High John the Conqueror Root and the Mayor of Hell

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A Rose By Any Other Name There are a freaking ton of names for this root, and in terms of anthropology that means something is important, really important. Some of the names are:  Hi John, John the Conqueror, Johnny Conka or Konka. But as the old Shakespearean saying goes" a rose by any other name,..." would be one of the most valuable botanicals to use in Voodoo and Hoodoo magick. People use it for justice, eloquence, money, healing, power, love, gambling, just about everything you can i … [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...]

ForeMama Said: Wit and Wisdom of Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston was an author, an anthropologist, a filmmaker, a Voodoo priestess, an inspiration. Here are just a few of my favorite quotes from her. For more information and resources please check out my post on her hometown Eatonville, Florida. Enjoy these words from our wise ForeMama!Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.― Zora Neale H … [Read more...]

Eatonville, Florida: Raising Up Zora Neale Hurston and the Rest of Us !

Eatonville photo by Angela N. Eatonville is the nation's first African-American incorporated municipality.

There is no question that Zora Neale Hurston was the first African-American woman to make a significant contribution to anthropology. The famous writer, anthropologist, and folklorist was born on January 7, 1891 in Alabama. Before she had even turned a year old her family moved to the all African-American town of Eatonville, Florida.Zora Neale Hurston is an inspiration to us all, fighting against all odds to become the woman that we remember today. She is an inspiration to me as a fellow … [Read more...]

Fire Fire Fireside Chats: The Truth About Zombies

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In honor of this weekend's ZombiCon in Florida, an event which I was fortunate enough to attend last year, I have decided to post the latest installment of Fire Fire Fireside chats. This time I take a look at the realities and the myth of Voodoo and Zombies, and even share a few pictures of me joining in the fun. Please share, comment, like and Zombie on folks!  … [Read more...]


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