On Kente Cloth: The Appropriation of Our Sacred Symbols

You must have really thought that you were doing something Dressed in our symbols of liberation You must have really thought that you could easily put them on Adorn yourself in our garments And that we would applaud and champion your efforts Think that you were really down for the cause And committed to end …

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George Floyd and Hoping for Systems Change

A reflection I wrote a few years ago keeps ringing in my ears as I think about what work will look like tomorrow and from here on out. For the last four years, I have worked for the City of Minneapolis on issues of "equity," and for the last four years, it has felt like …

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2020 Writing Cohort: Fragmented and Whole

The Kinky Curly Theological Collective is excited to announce its 2020 writing cohort: Fragmented and Whole ©. The purpose of this fellowship is to bring Black and African women together to create a vibrant writing community that can support each participant in the further development of their voice. Prospective cohort members do not have to …

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A Lesson in Vulnerability, Weakness, and Unapologetic Messiness

On December 7, I hosted the second annual shindig for the Kinky Curly Theological Collective. When I initially started planning for this convening back in June, I could have never imagined that I would be hosting this gathering of dynamic Black women feeling utterly broken, defeated, and raw. But that is what happened.  Throughout the …

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The Methodological Importance of Unveiling

To unveil is to uncover a person, an object, or a concept that was previously hidden away from public view. It is to shine light on something that was at one time or another shrouded in darkness. The act of uncovering is to give voice and acknowledgment to what we did not know, or rather, …

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When We Lead

  Only the BLACK WOMAN can say 'when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole Negro race enters with me - Anna Julia Cooper I found god in myself and I loved her fiercely - Ntozake Shange …

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