reminiscing. #tbt: me + bae hiking 😻😜😹 @artlikeu | #maske #phyllisgalembo - kambulo + kapada #makishi #masquerade #kaoma #zambia #afternoon #daydreams #xoDVF

nuff nuff richness, balancing my blessings like….

that whole vengeful god thing pulled me into a depths of depression during what was the most trying period in my life. after years of serving on my church’s board of directors, leading youth sunday school, i released religion and found new life in truth. despite my shortcomings + failures, I am loved abundantly. despite the suffering + pain, I am provided for abundantly. and this, harvest, I am reaping the benefits of looking within + honoring my ancestors. whatever you’re going through, keep going- there is life on the other end. trust me, I know. #dontletthecutenessfoolyou #ivebeenthroughsomeshit #ibecamebetterbecauseofthem #youwilltoo #blessup #xodvf @artlikeu @nomadyard @oldnewcollectiv #building #Universeisgivingmenothingbuthoney #grateful #earned #receiving #rising #newvideo #rbg2014 on #religion #art #vsco

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friday nights in bamako.
tumeric ginger tea + bamako | a film by #AbderrahmaneSissako #mali #bambara #french #english #subtitles #africanfilmfestival #thecooldown #ideservethis #workhard #restharder #xoDVF

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make no apologies for
how you chose to repair
what they broke. #xoDVF #healing #journeying #inmytime #aries #redresonantmoon #honoringself #knowthyself #africanhair #tbt #melanite #african #starseed #rp #quote #vscocam #9ether

nigerianostalgia:

Igbo mask dancers performing during the Onwa Asaa festival, Ugwuoba village, Nigeria.

Masquerade dancers in Ibo village of Ugwuoba, between Awka and Enugu. Masked and costumed men are chosen by their villages to wear costumes and to masquerade during the annual yam festival, called ‘Onwasato’ in Ibo.

The appearance of the moon governs the communal activities such as the commencement of farm work, festivities and ritual offerings. For example, the seventh moon (Onwa asaa) appears in August and marks the month of the thanksgiving service to the ancestors. The community in turn obtains permission to eat new yams without fear of reprisals from their ancestors.

The eighth month is Onwa asato, which appears during the month of September or October. Onwa asaa refers to the month when the ritual feast of new yam is celebrated. The seventh month thus becomes the official title by which the activity is known.

During this festival, the appearance of masks and the masquerading features merely mark the celebration of the feast.” [Anigbo O., 1987: Commensality and Human Relationship Among the Igbo. University of Nigeria Press]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Vintage Nigeria

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universe keeps whispering…
#xoDVF #goodmorning #listening #trusting #believing #journeying

don’t admire the flying bird before you know the pain of flapping. #africanparable #xoDVF #happymonday #quote #summer #museumofart #africanhair #melanite #vscocam #knowthyself

I will offer my children the purest Afrikan names, so rich the colonized tongue would fear it’s sound. -the sweetest offering.

q: what is your (or fav) Afrikan name / what is it’s origin / what does it mean?

I’m pulling inspiration from #Akan + #Amharic + #Yoruba + #Xhosa + #Shona. #carryculture #xoDVF #African #Africannames #metaphysics #namingceremony #igchat #share #Salone #thoughts #changingparadigmsandshit #quote

bare (hands + feet) in the earth. #gardening #nature #urbangarden #watch #xoDVF #masonjar #herbgarden #tutorial on #youtube.com/xoDVF #harvest #vscocam #blogger #plants #diy (at http://bit.ly/1qUGuSO)

carry culture is a new #xoDVF series ft some of your fav #African #vloggers #youtube. The 1st topic discusses my observations of the #culture of #prostitution among #African #millennials. #watch #comment and learn how you can create a #video response. #carryculture a #platform for #you #changingparadigmsandshit #xodvf #instavid #ashawo #africanwomen #discussion #SierraLeone

african girls be like….. #staychocolated. mi fren @allthingskaye #xoDVF #summer #moor #blackgirls #african #salone #carryculture #melanite #naturalhair #curlbox #curlsisters #vscocam #myfav #teamslimthick

all this white-on-white crime and it doesn’t even have a name. #gentrification #dc #neighborhood #uncleSpiketoldyou #spikelee #thatis #roaming #sky #myview #vscocam #thoughts #xodvf #purple #house #seethroughit

the difference between them and us…..we’re built for this shit.

we’ve conquered our demons. no lingering insecurities, no uncertainty about our nature.

we’ve been broke, paid, lied to, taken advantage of, idolized, cheated on, hungry and full.

our names have been dragged through the mud more than once and every time, we pick it up and wash it off - anew.

we’ve been down trodden, not always aware of our God-self but know this….

when people like us resurface, we stand taller, walk straighter, our voices firmer, our skin thicker, our wisdom greater, our beauty richer. #xoDVF #rp #wiwt #vintage from @nomadyard #effehandemeric #ladydanger #lippie #melanite #staychocolated #blogger #blessup #resilience #spiritualwarfare #enemiesamongus #ancestorsprotectus

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