Unless you have been living under a rock, I am sure that in the past few weeks you have seen or heard of some reference to Beyonce and Oshun. Ever since the drop of her album Lemonade and the video for "Hold Up," when Beyonce rocked a yellow dress and walked down a cascade of water … Continue reading Let’s Really Talk About Oshun
When I wrote my last blog post, instead of saying you should check back in with me next week, I should have said check back in next month. Between planning a summer camp and finishing up two courses in school, I haven't had much time to really think about anything else, let alone write. I … Continue reading Things To Know When Starting on the Journey in African Spirituality. Pt. 2
It has been almost seven years since I underwent my first initiation and over eight years since I started on this journey as an aborisha (a follower of orisha). In some ways it seems like I have been doing this all of my life and in other ways it feels like it was just yesterday … Continue reading Things To Know When Starting on the Journey in African Spirituality. Pt. 1
Recently I have been thinking and reflecting on what it means to be olorisha (literally it means "owner of orisha" but is translated as "priest" and describes those who have been initiated). When someone says that are Christian, people typically understand what that means: A person who makes such a statement is saying that the … Continue reading Living with Meaning
I get this question from time to time. For those for whom spirituality or religion must include a Deity (and only ONE!) belief in God is a primary method for determining the distinction between bonafide religion or a weird cultish or devilish practice. And because African spiritual traditions are already in that "weird" or "devilish" category, … Continue reading Do You Believe in God?
"The white man's ice is colder." If you are have never heard that phrase uttered and you are a Black American, then it is definitely time for your Black Card to be revoked. Not really but this phrase is common enough among Black folks who discuss the psychological effects of being Black in a society … Continue reading Whose Ice is Colder? Who Got That Good-Good Ase?
Below is a link to an article about four Cubans who have traced their African roots to Sierra Leone. One of my primary interests, both as a practitioner and a priestess, is ancestral memories and connections. This story is amazing to me because: After several years of research across Liberia and Sierra Leone, their [the … Continue reading Ancestral Memories: Africans in Cuba