Each year we begin anew with lofty resolutions, determined to shed the past, shed the weight, start saving, searching for a new job, setting educational goals, and so on. But before we get to that we should take a moment, perhaps more often than not, to honor those who came before us.
During Kwanzaa we are allowed an opportunity to not only remember our ancestors by offering libations, but we are able to do this collectively. We share the memories which are sometimes triumphant, sometimes painful, with a group of like minds and spirits. We encourage you to pour libations as often as possible, perhaps in your daily prayers, meditations or other rituals. If you feel so inclined use the comment box below to share the name of that wonderful person or persons who have transitioned. Together, we can invoke these spirits, ask for guidance, and perhaps NOW you may be empowered to set resolutions for your new year. - Ase'
Sometimes Uplyff gets a little busy, but our intent is real. When we slip, we redeem. The Buckeye Heshima Garden was not attended to and not a good example for our community. So, true to form we got out and took care of business! The raised beds are now ready for next spring, when our Swahili Village will be working on the gardens!
"The Fixers has sought out Clevelanders who operate like fixers. People who work within large social networks to build Cleveland’s vitality, and social and economic equity." (Excerpt from www.thefixerscleveland.com)
Check out our very own Tanese Horton giving her all for the youth in the community.
"FOR THOSE WHO DARE TO RISE!"
Mental illness has no color, but it is rampant in the Black community. We would love to celebrate the triumphs and achievements, the goals we've met, the lives we've changed, etc., but the fact is, none of this matters if we're not addressing the deeply rooted problems that exist. Whether it's PTSD, daily trauma from racism, domestic or street violence, hunger, miseducation or any other ill in the lives of Black people and other people of color, we have to find ways to cope and ultimately address the ailments inherited from these various sources.
On November 9, Archie Green brought a special, rare, and impactful program that begins to question our style of healing, through the platform of hip-hop. He opened up the floor to a real discussion about the trauma that we face, the ill means of coping that we've adopted and the resources to explore. There was a panel of artists, psychologists, sociologists and the like. Two amazing results - 1) The process of healing has a new face and 2) This is promised to be the first of many sessions that are bound to begin peeling off the layers that has hid so much pain and become a perpetual stigma in the black community. Stay tuned... Find Brother Archie on Facebook (click HERE).
One of the first steps on the way to natural healing is meditating. If you're a beginner, then just listen to the music below and close your eyes; try to clear your mind and not to think about anything. If you do, hakuna matata, meditation takes practice... Step one complete. (you may want to set an alarm just in case you fall asleep).
An Affirmation and Prayer:
I pray for the power to LoVe appropriately,
the courage to forgive,
for clairvoyance through observation,
and for the integrity to honor my word,
respecting all who deserve such…
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“Cities are the physical manifestation of powers at work”
How would you describe urban design? – From the film it was stated that everything you see in a city (especially in urban environments) is planned. There are four components in the design – architects, developers, government
(city/state officials) and the public – When it comes to your own neighborhood, which role do you play? Do you play a role at all? (Continue Reading HERE)
Where to shop! - (In the Cleveland Area)
Sista Belit provided a list of places to find the best produce - both in quality and price:
Here's what the Rawkin' brand is all about...
The world is now full of vegetarian and vegan conversations, movements, literature and the like. This same world is also full of MEAT!! Advertisements, sales at grocery stores, fast food restaurants, etc. Ultimately, the decision is yours, but perhaps sometimes we need a little concise information and those in our inner circles who have made the transition from eating meat to help us along the way. The message has to be consistent and it has to make sense. So, in an attempt to get you started, we have some articles, books and videos to put into perspective.
Mimi ni mla mboga! (I am a vegetarian!)
MAAT Study Group
2pm-4pm at 966 E.105th Street. Cleveland, OH
Saturdays at 10:30am
11535 Shaker Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44104
Saturdays at 11:00am
MLK, Jr Library
1962 Stokes Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106