Ọṣun is my Valentine….

As countless individuals scurry around to find trinkets to represent the love they share for another, I will lay before La Caridad del Cobre and smile. With Her bell firmly in my hand, I will feel my body tingle with each ring made as my hands softly swing it from side to side.  I will…

The Affair….

Next week, many will choose to express amorous feelings towards each other. Couples will exchange gifts as what can be argued as mandated prerequisites for passionate kisses and loving embraces. The history of St. Valentine will not hold as much importance as the tradition of exchanging flowers and devouring chocolate. On the day that society…

World Cancer Day 2017…

Today is recognized as World Cancer Day by millions who seek to raise awareness and education about this disease. Established by the Paris Charter adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millenium in Paris on February 4 2000, the tagline for 2016-2018 is: “We Can. I Can.” In essence, these four simple…

Maferefun Orisha Oya….

Luz, Amor, y Àşę. Today, February 2, the winds of change blow. Countless practitioners of Orisha worship come together to celebrate Orisha Oya and embrace the manifestation of Her energy in their lives. Candles flicker, drums play, and bodies move to the rhythms of resistance that have protected a faith with such vehemence that it…

Year of My Ori….

Coconut water drips down my face and cools more than my flesh…. it cools my mind. I am immersed in the fragrance of the land made fertile by the blood, sweat, and tears of my ancestors. I inhale but am not simply breathing…. Rather, I am ingesting the energy that surrounds me. I am not…