This Woman’s Work

Between it being less sunlight, the cold air, and memories of my loved ones who transitioned into the ethers around now, I know at least for me, this time of year is a lil harder than usual.

And with that I want to share that my brother David visited me in a dream this morning. It was a fun dream, almost like I was back in college at a lecture and I was walking towards him to introduce him to a friend, but the strangest feeling came over me like I was introducing my friend to myself, literally lol! I could see me doing the introduction, but I also felt me standing where my brother was. Needless to say he grabbed me by both arms and hugged me deeply. He knew that I was surprised to see him, so he started rolling his eyes in the back of his head then laughed that irking laugh showing all teeth before playing the song, “This Woman’s Work” the Maxwell version. He had on the DOPEST RBG, mostly black sweatsuit and his face looked brighter, fuller than I ever remember before. MARVELOUS when ancestors visit like that.

I woke up crying because I miss him. But I think it was his way of reminding me that we are more deeply connected than my earthly mind can imagine. He let me know that we still have access to each other. Although sometimes we forget our ancestors grace when we are sad.

Remember the goodness, remember your loved ones, remember the moments you ever felt grateful for anything, remember that you’re here now and have a life’s work to do no matter how long or short you’re here. Remember your sunshine. Those things count. They count so much more than you’ll ever know.

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️🙏🏾

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Watermelon LIVE

I wrote this after George Floyd was taken from here. All his motherly ancestors channeled me to write. All the mothers conjured up through. Cause even in death he called on his mother. The power in wailing her name was battle cry that had to be answered by every motherly energy that ever was. Thank God for his breath, his last words stained into the fabric of the universe. He didn’t give those cowards the power they were seeking. And that’s why I always say we don’t have to acquiesce, even in death. Watermelon is a poem to my people for my people. Break dem gotdamn curses. And stay in the struggle.

Ase—O 🖤🍉

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

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And ode to Three (Tree)

I love truth seekers and beautiful souls. My beautiful soulfriend @tinyandbrave your tshirt arriving today means so much to me 🙏🏾♥️.⁣

This day marks the ninth year since my son Three pronounced Tree became an ancestor. And although he didn’t live in this world, he lived inside me. I remember when me and your father heard your djembe heartbeat-LOUD AND STRONG. How your father held me up. The laboring pain I experienced both emotionally and physically from your departure is mine.

Read my lips, I’m Three’s mother and I birth nations. Rest well my sweet boy. Gonna write about you tonight. In the meantime this photo shoot love is for you!

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New poem alert! Watermelon coming soon

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NEW POEM ALERT🍉⁣
Watermelon poem coming soon. Super excited to be writing this! ⁣And most to share it with you.

#afrikanface #blackwriters #blackwords #girlrillavintage #poems #theeamazinggrace #watermelon #watermelongrace #watermelonpoem #writingformylife #writingistherapy ⁣

Black people should be tax exempt: A case for reparations

Been having heavy conversations with friends lately about what justifiable reparations looks like for us surviving descendants of enslaved Afrikan Americans. ⁣

To me it looks like black people being tax exempt for at least 400 years. Also, the government fully funding the purchase of a home or land to build whatever we want on it. That way we have an opportunity to build our own economic wealth in this country. That resonates for me. ⁣

What does #reparations look like to you?⁣ ✊🏾✊🏿✊🏾

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“She Can’t Breathe” 2018⁣⁣

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Repost @ozmynoree ⁣⁣
“She Can’t Breathe” 2018⁣⁣
from ongoing series “I’m Still Black” ⁣⁣
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“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.”

#africandance #artistsoflanc #blackphotographersmatter #blackphotographer #717creative #girlrillavintage #imstillblack #osmynoree #shadowkeeper #roothealer #theeamazinggrace ⁣

Black daddy soul

Ancestor. Amiri Baraka. Thank you. This nudge. This invitation. This feeling. This LP. This gentle movement. Cheers! Yours. Experimental. Wildly staccato. I want to write in your likeness with my gift. My twist. 🙏🏾 for the heart beat. ⁣For remembering us that you knew would be born.  Ashe-O

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

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Spring cleaning: Understanding codependency

We often throw the words codependent or codependency around, not truly understanding what it means. Honestly, I’m a recovering codependent. I never knew that codependence is considered to be a disease like that of an addiction. ⁣

How 3 of our main institutions (churches, families, and schools) actively teach us to not form boundaries, to stay in addictive, suffering, possessive, clingy relationships. ⁣
Or normalizing duality and fused identities vs coming together as individuals. This book is awesome and teaching me new things! ⁣⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace ♥️

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Stankass Laundry Day

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Stank ass laundry day lol! I know…I joke around about washing my stank ass laundry, yet I know the privilege it is to be able to wash my ass and my laundry. ⁣

Folks could NEVER imagine the half me, my brothers and mom survived. Sleeping in abandoned houses, bellies scraping our spines, being brutalized by predatory dick heads, mama having to sex work for money, food and shelter, shamed for being impoverished. ⁣

I don’t live this life to take any of it for granite although, I have at times. Grateful to be here to tell it, to smile while telling it, knowing I never have to go back there. Bless those in struggle for basic human necessities. Trust, life won’t always be like this. ⁣

—TheeAmazingGrace

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