Here is an interview with a very powerful sister by the name of Ynanna Djehuty who is a certified Doula and as of now studying in El Paso, Texas to become one of the world’s greatest Midwives. This information is in dire need by our community. What is Generational Trauma? What do Doulas and Midwives provide for our community? What is the importance of a healthy pregnancy and birth?
"and what happened
when you left
all the water started to weep.
the lands ate our feet.
africa had to keep
sky from jumping into her lap from grief.
when you left.
we got out the pots.
and put our laughter into our teeth.
prepared meals. so we could release you.
let you go.
we ground the seed.
blew the spice.
you into being gone. we ate flowers and sniffed cinnamon sticks to perfume your leaving our bodies.
devour your body.
smile while they plucked your eyes into
their pockets for later.
the time when they will make your name. a war against us.
what happened when you
broke. and kneeled over in pain. and sang. and threw ourselves against the walls, against each other, and hid, and opened, and tossed ourselves into work, and danced, and shrank, and closed, and ate, and bled, and held on, and ignored, and accepted, and lied, and created, and drank, and drugged, and loved something/someone/somewhere/ourselves fiercer, and rejected, and swam, and yearned, and distanced, and clawed, and touched, and some of us will disown you because you hurt too much. some of us will have to say your name for a year before we are able to sleep.
when you left madiba
the same thing that happened
when you came.
you lit life on fire.
so rest beloved
rest in ease.
we will continue to make the soft fire from our skin.
you showed us how."
what is left (the day after you have gone), nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
The American government can’t praise Mandela’s steadfastness for sitting in prison, while ignoring our own political prisoners. -@zellieimani
THIS! The “otherizing” of evil that the U.S. regularly engages in is hypocrisy that creates a suffocating stench. And I love that Zellie addressed those who cannot understand why this juxtaposition between Shakur and Mandela rings truthful. Not everyone has access to the truth. So keep sharing it. Critical.
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