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The destruction of the earth's environment is the human rights challenge of our time. The most devastating effects are visited on the poor, those with no involvement in creating the problem. A deep injustice. Among its many treasures, this book offers solutions that lead with equity for the benefit of all.

—Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, social activist, Capetown, South Africa

The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, is a profound memoir that captures and grapples with some of the most critical issues of our time. Truly essential reading.

—john a. powell, JD, Director, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society; Robert D. Haas Chancellor's Chair in Equity & Inclusion; Professor of Law, African American & Ethnic Studies, University of California Berkeley

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Yellow Dress and Problematic EssenceFest

When considering this dress I used a sequence of logic that is very similar to how I found myself at the 2018 EssenceFest in New Orleans.

Group think - just like my other homegirls who know better - we saw Girl's Trip and were gassed up thinking it would be Black Woman Mardi Gras! It was in someways but it was mostly a family reunion itinerary kind of vibe (complete with your auntie Mary). When I was considering this dress I was thinking a "ooh a midi dress and plunging cleavage in denim AND YELLOW" What I didn't think about was the 5 foot 7 inch model wearing an XS and having several traces less of breast meat than I have.  

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My Self Care Start

Before reading several titles on the subject of self-care and self love I read a lot of afro-futurism. Before knowing that self care and self love had nothing to do with how I looked or spending money- I spent a lot of time in the house experimenting with face masks.  Below is the book Wildseed, written by [Mother] Octavia E. Butler and a recipe for a mild bentonite clay mask.  

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Holla For A Dolla: Beauty Supply Aesthetics

I was playing with these concepts of the fake golden bamboo earrings that are iconic to beauty supply accessory display. It really served as a mental inspiration for how i should think about what i was buying.  I decided to open up a shop online, and after much mulling about I have assembled a lifestyle site that sell earrings, accessories and eventually other things - things that speak to me.

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