These past weeks have been challenging, but I'm learning to lean into it, grow with love and compassion through my grieving. As always my retreat is a cup, or three of tea, and more and more paired with wonderful pieces from my community. Thank you to all the folks here for their crucial work.
I deeply enjoyed this piece from Cassandra Snow, on setting intentions, all the watery feels, and reflections on growth.
From One Willow Apothecaries, a wonderful dive into the miracle that is Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil.
Black Women are reclaiming their time. Feminista Jones tells it like it is: Mammy 2.0: Black Women Won’t Save You, So Stop Asking.
A planner for working with self-care and mental unhealth! GENIUS, and it is so damn lovely too. Additionally, the creator Alesia Michele Fisher is planning to create a physical version of this awesome planner. Support this incredible project's fundraiser please!
Speaking of LRT, another awesome new columnist, Traci Medeiros-Bagan, explores tarot for mental health and self-care in the Sunday Spread series.
For the Gods: Undoing Spiritual Displacement as a Restless Black Queer, from Rest for Resistance. A QTPOC Mental Health resource.
I'm not going to go see Detroit (2017). One day Hollywood will stop creating work that claims to be diverse but only benefits from the commodification of violence against Black and Brown bodies. It's torture porn at this point, and we are tired of it.
And for that matter, NO, we really don't need to give the white supremacist fantasy show a chance. We're already living the reality. But how about a show that visions a world where Black people took the South and received reparations instead?