Interested in repatriating to Ghana? Wonderful!! There’s lots to think about before you plan the big move. Don’t be hasty. Have a LONG-TERM PLAN.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0VDLPkq0vE Sis. Imakhus Njinga and others talk about repatriating
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=ctDMxzabRSo&NR=1 Part 2 of above
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTeoHa6v_Co Highlights from Ghana Repatriation & Investment Tour 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubHtUbnYVnQ Livity Village Sustainable Living Project
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLBlQNF8dpQ The Africa they never show us
This is real! Many of us need to get alot more honest with ourselves. Be humble. There’s always more to learn.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_G3D_OgwDU Sh*t conscious people say & do.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPLAnMGlqFo A brother just callin’ it as he sees it. He’s callin us “conscious” folks out. Rightfully so.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRD9kp3OJVw Part 2 of the above. He’s on point!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ZLAiCiKBc Part 3 ” ” “. Funny! Not sayin’ that I agree with all that he says.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9r9S4mczDI Part 4 ” ” “.
The point is that all the talk, reading, watching of documentaries and so on isn’t the be-all-end-all. Never was. It’s all fine and dandy but don’t be fooled. This ain’t buildin’. It’s cool for us to adorn ourselves with cultural attire and learn African languages; wear our hair naturally, adopt a healthy veg*n lifestyle, drum/dance and meditate/do yoga daily. Even change our names, practice African spirituality, homeschool and repatriate. It’s all good/necessary provided we don’t become arrogant (you know the “better Black” tip I’m referring to). Being culturally grounded is not a fashion show or a sitcom and isolating ourselves (through language and behaviour) serves none of us. It’s absolutely critical that we remain connected to our extended families and wider communities. We must work with “them” consistently. There’s no excuse for all the Afrocentic elitism around here. It has got to go! Now & forever! Consistently working on ourselves/our communities is where it’s at. Always. Let’s do this!!
P.S. – Take on only what you can sustain and retreat when you need to (without apology).
Adinkra symbol for unity
The Carifta Games is an annual track & field event which showcases the best of the Caribbean’s youth. Sweet vibes in a different country each year!! Lots of cheering, music, food and more! Tune in live if you can via http://www.carifta2013.com . Consider heading to the games on occasion. It makes sense to make a trip out of it. This year’s games will take place in Nassau, Bahamas over the Easter weekend.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsv3rQW6zgI Highlights of Carifta 2012 (Bermuda)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muph50qVSF0 2012 Opening Ceremony (“)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYlHw-GKxvA 2009 Closing Ceremony (St.Lucia)
Good Friday/Easter weekend simply means lots of fun for some of us. Playing marbles and flying kites, eating fish cakes (or a veg*n alternative) and buns/cheese is what it’s all about. Caribbean vibes!!!!
http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20120405/ISLAND/704059979 Article about playing marbles in Bermuda
Are you into hiking or white water rafting? What about kayaking? Boom!!!!! www.outdoorafro.com is for you! I found this a few years back. Fell in love one time. There are chapters all over the U.S.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoRdQgB43Xw Interview with founder
Cool. Just go along with your regularly scheduled programme if that’s the case. Planning a weekend trip may work well for some of you. What about a hike, long drive or time just relaxing at a park? How about spending time simply catching up on much needed rest? You can always have a games night or maybe a movie marathon. How about a bike ride or a treasure hunt? Sounds like a plan.
For relatives who choose to give you gifts why not provide a short wish list for them in advance? Re-gift any items you don’t want or give them to a thrift store.
P.S. – The following will give you a sense of the ways in which some non-religious folks plan family gatherings around this time of year. If some of the concepts speak to you go for it!