La Tetra smiling in photo

“It’s like Amazon for Black women.” That’s how Lae Tetra describes her business. La Tetra owns Aliwazas, a web service that serves as a multi-vendor selling platform for black women’s brands. Black women entrepreneurs can sign up for web space on her site, and sell their products for only a small commission fee. This puts the black dollar back into black people.

A typical day for La Tetra involves sitting among a gaggle of beads, stringing them together with love and care. Perhaps she’s bent over her desk crowded with invoices. Maybe she’s working on her website, or perusing some…

Who is Satan?

Lucifer clutching his head

Satan is both icon and iconoclast. With the advent of Judaeo-Christianity, he became considered a figure to be loathed. He is the Hebrew שָּׂטָן‎, meaning the ‘Accuser’ or ‘the Adversary’, typically seen as a figure who opposes both humanity and God. In the book of Isaiah, it becomes clear that his sin was his attempt to ascend to YHVH’s throne. Isaiah 14:12–14:15 states:

“How art though fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art though cut down to the ground, which list weaken the nations!”

For though hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven…

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We all need some inspiration. I know I do. Hopefully, the below quotes will get those creative juices pumping and get you back to the drawing board. Or the easel. Or the typewriter. Whatever your poison, I hope these quotes will be your medicine and give you a roadmap to pursue your art more effectively.

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.“

-Pablo Picasso

Learn to let ‘go’. Creativity requires the rational mind to be suspended at the onset. Approach your art like there’s a fire in your bones and a song in your heart.

“If you’re not doing…

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You aren’t a failure, you just haven’t found what you’re good at.

“Do you have trouble comprehending things?”

My supervisor squinted at me. My face burned red hot with embarrassment. It’s true that I’d been under-performing at my job. For whatever reason, it seemed like the things that my manager told me would slip out of my mind and onto the floor. I forgot things often and struggled to understand and implement the things she asked me to do. Nothing seemed to help. I would forget the lists of tasks that I wrote down. I would lose my notebook with…

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I’ve told this story before. Self-love has always been difficult for me. I’ve been bullied extensively when I was younger. This turned my mind against me like a dog biting its tail. As it turns out, self-criticism is not something that grows autonomously. It’s a maladaptive gift that’s given to you from others who don’t value you.

Over time, I’ve learned to love myself. It’s an action not a state of mind. You have to be just as persistent in taking action to love yourself, as your thoughts are at holding you back. It’s a perilous journey, but there are…

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According to modern chronology, in 705 BCE Nswt(pharaoh) Neferkare Shabaka- the 3rd King in a succession of Nubian rulers during the XXVth dynasty-sought to reestablish Old Kingdom traditions. Just prior to the XXVth Dynasty, KMT(Egypt) had been ravaged by the foreign rulers of the Third Intermediate Period, so this renewal of ancient Egyptian culture, philosophy and theology were sorely needed. He used various restoration projects as an opportunity to bring back the ‘golden days’ of KMT during the Old Kingdom and consolidate his power in the realm.

Part of this project involved restoring various ancient texts, the most famous of…

And avoid being swayed by your emotions and judgements.

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Depression and bipolar disorder was a way of life for me. When I wasn’t feeling too much, it was as if I wasn’t feeling anything, and the world around me felt grey.

Existing was a struggle, yet somehow I managed to keep a smile on my face. Not that it mattered. I wasn’t thriving, I was surviving. Soon, that began to change.

I remember the day I first read Marcus’s words. Aurelius was on the frontlines. He was a ruler and an emperor. We are all rulers of our lives and emperors of our sphere of influence. …

“Black parents almost universally say they talk to their kids about discrimination, and black boys are given “the talk” by the time they’re in middle school: Keep your hands out of your pockets, don’t wear a hooded sweatshirt, your curfew is 9. I don’t care what time your friends have to be home.”

As the recent article “Can Racism be Stopped in the Third Grade?” in New York Magazine quotes, racism is an all too stark reality for black parents and their children. As the widespread spats of police violence against Michael Brown and Tamir Rice would indicate, black children…

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When I was younger, I recall a Christmas when I opened my gift and realized I’d been given a black barbie as opposed to the white one I usually got. At the time I was about age 4 or 5, and I didn’t even know they came with darker skin. When I questioned my mother about the sudden change, she simply said, “Because It’s important that you see yourself in the world around you.”

At the time, I had no idea what she meant. I remember asking myself how my Barbie’s skin color had anything to do with the playhouses…

by Anna Gibson

After SCOTUS made marriage equality legal across all 50 states, conservatives, fundamentalists, and a variety of other bigots came out of the woodwork to spew hate and express their irrational viewpoints across a number of news outlets.

A large portion of the dissent could be found in the African American community, traditionally one of the most religious groups in the United States. According to thePew Research Center:

“African-Americans are markedly more religious on a variety of measures than the U.S. population as a whole, including level of affiliation with a religion, attendance at religious services, frequency of…

Anna Gibson

Buddhist. Journalist. Storyteller. Writer for ‘For Harriet’ and ‘The Mighty’. Journalist and Bibliophile.

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