all black lives matter





it feels like i've aged 10 years this week. joints creaking, muscles spasming, and all i can do is sleep. my body responds very quickly to trauma. ancient ancestral wounds buried deep within, carried by my mother and my father and all that came before, have ruptured. again. my soul is tender, my flesh flagellated by the echo of all lives matter, the violence of apathy and the disrespect of wilful ignorance.



i don't usually have a sweet tooth, but this week different iterations of desserts have been swirling around in my brain. we all need an extra bit of sweetness sometimes. i wish i could nourish and nurture you all.


instead, i have collated several incredible resources i have seen this week. i have included links to support self study, some to give you pleasure and some to aid your healing journey, as well as specific resources to support activists on the ground in the US and UK. we can not let this become just another moment. thank you to everybody sharing and posting.


this list is not at all complete, please send me things you think should be added.


all Black lives matter. Black joy, Black healing and Black futures matter. i hope these resources can bring us further to this vision.


#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForBellyMujinga #JusticeForTonyMcDade #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor


and so many others.


we must always remember:


it is our duty to fight for our freedom.


it is our duty to win.


-


(the poem below doesn't yet have a name, but it is how i feel)




i want to wrap my people up in an everlasting embrace.


hold them tight and not let go.


ancestors! fill me with the power of the phoenix.


let my tears

fall

fierce and defiant.


let the wounds begin to heal.

cover me with your grace and help me wade through the waters of our collective grief.


there is space for all of us on my back.


when i get tired, let us rest in the depths while yemaya holds us

close

and carries us to the freshwaters.


maferefun oshun,

mama,

warrior woman,

let me nourish myself with your sweetness.


adorn me with the apparel of war and


remind me of my battle cry.


recall the flood and bring us home.


-


resources:


NUS BSC master thread


for healing:


@allyssarochelle

@ournakedtruths

@therapyforblackgirls

@healingjusticeldn

@alexreads

@alex_elle

@yumisakugawa

@krystalnaomi.bodyandmind

@yung.pueblo

@leonanicholeblack

@dawn_ estefan_psych

@suhailyashakuwra

@thenapministry

@alafiahealth


Meditate with Soul


Homecoming Podcast


self care tips for Black women


Black mental health



news/commentary


@wearyourvoice

@galdemzine

@blackballaduk

@chantayyjayy

@tobikyere

@symeonbrown

@practicalmyth

@amahra_

@ashindestad

@aliyahhasinah

@ivieani

@jasebyjason

@blackvisionsmn

@reclaimtheblock

@ur_ninja

@ukblm


support/donate


Black Lives Matter


UK BLM


thread by UK Jamii on how to support if you can't protest


Justice for Belly Petition


ways we can demand justice for Belly Mujinga https://twitter.com/ceevalentina/status/1266611295891136512?s=19

https://twitter.com/Directoromok/status/1266524424884441091?s=19


Minnesota Freedom Fund @mnffreedomfund


Resourcing Racial Justice


Black journalist therapy relief fund


donate to the Black Cultural Archives


education


@freeblackuni

@blackabolitionist

@abolitionistfutures

@melzdot

@jadebentil @divanificent

@seizethevote

@thewomanistreader

@thelonelyldnr


unitedblackbooks.org


anti racist children's books


free book


12 essential books to read


amazing thread making academic texts more accessible


Black History Month Library AMAZING RESOURCE


master list of Black revolutionary readings


support for those protesting in the UK

@ystop

UK mutual aid

London Campaign Against Police and State Violence

UK Lawyers supporting pro bono


things that have brought me joy


@theyhavetherange

@theloosiesproject

@theresnosignall

@datspod

@blanguage.online

@marysho

@micantifa

@passthedutchpot

@marvinscorridor

@munchclubtv

@trapfruitslondon

@emikomusic_

Balamii radio blackout

Reprezent radio blackout

verzuz

@thefloormag

@abeislegend no more wings

links to Black cinema


dance. sing. scream. trauma is stored in the body and must be released. call your peoples. be tender with one another.



a reminder it's also Pride month and ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER. support your Black queer siblings:


queercare.network

@azmag

@tanyacompas

@kuchenga

@melzdot

@jasebyjason

@ukblackpride

@sistrenoffical



i am holding space for you all.


saf xxx

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