Seeking Submissions for Issue 4

It’s that time again, folks, and Walking the Worlds Journal is seeking submissions for issue #4. This time, our topic is Polytheism and Philosophy. Check out the journal and our submission gu…

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Inmate death prompts state investigation

The New York State Commission of Correction is investigating the death of an Erie County Holding Center inmate who died in a hospital four days after being released from custody.

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I know people okay with this because she was an inmate.  To them, inmates are “scum bags”.  This judgement comes from a place next to the one that justifies smoking weed, an illegal act.  The only difference is he hasn’t got caught.

All we really know is that He name was India Cummings, 27, and she died of organ failure. It may have been a reaction to the synthetic weed that got her in trouble in the first place or something else.

BHM Feminism

One thing I’ve notices is I don’t see many feminists of color.

By feminist I’m not referring to the stereotype of women wanting special treatment and whining about perceived slights. I’m talking actual, equal  rights.

Black feminism became noticeably popular in the 1960s in response to lack of response to intersectionality. Intersectionality was coined by legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw in 1989. It argues that sexism, class oppression, gender identity and racism are inextricably bound together.  Something I agree with as it seems like they feed on each other.

Some Famous black feminists are …

Alice Walker. Author of The Color Purple, Pulitzer Prize winner, Activist with Code Pink, an anti-war group,  participant in the Gaza Freedom March, Civil Rights Movement, 1963 March on Washington, Russell Tribunal on Palestine, 2011 Gaza Flotilla, which led to accusations of antisemitism, though her fight isn’t with the Jewish religion but the acts of the Israeli government.She also coined the term Womanism a social change perspective based upon the everyday problems and experiences of black women and other women of minority demographics.

Professor Patricia Collins First black woman to be president of the American Sociological Association(ASA) Her primary concerns is gender within the African American Community.She has authored many books, her best known is Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment,

Toni Cade Bambara a.k.a Miltona Mirkin Cade, author, professor, documentary film maker, activist. Her first book is Gorilla, My Love from there she wrote poetry, screenplays, other works of fiction, anthologies, academic papers. She also was a bog supporter of non-mainstream artists co founding Voices from the gap.  and Southern Collective of African-American Writers. She died of colon cancer in 1995 at the age of 56.

Laverne Cox best know for her roll as Sophia Burnset on Orange is the New Black. She has also been on Law and order SVU, Musical Chairs, Bored to Death, I Want to Work For Diddy, ect. She was the first black trans-person to direct and star in her own show, TRANSform Me. She speaks on trans rights and writes on current affairs for Huffington Post.

Bukola Oriola, Nigerian American journalist. She wrote Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim about her time as a slave.

These are just a few.  Who have you found inspiring.

bhm- King Peggy

vlcsnap-2010-06-15-19h50m07s229Peggieline was born in Ghana and later became a US Citizen in 1997. In 1970 she was hired as a secretary in the Embassy of Ghana, were she still works.

In 2008 Peggieline’s uncle, Amuah-Afenyi V died and rituals were done to find the new king. On the 25th of September 2008 that honor was given to Peggieline. She inherited the title was Amuah-Afenyi VI, Nana of of Tantum(or Otaum). With her title she received  1,000-acre (4.0 km2) family-owned estate and an eight-bedroom palace, and chiefdom of Tantum, a fishing villiage.

Now she spends several weeks a year in the village and will move there on retirement.

She and writer Eleanor Herman have co-written King Peggy (ISBN 978-0-385-53432-1), published in 2012 by Doubleday.

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BhM- Hatshepsut

I’m going to profile various black historical figures over this Febuary.

I’m starting with Maatkare Hatshepsut.

This “Foremost of Noble Ladies” was born in 1507 BC to Thutmose I and his primary wife Ahmose in the 18th dynasty of Egypt. Hatshepsut was the primary wife of Thutmose II, with whom she had a daughter, Neferure. Neferure wasn’t the heir though, that honor belonged to Thutmose III, son of Thutmose II and his concubine Iset.

When Thutmose II died Hatshepsut was named co-regent with Thutmose III, due to his age.  Unusually for the time Hatshepsut didn’t kill her nephew to take over, she allowed him to live and lead her armies until her death. Here he was allowed to hone his skills.

During Hatshepsut’s reign Egypt experienced relative peace and much prosperity.  This was due to many factors including her mastery of propaganda, Thutmose’s skills as a commander, and Hatshepsut’s ability to keep everyone busy.

Hatshepsut is responsible for reestablishing trade routes that were cut off by the Hyksos, and establishing trade with Punt.  She built the mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahari, Karnak’s red chapel, restored the Precinct of Mut,built the two largest obelisks in the world,  the Temple of Pakhet, and a crap load of statues.

Hatshepsut’s reign ended on the 22nd year of her reign,when she was 51. It was due to her death.  According to her mummy, that was identified in 2007, Hashepsut died of a bone cancer/diabetes combo, made worse by arthritis and bad teeth.

Sometime after her death, Thutmose III decided to erase her from history for unknown reasons.

Imbolc

February 1st or August 1st in the Southern hemisphere, is Imbolc to those who practice Wicca and Celtic paganism.  On this day the beginning of spring is celebrated and the goddess Bridget is honored.

Bridget or Bride is a Gaelic goddess who’s father is the Dagda and one of the poets of the Tuatha de Dannan(Irish tribe of gods).  When the Tuatha arrived in Ireland, Bridget was married to the Formorian(a tribe already living is Ireland) Bres. With Bres she had her late Ruadan. She also has two oxes named Fe and Men, the King of Boars, Torch Traith, King of Sheep, Cirb.

Bridget’s responsibilities are poetry, medicine, smiths, Mourning songs, art, crafting, livestock, sacred wells, spring, and in Scotland, snakes, natural flames, fire, warfare, eloquence, highlands.

Over time Briget became a saint, St Bridget of Kildare.

The feast of Imbolc is celebrated with feasting, making of Bridget’s crosses, making offerings at sacred wells, cleaning, divination,


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Lebor Gabála Érenn

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