The phrase “follow Black Women” should be modified to “Nourish Black Women”. Women of African descent were brought to this country to work alongside our men, doing the work of men.
The tradition of African American Women has not been self care…it’s been forced nurturing of others in order to strive to just get the basic needs for our families. Our value, was defined by how well we produced while we were in forced servitude.
The African American community is having a 21st century online renaissance. Black women are at the forefront. For some white liberals, the phrase “Follow Black Women” has become a kind of anthem.
At the same time, Black women are dying young and more often from ailments grounded in constant stress. Now more than ever Black Women need nourishment. We are not superhuman to be put on pedastals we are not magical. We break. We cry. We die. (134 Black Women die EVERY DAY of heart disease. Every. Damn. Day.)
We African American women need to choose authentic joy. Remember your joy, and those of you who are not African American woman also need you to choose authentic joy and focus on not following or depleting us, you need to PLEASE focus on unconditionally nurturing Black Women and Girls.
It can be as easy as saying “hello” in passing. Saying “Thank you” and “Please”. Even simple actions like making kind eye contact and smiling are actions of unconditional nurturing.
It’s spring and the chakra of the season is called Manipura aka the Solar Plexus Chakra. I imagine the sun activating the radiance of the Solar Plexus Chakra awakening during spring and growing during summer. What I love about the Sacral Chakra is the warrior energy. Warm weather encourages vitality and a yearning to achieve and attract. The other side of spring and summer energy is the servant energy. Being constantly busy doing wears us out. Folks can possibly deplete themselves attempting to please other people in person AND on social media just for affirmations that we just sometimes can’t seem to give ourselves.
As spring rises on 2018 join the community of sustaining members of VisableBlackwoman productions and welcome art, music, creative writing and theater into your life as a daily personal practice of self-care. I share recipes, Rhythm Therapy Rooftop video immersion mini sessions and more. Your support enables me to create productions that make Black Women’s stories visible to preserve our legacies. Because nobody can tell our stories like we can.
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The focus in May is Joy.
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