GENOCIDE: Radiated milk sold in Black neighbourhoods

Radiated Milk Sold In Black Neighborhoods : The Art of Slow Genocide

JANUARY 26, 2014

in today’s “social commentary”…

inkIt is not often that this MadMan is taken aback .. especially by something I already suspected/knew…  but sometimes seeing the proof or having it validated can still render shock, disgust and in this case grief.

I always wondered about the high rates of cancer and diabetes in my neighborhood, and in other Black neighborhoods.  These diseases are not inherent in people of African descent.

What makes it worse is that every elder in my family has died at the mercy of one of these diseases.  My mother passed from cancer at the young age of 59… as did every other elder on my floor in the co-op building we owned in Harlem.  I long believed environmental factors played a huge part in the mortality rate of my beloved Harlem residents… so to come across this  … as you can imagine, floored me and left me speechless.

There is a part of me that says “this can’t be true”, but the larger part of me, having grown up in the area, having seen the bad food sold to us ..(even the more affluent of us in Harlem) .. I have no choice but to acknowledge what I have known for years has been validated.

and no one cares…

The only thing I can do as an individual is share the knowledge and information.  If we get MAD enough collectively, raise our voices.. eventually we will be heard.  I hope.

Note: to see the full 2 hour presentation, please click here.

Heal Thyself: Cleansing Bath

Me time. You may want to try this.

Once a week sit in a hot bath that contains a handful of sea salt or Epsom salts, 10 drops lavendar oil, and a 1/2 cup of baking soda. This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress-related hormones and balances PH levels.








Happy New Year: Spring Equinox 2014

Ooooh! Spring will be here in a matter for days. Happy, happy. Joy, joy. In my part of the world things are definitely starting to bloom again. What a beautiful sight! What will you be up to over the equinox?

flowers1   If you’ll be fasting this may help.    Ra Imhotep El gives his take on the spring equinox 2014.  Akhiya Maat speaks on a number of things including fasting for the equinox.   Info. about the Village of Ma’at’s equinox celebration.   Iyalosa talks about a detox she’s doing right now.


Attracting wealth: Living an abundant life

Need help? There are rituals we can all do to build the kind of wealth we want., & are here to guide you. Yes, they are credible. Here are a few prayers to help get you started. Of course there’s much more to do.

1. I am a money magnet. Money flows through me and to me, easily and effortlessly. The Goddess is the source of my supply. Whatever I give, is returned to me, heap up, pressed down, and running over. And So it is!!!!!!
2. There is one God, one Mind, one Creative Intelligence, one cosmic creative something. This creative cause created me in order to express Itself. It created me with talents and abilities, with health, life, love, with everything. Within me right now this action is taking place, expanding every pattern I have in my subconscious mind of money. Every money pattern in my subconscious mind is now expanded.
I am open and receptive to unexpected money, which comes to me in right ways. I believe that in one sense of the word God is money in action, for it is my ease, my comfort and my freedom. I now accept unexpected money from any and all sources, ways and means as long as they’re right. I believe that my prosperity is spiritual. I shall use it with wisdom and I shall use it with joy. My subconscious mind now accepts this and acts upon it. And it is so. So it is.
3. Universe, Great Mother Goddess, source of Love and Life who brings abundance to all,
Please bring prosperity to me and my family now.
We ask that these basic needs be filled:
Money to pay our bills,
Income to meet our mortgage (rent),
Enough to feed us healthy food,
And more than enough for health care and wellness.
Beyond the material needs, please uplift our souls.
Inspire our creativity and resourcefulness.
Guide us in improving our lives.
Please help us to hold on to faith
And let us find peace.
And so it is.

20 Things I Will Not Regret Doing with my Kids

1. Tucking them into bed at night. Someday they’ll be too big and I won’t get that moment back. Saying good night, pulling up the covers, and kissing their heads is a gift.

2. Telling them I love them. Start this when they’re young. I love you is a powerful three word phrase that matters.

3. Listening to their stories. Their stories teach me about them and their hearts and what they love. I think of the stories as a way to learn more about them. And this is the real listening. Not the distracted mom who wants to move onto the next thing on her never ending to-do list.

4. Looking them in their eyes. Nothing tells another person you matter more than looking at them in the eyes while they talk. It shows that what they are saying truly is important to you. I want my kids to remember that there were times when their mother looked them in the eye and smiled. And for me this often means shutting my laptop, putting down my phone, stopping my list, and just giving them time.

5. Saying yes when it’s easier to say no. Like those times when I just want to keep to my agenda and they want to join in. Or for those late night sleep overs. Or those times when I am simply tired and don’t want to walk up the stairs to say goodnight. Or for the extra story. Or to play a game. Yes simply matters.

6. Showing them new things. I can read to my kids about history or I can start to show them history. Last week, when Grace and I were in Mexico, it was such a cool experience to show Grace the Mayan ruins in Tulum. Now, I’m not saying go to Mexico, but there are things we can show them. Do science. Look at the stars. Go to the museum. Let them learn and see the world.

7. Teaching them to say please and thank you. No explanation needed. Politeness matters.

8. Letting them help even if it means it takes longer for me. Does it take longer to wash the windows if I’m teaching my children how to wash the windows? Yes. Same with laundry, cooking, cleaning, folding, and more. But they need to learn – these are life skills. I would be doing them a disservice by NOT teaching them and letting them help.

9. Saying no to things even when it would be easier to say yes. There are movies and television shows that I don’t let my kids watch. Books that I want them to wait to read. ipods and computers that are only allowed on the main level. Sometimes the answer needs to be no – even if everyone else’s answer seems to be yes.

10. Laughing with them.Or smiling with them. Or having fun with them. I simply want them to know I love being around them.  This is the aspect of liking my kids, not just loving them. I want them to know both.

11. Making them learn the value of work. I want my kids to know that work matters and that a good work ethic – where you go above and beyond and don’t complain – is an excellent skill. My kids know how to do laundry, to sweep the floor, to bring their dishes over, to clean their rooms, to make their beds, and so on. I will never regret teaching them the value of work.

12. Rocking them to sleep. Holding their hand. Giving them a kiss. I love them. Even after those days where they drive me a bit crazy and I wonder what in the world I’m doing. Those little acts of love are important life acts of love.

13. Saying I’m sorry. Because lets face it – I’m not perfect. I mess up. I make mistakes. So they need to hear me say I’m sorry and that I love them and that they’re important to me. So that means sometimes I will say I’m sorry.

14. Teaching them to be respectful of others. This. And this again. And this. I want my kids to respect others. To listen to them, to learn, and to not judge. This starts with me teaching them this skill and me being respectful of them. Often it is looking for the good first and giving grace.

15. Encouraging them to take risks. Sometimes the fear is the biggest obstacle. Kids need to learn to look at the fear and to push through the fear.

16. Not holding onto a record of wrongs. Each day is a new day. Learn from the past, but don’t hold onto the past. I want to see the good first and not all the negative – so often that means letting go of the record of wrongs.

17. Letting them see me thrive. I don’t want my kids to grow up thinking I was a good mom, but a not too happy and joyful mom. They need to see me thrive and be interested in things and to expand my creativity as well.


18. Teaching them compassion. I want them to see the world beyond me and ourselves. I want them to give back, to care about others, and to be a person of change.

19. Showing them that the stuff doesn’t matter. Nothing in Target really matters. Nor the stuff on the shelves. Or the clothes one wears. Or the fancy birthday parties. If the stuff clouds the vision then the relationships are lost. Relationships first. Stuff after that.

20. Letting them grow up. Sigh. This. It has to be done. So I look back with nostalgia, and embrace today, and look forward to tomorrow. They’ll grow. And I’ll savor the moments that we’re blessed to share.

Those are just twenty things I won’t regret doing with my kids. Simple, things really. They’re the living intentional type things that sometimes just need to be written down.

For more inspiration read The Real Mom Manual and The Mom Confession.

What is on your list?


NOTE: Now if you have a son please don’t do this to them.

Introducing “Afro City” – The web series

According to “Afro City” creators, “The best way to describe “Afro City” would be “Sex in the City” meets “Girlfriends” with an Afrocentric twist and fabulous fashion to match.”

Afro City is the collaboration of writer Rhonda Ray and Director Lobace Stoll.

According to the website,”Both parties thought it would be a great idea to partner up and co-produce “Afro City” and bring it to life for all to see.”

The show centers around four best friends, Crystal (played by Sabrina Alashi) who is an artist, Ebony (played by Bunmi Avodele) a model, Fatimah (played by Ebony Mikila) a jewelry designer, and Jazzman (played by Rhonda Ray) a singer.

Each episode is very entertaining as well as a visual and audible delight.

The characters, who are flawlessly portrayed by the actors, are very believable and multidimensional.

The episodes draw viewers in via interesting, relatable topics and captivating story lines that will have you anxiously awaiting the next one.

While viewing you will forget that you are not watching a mainstream network show – the direction and videography are just that good.

“Afro City” is not all about fashion and natural hair; topics include, relationships, divorce, abuse, single parenting and following dreams.

The latest episode (Episode 10) “Love and War” deals with one of the tragic effects of the Iraq War.

Each episode also features music by show creator Rhonda Ray. Multi-talented Rhonda Ray is a singer/songwriter and artist. She is in the process of releasing her debut album titled “Afrolicious”.

Check out her music, art and videos on her website Rhonda (see link below).

The website states, “We created “Afro City” to show the world that African America women are beautiful with their natural Afro hair without conforming to societies typical “standard” of beauty.

We wanted to bring these beautiful images and lifestyles to the screen that people aren’t use to seeing everyday in the media and the web allows us to do that without going through the traditional hoops in Hollywood in order to get these images seen and these stories told.

The Afrocentric market is such an underserved market and we want to fill the void by showing Afrocentric images and themes with a positive message in all of our programming.”

Rhonda Ray stated “I think the future is definitely looking bright for web series of all genres and I’m so glad to be apart of this revolution that’s being televised on the web.”

The latest and archived episodes can be viewed on the AfroliciousTV YouTube Channel as well as the Afro City TV website.

Along with the latest episodes, the website features background information on the show as well as a shop where some of the beautiful clothing, jewelry and other accessories featured in show episodes can be purchased.

More Information:

AfroCityTV Website

AfroliciousTV on YouTube


An African City – A web series

So a friend just hipped me to this. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Not exactly sure how I feel about it yet. The vibes certainly don’t shock me. What are your thoughts?

Groundbreaking Web Series “An African City” Debuts Online March 2nd

New York, NY, February 28, 2014 –(– An African City tells the story of five beautiful, successful and determined African females who return to their home continent in search of the life and love they’ve always longed for. The first episode will debut on the show’s YouTube channel on March 2nd:

Billed as the ‘Sex and the City’ of Africa, the show delves into the lives of these women as they struggle to find new ways to deal with being modern and successful while not falling victim to the pressures put on them by their traditional African parents and society as a whole.

Created by Nicole Amarteifio and produced by Millie Monyo (MiMo Designs) the show was shot in Accra, using a multi-talented Ghanaian production crew. The show will give viewers a peek at the amazing landscape that exists in urban Accra – a city dubbed by The New York Times as the 4th best travel destination in the world – as well as showcase the gorgeous fashions by top African designers.

“When I first saw ‘Sex and the City’, I just thought… these women are so authentic in their discussions of self-discovery. Upon returning to Ghana myself, I knew I had to tell this story of self-discovery from the returnee perspective,” said Amarteifio.

Producers wanted to push boundaries and authenticate the experience of coming “home” and trying to find your place. “We chose to launch the show’s first season online so that we could push the boundaries and have the creative freedom to talk about anything – whether silly or serious. Our hope is to create enough of a stir that audiences will be begging to see it on every television across Africa and beyond.”

Starring MaameYaa Boafo, Nana Mensah, Esosa E, Marie Humbert and Maame Adjei, the cast of An African City is true to form, bringing together well known actresses who have lived abroad but with roots in Africa.


Good reads: Fiction

Yes, I’m a reader. Fiction, non-fiction. Throw it my way. I absolutely LOVE books!!!!!!! In 2014 I plan to check out a few authors. All of them are new to me. Woohoo! Exciting times!!

Helen Oyeyemi   Nigerian-British

Zadie Smith   Jamaican-British

Nadifa Mohamed  Somali-British

Aracelis Girmay  Eritrean-American

Chinelo Okparanta   Nigerian-American

Carol Ottley Mitchell   same as above    ” ” ”   Zimbabwean  Nigerian


P.S.- Who are your favourites?

Victory of Adwa Anniversary

Do you acknowledge the Victory of Adwa? What does that look like for you? Here are some suggestions:

– Consider doing a water fast until sunset.

– Make a wreath out of local flowers (in remembrance of those who fought in the Battle at Adwa/all Afrikans who passed away in wars with colonizers). Feel free to put it on your family altar or in another prominent place.

-Have a feast/party to celebrate our many victories. Wear a colour (different one each year) that speaks to the energy required to be victorious in such wars.

– Watch Haile Gerima’s film, Adwa. Here’s a clip:–A-scene-from-Haile-Gerimas-Adwa

– Light a candle in memory of those who lost their lives.

– Head to an anniversary event (organized by Ethiopians in your area).

– Go to a roots’ dance. Often Rastas organize them in celebration of the day.

– Play “Tikur Sew” (Teddy Afro) and other suitable music.


flag    Happy anniversary clip.