April 25, 2012
I love everything Family!! I am sure you have guessed this with the many posts I have written which include something about family. I have worked quite a bit on my own family history ……an amazing journey that I feel is a gift for my children. I want them to know they are here because of the prayers, beliefs and hard work of those who preceded them in the family. My daughter can proudly name 5 generations of grandmothers!! I am very fortunate because my maternal grandmother kept and shared a lot of family history which we have today. I even have the daily diary of my Great Great Aunt circa 1900…..a true treasure and window into what life was like during those days….very hard!!
I encourage everyone to do some family research and/or documentation. It is not only for yourself but also for the children of your family. If you are wondering “where do I begin” ? I suggest right where you are. Begin with your immediate family, your parents and grandparents. Fill out the family tree with all that you know – it will be more than you realize!! Then begin the Sankofa journey……. ask for the information that is missing from other family members….siblings of your parents and grandparents, their children and spouses. This can be done at family gatherings ( even if it is not an “official” family reunion) …..bring the tree with you and connect with others and their families.
Click on the image below for your own family tree to fill out!!
April 5, 2012
As I continue on the journey of A to Z Blogging we come to E. This was a difficult one for me to determine what to write about – I have finally settled on Energy – the much-needed – over used resource of the modern world.
Currently many people on the African continent are working to find reliable sources of energy for residents of many countries. Because the infrastructure in many countries is not as well-developed or reliable as we enjoy here in US there have been many projects to create energy sources locally. Solar energy has become a great way to offer rural residents an ongoing energy source. Solar energy can be harnessed through panels that can be by placed local residents. This addition to homes in the rural areas reduces the need for expensive kerosene oil and provides more hours of light thereby increasing productivity after dark sunset.
Here is a great video describing a program that trains Grandmothers in Kenya to install Solar Panels to their village. They received the nick name “Solar Sisters”. They can then teach others and extend the knowledge to neighboring villages. What a powerful chain of events this can be to a region with no electric grid.
I also would like to share another view of energy that I came across – Sankofa Energy fabric from KKweli over at Spoonflower. I love the vibrance of this design and truly appreciate the concept of having tons of ENERGY to go back and claim what we left behind!!
September 1, 2011
Did you hear- Sept 3rd is the date – Dallas is the place – Our Nations 1st Natural Hair Parade and Festival WHOO HOO! This is a beautiful event that is just making me smile from ear to ear! ERYKAH BADU & INSTITUTE OF ANCESTRAL BRAIDING have joined forces and are sponsoring a Parade to celebrate natural hair beauty on Sept 3rd – Labor Day. They picked this day because it is a Labor of Love (so sweet) I am just so excited to hear about this amazing expression of Duafe. I wish I could be there to join in the warm and beautiful vibes that are sure to be in the air during the parade and festival! If you live in the Dallas, Texas metro area I encourage you to join this Duafe Celebration. One of the goals of this event is to offer the community an opportunity to come together in a positive and uplifting environment. Local groups, churches and businesses are encouraged to participate. Be sure to check out the video below from Ms Isis. It is due to her dedication to continuing to broaden the horizons in natural hair care that this celebration is available to us! I salute Isis and the amazing Ms Badu for bringing this opportunity to the people!
Are you planning to attend? Please share your pictures and stories with me – right here! If you tweet about the parade or festival pleass connect with me via twitter @kiarablu or link up with me via Facebook (Kiarablu)
Isis and Erykah I wish you a beautiful day that exceeds ALL your Duafe dreams! peace and love -Jaelma
Pictures from the parade!
August 25, 2011
The Adinkra symbol Duafe represents beauty and desirable feminine qualities. Black Girls Run is a national organization that is helping African-American women to develop these positive qualities through running. The founders of this fantastic organization are encouraging Black women to focus on making fitness and healthy living a priority. Black women in the US have an extremely high rate of obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Exercise and healthy diet changes are two important areas that this organization is helping women to improve thus leading to lower obesity and poor health. The Black Girls Run Website offers running resources, local contacts for BGR, great healthy recipes, “runspiration” and so much more! It is truly a wonderful place for women just starting out in their running adventures and those who have an established “track” record! I applaud the ladies participating in these healthy endeavors for expressing their Duafe power! Strong work girls – keep up the great work!
March 17, 2011
Dedicating this post to the celebration of Women during the Month of March! Ladies we all must remember that Duafe is a special thing ! We know that being a woman is so much more than wearing a skirt or curing our hair! As women God has given us very special gifts! We nurture the world and make it beautiful in sooo many ways…..THIS is OUR POWER! Remember that anything that interferes with your ability to nurture self and those you cherish ……it is wrong! Stay positive, peaceful and beautiful!
Are you planning anything special this month to celebrate women? I would love to hear about it ….pls share here!
Also – Get your own copy of this Sisters design here –>
December 7, 2010
Recently I have enjoyed surfing the web looking for unique and culturally expressive Christmas gifts! Wanted to take some time to share some Adinkra Love with these offerings of afrocentric beauty I have discovered. I think you will find them to be wonderful expressions of Duafe as I did! Hope you enjoy! If you have some examples of Christmas Duafe PLEASE share them with me below!
One of my first Duafe finds was over at Spoonflower where kkitwana has a wonderful collection of African inspired fabrics!
I was so excited to find her Sankofa bandana fabric. I plan to create several of these for my daughter as Kwanzaa gifts….what a perfect gift for my lil princess! I am even more excited because Kkitwana has an amazing array of fabrics she has designed. Drop over to her fabric shop on Spoonflower and see for yourself. If you love fabric, love to sew, craft or create this IS the place to visit!!
- If you are looking for a ‘lil duafe for your crowning beauty then you must visit TomokasTwists!
- This site is full of beautifully designed hair adornments. Tomokas collection includes hair twist, hair sticks, hair clips, hair bands
and more. I fell in love with several hair twists that had matching earrings…..perfect for this busy mama! Right now is a great time to shop because she has free shipping on orders over $25. Fill up your sisters and best friends Christmas Stockings with this duafe….be sure to pick up a couple for yourself too!
Speaking of Christmas Stockings……I came across the cutest Christmas Stockings over at Tea Cake Kids! This site features clothing and accessories for children of color. The owner, Jonquil Akhir, has designed her products to promote positive images for African-American children. Her Christmas stocking will add to the duafe of the season for sure!
June 15, 2010
We have added a really cute T-shirt perfect for World Cup Fans
Here is your link: http://bit.ly/WCDuafe
Let me know what you think!!