Healing ourself is the greatest come up. @lii.zka captured me back in March, the month of my birth and the same month the world paused. Giving thanks for countless opportunities to gain and grieve. Becoming someone longer lasting is requiring me to return to my source, to heal and rebirth my self over and over. To lean on the patience of ancestors even when it feels like I’m making no strides at all.
Shout out to all the GOGIS BLACK FOLKS being their beautiful BLACK ASS SELVES today and every day! I know I’m ouchea lol! Love y’all. Happy black freedom day! 🖤✊🏿🖤
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“She Can’t Breathe” 2018
from ongoing series “I’m Still Black”
“I took this photo roughly two years ago, and it’s crazy to me how it relates to current events now. I had no idea the impact her gesture would have in today’s climate. I wonder if some force was reaching out to me sub-consciously trying to tell me what was coming through my photography. It’s almost creepy.”
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!