Man LOOK...NO THING can keep a Black woman down...
thinking of our Black Creole sisters back in the 1700s and those RIDICULOUS Tignon laws... in Louisiana. Black women were sanctioned (forced) to wear headwraps, or tignons, because they wore their hair in such elaborate ways that it attracted the attention of White men...so the Louisiana government passed laws to effectively regulate Black women’s hair. The “tignon laws” were put in place to not only prevent Black women from getting (unwanted) attention from White men but also to curb White women’s anger over this. At the time, it was customary for White, Spanish, and Creole men to openly sport placées, or mistresses. And more often than not, they were choosing Black and Creole women to be their mistresses. Man, we couldn't even rock hats because that's what the White women wore!!! But yo, check how we "rinsed" it...Sisters took FABRIC and twisted them into the dopest hats! Bananas! We are so friggin genius. Click the link to learn the full history of the Tignon as told by...ME! )) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrPwE92SqzM
In honor of Black History that stretches back to the Wisdom and Divinity of Ancient Egypt, I would be remiss not to give a high five to Br...o. Kendrick Lamar for his visual homage to the Ancient Giants and Goddesses of the old world. I read a review of the song "All The Stars" by Kendrick Lamar/SZA which made mention of his use of Egyptian imagery. Sooooooo of course I had to check it out on Vimeo and immediately I got goosebumps by all the golden brown beauty...but at about 3:28s his homage to the Great Goddesses of Egypt who were also Giants blew my mind. It was impeccable. My mouth dropped. Talk about Black history, so on point. It took me on a journey back to such goddesses as Nut, Isis, Hathor, Ma'at, Bastet and Nekhbet and what it would have been like to stand before such divine feminine power. Big Ups, Mr. Lamar. I likey. #Egyptology #20feettall #LandoftheGiants #StolenLegacy #AncientWisdom #Femininedeities #WombMan #Theytriedtodestroytheirfaces #Knowthyself #Neverforget #IsisPapers
I can't lie, I get perturbed in my spirit every time I read references to all the literature accredited to Aristotle...After the invasion of Alexander the Great... the Library of Alexandria (The mecca of teachings of the mysteries of Ancient Egypt) was horridly raided and pillaged. Aristotles' School converted this library into a "research" center...there is plenty of documentation that traces Aristotle's teachings to the teachings of the Memphites of Ancient Egypt to the letter. I have no problem with Greek intellect, just as I have no problem with American Intellect, but I DO have a problem with failing to accurately provide the truth regarding the source of that intellect. To steal, study and memorize knowledge does not make you the author of it. The Egyptians were the first to educate and civilize the Greeks. What's deep is that despite his numerous visits to Egypt, Aristotle arrogantly excluded any mention what-so-ever of his escapades. Of course, we know why. I mean, if it weren't for the late Dr. Wilson of Ausar Auset Society who, while teaching me Calculus also taught me the origins of Mathematics, I would have believed lies like Mr. Pythagoras actually invented anything when in fact, he and many of the Greeks were simply students of Egyptology. #Knowledgeispower #BlackHistoryEveryday #TruthAnyhow #NeverForget #Knowthyself
#Gentrification: The process of renovation of deteriorated urban (BLACK) neighborhoods by means of the influx of more affluent (WHITE) residents. This is a common and controversial topic in politics and in urban planning...and is happening right in my own hood. But I ain't goin nowhere.
The first photo is of a girl training to ignore white people pulling on her hair and blowing smoke in her face. Pretty morbid, but real. As history repeats itse...lf, we've got to be diligent in preparing our children for this class/race war we face every single day. As everyone prepares their costumes to see Black Panther...or as we celebrate Jay Z's confessions of adultery...or Cardi B's jump from rags to riches...that's all good, but let us remember the horrors many of our young face every single day in the hood. If we don't prepare them and instill values in them and SHOW THEM how to respond to the adversary, who will? Think...how are YOU preparing your young people? #Neverforget #BlackHistoryEveryday #Teachthesebabies #Channelanger #Fearnot #Wedontdiewemultiply #Stayready
When I first got into politics, I was often criticized for "having too many ideas" because "Nobody wants to hear ideas they want to hear politicians." I'm glad ...I didn't listen and fortunate that my skillsets are not just in ideating, but in creating, building and executing those ideas. Launching the Institute for Cooperative Economics & Economic Innovation is the latest endeavor. The Institute represents a pretty robust portfolio of economic development and fiscal policy initiatives I've built up over the years because I believe new ideas in that space are critical to transforming communities. It's all about building new systems and offering solutions to the challenges we face.
Since the launch, we've received overwhelming response from major organizations, financial institutions, non-profits and individuals looking to get involved in this work. Check out the video with Emile Cambry, partner and founder of Blue1647, and share it with your networks. Drop a note in my inbox or sign up to learn more here: https://www.blue1647.com/cooperative-economics
We also have 2 open house sessions: Feb 15th at 9:00am and Feb. 20th 6:00pm at The Blue Lacuna.
In this country built on the backs of the darker people of the Diaspora, EVERYDAY is Black History. However, part of our rich history is ...commemorating the legacy of Carter G. Woodson who designated the 2nd week of February as Black History Week, which later became Black History Month in 1926. #NeverForget
As I diligently plan our spring pre-Gele Day WRAP your beYOUty Movement ritual reunion, I consider the historical strength and solidarity of the Igbo women. I c...onsider the Ogu Umunwanyi, the Igbo Women's War of 1929, and I am filled with pride and inspiration, ignited by the powerful roles African women played in their homes and communities. This beautiful ode to our Igbo Elders and Ancestors penned by past and present Chicago Mayoral candidate, Attorney and social justice advocate Dr. Amara Enyia, reveals a matriarchal message for us all to behold. As I strive to reclaim my African Diasporic birthrite...and as I strive to exemplify what it means to live by traditional African principles in a society governed by non-African principles, I cant help but take notice of my first generation African sisters Amara and Nigerian International Performance Artist UGOCHI (shameless plug: check out her latest inspirational LP LOVE SHOT at www.ugochi.com). Back in September 2017, we all came together to share our first generation experiences from Africa and the Caribbean (Scheherazade Tillet and I represented Trinidad) and I am forever changed by the experience. The evening was a reminder of the sacred threads of powerful feminine energy woven through the annals of Black/African/Caribbean history. We are many that make up ONE; it is time we return to the source. Contrary to the ever-growing American "Feminist" movement of which I am not a member although I understand the plight, Igbo women had no problem with gender roles or equality. Our Sister predecessors believed that "true power lay, not in one’s genitalia, but on women’s ability to fully fulfill their role as the necessary balance for a harmonious society". If we dare to learn from their example of peace and harmony, then we must ask ourselves how their belief systems compare to our current modus operandi as the matriarchs of our communities...in light of the subsequent unrest that plagues our diverse communities. Do our goals as individuals support the collective? If not, how do we shift the narrative? And how do we commemorate Black/African history next month and not incorporate into our everyday lives the core principles that the people we celebrate lived by? We don't. We cannot. The aforementioned is just one aspect of our rich history, and many of us claim to KNOW all about our rich history. In ancient text, to "know" a thing was life-producing. If a man "knew" a woman, for example, they produced a child. Similarly, when we truly know our history, everything we do and live will be life-producing. Why? Because possessing the KNOWledge of the harmonious manner in which many of our Ancestors lived will ultimately give birth to the harmonious manner in which we, then, choose to live. This is my hope, my dream. Keep your eyes and ears open for our sister Amara in the coming months as the Chicago Mayoral race kicks off! You will love her mind.
Check out Trini Queen, Pilar (Me!) as I "wrap my beauty around my head!" For all my beauty Queens on the go...Got fabric? Join the Movement to emulate our African Ancestors! #aintnonewthang
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2018 is the Year of Revelation.
With those revelations, let us be intentional in our giving and receiving. Let us be intentional inside and outside of our phys...ical temples. My spirit goes through ebbs and flows of creating from heart to hand, and this is one of those seasons of intentional creation for me because, now more than ever, we must be guarded and girded against the dark spirits that walk the earth in an effort to kill, steal and destroy. I have several styles I am inspired to create at this time, each with it's own divinely inspired significance. Thank you for your love. All proceeds from sales go towards the planning, preparation and programming of Gele Day 2018 and the WRAP your beYOUty Movement.
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Love is Key...Blessed be!
It's Martin Luther KING Day!!! No one can tell you how to feel, but each and every one of us should certainly have feelings about what this day means to us/for ...us for sure. At best, I am inspired in my soul to be the best that I can be and keep the legacy of Baba King's teaching relevant and alive. Taking this time to THINK...REFLECT...and put some realness into the universe... Ase.
UJIMA is the NEWS!!!
Collective Work and Responsibility!!!
I post this video at least once a year because it inspires me. We have all heard the African Proverb,... "If you want to go quickly go alone, if you want to go far go together." This beautiful video of the Malinke tribe in the town of Baro in Eastern-Central Guinea,
West Africa. When I think of COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSiBILiTY, I think of rhythm. OUR rhythm. Love in motion...Power in numbers...Soldiers for the cause. Looking forward to finding that collective rhythm with the members of my village and beyond...here's to 2018!!! Happy Kwanzaa! #LoveShot #UJIMA #NGUZOSABA #Weareone