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Brazil’s Black Consciousness Day

Today, November 20th,  Brazil celebrates Dia da Consciencia Negra (Black Consciousness Day)

The day  symbolizes the resistance of Africans against slavery during the colonial period.  During that time,there were quilombos and other forms of resistance which, as a whole, destabilized the market economy and led to the abolition of slavery. This is the true sense of the abolitionist struggle, whose protagonists were the blacks themselves.  However, the Eurocentric view of the truth about abolition, made the allies the heroes of this story.Abdias Nascimento

A few cities in Brazil celebrated the day with several forms of activities, from Afro-Brazilian dance shows, and read more

Sunday Afternoons

#5 Sunday Afternoons

Photo: Mirian Silva 

After 12 hours, my body finally said it was time to wake up.  It was a sunny 75 degree day, and as any other weekend, I got up and sat in front of the computer to continue working on my many projects.   However, I couldn’t really focus and since I needed to run a few errands, I decided to go out.  So I hopped in the shower,  pulled my hair up to a pony tail, put my shades on and bounced.

I began to drive without a destination and headed west in the direction of a few mountains that I’ve been curious to see since I moved to Arizona.  I rolled down my windows, blasted the radio and enjoyed the fresh and crisp wind on my face.   read more

Randomness

Your curls ain’t like mine

Eventually I knew what my hair wanted, it wanted to be itself…to be left alone by anyone, including me, who did not love it as it was. Alice Walker

I approached the glass window at the fish department and began to look inside to see if I could find any fresh looking fish. A woman behind the counter asked if I needed any help as she complemented me on my hair.

“Wow, I love your hair!”

I replied “Thank you.” She then said, “I’ve always wanted to go natural, but I want my hair to curl like yours.”

I paused for a second and responded, “You should definitely go natural, however,  you will have your own beautiful curl pattern!”

I smiled and walked away feeling like I accomplished something by encouraging her to embrace her natural hair.  But what she didn’t know, is that I too, like her, wanted my curls to be like someone else’s. read more