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Straight Outta Kenya: Meet Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, Poetic Changemaker

Did you know that May 25th is celebrated as Africa Day throughout the African continent and in parts of the global Black diaspora? Its purpose is to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African States (now known as the African Union) by freedom fighters like Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Emperor Haile Selassie of…

It Takes a (Digital) Village: Finding Your Online Mommy Tribe

I know, I know. Women have been birthing babies for thousands of years before Al Gore invented the Internet, and the human race is still going strong. Before mommy bloggers, Facebook groups and Pinterest boards, new mommies consulted (gasp!) people they actually knew – their mothers, grandmothers, aunties, and other women who had experienced childbirth…

Free Dat Ass! Bounce Music Meets Fitness and Black Girl “Moe Joe”

No matter what your fickle thermometer says, Spring is here: that self-conscious season when folks suddenly remember those abandoned resolutions in preparation for summer weather and summer clothes. Lately, it seems like every gym and fitness studio offers “twerkout” or “twerkercise”, but dancer and personal trainer Marissa “Moe Joe” Joseph has put a uniquely South…

Healing Hands: A Conversation with Itshanapa Dail Chambers

My strongest intention is focused on my healing hands. My healing hands can create the Reiki. My healing hands can create art. My healing hands can write. The saying goes, “a woman’s work is never done,” but artist and healer Itshanapa Dail Chambers wears so many hats it’s almost dizzying. Visual artist. Poet. Craftswoman. Reiki…

Unpacking “The Coolest Monkey” in The Donald’s “Shitholes”

Last week, Africa and the Diaspora suffered two highly public attacks on “the content of our character”: one from the economic sector and one from the political sector of the western world. First, Swedish fashion retailer H&M put out an ad featuring a beautiful chocolate brown boy wearing that now-infamous “coolest monkey in the jungle”…

Seven Reasons to Overcome All Objections to Celebrating Kwanzaa

Habari gani? That’s a Kiswahili phrase meaning “what’s the news?” It is a common greeting used during Kwanzaa, the seven-day, African-American festival created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga (born Ron Everett), who is also the founder of US (United Slaves), a cultural organization based in Los Angeles. When someone says habari gani, you respond by…

Surviving the Holidays When You’re “A Lil Different”

Are you the vegetarian in a family of omnivores? Do you believe Western holidays are pagan/the white man’s lies/unbiblical, etc.? You want to babywear and breastfeed instead of giving your infant pecan pie and letting every distant relative hold her? Maybe you’re in a nontraditional relationship, or in some other way, you’re “a lil different”…

Buy Black Friday: A Proactive Way to $pend this Holiday

Here it comes… Black Friday. The biggest shopping day that kicks off the biggest shopping season in recorded human history. Over the past few years, social media memes like this one have circulated calling for a holiday “Blackout” –  an economic boycott intended to hit America in the pockets as a response to continued police…