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BIPOC Sanghas at Spirit Rock

In what feels like a lifetime ago, as a gesture of self-love, I took myself on a week-long silent retreat for self-identified women at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the mountains of California. The experience was truly transformative. What a … Continue reading

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Changes

I’ve been thinking a lot about Tupac lately. Like a lot. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about one of my favorite songs by him: “Changes.”  Tupac made lots of amazing music: “Dear Mama,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Brenda’s Got a … Continue reading

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Celebrating Black Creative Genius: Lonnie Holley

Amongst everything that’s been happening lately–though, of not unconnected from what’s been happening for centuries: continued pressure for racial equality in this country, finally, a national recognition of Juneteenth, the commemoration of one of the worst cases of white aggression … Continue reading

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The Revolution Continues: Alligator Woods Now

In naming this blog Alligator Woods way back in 2009 I sought to uplift and share the revolutionary spirit that was alive in the enslaved men and women who declared liberty or death that fateful night in August 1791 in … Continue reading

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A Gentle Reminder to be Gentle with Yourself

I received this in my inbox a few weeks ago, but thought it would be a good message to share now. Prince Ea is a gifted filmmaker, speaker, creator! Learn more about this amazing person and his work here! For … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison Conference: March 19-21, Montpellier, France

Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon: Two Generations Later Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, Site St Charles Salle des colloques 1 Montpellier, France, March 19-21, 2020 https://tonimorrison.sciencesconf.org Thursday 19th March 9:00 Registration 9:30-9:40 Opening statements I.Textual/stylistic Analysis: Morrison’s Word-Work             Chair: Monica … Continue reading

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Review of Imani Perry’s Breathe

In 1967—it feels like forever ago—the brilliant writer and critic James Arthur Baldwin penned a letter to the son of his only brother and named it “And My Dungeon Shook”, a reference to the famous biblical passage. In the letter … Continue reading

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African Diasporic Cultural Meanderings Part One: The Smithsonian

Quiet as it’s kept, Washington, D.C.–this nation’s capital–is located in the southern part of the United States. This fact, seemingly innocuous in 2019, has all kinds of implications, not the least of which is the fact that there is a … Continue reading

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Review of Edwidge Danticat’s Everything Inside

The Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat has authored numerous brilliant and inspiring narratives. A few of my favorites are her short story collection, Krik? Krak! (1996), her adult novels, The Dew Breaker (2005), Claire of the Sea Light (2014), The … Continue reading

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The Gift of Rwanda

A long-time-in-coming meandering from Africa–one to inspire! Please join me in rejoicing in Rwanda’s vision and the hope that the people’s vision will spread far and wide… Rwanda is working on a “green city,” in Kigali city. The plan is to have … Continue reading

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