Affirmations for positivity

Affirmations for positivity

Affirmations for positive vibrations are needed now more than ever. Holiday blues and post-election woes have gotten us down. Rude and racist people are coming out of their closets. I noticed that my snap back timing has been off. When someone was rude to me, I was stunned. I didn’t have a quick comeback. It… Continue Reading






Witness, memory, autumn

Witness, memory, autumn

Witness and memory captures that sweet time between summer and winter called autumn. ‘Witness’ and ‘memory’ are also theme words used in an essay about the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture #NMAAHC. Poet Elizabeth Alexander’s piece Can I Get a Witness justified nicely why we need a place to recall… Continue Reading






Liberty, Juneteenth

Liberty, Juneteenth

Liberty was a transcendent theme this year for my combined Fourth of July – Juneteenth post. I celebrated Juneteenth at a rally to save an abolitionist house in New York City. I rarely paired these two current holidays. Yet, they are so connected. With Friends of the Hopper-Gibbons House, historians, and preservationists, we gathered to… Continue Reading






Finding Sojourner and Elizabeth

Finding Sojourner and Elizabeth

Finding Sojourner Truth’s former residence at 74 Canal Street in New York City’s Chinatown was a fun find. She was a domestic worker and attended churches on John, Duane, and Church streets. The noted feminist also worked at a women’s shelter on Bowery, according to NY Historical Society records. In honor of Women’s History month… Continue Reading






Latina mental health

Latina mental health

Latina mental health was front and center for a change thanks to Smith College alum Dior Vargas ’09. The Latina feminist mental health activist and recipient of the White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy, presented insights about mental illness/health and race. Her clarion call was to all Latinas and People of Color (POC)… Continue Reading






Christmas in Puerto Rico

Christmas in Puerto Rico

I was grateful for another Christmas in Puerto Rico. I’m still feeling the holiday spirit! Remember Three Kings Parade at El Museo del Barrio is this week! For more info click here. It’s still Christmas in many places in the world! How was yours? We celebrated my dear husband’s 84th birthday in Puerto Rico. We… Continue Reading






Watch Night

Watch Night

  It’s been a while since I attended Watch Night services at church on New Year’s Eve. But many family members and friends still do, in between all the New Years Eve cooking that they are doing. Did you cook special foods on Watch Night to bring good luck? Greens are believed to attract dollars… Continue Reading






Self-care is warfare

Self-care is warfare

Self-care is warfare. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde’s much loved quote opened discussions on Thick, a documentary about black women, eating, stress, and size by Robin D. Stone, a journalist and health coach. The NYC premiere screening was a Delta Sigma… Continue Reading






Holiday Reunion memories

Holiday Reunion memories

Holiday reunions are coming. Are you ready for your crazy relatives? Back in the day, every weekend was a holiday reunion. The menu, script, and cast of characters were always set. There were always surprise guests and food items. Sometimes Dad’s Harlem-Southern and Mom’s Chinese West Indian folks would visit at the same time. But… Continue Reading






Family History Month

Family History Month

Family History Month is celebrated in October by genealogists worldwide. This is a perfect time to celebrate your food legacy. I learned so much about my Southern and Caribbean genealogy and culture through the food we ate at home. Here are 3 ways to honor your family’s food legacy: Share memories of food you ate… Continue Reading