Loving Blackness, Holding Global Space

“We begin by holding space for us to heal from the trauma and terror caused by these systems. We begin by holding space for the imagination to conjure up a different world, where we can invest in preventative measures …”

Reject Violence As A Way Of Being Human

If we do nothing else today, pray for loving peace.   Pray that our hearts will open wider and support girls and women in our lives with deep gratitude and purpose.   Pray that our hearts will continue to beat, and with every beat claim the knowledge that comes with a beating heart. To know,…

Essential Social Justice Readings – Volume 1, Dec 2014

Essential Social Justice Readings Volume 1, Dec 2014-curated by Dr. Brian L. Ragsdale, brianragsdalewriter.com. From time to time I will bring you articles, videos, and other communications that relate to exploring oppression, culture, and social justice topics.  I am sending this out on December 4th, 2014, a dreary and somber day after the Eric Gardner…

Meditation and The Funk

Friends and family, About 15 months or more ago, I meditated over a weekend with 10 other brave souls for about 16 hours in total silence. I experienced a sort of mental and emotional breaking down, questioning what really existed inside. Searching for the essence, in a sense. In a similar way, our country is…

The Measure of My Heart

On winged days, I know I can soar. Letting the wind of my dreams carry me. This too shall pass, I say this to myself over and over…and as it comes here to me, I will embrace this and hold it like a newborn child. Swaddle it with hope, love, and forgiveness. Healing and helping…

See With Your Eyes But Listen With Your Heart

I watched her tears roll down her face as she described how unattractive she felt because of her skin color.  Her pain was deep. Oprah and Iyanla recently presented a “LIFECLASS” on the OWN network that explored colorism.  Colorism is a psycho-social effect of living in societies where skin color become associated with subjective factors….

The Art of Letting Go: Part Three

The Art of Letting Go: Part Three- All pain is not the same There are different levels of pain experienced by people. Although pain should never be compared to each other in a way that suggests that one pain is less or worse than another, the reality is that all pain is not the same….

The Art of Letting Go: Part Two

The Art of Letting Go, Part Two- Sometimes the personal is not political at all Most of what people struggling with in terms of letting go are painful childhood memories; physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and the physical feeling and the fear that comes with having no food in the cabinets. Painful experiences and memories…

The Art of Letting Go

The Art of Letting Go:  Part One- Sometimes it is best not to let go. I struggle with the concept of how we talk about letting go.  This is probably because I have had some new insights when thinking about my past, and I am probably watching too many Super Soul Sundays or Iyanla’s Fix…