Understand that when I use the term “ancestors” it’s not because it’s some cute or cliché thing to say. In fact, it’s not a term at all. They’re not monsters in the closet or underneath the bed. These are my blood relatives that I knew in their waking lives. Kinfolk I shared my most intimate moments with. And it’s my honor to acknowledge them and call to their spirits anytime.
When we call on our ancestors we have to be prepared for how they show up. They might not give us exactly what we’re desiring, but they’ll give us exactly what we need, the thing that will be for our highest good. And they know that.
I was dealing with a situation yesterday that turned out in my favor. As I mentioned in the video as I approached the clerk to sign in, she asked who took her highlighter and suddenly an orange highlighter flew up, off the table, against gravity into her hand!
She was reduced to hysterical laughter and asked if I saw that. She said that had never happened to her. I knew my ancestors were sending me the deepest signals. I told her that it seemed like a miracle. She said it wasn’t a miracle for her because it scared the shit out of her LOL! I said I guess it was a miracle for me then lol!
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In our wakefulness let us call on our powerhouse of ancestors. Let us transmute energy as the collective. Let us break the matrix wide open with our diversity, our polarism, our shared purpose. A dynamic duo!
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She’s been around heavy these days. I swear it’s only a thin veil that separates this world and the next, we just have to trust that and stay in contact.
Haven’t spoken poems off the top of my head and heart in a long time. Thoughts of my mama will make me do that though lol! Thank you for being kind and being here mama. I love beyond.
Vimeo links below.
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Always been super intuitive, but my intuition could’ve never prepared me for losing my mother. She was the first human being to ever break my entire soul and heal it at the same time.
Next month marks 12 years since she’s been my ancestor. Found out from city hall that I will be installing my art exhibit at Amtrak on the very day the medical examiner called to tell me they found her. I was all shaken up about it, at first, yet realized the inherent blessing it is. How she likely helped to orchestrate the decision lol!
I will honor her legacy that day as I do everyday by continuing to build mine, instead of grieving her death. We always had a deeply spiritual bond even through the abuse and turmoil and nothing has ever been able to stop that. As we reach toward each other always. Thank you mommy! 2nd 📷 Circa 1997
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Observation on Harriet: After seeing @harrietfilm tonight I liked how @kasi_lemmons attempted to portray mama Harriets acalades toward her revolutionary fight to freedom-something I’m most proud. I cried with joy and pride seeing her in action and imagining my ancestors in the same fight. Also, I was pleased with @cynthiaerivo performance being Nigerian west Afrikan born in England. Also, how I kept seeing @the.sleepngiant face in her face—Y’all likely kinfolk sis lol! Cause after all we all Afrikans scattered all over this place.
Aside, I do wonder how much of the movie was fact and fiction. And despite how good the freedom fight felt I left troubled. Witnessing the brutal killings of two black folks on screen while racist whites were unscathed, spared, and even comforted by the enslaved Afrikans was unsettling to me.
I wish Kasi had gone deeper or made more of a statement that wasn’t necessarily a “safe one” to appease white audiences, but one that warranted vigilante justice in retaliation for such unimaginable horror that the slave owner put her and her family through. It would’ve been REVOLUTIONARY AS PHUCK, for mama Harriet to blow his racist ass away on screen when she had the chance. To me it would’ve showed the duality of her undying love for God along with her undying desire to free our people by any means. Especially since history tells us how she wouldn’t think twice about turning her gun on our own people that got in her way, so killing a racist should’ve required no thought.
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Black people are in the future. 🎱
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Ancestor tones. Anticipating what truth the movie will bring. Rest on mama Harriet! She reminds us, “I grew up like a neglected weed – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.”
And we don’t have to stay disadvantaged. We grew up. 🖤
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