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An Ode to Black Iftar Philly

So, I haven't updated this space in months because I just haven't been in the writing mood. However, over the past few weeks I've found myself writing poetry, working on my book, and contemplating topics for a new blog. I wasn't sure what I wanted to write, but, thanks to Kameelah Rashad's Black Iftar Philly, held June 1st, I decided to write an Ode...of all things.  Before I share my Ode, let me back up and tell you why this iftar was so special. Firstly, this Ramadan, I didn't have the urge to go to community iftars because teaching IS exhausting and my anxiety as of late had been palpable.  But, when I saw the event pop up in my timeline last week, I really didn't think I had the capacity to go even though I knew it would be dope!  Fast forward to the day of, Allah gave me several signs that I needed to get it together and show up. The first was actually messaging with Kameelah, and the second was the fact that Matthew, who was also s

Back To School Advice For Parents Who Rock!

If you have four kids like I do, they've worn you out all summer and you're most happy that school is starting tomorrow. You've robustly walked up and down the aisles happily (or not) tossing rulers, notebooks, paper towels, etc., into your cart. You've also probably just finished the grocery shopping and added a bunch of snacks, juices, luncheon meat, and other processed items do you won't have to give your kids lunch money every single day. New clothes have already been purchased and they're currently laid out on your child's bed as a painful reminder to them that it's time to get back into work mode. All these things are typical actions to get ready for back to school, but as a Mother and History teacher, I want to share a few more things you can and should do to get the year started off right! 1. We all know that parents are busy and sometimes you can't make it to the conference or back to school night despite having good intentions to

On Love & Liberation - Black Muslim Psychology Conference Day 3

Due to not wanting the post to be super long, I divided up my recap of the Black Muslim Psychology Conference into two parts. Part one, can be found by clicking here . Continue below if you've already read the first blog. As a recap of part one, BMPC is what I'd envision life like as a Black woman living in a society that values my body, my intellect, my beauty, & my lived experiences. It's like a three day therapy session, history class, & cultural extravaganza rolled into one.  If you haven't attended yet, I don't know what you're waiting for. Hopefully this detailed blog will answer some of your questions and be your motivation to attend next year :) While I'm still processing my experience from this year, I'm already looking forward to next year, especially because of the theme "The Mis-Education of the Black Muslim".  Mark your calendars so that you can get a taste of Black liberation and meet all of tho

On Love and Liberation - Black Muslim Psychology Conference Day 1 & 2

I've been trying to figure out how to explain to you what I feel when attending the Black Muslim Psychology Conference (BMPC). Last year , while writing about the experience, I couldn't find the right words to describe it. However, this year's theme Love & Liberation certainly helped to put things in perspective for me on the importance and value of this conference. Though the event this year was held at the beautiful & picturesque grounds of the Chubbs Hotel & Conference Center, not necessarily a place you'd describe as a Black Mecca, walking through the doors, a transformation occurred. I literally felt like the space upon walking in was sacred, safe, and most importantly buzzing with a since of Black fulfillment that is hard to find unless it is a space we create within our homes, religious institutions, schools or backyards.  BMPC felt like the first game of spades that I've played in years at my friends' Yaasiyn and Ismael's (bot

Why The Sistah's in Business Expo Was Exactly What I Needed

I decided a few days before that I was going to take steps to turn an idea that I had into a business. I had an idea, I had a name, I had a logo, I just didn't have a business plan. So, I called Temple University's Small Business Center which is a free resource to Philadelphians who wish to embark on entrepreneurship. I was so very excited but also scared to go any further. I just wasn't sure if now was the right time to jump in.  When I got the opportunity to cover Sistah's in Business Expo , I hoped that it would help empower me to finish my business plan and take the necessary steps to launch within the next couple of months. Turns out, the expo ended up being everything I was hoping it would be plus more. Actress, Producer, and Author, Vivica Fox, motivated me during her Q & A so much that I went home the next day with my sister Rafiah who also attended, wrote out a two year plan for my life and then created a vision board.