Positivity Challenge

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We have two weeks left to August and America is up to it’s neck in controversy and scandal, first with the presidential candidates (Clinton and Trump) and secondly with the constant killing and imprisoning of Black protestors and citizens and the nonexistent aftermath of Jade Helm. It seems that the media in our country churn negative stories and often the horrifying side of our society. It ignores, usually, the successes of the community and choses to focus on the trials and tribulations of the rich.

What if we started celebrating the breakthroughs and positive news of the population instead? What do you think would happen? What would change? To combat this constant production of negative media, I will be posting and sharing positive news articles and stories for the next month and yes this is a challenge. I challenge you, dear reader, to do this same. For the next 30 days, commit to only posting posting positive things online, that includes Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Tumblr. After those 30 days have past check your progress and let me know what impact you made and how it made you feel.  #PositivityChallenge

Namaste!

June 22nd, 2015 – Gratitude List

sunlight1. Lights and Electricity 

Usually, the things that I am grateful for are not so….concrete for a lack of better words. Today, I felt the need to show gratitude for something that many people in developed countries take for granted and that is electricity. I find myself forgetting sometimes that this truly is a gift. There are countries were people live in the dark and families who live in this country or countries like it who cannot afford electricity. I want to recognize my blessings and the importance of them in my life because I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t charge my laptop or flick a light switch at night to illuminate a corridor. I am so grateful and thankful and I pray for those people who do not have such luxuries.

horse2. Freedom (To a degree)

I am thankful for the freedom that I am able to enjoy. I can say what I want, post what I want and live how I choose too. In other countries and in certain places, people do not have the level of freedom that we enjoy here in America.  As a black woman, I must say that America does still have some way to go in establishing equality for all its people. But at the moment I am happy to say that I can speak freely and am in control of my own body and spirit. That is an amazing thing to be able to say.

life3. Life

Should I say anything else? Really? Life in itself is a blessing, every beautiful, painful, sad, happy, delicious moment..

watermark4. Food

It is delicious, isn’t it. I am grateful for the sustenance and flavors.

That’s all for today guys. If you want to share something that you are thankful for, share below or pm me and I’ll put it in the next post. Namaste!

Your 2015 SEO Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Black Culture and the Issue of Rape (To be continued)

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I have been researching distros and proper zine templates for the last few days. The image is the completed layout. I can’t wait to get this out there. The idea for this issue came from a rendition of The Vagina Monologues. Given that the month of February is also black history month, I smooshed in some stuff about my own experience with the month of love. I wanted to bring awareness to the lack of awareness about rape culture in the Black community.

One thing that I found incredibly interesting is that for the most part, in America, manipulation of the female specimen is not considered rape. I don’t mean force by the way. What I am referring to the idea of a man having sex with multiple women and using blatant lies, the manipulation of a woman’s weaknesses or bullying to get her to bed. We hear it in popular music, we see it reiterated in television shows and for some of us, it is prevalent on our college campuses and/or our communities. What I find even more chilling is that for many women, they go on with their lives without pressing charges or even telling their stories.

In the Black community rape is looked down upon in black and white terms but the cultural awareness of such issues seems to mirror that of the larger society. We view it as our peers view it. But…rape is still rape and you cannot get around that. Last Month’s issue is my take on rape culture and it’s prevalence, with some black history thrown in and a little smidgen about healthy relationships. It will be ready for publication by the end of next week. I am so excited!

Do you think emotional manipulation and trickery could/should be considered rape?

‘A Taste of Power’: The Woman Who Led the Black Panther Party

‘A Taste of Power’: The Woman Who Led the Black Panther Party

Courtesy of Elaine Brown

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Elaine Brown | A Taste of Power, Pantheon | 1992 | 30 minutes (7,440 words)

Elaine Brown is an American prison activist, writer, lecturer and singer. In 1968, she joined the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party as a rank-and-file member. Six years later, Huey Newton appointed her to lead the Party when he went into exile in Cuba. She was the first and only woman to lead the male-dominated Party. In 2003 she co-founded the National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform and released a second nonfiction book, The Condemnation of Little B.

Her 1992 autobiography A Taste of Power is a story of what it means to be a black woman in America, tracing her life from a lonely girlhood in the ghettos of North Philadelphia to the highest levels of the Black Panther Party’s hierarchy. The Los Angeles Times described the book as “a profound, funny and…heartbreaking American story,” and the New…

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Thank God for Kitchens!

Kung Pao Tofu with ginseng tea
Kung Pao Tofu with ginseng tea

I am currently a junior living in campus housing.By house I actually mean a house. No more dorms for this girl! I love being able to cook healthy meals and bypass the dreaded school food. On my campus, cafeteria food is a death sentence. Poor worker hygiene and utensil sanitation usually makes people sick within the first week of classes and the subpar food is not to enjoyed. “Hang on bowels. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!” I remembered thinking when I first came back to campus for my junior year. When I walked into the house I was not expecting to see a kitchen. Most houses on campus have kitchens but some (few) don’t. I took it as a sign that some deity had heard my cries and had answered them. I haven’t had a tummy ache, diarrhea or gastric problems since being back. I cook more, I eat less and I feel a million times more healthy and energized than I did on cafeteria food. What is the food on your campus like? Comment, Like or Share this post if you have something to share.