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Shea Butter

Written By: Brittíni “Ree Belle” Gray April 15, 2019

We do not question the rain when she pours, because she is expected to We do not shun the sun for shining, because he was created to do just that We do not ask the flower to be a tree, or the land to be sea For creation is never confused about who it is…

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Your Answer Will Find You

Written By: Cheeraz Gormon April 1, 2019

A short two years ago, I started on the work of understanding where trauma lives in my bloodline. I recounted stories and family secrets that I ear hustled while grown folks were talking, or that they shared with me in a matter-of-fact way, over holiday plate fixing. The known history of violence that my family…

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Dancing Through Dementia

Written By: Teresa Warren-Gardner and April Warren Grice, PhD March 15, 2019

I was sitting knee to knee with Marchelle at our weekly Spirit Salon at InPower Institute, “a space where people come to get their souls touched up.” Carolyn, our leader for the week, asked us to discuss in pairs what supports us in choosing YES! to life. My response was “everything.” I realize that everything…

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There Comes Sunshine

Written By: Lisa Pettis, PhD March 1, 2019

Have you had times in your life when it seemed as if the sun just wouldn’t shine? I know I have. I’ve had days when it felt like whatever bad could happen did. My husband’s job was jeopardized when the organization he worked for was sold. I took another trip to the hospital due to…

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Jamaica Was…

Written By: ēNiCōL February 15, 2019

Jamaica was… Like golden brown, homemade pie crust That your Mothers’ Mothers made And the secrets to all its ingredients were Warmly Instilled in YOU. Riding through the mountains on June 23, I realized that if I was in America I would have been afraid. A van load of black folks traveling through rural areas…

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She Is Risen

Written By: Lorren Z. Buck, MDiv February 1, 2019

African diaspora people have a strong inner impulse toward liberation and freedom which has been accompanied generationally by the Divine.  This untamable spirit was present with the maroon people from Accompong. As we journeyed up the rugged, meandering mountain, we met kindred people who have lived a life on a road not easily paved or…

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Liberated Living

Written By: Rebeccah Bennett January 1, 2019

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to talk magic.  Now before you realists roll your eyes and stop reading, I should be clear that I don’t mean Black Panther invincibility or Dora Milaje super strength.  What I’m referring to is a state of lush living that delights our senses and…

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Mother Board

Written By: Rebeccah Bennett April 15, 2018

So here’s a little secret that only a handful of my friends know.  I have a mother board.  Now, I’m not referring to the central processing unit of a computer.  My mother board is a power circle of great black women who through wit, will and wisdom not only lived life on their terms, but…

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Feed Your Life

Written By: Rebeccah Bennett April 1, 2018

Three months before I married, my mother called together 40 of the wisest women we know to help me prepare for my impending nuptials.  We spent a weekend in the Ozarks talking about everything – love, sex, commitment, change, intimacy, betrayal, forgiveness, children…  The depth and breadth of our discussions were amazing, but the one…

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Pay Attention

Written By: Rebeccah Bennett March 18, 2018

I just gave myself the best gift.  I packed my hiking boots and deep longings for an eight-day retreat on beautiful Bowen Island in Canada’s British Columbia.  In the island’s luscious rain forest, I met up with a band of daring souls who like me yearn to fully know and grow themselves.  Together, we explored…

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