Why This Copper-Skinned Woman Hates Black History Month.

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. [Read more...]

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Oya: Santeria’s Rider on 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. [Read more...]

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Lizzie Borden: The Ghost Story Waiting to Be Heard

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. [Read more...]

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Counting Kwanzaa: Thoughts on Voodoo Unity

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 its 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.” [Read more...]

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Christmas with the Ancestors: Sicilian Stuffed Artichoke Recipe

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. [Read more...]

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Mojuba Means Thank You: A Praise Poem

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.” [Read more...]

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

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 one bit. [Read more...]

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