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Angry Black Goddesses

I practice a West African religious tradition known as Ifa or Orisha.  It’s very closely related to Vodun, Santeria, Lucumi, and similar traditions in the Western Hemisphere. Among the Ifa pantheon are many goddesses.  One could say they are black, as they originate in black

Original ABWs: Nina Simone

Note from nojojojo: One of the reasons I write for ABW is to get in touch with my inner angry black woman. This is because I’m not very angry outwardly — having grown up mostly in the South and being naturally mild-mannered, it takes a

Happy Mother’s Day

To all the awesome mothers of color raising children of color (and every other mother, too!). I don’t celebrate Mother’s Day much since my mom died. But every now and then I do something to commemorate it. This story is amongst those things. It is,

Inauguration 2009: A Rant

There was much to be happy about today and I will blog about that in a bit, but I do need to point out something: Whoever was in charge of the logistics of this day from the Metro and other public transport to safely getting

What Is Cultural Appropriation?

A few years ago at WisCon (the feminist SF convention) there was a panel about Cultural Appropriation that sparked an online discussion about the topic that is generally referred to as the Great Debate of DOOM. This was partly due to the wide-ranging nature of

It’s Morning In America

Last night America elected its first black president.  We made history, as everyone still enjoys saying.  And I think we’ve earned the right to bask in the glow for a little bit. But listen, there’s still a lot to be done. First and foremost, it

Election Day 2008

I voted. Have you? No matter who you’re voting for, it’s important to vote. Exercise your right. Open Thread on election stuff! In the comments you can post any election news, let us know what it’s like for you locally, or share an election story.