Uplyff, Inc held our Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at the Rice Library. We highlighted the second principle, Kuchagulia, meaning Self-Determination. Complete with libations, poetry, food, activities, great discussion and of course - good music by #Virgo!
In a cute pocket sized manual style text, Sobonfu Some gives us a huge in depth analysis of the cultural expectations of marriage and relationships through the lens of the village. In her upbringing in a small Afrikan village she explains how relationships worked there. They encompassed an environment of people who regardless of position everyone is seen as either a mother/father or sister/brother. In our society we can consider the village as the group of people we hold nearest a dear to us; who we tell everything and depend on for advice and counsel.
Some shows how for some of us lost in the diaspora we have still held on to our source of culture and societal structure in some ways. Specifically we include all of our family and so called extended family as very involved in our commitments including the marriage union. For Black families topics like divorce not only effect the two people but everyone and it becomes a complicated ordeal partly because you are married not just to a person but to a village. The village reminds us that to be successful in the creation and even the dissolution of bonds we must consult with those around us.
A great take away from this book was the use and importance of rituals to maintain harmony in our relationships. Some gives detailed advice on the purpose intention and protocol for holding rituals and the tools for preparing a sacred space and building of a shrine. There is no standard but there are traditional ways to call on the invocation of spirit. Most importantly, it begins with having people involved in the ritual who are also committed to the good energy that being created and believing that the things you wish to obtain already exist somewhere inside you. The ritual only assists in giving you the healing energy necessary to bring it all out.
"Take care of the child first, then ask who's child is it."
Black History Month has passed once more. Is it not time to deal with some truths beyond the history we hear every BHM? What exactly is the Afrikan Diaspora and what is our true place in HISTORY?
Let's dig into a little etymology, lace it with a little Afrikan accomplishments, ancient migrations, science and philosophies, astrology, spirituality, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, systemic racism, colorism, creativity, divinity, mis-education, aesthetics, etc. and I present to you - the rich and ever complicated Afrikan Diaspora.
Books have been written, panels have discussed it. What do you have to contribute to the story and the future of the Afrikan Diaspora?
Ananse Arts Alliance
Black Man Army
Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers
New Era Cleveland
100 Black Men
Peace in the Hood
Umojah Nation Reggae Band
#Virgo Jazz Collective
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