Beauty in a Barbell: How to Set Up An Ancestor Altar

“So, when we say that the soul leaves a person’s body at the moment of death, it would be more correct to say that the body leaves the soul” Deepak Chopra “A house without an altar is ungrounded” Sobonfu Some The foundation of Hoodoo or any African based religion or spiritual system is ancestor veneration…

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Hoodoo: The Hope of the Slave

“Where there are preachers, there are also conjurers; where there are conversions, there are dreams and visions and where there is faith, there is and ever continues to be magic” Yvonne P. Chireau As a child, I was taught to be black and proud. I was encouraged to learn my history and to be proud…

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Beauty in a Barbell: The Truth about Uterine Fibroids

“When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower” Uterine fibroids is a condition that an overwhelming number of black women suffer from.  Women of African descent are more likely to develop fibroids. In fact, some studies find that up to 90% of black women will develop fibroids…

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Friends Forever?..Maybe Not: Dealing With the Ultimate Breakup

I think that losing friends is worse than losing a man. Men are soo replaceable. But your girlfriends? Not so much. I’m fresh out of a situation where a group of friends that I’ve had for over 20 years, I probably will never speak to again. What started off as a minor issue over trying…

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The Nutritional Truth Teller: Why I Never Drink Tap Water

“Don’t think there are no crocodiles just because the water is calm” Malawian proverb Water is our most precious resource and we must always be concerned and vigilant about the substances in our water. Dr. Bernard Jensen, author of Empty Harvest explains: Where there is water, there is life. We consume it every day to…

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Freedom from Menstrual Cramps

“Healing is an art. It takes time. It takes practice. It takes love” Mazda-Dohta Painful menstrual cramping is something that I have struggled with for years. I remember being doubled over in pain, clutching the heating pad for dear life, and literally praying to God to please take the pain away. Chances are, if you’re…

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Why I’m Done Being the Bigger Person

“I release any residual guilt for the way it makes others feel when I am standing in my power” Maryam Hasnaa I have grown beyond weary of making excuses for shitty people and their shitty behavior. Oh, they had a tough life? So, what! They are going through a tough time right now? So, what!…

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My Family or My Dream? Why I Put My Dream on Hold

“Fulfillment is the completion of a circle. All aspects of the self have to be lived out, like the twelve houses of the zodiac” Anais Nin “The earth is heavy and opaque without dreams” Anais Nin   When I read The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B DuBois at the age of 16, I fell in…

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The US Health Care System: The Hustle Built On Our Struggle

“If the medicine worked you wouldn’t need to refill the prescription” Unknown “Our profitable disease care system doesn’t want you to die. It doesn’t want you to get well. It just wants you to keep coming back” Escape Fire film The US healthcare system is a revolving door, that creates customers instead of cures. They…

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