Peace On Earth, Good Will Towards Men (and
Wymin) . . .
And Peace And Good Will For The Soul
Finally, Saturn has left
my sign of Taurus and I am finally able to get up, brush myself
off, stretch, rub my eyes, and look around. Saturn is often
referred to as the planet of karma. Well, it certainly slowed me
down and stirred my spirit to indulge in copious reading and
reflection. I cannot honestly say what the last two and
one-half years will bear upon my future, but I can say it has
certainly been an insightful journey into my soul. Oh, and to
my Gemini friends, my condolences, Saturn now dwells with you.
Don’t get me wrong, I am
not a follower of astrology, and though I am Catholic, I neither
habitually recite the Nicene creed, nor do I practice
genuflecting every Sunday. I am, however, a believer that
all things make up the "who of you" and to deny them would be a
denial of a part of your makeup. My spirit will not allow
me to do this. Now, back to Saturn.
From the time Saturn moved
in uninvited in August of 1998, until Saturn’s welcomed
departure in April/May of 2001, I read more than 40+ books on
various subjects: earth sciences, psychology, quantum physics,
Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, books on various religions, and
books on spirituality. My favorites (for those of you looking
for gift-giving ideas or who have friends who are Gemini) are:
Conversations With God (all books in the series) by Neale
Donald Walsch; The Seat of the Soul and Soul Stories
by Gary Zukav; In The Light of Truth (The Grail Message)
by Abd-Ru-Shin (Note: if you’re interested in a spiritual
relationship to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, this is it –
Book I the chapter entitled Rigidity); The Mastery of Love
and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz; Jung’s
Map of the Soul by Murray Stein; Care of the Soul by
Thomas Moore (actually anything written by Thomas Moore); The Man Who Tapped The Secrets of the Universe by
Glenn Clark; The Celestine Prophecy and The Celestine
Vision by James Redfield; all books written by Iyanla
Vanzant, particularly The Value In The Valley; and
finally, Daughters of Africa – An International Anthology of
Words and Writings by Women of African Descent From the Ancient
Egyptian to the Present, edited by Margaret Busby.
As in my last experience
with Saturn when I was 13 or 14 years-old, or when I emerge from
a valley experience due to the loss of love or the death of a
friend or family member, I always come away renewed. This
experience with Saturn actually was no different than my
previous Saturn experience or my valley experiences (yes, plural
– I’m a bit hardheaded), except this time, I feel stronger as a
person and I have a more purposeful outlook on life. One purpose is to
present a positive representation of our lives as lesbians of
color. There is very little out there pertaining to our
experiences, our contributions to society, our wisdom, our
beauty, and our lives.
I will spend the remainder
of December keeping my soul renewed and preparing myself for the
new year. Next year, I plan on greatly expanding FemmeNoir
to include interviews, video documentaries, feature articles,
and maybe a print edition of FemmeNoir -- we'll see.
So, in keeping with my
purpose, this month's edition of FemmeNoir presents a Kwanzaa/Christmas gift and a hint-hint
of sorts. For those of you
who are in need of a New Year’s resolution, consider Visible Me.
I am very grateful for our Sisters in Cinema who put a face on
who we are. Yvonne Welbon’s
Sisters in Cinema and
the Life sites are testaments to our history in film as
women and our life as lesbians of color. I was thrilled to
see Cheryl Dunye’s Watermelon Woman a few months ago on BET’s
Starz channel, how about that for visibility and education? Her
recent film Stranger Inside, premiered on HBO June 23,
2001. Stranger Inside features One Bad Sista
– Medusa. You Go Cheryl!!!! Other filmmakers include H. Lenn
Heller, Michelle Parkinson, Aishah Simmons, and Jocelyn Taylor.
Lisa Moore, is a sister
who wanted to publish coming out stories of black lesbians. The
first run of her book, does your mama know? An Anthology of
Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories, sold out in eight months.
Her second run – 2000 more in late November 1997 – sold out in
another six months. Now, there are 8000 books in print.
Do you see there
is a need?
Poet, Dionne Brand's world
view is expressed in books, film, and social activism. To read
her poetry is to read not only about her but also about her
people and their struggles both in Canada and the Caribbean.
Her book, In Another Place Not Here, is worth cuddling up with
during the holidays.
For a taste of our
history, FemmeNoir presents the life and music of Alberta
Hunter. My girl, my girl!
From me to you, Merry
Christmas, Happy New Year, and Happy Kwanzaa! And as we
fight against ageism, sexism, homophobia, racism, and all other forms of
discrimination, do not forget to nurture your soul, it is your
foundation. And, last but not least, please continue to
pray for those affected by the acts of September 11, 2001 and
for those who suffer now in Afghanistan. Truly pray for
Peace on Earth and Goodwill Towards Men (and Wymin) and live,
each day, the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa
(There is one principle for each
of the seven days of Kwanzaa in the following order.)
Umoja (unity) to strive for and maintain unity in the
family, community, nation and race. (Dec. 26th)
Kujichagulia (self-determination) to define ourselves, name
ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
Ujima (collective work and responsibility) to build and
maintain our community together and make
our sister's and brother's problems our problems and to solve
them together. (Dec. 28th)
Ujamaa (cooperative economics) to build and maintain our own
stores, shops, and other businesses together. (Dec. 29th)
Nia (purpose) to make our collective vocation the building
of our community to restore our people to their traditional
greatness. (Dec. 30th)
Kuumba (creativity) to do as much as we can to leave our
community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Imani (faith) to believe with our hearts in our people, our
parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and
victory of our struggle. (Jan. 1st)