Colouring books for us and our youths

Have fun!!

7 Inspiring Natural Hair Coloring & Activity Books for Kids

http://ladykhadija.storenvy.com/products/14620059-sankofa-a-coloring-book-of-african-prints-proverbs

African Proverbs in a colouring book

African Coloring Books For Adults

http://yeslioness.bigcartel.com/category/coloring-books

Our home libraries: Books for our daughters

Girls are natural leaders. We gotta show them so through the literature we expose them to.

 

7 Inspiring Natural Hair Coloring & Activity Books for Kids

http://yeslioness.bigcartel.com/category/coloring-books

African Coloring Books For Adults

http://m.essence.com/galleries/brown-girl-bookshelf-10-books-read-our-daughters

http://www.bustle.com/articles/144443-10-childrens-books-with-black-girl-protagonists

10 Middle Grade Fantasy Novels with Black Girl Leads

 

How Doctors Traumatize Pregnant Women With Unnecessary Procedures

No joke. AND THERE IS MUCH MORE. The less pregnant & birthing mamas are poked at the better. Really. You gotta really stand your ground if you don’t want all the tests, procedures, ultrasounds etc. Trust me. P.S.- Natural pregnancy & homebirth rock!

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by Sevonna M. Brown

Recent studies highlighted in Elle magazine show millions of women are injured during childbirth. While “injury” is a nice way to put it, something more contestable is happening in the labor and delivery rooms of hospitals across the country and the world.

Twelve cuts, $50,000in court fees, and 430,000 Youtube views later, Kimberly Turbin, who survived a forced episiotomy during childbirth three years ago, is fighting back and seeking justice for birth trauma. The doctor’s shortcut — a surgical cut between a woman’s vagina and anus just before delivery — is a common practice and a moment that would change Turbin’s life forever.

Her experience compelled me to continue my work as a doula, a person who offers personal comfort for women during delivery. One night, I and other doula training cohort members watched a video of Turbin’s episiotomy and saw her laboring through concern and confusion as her doctor prepared his instruments for an episiotomy. We sat, covering our mouths, shutting our eyes tight over and over again through tears, nerves, heat around our ears, and palpitating heartbeats.

“Is he really going to do this to her,” I thought as we watched the woman protesting in the background of the video. I clenched my jaw as tears rolled down my cheeks and I heard the voice of a woman pleading “Don’t cut me!”

We decided then and there: No woman deserves to be cut without consent or coerced into forced medical intervention.

Doctors continue to perform forced episiotomies for reasons such as billing, lack of awareness of alternative best practices and continued ritual abuse or “They’ve always done them.” I suspect the issue runs deeper than a medical practice and instead further proves a mainstream issue. This practice demonstrates both a lack of societal humanizing around female-bodied individuals and a horrifying legacy of power and oppression exerted over women’s bodies within medical institutions. A recent Bitch article shows us some still struggle to believe women even experience pain. Furthermore, an expose in the New York Times demystifies the presumed low impact of “hot flashes” that are often undermined by physicians.

Turbin decided to post the video of the forced episiotomy on YouTube, y garnering nearly half a million views. She is taking a stance on the case of her own birth trauma, calling the forced episiotomies assault and battery

Given her activism and the support of several advocacy groups, including Improving Birth and #BreaktheSilence Campaign, Turbin has started a movement that examines and combats obstetric violence, birth rape and birth trauma. More American medical malpractice attorneys are becoming familiar with cases that fall outside of high C-section rates and forced sterilization

This physical violence during labor and delivery in Turbin’s case raises a number of issues given that she came out as a survivor to the medical staff prior to delivery, and requested they seek consent before touching her or undergoing any procedures either mild or major.

The lack of well-woman care in medical institutions, and the reproductive dehumanization of women is directly connected to the history of gynecology, and absence of agency over women’s bodies, anatomy and reproductive lives. Most notably, J. Marion Sims, the father of modern gynecology, is known for his unethical legacy of experimentation during surgery. It is also uncommon knowledge that episiotomies are not generally medically necessary and do not support laboring mothers in any way.

They have a reputation for causing significant complications such as muscular damage to the vaginal and perineum (between the anus and vulva) areas, painful intercourse after childbirth and chronic incontinence. An episiotomy is among the top five things pregnant women fear. The tears after the dreaded “tear” is not only about physical recovery but also spiritual and emotional pain, shame and silence.

 

Given her activism and the support of several advocacy groups, including Improving Birth and #BreaktheSilence Campaign, Turbin has started a movement that examines and combats obstetric violence, birth rape and birth trauma. More American medical malpractice attorneys are becoming familiar with cases that fall outside of high C-section rates and forced sterilization

This physical violence during labor and delivery in Turbin’s case raises a number of issues given that she came out as a survivor to the medical staff prior to delivery, and requested they seek consent before touching her or undergoing any procedures either mild or major.

The lack of well-woman care in medical institutions, and the reproductive dehumanization of women is directly connected to the history of gynecology, and absence of agency over women’s bodies, anatomy and reproductive lives. Most notably, J. Marion Sims, the father of modern gynecology, is known for his unethical legacy of experimentation during surgery. It is also uncommon knowledge that episiotomies are not generally medically necessary and do not support laboring mothers in any way.

They have a reputation for causing significant complications such as muscular damage to the vaginal and perineum (between the anus and vulva) areas, painful intercourse after childbirth and chronic incontinence. An episiotomy is among the top five things pregnant women fear. The tears after the dreaded “tear” is not only about physical recovery but also spiritual and emotional pain, shame and silence.

A recent study from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists discusses new recommendations on obstetric lacerations and protocol for after-care, treatment, and healing. The study notes there can in fact be severe perineal trauma. Evidence-based materials fail to acknowledge the additional emotional and spiritual trauma of forced episiotomies and reproductive health abuses.

The emotional scars of forced episiotomies have brought communities of women together to share in healing and journeys toward recovery, reclaiming bodily autonomy and freedom. It’s time, and if we don’t, who will?

Sevonna M. Brown is the human rights project manager at Black Women’s Blueprint in Brooklyn and a Ms. Foundation Public Voices Fellow. She enjoys reading Zora, Ida, Toni, and Assata. Her favorite tears are red raspberry leaf and lavender.

7 Reasons To Send Your Kids to School In Africa

Africa is a great continent with abundant human and natural resources. To a racist, it’s a dark continent, but to others, it’s a place of treasure that lives on in their memories even after years of crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

If you fall within the latter category and there is a lot of doubt in your mind about sending your kids to school in Africa, here Face2Face Africa looks at some of the reasons why that decision may be the smartest choice you ever make.

Cultural Consciousness

A major player in the enslavement of Black people has been the distortion of their cultural consciousness. When people’s cultures are distorted, the ability to deal with reality is impaired. Thus, sending your kids to school in Africa is a process of re-Africanization, which will make them aware of the existence of their beautiful and fascinating culture.

Agent of Restructuring

The African culture like any other culture has it flaws; no culture is omnipotent. Your kids coming back to Africa might be a causative effect in the modification and optimization of African culture as a result of their wider exposure.

Self Identification

There are black people scattered around the world that have lost their self-identification after years of slavery and change. By sending your kids to school in Africa, you are giving them the opportunity to search, rediscover, and reconstruct their true identities that have likely been transformed after years of colonization and slavery.

Agent of Black Nationalism

The Black world is faced with a series of problems that can only be solved by the people itself. Schooling in Africa would give your kids the spirit to administer and control their own communities. As a part of African society, they will begin to take their destinies in to their own hands and help to fix communal problems.

In addition, schooling in Africa is an exercise in the concept of Black nationhood. Schooling among their people will give them the right attitude and foster Black upliftment within them.

Inculcate Racial Pride

When you live with your people in a world where you share the same way of life — free from any form of racial abuse — pride in one’s self sets in, erasing the abusive effects of  discriminatory behaviour.

Fluency of Indigenous Languages

For those who want their kids to speak their local languages, one of the best ways to achieve this is by putting the kids at school back home in Africa.

There is no true African-centered education unless it is controlled by the African people in an African environment.

Role Model to Others

As an advocate of pan-Africanism, sending your kids to school back home in Africa would go a long way in passing the right attitudinal message to others who are in doubt.

Be an example today. You won’t regret it.

Books, books, books

Know thy Self. Keep readin’! Thanks to a brotha I know here are a few suggestions:

THE CAUSE OF OUR CONDITION

1. The West and the Rest of Us (Chinweizu)
2. Decolonizing the African Mind (Chinweizu)
3. The African Slave Trade (Basil Davidson)
4. Capitalism & Slavery (Eric Williams)
5. Yurugu (Marimba Ani)
6. How Europe Undervalued Africa (Walter Rodney)
7. A Political Economy of Africa (Claude Ake)

OUR HISTORY FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE

8. The Destruction of Black Civilisation (Chancellor Williams)
9. Black Man of the Nile and His Family (Yosef ben Jochannan)
10. The Black Jacobins (C L R James)
11. The Cultural Unity of Black Africa (Cheikh Anta Diop)
12. The African Origin of Civilisation (Cheikh Anta Diop)
13. Readings in Pre-Colonial Central Africa (Theophile Obenga)
14. When we Ruled (Robin Walker)

OUR PHILOSOPHY IN FOCUS

15. The Husia (Maulana Karenga)
16. Odu Ifa (Maulana Karenga)
17. African Philosophy: The Pharaonic Period (Theophile Obenga)
18. An Essay on African Philosophical Thought (Kwame Gyekye)
19. Cultural Universals and Particulars (Kwasi Wiredu)
20. Self and Community in a Changing World (D A Masolo)
21. Oludumare: God in Yoruba Belief (E Bolaji Idowu)
22. The Philsophy & Opinions of Marcus Garvey (Amy Jacques Garvey)
23. Foundations of African Thought (Chukwunyere Kamalu)

A FURTHER LOOK AT SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGION

24. Decolonizing African Religions (Okot p’Bitek)
25. Conversations with Ogotemmeli (Marcel Griaule)
26. African Religions & Philosophy (John Mbiti)
27. Creole Religions of the Carribean (Olmos, Paravisini-Gebert)

AESTHETICS/NOVELS

28. Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali (D T Niane)
29. God’s Bits of Wood (Sembene Ousmane)
30. The Concubine (Elechi Amadi)
31. The Palm-Wine Drinkard (Amos Tutuola)
32. Two-Thousand Seasons (Ayi Kwei Armah)
33. The Healers (Ayi Kwei Armah)
34. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)
35. Devil on the Cross (Ngugi wa Thiongo)
36. Matigari (Ngugi wa Thiongo)
37. Wizard of the Crow (Ngugi wa Thiongo)
38. The Lunatic (Anthony Winkler)
39. The Duppy (Anthony Winkler)
40. Song of Lawino / Song of Ocol (Okot p’Bitek)

SOME RESPONSES TO OUR CONDITION:

41. Unity and Struggle (Amilcar Cabral)
42. I Write What I Like (Steve Biko)
43. Stokely Speaks (Kwame Ture)
44. On African Socialism (Leopold Senghor)
45. The Wretched of the Earth (Franz Fanon)
46. Blueprint for Black Power (Amos Wilson)

A FEW OTHERS:

47. The Coloniser the Colonised (Albert Memmi)
48. Class Struggle in Africa (Kwame Nkrumah)
49. Neo-Colonialism, The Last Stage of Imperialism (Kwame Nkrumah)
50. Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis… (Cheikh Anta Diop)
51. African Perspectives on Colonialism (A Adu Boahen)
52. Anatomy of Female Power (Chinweizu)

Spiritual tools for our little ones

It’s been a good while.  Since birthing I’ve been crazy busy. Co-sleeping, cloth diapering, cooking, reading  (to baby girl that is) and more. A few weeks back I crafted our baby girl’s food blessing. Short, simple, original. As a non-religious spiritual family prayer is oh-so- important to us.   What tools do you incorporate to reinforce your values to your young ones? Perhaps its prayer, libations,  yoga, meditation, inspirational/meditation cards, Brer Rabbit and Anansi stories? Do tell.

You may like to check these out:

http://www.rasekhistore.com/        http://www.amazon.com/Dynast-Amir/e/B00HYQYSWE                        These authors have phenomenal children’s books! OOOOH!!!!

http://www.lighttechnology.com/series/little-angel-books-series     http://www.paganchildrensbooks.com        Keep in mind that some elements are very Euro (ie. images, reference to fairies etc). We have a few of the books  and will get more later on. Know of anything similar on the market specifically for Afrikan children? Inquiring minds wanna know!

http://www.interfaithresources.com     Lots of nice stickers, books, games are here.

https://www.amazon.com/This-My-Faith-Buddhism-Books/dp/0764134728/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467647718&sr=1-1&keywords=This+is+my+Faith     “This is my Faith” is a wonderful series to use for introducing children to different religions.

https://www.amazon.com/Yogi-Me-Kemetic-Yoga-Tale/dp/1480210110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1467651701&sr=1-1&keywords=yogi+in+me+kemetic+yoga+tale     A Kemetic Yoga story

http://www.earthmagic.net/power-animal/shop/childrens-spirit-animal-cards/                     http://www.earthmagic.net/power-animal/shop/childrens-spirit-animal-stories-volume-1/               Animal cards (great for introducing meditation) and stories.

Teaching our babies to swim

Yrs ago I read that it’s ideal for our children to learn to swim between 6 mths and 2 yrs old or so. After all we  “swim” for 10 months inside our mamas.