Black Every Friday: Shanti Om

I had the pleasure of hearing AND MEETING Shanti last month at a live performance and I just had to share her light with y’all! She is SO beautiful, humble, natural and.. real. And incredibly gifted. I just love her energy. If you can’t tell, she’s using a loop machine to record her voice/the track. I mean, who does that??! She’s magical.

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Who is the nigger?

Now here in this country, we’ve got something called a nigger..
We have invented the nigger.
I didn’t event him.
White people invented him.

I’ve always known,
I had to know by the time I was 17 years old,
What you were describing was not me,
And what you were afraid of was not me
It has to be something else,
Something YOU were afraid of – you invested me with.

Now, if that’s so…
No matter what you’ve done to me,
I can say to you this, and I mean

And I know,
And I’ve always known,
And really always – that’s part of the agony –
I’ve always known that I am not a nigger.
But if I am not the nigger,
And if it’s true that your invention reveals you,
Then who is the nigger?
I’m not the victim here.

I know one thing from another…
I know I was born, I’m gonna suffer and I’m gonna die.
The only way to get through life is know the worst things about it.

I’ve learned this because I had to learn it.
But, you still think, I gather,
That the nigger is necessary.
Well, he’s unnecessary to me,
So he must be necessary to you.
So I give you your problem back.
You’re the nigger, baby; it isn’t me.

-James Baldwin: Who is the Nigger? (excerpt from a 1963 television transcript)

Appetite For Change

Believe it or not, the youth is listening. This gives me hope! And it jams!

Appetite For Change | Breaking Bread Foods

 

 

Black Every Friday: Smelly Goods

I feel like I’m long overdue for a Black Every Friday post! To spread the word and hopefully circulate some dollars is why it began and that is how it shall continue.

As you may remember, my skin and hair can get quite parched, especially in the cooler months. (Thanks Grandma.) Like sweaters and scarves, I love layering scents, too, which enhance my own unique aroma. A coat of lotion, a pinch of shea, a dab of oil + solid perfume, a little mist spritz and bam! Damn! What’s that you got on, Kelley??! There’s something special about someone who has a reputation for smelling good. I wanna be that old, cool auntie who everyone loves to hug ’cause she just smells so nice. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, the scent and good juju rubs off. I know we all have that warm older lady we love to hug! Plus I don’t care for store-bought perfumes as I have pretty sensitive, temperamental skin that reacts to alcohol or anything too harsh, really. While drugstore lotions feel like thick water as my skin makes a poor attempt to absorb it. Besides that, who doesn’t love to meet the face behind something you use and apply to your skin daily?! I like knowing that a product was made with loving hands in someone’s home, studio or shop and not mass produced in a factory and pumped with preservatives just so it can sit on the shelves for months or even years. You can guess what something like that may do to your pores and bloodstream.

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The ladies I’ve listed provide unisex smelly good products for the entire family and I’m such a fan. Hopefully you’ll keep them in mind before you hop in line to purchase that lotion for $1.18 (including tax) from.. who knows?? Trust that this is a no judgement zone but rather a guide to help you make more conscious decisions and support small companies. At the same damn time. Sure it will monetarily cost you more to purchase from them than say Walgreens, but aren’t you worth it?

Honeysuckle Moon Mama Moon is easily one of my favorite people on Earth. We met in a yoga class in late 2015 and it was just.. love. She is such a beautiful woman, a huge spirit in a tiny body with a thick Louisiana drawl whose smile brightens my day. Please take my word when I say that anything she creates or puts her name behind is of the utmost quality. So far I love her black tea shampoo and coconut hemp butter blend best.

I had the pleasure of working the same event where I met the owner of Black&Golden. (Isn’t that a great brand name?) I will just say that everything smells great and there are no bad choices. None!

Shrine of 9 I have yet to met her, but Oya seems like such a cool, other worldly chick. Her brand’s name + aesthetic got me to notice, but quality products made me stay. She has something funky and fresh for every body.

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The Grounding Collection from Shrine of 9

Yamerra Another sweet sweet spirit! Marryam is a beautiful ball of high energy, a woman after my own heart as she puts a hand in all things creative-from soaps, butters and oils to bold, unique clothing designs. She’s so gifted and inspires me never limit myself.

VEE+CO Although we’ve never met, I feel like we have. She ordered cookies. I ordered toner and oil. The outcome? Love. I’m a lifetime client, for sure. So far I’ve purchased a toner and the Sacral oil, which has a winey, juicy, floral scent and aids in menstrual discomfort. I want it all, but priorities.

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Have you heard of any of these beautiful sisters doing their thing? Have you purchased from them? Feel free to comment with any brands you think I need to know about; one can never smell too good or be too moisturized! (Unless you ask Tareau! haha!)

How many Black men were left after . . .? [a reblog]

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In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love, Listen Seeker, I come in peace, “It is vain that we talk of being men, if we do not the work of men” – Frederick Douglass It was asked of me, if I am so good at math, why don’t I teach our kids the subject? […]

via How many Black men were left after . . .? — African Blood Siblings

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Thanks for sharing this interesting video, Melanin Man. Imagine how different this country might be if we never “integrated”.. I see more pros than cons.