Thursday, September 23

    Race Manhood & Power Podcast


    …as told by Omowale Afrika

    ☥ What is Race Manhood and Power here for?

    Race, Manhood & Power is a bare-knuckled political podcast, unapologetically centered around Black male development, and the breakdown in Black Male & Female relations. We have conversations addressing the lack of order, protection, and direction within the Black community, and the resulting chaos/disorder this has created.

    We openly invite members of our community to constructively talk through some of the most contentious issues in the space, and brainstorm solutions for collective empowerment.

    Ultimately, our discussions are designed to facilitate honest and truthful dialogue on what needs to be done to transform racially subjugated males into sovereign men, capable of pulling a war-torn community back from the brink.

    ☥ What does this work stand on?

    The analysis we put forward rests on the best of our past & present thinking, on the issue of Race, Manhood and Power. We draw heavily from the works, and examples of ancestors such as Marcus Garvey, Carlos Cookes, Malcolm X, Dr. Amos Wilson, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, and Robert F. Williams, and those living ancestors who are currently continuing that tradition (Mwalimu Baruti, Baba Imhotep Fatiu, and Dr. Marimba Ani.

    ☥ What sparks your imagination?

    My imagination is sparked by one single thought, liberation. I want the generations of Africans that return to this world to be the inheritors of our love, labor, and sacrifice, in the form of a Sovereign nation, that will never again allow Africans anywhere, to be enslaved, colonized, or oppressed.

    ☥ What are your values?

    We value, life, nature, humanity, peace, freedom, and strength, but most importantly, we value our ancestors, and what the valued (i.e. truth, justice, order, balance, reciprocity, and harmony)

    ☥ How will you get to where you want to go?

    Through historical & cultural reorientation, and political education.

    ☥ What is your path forward?

    Organization and consistent application.

    ☥ How do you see?

    As an afrocentrist, there is only one way for us to see the world, and that is through our own cultural lens, that has been shaped by our history, and experiences on this planet, as African people.

    ☥ What has fed you?

    My work. My ancestors. My family. My children. My love for my people.

    ☥ What’s it all for?

    For the African Renaissance. I work for a future where Africa will rise again, and I don’t see a path to that future that doesn’t involve the resurrection of African manhood.

    September Moon Reading



    this complementary oracle reading is for the Nu Moon in Aust (virgo) September 6th through to the Nu Moon in Ma’at (libra) October 6th

    What is an oracle reading?

    an oracle is a conduit or connector between dimensions; a reading is an art form often called divination by which the oracle opens sacred space to connect realms and to read the cosmic energy field. The following aids were used to read the energy for this moon cycle:

    • FIRE 🔥 for purification and ritualization at the inception of Nu lunar cycle
    • Kemetic alchemical divination cards (Ancient Afrakan cosmic principles)
    • INtention for a general read of the cosmic energy of this moon cycle
    • INtuitive guidance from the womb space
    • kNOWledge through embodiment and connection to NaTuRal energies

    …you can read more about my oracle readings via Coins & Cowries

    *the following reading is the first 3 cards of the 10 card Merkut (Pyramid) reading*

    SEPT — Guiding Principal (fire)


    Sept is the star we know today as Sirius, the “Dog Star”. Sept is the Mdu NTR (ancient Kemetic language commonly known as “hieroglyphs” which is Greek) word for this very important star which is the sun beyond our sun known as RA to our ancient Kemetic ancestors. SEPT is the symbol for the Guiding principle of all the Merkut (Pyramid) readings. It is the fire element so the energy in this position is the most active force of NTR (NaTuRe).

    This nu lunar cycle we’ve entered will make its climax with the full moon in Hatmehit (pisces) on September 20th and wane into the next lunar cycle which will begin in Ma’at on October 6th.

    The energy that is in this position for this moon is Renenet, the energy of nourishment symbolized by the snake which illustrates an intuitive nature to this force. Renenet is the aspect of overflow that compliments Hapi, the literal energy of the Nile. The annual inundation of Hapi is what brought the water and silt to the fields allowing for the rich agricultural legacy of the Hapi Valley which is modern day Sudan and Egypt. Renenet is believed to be symbolized by the snake because she was protectress of the harvest, as were the snakes 🐍 who roamed the fields hunting the rodents that threatened the harvest.

    This moon cycle will bring nourishment for the mind and body which may show up in many ways… it could be all forms of good fortune, and wealth. Renenet is the energy of abundance and plenty.

    The number for this card is 2 which symbolizes doubling, or twin energy, complementarity and connecting.

    BA — Magikal MENTAL Body (air)

    The realm of air is the mental realm which includes the intellectual and cognitive aspects of our experience such as our thoughts, logic and analysis.


    The energy in the 2nd position for this reading is Mafdet. This is another female energy and is characterized as clear sighted, “she who sees clearly”. This energy is very much “you reap what you’ve sown”. It is the energy of justice and the karmic aspect of Ma’at. Although Mafdet fell from favor, she was revered as one of the eldest forms of the feline energies, and seen then as the protectress of royalty. This NTRU (aspect of the divine) was expressed often as a lynx, but also other forms of the feline – the cheetah, leopard, panther, lioness, etc.

    Mafdet often comes forward by way of punishment or payment for some wrong done. This energy may also express itself as discipline in a spiritual or physical form.

    The number for this card is 8 which symbolizes infinity, eternity and continuity.


    The energy in the 3rd position for this reading is Müt (pronounced moo-t). Müt is a fundamental mother principle distinct as the actual role of the mother intricately connected to all the mother energies of NaTuRe. The symbol for Müt is the vulture and the embodiment of this energy was shown by the vulture headdress. This energy is selfless love symbolized by the great mother vulture who will prick herself to feed her young her own blood if she’s unable to provide for them.

    This energy represents gestation (the time between conception and birth) in the physical, mental and spiritual sense. In the mental realm think of Müt here as nurturing thoughts, caring for your mind, and conscious mental rest and work.

    The number for this card is 6 which symbolizes healing, support and nurturing.

    Connecting INward

    The energy is what it is, and the way it is experienced for each of us will be unique to our personal needs and desires. These energies flow freely, and our connection to them is RAflected in our lives whether we’re conscious of them or not. Being aware of these energies and their presence allows us to connect iNtentionally and maximize the constructive potential they offer for our growth in this cycle. The questions below are a great way you’re iNvited to take notice of these energies as they express themselves this moon cycle


    JOURNAL — this lunar cycle ask yourself:

    • How is my mind, body and spirit being nourished?
    • Where is there overflow? How can eye make best use of this surplus?
    • When eye RAflect back on the previous cycles what lessons can eye now see clearly?
    • Where and how can eye practice discipline to rise iNto this next chapter?
    • How can eye overflow into those eye love?
    • What have eye conceived that is gestating physically, mentally and spiritually?
    • How can eye allow NaTuRe to bring my intentions and plans to full-term?

    If you’re INterested in a personalized reading visit

    Out of Seam


    by Kyra Bennington at OUTOFSEAM’S Natural Dye Workshop: Sweat, Tears and Dye. 

    …as told by Out of Seam

    What is Out of Seam?

    a source. the sign and sequence. OUT OF SEAM is an in house production space, collaborating with artisans to form fully unique, restorative and functional pieces. Our main focus right now is natural dying and clothing reconstruction. we let it out till the very end.

    How did you get there?

    mountains and movements. I’ve been thinking about tectonic plates a lot & how they diverge, converge and transform- many things shift and change to create a full form. OOS started through a lot of serendipity, a lot of natural occurrences that eventually became a full fledged motion once I had awareness of what was happening. We are still in the early stages but now it’s in form and takes maintenance to upkeep. 

    What sparks your imagination?

    conversations. While catching up with a friend, I was reminded that the messages we relay are what we need to (and often do) tell ourselves. I am ALWAYS having major epiphanies and Eureka moments from conversation. The awareness of possibility is very important to me, the allure of the future fuels me but I’m in a space of presentism. Respecting that through writing and music with chimes, horns, and harps is where I’m at right now.

    What do you value?

    a solid core. things change, shift, are dynamic and complex but we all, it all, has a center. a core. I’ve been thinking about impact versus intention because the end is what’s left. The result is what we hold to be “true” because it completes a process. But what’s been allowing grace and forgiveness in my life is where you’re coming from and how you got there – what things mean to you and where you stand because of that. Sometimes you really do and don’t mean it. The iffy parts, the grays – all situations and circumstances. Sometimes we just end up. 

    What do you know?

    man… the beauty of life is this question. Right now, I am uncovering myself, parts that have been hidden in plain sight that I am owning now. I know the future is us, the people. I know respect and understanding allow dynamics to flow and I know love is always here. 

    Where do you want to go?

    Around. Wherever you’re at is where you’re supposed to be so make the most of it by looking around. I don’t know what’s in space and I don’t know what is under the sea but I know that I am alive and so long as I am here, I can look around and inside. OOS has a strong anchor to the connections it has with the people, it wouldn’t be possible to maneuver without them. 

    What’s your message?

    If you don’t read, you better listen. What makes anything resonate is it’s context. The depth of a full story. Clearly we can’t know it all but there is something to be said when you see and you hear. OOS is all about the process, how we source our material, the artists we collaborate with, the history of its conception, its significance within my lineage, it all means something. Communicating the intention and passion is what drives us. You feel us. 

    What has fed you?

    “What nourishes me destroys me”. Currently finding balance. It’s hard to maintain in NYC, where we are partially based, because there’s always so much going on. But knowing you are the first and final call has been feeding me mentally, you can’t predict situations but you can address how you deal with them. 

    What is it all for?

    creating your world leads to a better future. 

    photos by Kyra Bennington at OUTOFSEAM’S Natural Dye Workshop:

    Sweat, Tears and Dye. 

    Crown Headwrap Tutorial


    My staple head wrap style has been this crown headwrap. Eye love other styles but because the Bògòlanfini aka mud cloth scarves that eye love to wear are so thick, this style is perfect! Eye mastered this head wrap, like we literally timed it and my best time is 15 seconds to get it wrapped to perfection lol… getting the “Erykah Badu” comments gets old quick tho *side eye* 

    Locs and Spirituality

    Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) Bas Relief of Queen Kawit taken from her coffin found at Deir el-Bahri temple. Photo from “Mirrors’R’Suns, or Egyptian Reflections

    “The journey of 1,000 miles
    begins with a single step”

    Some of us may have heard this in passing, from an elder, read Lao Tzu or have a simple, internal knowing. Regardless of where or how, the meaning of one moment being the catalyst for a lifetime remains true.

    This is the journey of locs. 

    Nubian prince Maiherpri

    Contrary to what mainstream media may have you believe, locs did not start or stay in Jamaica. From the ancestors of the Nile Valley, to the Massai tribesman doused in ochre, to the Mau Mau warriors who collectively sparked the revolutionary spirit of the Rasta’s; loc’s are a signal of not only who you are but who you’ve been and who you’re becoming. 

    Himba girl’s hair. Namibia, South Africa

    There is a difference between a lifestyle and a hairstyle, of course. Wicks are the most relevant incarnation of “loc life”, on almost every Floridian rappers you can think of. Regardless of how you came into your journey, we have some of the most diverse and malleable hair types on the planet. Grow it, own it, love it.  

    In the video below, Aust NeferKa shares moor about the spirituality of our hair, why she began her locs and how her hair journey has unfolded since her “big chop”.

    Black Lives Matter?


    I know I’m not the only one highly skeptical of the “Black Lives Matter” so-called movement. I say so-called because I really don’t see it moving much. Others like me have a healthy skepticism, and those who don’t probably aren’t paying close enough attention to the movement of money. I usually try not to have a solely critical approach to the subject to honor the ignorant, but at this point my frustrations have reached an all time high so I’m just going in.

    For a minute it didn’t bother me that I was grouped into this slogan because I was like, “hey, this is a great thing! People are talking about it, many are united on it; I mean how can you not respect it… Do you NOT think black lives matter?” The reason why it has such a compelling guise is because it seemingly came from the depths of the grassroots and resonated with so many angry and confused people who probably never had any critical “racial” dialogue prior. I mean honestly, after that black power movement was dismembered we really didn’t have this much discourse, especially not on the mainstream… until this outcry came from the streets.

    Things were already destined to take a turn for the worst when the narrative was stripped from the hands of the people and paraded, skewed and eventually led by the very same power structure the outcry was originally targeting. We always talk about the Panthers, without a critical analysis of the black power movement or how it was infiltrated. It’s like they took a cue straight out of J Edgar Hoover’s book for this one! How could we not see a conflict of interest when the media is the main spokesperson for said movement?

    As I already mentioned, it came as a reaction so there couldn’t have been a strategic, organized plan for the future outcome. I’m sure those who actually ignited the flame (definitely not those who were paraded by the establishment) didn’t even expect it to catch on like wild fire. Reaction (mobilization) is easy; strategic action (organization) is the real challenge. Unity is the first call-to-action. We need to stop saying we are a community and actually work to create commUNITY in our neighborHOODS.

    My main concern about this narrative of Black Lives Matter is, well what does that mean? What does that call for? I know many of those who I’ve marched through the city with know damn well its bigger than just corrupt cops and changes in legislation. Come on fam, the body cams literally only desensitized people further. Many I’ve met with and coordinated with know its not a matter of reform when we’re dealing with a global system that is hell bent on destroying the natural world, the original peoples, and of course anyone who stands in the way, no matter the casualties… So why are people still out there yelling Black Lives Matter?

    I was well aware before I stepped foot at my first protest 2 years ago that marching wasn’t going to be the end all. However, I’ve always acknowledged its necessity and respected the spirit that pushes and fuels that aspect of resistance. It’s the message out there that I have a problem with. It’s the agents and provocateurs that I have a problem with. It’s the fact that I don’t see enough people who look like me, who live on my block or in the projects out there, that’s what bothers me! As the great ancestor Dr. Frances Cress Welsing always reminds us that we should always QUESTION EVERYTHING… “Well WHY is that?”, I wondered.

    The more I studied, the more I meditated, the more work I did in the neighborhoods around me, from Bedstuy to Brownsville, the more clearly I realized that this was not only a step backward, but a total reverse in the direction from the path those freedom fighters before us were on. But I also realized it shows where we are as a people, as a society that we’d even be that far from where we were in terms of so-called race relations. Again, I must explain that I say so-called because the fuel of “white supremacy” is the entertainment of the illusion of race that was created itself by white supremacists aka the government lol to justify enslaving Africans. I won’t elaborate here on that but this sista actually covers most of my sentiments on the matter of this “race” fallacy in her video, “Never forget: White supremacists created race”.

    My dis-ease here is reminiscent of how I view our all too common use of the identity, “people of color”. Like wtf? How did we go from fighting for our original African identity that was violently stripped away from us, to identifying ourselves by terms and phrases that are rooted inferiority? I mean I know why, but think about it, wtf is a colored person? Someone who is not white, fair to say? Takes me back to segregated water fountains when I hear it, but again it shows how much we’ve backtracked from the days of the human rights movement Malcolm sparked. I’ve digressed, but I will absolutely elaborate on this in a later post because cultural identity is a foundational issue we must address in order to liberate ourselves.

    So again I ask: BLACK LIVES MATTER? Do they matter in our disgusting school, welfare and foster care systems? Do “black lives matter” in the overall injustice system when the survivor isn’t murdered by police officer but instead condemned in massive numbers to a dehumanized life of rape, degradation, slave labor, toxic food and biological testing? Do we matter when our neighborhoods are systemically gentrified? How about when we live in inhabitable housing developments, shelters or are homeless? Do so-called black people working for petty wages at the bottom of the legal labor food chain matter? Does it matter that the food and water is literally poisoning us and distorting our body chemistry? Does it matter when our people are in a cycle of sexual abuse and confusion as children are molested, men and women raped, and abortions killing more of us than all of that COMBINED? The epic levels of cultural appropriation, from our historical legacy being “white-washed” to our locs being attributed to Japanese sub-culture, clearly illustrates that our cultural identity doesn’t matter so I won’t even ask about that one.

    My point is, there are so many issues! Therefore there are so many solutions! They can begin with you getting uncomfortable and changing what is in your power to change. If you can’t think of one thing you can directly do then you really need to get your life – that’s ONE. We may not be at a point where we’re organized to the level we need to in order to combat the imperial forces against us, but we can stop being victims who are herded around by the mass media and social media campaigns. Posting hashtags is cool, but what are you doing in your neighborhood. Do you even live in your hood? Focusing on one tentacle of the problem is part of the problem. Band-aid’s are cool too, but we need holistic responses to this multi-dimensional war. Let’s acknowledge that “racial matters”, police brutality and murder particularly are a market now. A market lacking substance and a revolutionary approach… maybe I’ll coin it the Black Lives Matter Industrial Complex lol. Face it, the revolution will not be televised, so please stop saying that shit.

    Revolution: a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.

    Yes, we can use Black Lives Matter to our advantage… so how? Please feel free to share your thoughts on how. If you’re mad and not here to build, this isn’t the space for you.

    Video links shared in blog:

    Importance of Education before ACTION explained by Fred Hampton of Black Panther Party HERE

    Why we need to ask WHY explained by Dr. Francis Cress Welsing of Isis Papers (08:11) HERE

    Brief history on race shared by Malaika Jabali HERE

    Mobilization vs Organization broken down clearly by Kwame Toure aka Stokely Carmicheal of SNCC (08:45) HERE

    Vegan Indian Cooking Class


    Mukti's-Kitchen-CollageInstead of dinner and a movie, opt for an Indian cooking class…

    DIY All-Natural Aloe Shampoo


    aloe-vera-shampoo-DIYIf you don’t know any of the benefits of aloe vera by now you need to get your life.

    Truth Be Told – New Orleans


    Welcome-to-AlgiersYou really can’t think of New Orleans without thinking of Hurricane Katrina. Ever since Katrina devastated the gulf coast over ten years ago the two are synonymous. For those who have never been, and even those who have the luxury of taking beautifully curated trips to NOLA, there is a very fluffy veil of progress and “diversity” (whatever that means). Our trip to NOLA was of a different taste all together.

    How to Pick an Afro


    Priscilla-afro-bedstuyIn this video I show you how I achieve my picked out afro. I was styling a photoshoot of 1970s inspired fall fashion pieces so of course it was oh so necessary. Check out the video, I hope you enjoy seeing how to style this classic 1970s fro without damaging your hair.

    Quinoa Burgers & Curry Sweet Potato Fries #ChefRiana



    Believe it or not, you can actually make meatless burgers that taste BETTER than the real thing. I know, I know, you may think this is an exaggeration, but seriously you’re talking to an ex-carnivore.

    FREE YOUR MIND: Afro Reflections


    I anxiously squirmed in my seat that cozy April night in the living room of my Brooklyn apartment, waiting for my King to finally press the clippers to my scalp and curve down the nape of my neck. Today was the day I had been contemplating for some months when I would finally shave off all of my hair and rid myself of the constant pulling, burning, hiding and stressing over just the handful of hair that had grown since the last pixie style I’d been rocking.

    Rockaway Blues


    jackson-5Before the Boom Box there was the record player. Ah the record player, can’t say I have fond memories listening to records as a child, but I have created more recent ones I’ll forever cherish.

    Sustainable Style


    priscilla-back-of-vestStyle is ultimately an artistic expression, and differs from fashion. Fashion chooses what you wear, while style is organic.



    Who is Mumia Abu-Jamal?

    Quinoa Stuffed Baked Squash Recipe


    Step-1-slice-squash-Fall is upon us, and that means the season of soups, stews, and you guessed it SQUASH!

    D’jar Fogo – Cabo Verde


    Cabo Verde, commonly referred to as Cape Verde is a beautiful archipelago hugging the west coast of Africa, right off Senegal. My mother and her parents, and my father and his parents were born on the island known as D’jar Fogo.  The volcano that as recent as last year erupted scorching flames of lava displacing nearly two thousand people surely influenced the name Fogo (Fire).

    Priscilla Hiking Pit Fogo Cabo Verde

    So you can imagine the caliber of people who come from such a place. A 5 mile walk is a cake walk, and by sunrise many are heading back home from tending to their animals and fields before they are draped by the blazing sun. Simple life for many, but most have lost love for the traditional ways in the tornado of European imperialism that still lingers in disguise.
    Priscilla Hiking Mountain View Fogo Cabo Verde

    Nonetheless the beauty, much like our people is resilient. Hiking through the same fields, pits, and mountains as my ancestors before me woke me up to reality. How simple life truly is. Just breathe. We’re still here… and we ain’t going no where.
    Priscilla Aloe Vera Forest Fogo Cabo Verde

    Sweet Potato Pancakes #ChefRiana


    Sweet Potato Banana Ginger and Orange Pancakes
    topped with bananas, pecans, orange zest and maple syrup.nyc_food_chef_riana_sweet_potatoe_banana_ginger_orange_pancakes_2_of_3nyc_food_chef_riana_sweet_potatoe_banana_ginger_orange_pancakes_3_of_3nyc_food_chef_riana_sweet_potatoe_banana_ginger_orange_pancakes_1_of_3