Category Archives: African-American

And Still We Rise!: Amanda Gorman and the People’s Inauguration

Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate, read her “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Dr. Joseph Biden, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Now 22-years-old, West LA raised Gorman was named Youth Poet … Continue reading

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I’m Calling It! Person of the Year: Ms. Stacey Abrams!!

We’ve had a heck of a year—the dying dinosaur continues to roar.  But civilization, true civilization, forges ahead.  And Black women are leading the way.  Case in point: Ms. Stacey Abrams, a beacon of a civil democratic society in which … Continue reading

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Just in Case You Don’t Already Know The Truth…

Here are two eargasms for you!! Enjoy! I play these on repeat when I need to tap into the magnificence of living on the same Earth as these Masters!! Yaaaaaaaasssss!!!!! Walk beautifully! Toni

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ADIFF’s A Taste of Our Land and the New Colonization of Africa

I’m not a fan of Hillary Clinton or her husband. I know too much about the harm they’ve repeatedly brought to Haiti. But even the Devil tells the truth sometimes.  Several years ago, in 2011, then U.S. Secretary of State … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Remarkable Life of Esther “Essie” Nakajjigo

It strikes me as truly tragic when someone who is doing extraordinary things in the world only  becomes widely known when something tragic happens.  One such tragedy is that of Esther “Essie” Nakajjigo, a young, beautiful Ugandan woman. The youth … Continue reading

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We Are the Earth Body

While taking a walk in my favorite park a few days ago I listened to the ecophilosopher, activist, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy being interviewed by Tammy Simon on Sounds True podcast. Of the many gems that Macy dropped, one that … Continue reading

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Iyore (I Return)

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve been thinking a lot about Death lately (I capitalize the word to show him the respect and reverence that he deserves).  Again, I haven’t been reflecting on Death in a macabre sense, … Continue reading

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Young, Gifted, Black: Destinies Fulfilled

I don’t know about you, but with everything going on, especially these past few months, I’ve been thinking about death…a lot. Not really in a morbid sense, but rather, as a way of reflecting on the importance of living well … Continue reading

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Black Woman Magic

Black girl magic is real.  Black woman magic is real.  It’s in Nina Simone singing “Blues for Mama” in the way that only she could.  It’s in Harriet Tubman, who, though illiterate in the white man’s language (because he made … Continue reading

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Review of James McBride’s Deacon King Kong

A few weeks ago I watched a brilliant panel discussion entitled “Black American Buddhists on Community and Activism.” The panel featured three African American Buddhist practitioners and teachers, two with whom I was familiar: Kamilah Majied and DaRa Williams. When … Continue reading

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