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URBAN CONSULATE|14 SEPT 2020

AFRICAN & AMERICAN: A conversation w/Yemi Oyediran & Phyllis Jeffers-Coly; hosted by Naimah Bilal What a pleasure it was to have a nuanced and thoughtful discussion about how our identities, cultures and capacity for healing intersect, overlap and inform each other. There were some powerful moments when our connection was so palpable. When our joy … Continue reading URBAN CONSULATE|14 SEPT 2020

Opening to Spirit: Creating an Ancestral Altar

During our initial Stopping the Clock for Those Now Gone: A Remembrance Ritual for Black Loss, Black Love & Black Life on 20 June, sistah Angela Franklin, 2019-2020 Xavier University Stained Glass Initiative Artist-in-Residence and owner of Chez Alpha Books (Dakar), introduced us to her work "When Feeling Blue, She Reaches for the Redbird." The … Continue reading Opening to Spirit: Creating an Ancestral Altar

Stopping the Clock Ritual 20 June 2020

Artist: Angela Franklin - 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence Stained Glass Initiative Xavier University We are Stopping the Clock to hold space for us to acknowledge our loss and honor our grief with SOUL - a transformative healing resource that reflects the cultural sensibilities of the African Diaspora. As we collectively face a pandemic disproportionately affecting Black folks … Continue reading Stopping the Clock Ritual 20 June 2020

Bearing Witness: Black Creatives on Healing, Restoration, Resilience & Resistance

Click Here to Join via Zoom ID: 840 2676 3963Passcode: BlackArt FacebookLIVE @DiasporicSoul Black creatives discuss how they use their creativity to bear witness to our grief and lament as well as our collective capacity for healing & restoration, resilience & resistance In spite of our pain and anguish, we continue to find ways to … Continue reading Bearing Witness: Black Creatives on Healing, Restoration, Resilience & Resistance

Stopping the Clock – Breathwork For Grief

In this session, the second in our Stopping the Clock for Those Now Gone series, we are tapping into ways that breath can open us up and allow us to release some of the grief and loss being so tightly held in our bodies. How the breath can be restorative as we experience heartache and … Continue reading Stopping the Clock – Breathwork For Grief

Communion: Cooking & Gardening to Celebrate Those Now Gone

Food is one way that we might honor, celebrate and connect with those now gone and the community of family and friends who love them. Long-time culinary artist and Memphis native Levita Mondie, Owner of Vita's Vegan Ventures, finds communion with those now gone, specifically her mom and grandmother both in the kitchen and more … Continue reading Communion: Cooking & Gardening to Celebrate Those Now Gone

STOPPING THE CLOCK: #MUSICHEALS

#MusicHEALS is the first of our seven Stop the Clock series that follows our 20 June 2020 Remembrance Ritual

Acknowledging Grief

Grief keeps coming up for and coming for me. It has, honestly, been a part of my experience moving to Senegal and starting a new life here. In part, I imagine, because in spite of how much I work and do here, there is much more room for me to be still, to see what … Continue reading Acknowledging Grief