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Rethinking the Black Queen

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True words from a true sistar. Defining a QUEEN!

Originally posted on cravetheculture:

At least twice a day, if not more, I come across an article or picture that promotes the idea of the “Black Queen.” Now, this is usually from one of my fellow African American women friends and because of this I really feel that while I cannot make grandiose statements about the masses of black women that post these things, I can make certain opinions about this “movement.” As a disclaimer, I do understand the history and culture that was destroyed and is still being repaired in relation to black women and the United States. However, while trying to repair, we must be careful to not cut corners and we must keep ourselves accountable.

Now, being an African American woman, I supposedly should be in full support of this movement. However, for some reason I cannot get myself to really fully call myself a “BLACK” queen. This is not because…

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Meditation For The “Regular” People

The Goal Is To Look Deep Within, Where All Truths Lay Hidden.

The Goal Is To Look Deep Within, Where All Truths Lay Hidden.

 

Personally, I am a big advocate for meditation and all the benefits it brings. Yet even myself, being the big enthusiast that I am, I have found it quite challenging to achieve the “crossed-legged, straight back, chin-lock, utter silence for hours state” that most of us are accustomed to seeing from others in different nations around the globe.
The harmonious being who is clearly un-phased by any thought or action which is happening within the outside world. Who seems to have nothing going on in their inside world. Their face is so relaxed and steady, that they give the illusion of being asleep versus just being in a deep mindful state. In my small world particular, this thought of meditation is just that; a fleeting thought.

I know many who go to imitate that seated pose, with straight backs and heavy heads, barely managing to close the eyes, only to be bombarded with the thoughts that continuously float around inside our dome. Within a few moments, we have opened the eyes and already thinking of “What should I cook for dinner tonight? Did I ever text mom back? I am so hungry!”

This leads me to believe, maintaining this “image” in the mind of the well-tamed monk, can only lead to intimidation as well as be detrimental to any form of one’s meditative spiritual growth. This, in the end will turn even the eagerest of souls away from reaching their Most High. It can keep one from even trying to begin.

So I felt the need to get back to simple basics and work on the foundation of practicing meditation.

Breathing.

Focusing all on the center of the breathe. When the mind drifts, bring the focus back onto breaths center.

Inhale. Exhale.

This photo represents a great way to keep the mind centered on breath. Maintaining the steady flow of inhales, grabbing hold, and exhales, letting go. Helping to keep the mind on a steady flow with the hearts beat. Getting back to the basics and not trying to bash thyself over the brain, upon failed attempts at mastering another’s technique. Instead master thy own style. Use others as a mere blueprint in which you build upon.

Also remembering to not only be focused in that one very moment, then when time is up, go about the same way as before. But maintain a meditative state of mind thought throughout the entire day. In everything that one does. The benefits will be much greater in this way.

Breathe. The Spirit of Life.

 

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Bob Marley: A King & His Crown

Originally posted on BlackDoctor:

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In history, wearing dreadlocks symbolized many things. It was a personal display of power for warriors in Africa; in India they was worn among adherents of Shiva (in India it was called Jata instead of dreadlocks); and in Jamaica it was the rejection of the Western mainstream beauty standards and the suffering that people build when confronted and negatively criticized for showing their true natural self.

Legendary reggae musician Bob Marley grew free form dreadlocks has part of his Rastafarian beliefs. Many people shy away from such a sacred hairstyle not only because of the media, but also because of the hair maintenance. But despite popular belief you actually got your work cut out for you.

“To tell you the truth, all you gotta do is leave it, wash it, and don’t comb it. Keep it clean and it will dreadlock itself,” said Marley.

Aside from how easy it is…

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Detroit Cop Who Killed 7-Year-Old Aiyana Stanley-Jones Walks Free

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My Heart And Thoughts Are With Them. The Pain Is Visibly Heavy Upon Them.

Originally posted on News One:

In this May 18, 2010 file photo, Dominika Stanley, left, the mother of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones, sits next to Aiyana's father Charles Jones, who holds a photo of her in Southfield, Mich. A warrant request seeking the arrest of an unnamed man in connection with last May’s shooting death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones by a member of the Detroit police Special Response Team is being reviewed, the Wayne County prosecutor’s office said. The warrant request was submitted Thursday, March 3, 2011 by the Michigan State Police which is investigating the May 16, 2010 shooting and early morning raid at the girl’s east side home. Detroit police have said an officer’s gun accidentally discharged after he was bumped or jostled by the girl’s grandmother. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) In this May 18, 2010 file photo, Dominika Stanley, left, the mother of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones, sits next to Aiyana’s father Charles Jones, who holds a photo of her in Southfield, Mich. Detroit police have said an officer’s gun accidentally discharged after he was bumped or jostled by the girl’s grandmother. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

After two hung juries, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office has decided not to retry the police officer who killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones in a raid gone horribly wrong four years ago.

Detroit police office Joseph Weekley, 38, shot and killed the sleeping 7-year-old with an MP5 submachine gun as he led a SWAT-like team into her home in search of a murder suspect.

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Weekley was indicted more than a year later and has been tried twice before in Stanley-Jones’ death, both times…

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BLACK GIRLS YOGA: A Beginning

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Every end has to have a beginning. Seeing the final work creates the illusion that there was no sweat and tears put into the process. We should throw away this notion if we choose to truly progress in life.Once one stops expecting to receive an end result right away, the conflict on the mind can then begin to fade away.

 

 

 

BLACK GIRLS YOGA

I am very excited to be working toward a New adventure that will not only bring black women together who share and strive for the same common goals, but also want to grow in their personal practices with others similar to themselves. I hope to make Black Girls Yoga something that is known nationwide. Where women of color can come together and learn, share and grow from one another.

I follow some of the most inspiring, inspirational women on my Instagram account. Every morning I wake-up to see one of them flawlessly in a head stand as if they had been doing it since birth.  These women grace my timeline daily, giving me ideas, motivation and a firm grip on what I, myself can become.

I want to feature these women over time, and many others, building a Black Girls Yoga empire that will awaken another sister into who she wants to be as well.

 

This model is Unknown at this time. I do, however, plan to find and credit the model in  this Instagram post.

This model is Unknown at this time. I do, however, plan to find and credit the model in this Instagram post.