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Written for Black People (Moors and indigenous folk too) who know that we are at war…
- Stop Talking: During times of trauma, continuously speaking about negative events keeps us in a low vibration. It becomes difficult for us to think clearly and strategically; which is needed during times of war. It is also important to be quiet and pay attention to your surroundings. If something fishy is going on around you, you will not know if you are too busy talking and trying to debate everyone.
- Exercise: To be a solider at war and at peace, you must be in shape. This is something that I am reminded of while participating in long tiring protests in New York City, that usually have protesters marching across the entire borough of Manhattan. Just think, if you had to out-run a dog, defend your family against an attacker, or crawl into a tight space to hide from a gunman could you do it to save your life?
- Fast: How long can you go without food. If this country continues down this path of destruction, martial law will be implemented. What if you could not go to the grocery store when you ran out of food? Developing your discipline now is important to prepare yourself for times of distress. Fasting is not limited to food. How long can you go without your phone, checking Facebook, smoking a cigarette or getting your hair done? What ever your vice is, I challenge you to take a break from it for at least a week, so that your spirit can be released from its tight grip. Even if you return to the behavior, you at least know that if you can do it once, then you can do it again.
- Have a Food Supply: Once again Marshal Law is a very real possibility. If you have not started building your personal food reserve, you need to do so immediately. I often imagine what would have happened in Ferguson and Baltimore, during the riots, had our brothers and sisters had at least a 3-week food supply. The government would have probably dropped a bomb on those communities because food and water would have kept them healthy, alert and ready to keep fighting.
- Limit Your Time on Social Media: If you are not conducting business on social media you honestly have no business being on there all day, every day. These sites are making revenue based on the number of users actively using the site. During times of crisis, social media turns into a cesspool of negative thoughts that are detrimental to our mental wellness and physical health. It’s okay to step back and work on yourself. Don’t worry; it will still be there tomorrow.
- Stop Worrying About What Other Black People Are or Are Not Doing: You are the most important person in your life. If you are not alive and healthy then you will not be around to “save” any of the heathens that you preach about. Be an example by actually doing what you think is best. Worrying about any person other than yourself is a lowkey way of making other people responsible for your happiness; don’t give anyone that power. If you believe that Black people need to come together and create a plan, then what you should do is come together with other Black people and create that plan, and if you are already doing that, congratulations. Be happy with those in your circle and focus on what you have accomplished. If you are not doing that, stop talking and get to work.
- Forgive ALL Black People: We don’t have time to hate each other. I’m sorry we just don’t. An enemy of my enemy, usually an officer of the state, makes you, my beautiful Black Brother and Sister, my dearest friend. Do yourself a favor and create a list of all the people who have done you wrong, including yourself. Go down the list one by one and forgive them. Be sure to say it out loud, it’s more powerful that way. Be sure to include yourself, because the most harm that is done to us on a daily basis tends to come from within, that’s how Willie Lynch works. When you love yourself and the people who look like you, it won’t be hard to identify who the real enemy is.
- Expand Your Hustle: If your income is solely based on a job, you are less powerful in the movement than a person on unemployment. If your employer turns out to be a white supremacist and clearly despises your passion for Black Lives, how ready are you to leave that job if you have no other forms of income? We have always been the ultimate hustlers in America. Whatever it is that you do for your job, become an expert consultant on the side. If you have a hobby that you are passionate about, learn better ways to enhance your craft so that you can put a price tag on it. The more streams of income you can generate the more powerful you will become in fighting against white supremacy. You will also be able to give more to the community when the time comes that we really must depend on each other solely.
- Save Your Money: everyday that you go out to dinner instead of cooking at home, you are giving up your right to control your empire. Money is a resource that should be kept within your fortress. Every time that you spend your cash or credit on a non-essential item, that is not helping you become a better, more educated person, you are empowering other communities while depleting your own supply. Money can be used to negotiate with powerful people, but if you don’t have money, even a little bit; you are as good as dead.
- Raise Your Vibration: Energy is neither created nor destroyed it is simply transferred. Your frequency determines your thoughts and emotions, and how you perceive the world in front of you. While some people are panicking, a person tapped into a higher frequency is usually calm and can see the bigger picture, allowing them to play chess and not checkers. The following are a few ways to raise your vibrations: Eating a raw food diet (the closer to raw vegan the better, just do what you can until you get there), mediating, reading inspirational books, being in nature, exercising, dancing to an African drum beat, laughing and being around people who you genuinely love.
I made this list because social media has become too toxic for me to participate in or even eavesdrop. I see people who I love dearly, giving their energy to useless debates that are actually counterproductive to the revolution that they would like to see. I love you all dearly and I have decided to use my energy to create art and develop deeper connections with the Black people in my life. Anything or anyone that could potentially lower my vibration will be politely ignored. Black on Black Love, All Day Every Day!
written by Jayshana Roper
FUZEDmagazine is proud to introduce writer, spoken word artist, musician and movie maker: Monica Sekhmet Grant. This black queer woman, and Michigan native, redefines the saying “The sky’s the limit,” and shoots for the stars in all that she does. Her most recent endeavor, an interview-style documentary addressing the intricacies of black womanhood, aired May 30th on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), and we were lucky enough to speak with the artist exclusively.
In Ms. Grant’s own words: “Every Sister Has a Story to Tell is my answer to the Black Woman’s call to see more women like themselves on television and film.[…] It was not my goal to create a fairy tale nor a story of victimization, but one simply of truth, which is ultimately the most powerful.”
Every Sister Has a Story to Tell presents seven black women of various backgrounds and representations. The women give their experience with growing up and romance, along with their opinions on success and the state of Black America. Included in the discussion are the effects of the 80s crack era, navigating lesbianism in a heterosexual world, and the changes the ladies feel must come to improve our society.
Tevina, from Brooklyn, leaves a strong mark with her calm demeanor as she discusses the way the neighborhood’s crack use shaped her personhood. Even her own father fell subject to the drug’s pull. However, she grows up to understand that no one is “just a crack head”. As many people who struggle with their own addictions, or loved ones’, she reminds us that addicts are sick, but they are people. These sort of powerful lessons remain constant throughout from all the women.
One of the most impactful quotes comes from Ede Fox in the opening:
“[Black women] are called on to do so much… and at the same time be so many things to different people, and not really given the freedom to be ourselves.”
Every black woman; from the inner city to suburbia, and on any part of the sexuality spectrum; can relate to those words. In America, since slavery, black women were forced to be caretakers and sacrifice their individuality for domestic servitude. Nowadays, the black man is just as guilty of being underappreciative and toxic towards the black woman as every other person. Songs about “bad redbones” and “unloyal hoes” paint incomplete pictures of the complexities of black womanhood. However, women such as Ms. Grant and her revolutionary predecessors continue to try and paint the true picture.
“Because they were willing to be open, intimate and vulnerable, Every Sister Has a Story to Tell exposes the raw beauty of Black Women rarely seen in popular culture. I am very proud of this project, and every sister that had the guts to sit in the hot seat because she trusted my vision.”
Thank you, Monica, for sharing your vision with us.
Click Here to Watch Every Sister Has A Story To Tell
Any person that has a job is technically selling their pre-determined services to an employer at a wholesale rate. Then the employer sells (or flips) their work at a suggested retail price for a profit. Although this person (maybe YOU) might not think they are in business, because being an entrepreneur is such a dirty word. They are definitely somebody else’s business. We should all learn to “mind our own business” and cut out the middle-man.
Monica Sekhmet Grant is a motivational speaker, community advocate and entrepreneur. A native of Ypsilanti Michigan but raised in South Carolina and Georgia, Monica studied business in college because she wanted to understand how some people continued to get richer while others remained poor.
While studying supply and demand at Delaware State University, she decided to focus on empowering Black and Brown communities through life coaching and community organizing. “One builds personal power while the other builds collective power. Each one is vital and should not be isolated.” Monica Sekhmet Grant
Monica is an advocate for economic justice and fairness in the Black community. She believes that most men and women of African descent naturally desire to live in safe prosperous communities that support economic growth. “We all want to experience the good life, that’s not an ideal only privy to white people.” Monica Sekhmet Grant
She has campaigned for workers rights with the Service Employees International Union and AFSCME International Labor Union. She received her life coaching certification under Margret McGraw and produced the first season of The AskBonBon show with life coach Bonnie Bruderer. She has also authored 3 books on personal and community development for communities of color. Click Here
Monica Sekhmet is based in New York City and works as a motivational speaker, documentary film maker and campaign strategist. For speaking engagements and consultations contact MonicaSekhmet@gmail.com.
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