Duafe is the Adinkra Symbol for beauty and this morning I was sooooo honored to be able to speak with a true pioneer and ambassador for African Beauty across the Diaspora–
the amazing Naturally Isis.
For the second year Isis Brantley of Naturally Isis brings us the Natural Hair Parade and Festival in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas.
This parade and festival is the first of it kind celebrating African Beauty. Naturally Isis is always teaching and sharing concepts of empowerment thru self love being a huge focus of this parade and festival.
If you are anywhere close to Dallas Metro area I encourage you to head over and join the fun
….. on Saturday, September 1st to be a part of this amazing event.
Listen in below to my chat with this amazing lady and learn more about Naturally Isis, her inspiration to host this special event – truly a beautiful labor of love and about all the special activities planned for September 1st.
Here is a link to the chat we enjoyed
I encourage you to consider offering donations to this amazing event to assist with the education and empowerment of women through DUAFE
Please contact the Outreach Coordinator at (404) 944-6439
or visit Naturally Isis Natural Hair Online
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August 5, 2012
This week I have been blessed to be able to follow all the amazing physical feats of the athletes in London for 2012 Olympics. Seeing the wonderful array of countries represented has been a true treat for this “student of the world” !! One of the things we all admire about the Olympic athletes is how much they have gone thru and endured to get to the level of performance we see during the games. This concept of endurance and resourcefulness is expressed in the Adinkra symbols as Aya. If the Olympics had been developed in Ghana the medals probably would have had the Aya symbol engraved on them. It is said that those who wear the symbol have truly endured many adversaries and outlasted much difficulty – something I am sure the Olympians could easily discuss with us.
I have enjoyed seeing the tweets of support for these amazing athletes from around the world in my Twitter timeline. This morning I received several RT ‘s from @Afridiziak that she received via the UK Postal Service (@PostOffice) about the stamps they have created celebrating UK gold medalists. Here is the stamp they have created for the UK Olympian Mo Farah. He truly is an athlete that exemplifies the concept of the Aya symbol during his career as a long distance runner.
So this is a salute to celebrate the wonderful athletes and the strong message they tell the world — Wave the flag of Aya over all you do and you will see amazing results.
May 1, 2012
Ok so here we are at the end and I had a really hard time with Z!!! So I leave you with a ZoomDo – a craft to create your very own Adinkra t-shirt to sport this summer. It is a pretty simple activity and over at PBS kids they have instructions for creating a an Adinkra stamp and then use fabric paint to design your t-shirt. The design process can be used for other creative projects like wall art. Enjoy!!
May 1, 2012
I came across this cute Adinkra Magnet craft over at the blog Sacred Arts. I love that it is simple but allows the crafter to create a colorful Adinkra magnet as beautiful dimensional expressions. Cori Lynn offers a great tutorial with pictures on how to create these magnets using inexpensive coasters glue and a magnetic sheet. The most time-consuming part of this project is allowing the glue to dry. I have put this one on our list of crafts to include when we study West Africa!! I think you could take this craft and use it to create many different unique magnets…Chineese letters, Yoruba numbers, Swahili words and sooooo much more. So head over to Sacred Arts and get started ! Please share the pics of all your beautiful creations and I promise to update here as we create our magnets too!!
April 29, 2012
The letter X was the hardest letter to find a topic to post about ….all I could think about was X marks the spot. This is because my children love hiding and hunting for items…..detctive games and archeology adventures abound here. Lots of sneaky, peaky walking and giggles abound! Maps are truly part of our households idea of fun!
We have been studying the map of Africa during our Africa School lessons. I think it is important for my children to understand that Africa is not a country! Our first lesson was to study the five regions. We colored and “puzzled” together the entire continent. Our last lesson was about the Northern part of the continent. We have idetified all the countries in North Africa and the next session will be to create and label a pin map.
There is a wonderful site called Mega Maps which offers maps of the world availble for download. The site offers visitors the option of creating maps of any size from 1 page to 7 ft across. They are great to use for teaching the children in your life about world geography. Helping them to understand the many countries of the world and where they are located expands the world view of youth. One great hands on activity my children loved was to take the African map - cut each region apart and glue them back together. This can be done for all the contients and put into a goeography book for them to review and enjoy.
April 29, 2012
As the A to Z Challenge draws to a close I would like to take this space to extend a challenge to my readers. Become vigilant for opportunities to promote positive energy. I think we can all help make the world the positive place we want it to be by actively working to find ways to do good through our words and actions!
Akoben is the adinkra symbol that represents vigilance. It is the war horn that reminds us to be ready…..I think we all can become more vigilant about where we can make positive change. If we actively look for opportunities in our everyday lives to promote positive words, thoughts and actions we will collectively move the ball forward in the right direction.
So my friends take up the positive “war horn” as you go to work, school and shopping. Let me know where you found opportunities to promote the positive!!