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Water Bearers & New Age Libations

“When the moon is in the 7th House… And Jupiter aligns with Mars… Then peace will guide the planets… And love will steer the stars… This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius…” [Lyrics from “Age of Aquarius” by the 5th Dimension, 1969].

Humanity is said to be currently moving to its new astrological Age – an event which happens roughly every 2,000-plus years. We’re living through a transitional period (more…)

Panther ~ Black Rite-of-Passage

“Great, another broken white boy for us to fix!” One of several funny lines from Black Panther delivered by Shuri in reference to CIA Agent Everett Ross. “What the hail!” My line when I left the theater on President’s Day with mixed feelings about the movie, but mostly about the droplets of ice which had just begun falling from LA’s South Bay skies onto my African head-wrap. Was this a sign? Movie promos had gone hard with Gil Scott Heron’s classic The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, I mused while trying to extract pieces of the odd weather from my son’s fro for inspection. But why not build a strategic alliance between African cousins rather than having T’Challa, in true bourgeois liberal fashion, make a Wakanda charity-case out of Killmonger’s Oakland after the fact? Mom, it’s not your story… Huh?!  (more…)

National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth featured article

The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) featured article on September 3rd, 2015 is entitled What Type of Messages Motivate Homeless Youth to Meet Their Health Needs?” Click on the link to read NCFY’s summary on “What its about… Why read it… Biggest takeaways from the research…”  conducted  and authored by Mutere, M. et al (2014) Homeless Youth Seeking Health & Life-Meaning through Popular Culture and the Arts. Child & Youth Services 35 (3): 273-287.  (more…)

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