yule about the gifts, and Thanksgiving about the food.This doesn't bother me … [Read more...]


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