Protect Yo’ Black Gyrl Magic.

Back in October, I saw an image on Instagram that said, “protect your Black girl magic.” This image got me to thinking about how I protect my own Black gyrl* magic. I didn’t want to explore this by myself so I posed the question in a Facebook group that I created as a space for sistas to “just be.” The sistahs’ responses prompted me to make this question the 2017 she BLOOMS black, guest bloomer (blogger) question of the year. Below are the original responses from the Facebook group and stay tuned to read guest bloomers’ responses throughout the year. […]

Beyoncé on CMAs

This, Beyoncé singing “Daddy Lessons” at the 50th Anniversary of the Country Music Awards is disrupting oppressive spaces. This, is taking up and claiming space. This, is resistance. This, is making space for our Black lives, and doing so with excellence in our craft. Her fearlessness and performance quality in her Black womon body, in her Womon/Black southern presence, made me proud, because “they” keep tryna kill us and harm us and assault our bodies and personhood. There were death threats and racist comments hurled everywhere some saying they would boycott the awards. This ain’t bout Beyoncé, though I can […]

Consent: Nate Parker Part Deux…

(Unedited) I’ve been slow to post this, though I jotted down some thoughts on Thursday, after seeing this Complex article.  I was hesitant mostly because I’m over giving Nate Parker attention. But yeah, the article started my wheels to churning and now the Ebony article sparked even more thoughts. C O N S E N T is at the heart of all of this, and in working with youth I have come to realize over and over again that teaching children (ALL CHILDREN, not just females/girls) about consent should commence at birth. Consent is far greater than sex, it’s about […]

Nate Parker, and sitting with the “WHY”…

This is an unedited stream of consciousness that was sparked by reading this article. (click on the link) I spent much of this week at a Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed professional development training/workshop/regional-gathering. lt was about 45-50 of us, I think. As with all things PTO, it was predominately white, I mention this cos I’m not blind, I see color. I also mention this cos it’s fascinating that something that’s in the same spirit of pedagogy of the oppressed, is so white. The power of patriarchy as we fight racism demands that we fracture ourselves. Mon-Wed, we (participants) […]

Expansion…

(Unedited) Monday, late afternoon, I hung out in the Winter Garden of Harold Washington Library. This open space has a glass roof, so I always enjoy the gift of natural light that fills this area. That morning, I’d filled my bag with goodies: very basic materials to collage with, oracle card decks: Black Angel (BAC) and Sacred Soul Journey, sandalwood prayer beads and water. The Black Angel Cards are a deck of cards, and an accompanying book, that guide you into deep reflection.  From the deep reflection you will gain insight into your life. About the BAC deck: I’ve waited […]

Korryn Gaines: I speak your name…

(Unedited) Last night, in the 30-Day Haiku Challenge, a sista posted a haiku for Korryn Gaines—a Black mother killed by police. I keep it simple and leave it at a short statement of a Black mother killed by police, because the police account of what happened does not sit well with me. My soul says NO! There must be more to the story than meets the eye. There is more to the story than this sista barricading herself in her apartment. So, last night I saw the haiku for Korryn, but I didn’t want to see it. Tried to scroll […]

Mirrors…

“Sometimes you gotta make the mirror your best friend Maybe then, you’ll find some peace within Stop hiding yourself, stop hiding yourself Love yourself When no one else can.” Lalah Hathaway, Mirrors As I looked at my reflection in the bathroom mirror, I smiled through toothpaste foam and loved on myself while giving thanks. In 8 days, I will be 42. *I like the number 8, infinity on its side. And, I can’t stop cheesing and grinning. I’m excited for 42* As I brushed my teeth, I held two thoughts: 1) Jesse Williams acceptance speech on the BET Awards was […]