Sermons, Social Policy

Black and Woke and Christian? Revolutionary and Christ Following

Being revolutionary and spiritually aware are not mutually exclusive. I’ve had people ask me how I could be a revolutionary while also practicing Christianity, the “white mans” religion. In response, t I want to address the idea that Christianity is a “white man’s” religion because it is not. The Bible was not written by white people, the people in the…

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Events, Marches and Demonstration

Black Lives Matter March for Freedom

This past weekend, Saturday March 4, 2017, the Black Liberation Front hosted a Black Lives Matter March for Freedom through Seattle. Protesters chanted, “Keep the CD Black” and “Hey Hey Ho Ho, Gentrifying has got to go”. There was a strong police presence at the demonstration, officers biked along side and blocked off streets in both directions as we passed…

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Black History Month Series

No Law Protected Our First Black Female Prosecutor: Murder Case Left Unresolved

For the past few weeks I’ve been watching How to Get Away with Murder, another one of my favorite legal dramas is Scandal, for the simple fact that I love seeing Black women in power. The fact that I studied law in college makes the plots all the more interesting, aside from the fact that in both shows the director,…

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Black History Month Series

Record Setting Black Athletes during the Jim Crow Era

These past few weeks of research and writing for February’s Black History Month series has been a deeply rewarding experience as a young Black woman. I’ve learned about the names, voices, and accomplishments that have been hidden from our people for centuries. It’s incredible the depth of knowledge we have waiting for us to explore. There are hundreds of stories…

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Black History Month Series

Black Enough to Die, but Not to Live: Historic Black Oppression in the Military

Being Black and maintaining professionalism in Western society has always been a sort of catch-22. It’s generally understood that as a Black person achieving a professional look is the equivalent adopting as many white looking characteristics as possible. For Black women this means sacrificing the unique beauty of our naturally kinky textured hair to straightening. Whether that be chemically processing…

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Black History Month Series, Poetry

Spiritual Gift of Strength in Civil Disobedience

The following poem was written as a part of my mentoring position in Pongo Poetry Project’s King County Juvenile Detention Center. Each week in preparation for working with students in juvenile detention, mentors write a poem  inspired by a specific theme. The week of January 17th we wrote along the theme of Civil Disobedience, I shared the poem as apart…

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Black History Month Series

Black Hair Big Business My Past-life Madam C. J. Walker

Black hair is big business, Madam C.J. Walker’s realization of this to cater to the black communities’ hair care needs made her America’s first female self-made millionaire. Walker is one of my favorite entrepreneurs because  she specialized in the field of Black hair care. During the time that she was growing her business, Walker saw a lack of products that…

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Events

Profits from Oppression when we were Christmas Gifts

My reflection on Christmas has interrogated my attachment to the holiday as profits in our country continue to soar from oppression rooted in a time when we were Christmas gifts. When a group’s humanity is stolen, then their mistreatment, abuse and oppression can continue. This is why there was a time when we were traded as gifts like property. Our families…

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Events

A New Type of Black Market in Seattle

This Sunday evening Women.Weed.Wifi hosted a Black Market event full of Black and Brown entrepreneurs at the Artspace Hiawatha Lofts in Seattle. Artists and artisans provided Seattle locals with an opportunity to get some meaningful and original gifts for the holidays, as well as an opportunity to support Black and Brown local business owners. Of course, I couldn’t help but…

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