Farewell to Stuart Hall “Godfather of Multiculturalism”

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

…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 Stuart Hall even wrote about television sometimes. [Read more...]

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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.

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

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

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

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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

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 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

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. [Read more...]

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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.” [Read more...]

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