Reflections

We believe that reflection is essential for action. There is no call to action, no movement, no revolution, that is truly liberating, without reflection. Most online content providers treat their readers as consumers or objects, for whom they provide material they want them to consume and emulate. We want our members, our readers, our contributors, to all be their own examples of redemption, through reflection. Only through personal, and then collective, reflection, can we truly become conscious of ourselves; of our place in this world.

Debbie & Mike Africa

The Release of Political Prisoner, and MOVE Member, Debbie Africa

Today, Debbie Africa of the MOVE organization was released from prison. Debbie had been incarcerated, as a political prisoner, for almost 40 years. After naturally given birth to her son, Mike Africa, alone in her prison cell, she spent decades unable to physically mother her children. Today, she is reunited with her family.

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 21:11
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Rainbow Fairytale

The Rainbow Fairytale

There is a fairy tale we are all familiar with. A young LGBT person struggles silently with their identity. It’s a battle, a journey, a heroic epic filled with gut wrenching pain and daring feats of self-exploration and acceptance. Eventually the protagonist of our story comes to that climax moment known as “Coming Out” - they tell everyone who they really are. Maybe there is glitter and rainbows and “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga playing in the background. Everything after that is supposedly Pride festivals and happy endings. They beat the dragon of heteronormative society. They did it. The struggle is over.

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:28
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Together

Conscious Minds = Conscious Times

Do you ever wonder what the **** is going on in this world? I know I do. With every day that passes, I question things more and more. Why can’t we be honest? Why can’t we all live in harmony? Why can’t we respect and value the earth and the environment? Why do we stand by and let injustices take place every day? Why do we allow the powers that be to box us into this shadow of a life? The questions are endless and the answers aren’t easy to come by.

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 20:17
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Power to the Students

March For Our Lives: A Message to Young Students of America from Behind Enemy Lines

Weird. Angry. Cruel. Depressed. Troubled. Off. These are just some of the adjectives used by schoolmates to describe 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz after he allegedly shot and killed 14 students and 3 employees on February 14 at his former Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. My fellow schoolmates may very well have described me using those same words during my freshman year in high school in 1991.

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 22:10
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Behind Bars

Education Behind Bars

It’s safe to say that prison inmates are by far the most largely observed group of people in the world. Most of their moves are captured digitally by security cameras. They are always accounted for and literally counted by the number assignment they are provided. They are overseen by prison administration day in and day out. Their mail is open and checked. Their phone calls are scanned. Their visitors are logged. They have a calculated system from the time they are told to open their eyes in the morning to the time they are told to go to sleep. The public can find them by name on directories and even discover each individual’s sentence as well as when they are being released. What is such a mystery among the most observed population in the country is how many of them are taking college courses.

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 21:21
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What is Prosperity?

What is Prosperity?

An Introduction: What is Prosperity?

Prosperity has been written about, contemplated, and even promised by some over the years as philosophers, writers, politicians, poets, religious leaders and even singers have prophesied its occurrence. But, it is difficult to describe. What is it? Where can we find it? And, how do we know when we have reached it?

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 23:00
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My Radical Hair

My Radical Hair

Natural hair is a term used in the African-Caribbean community, generally referring to hair that retains its afro texture or is free of any chemical alterations. Growing up during the late 90s/early 00s, I don’t recall any representation of natural hair in pop-culture. I wanted to be like Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child and Christina Aguilera. None of whom possessed or rocked natural hair. Today, natural hair is much more prevalent and accepted on mainstream platforms. But, discrimination still persists. It persists in the workplace. It persists in schools. Quite, frankly, it persists walking down the street.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 15:02
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billboard

We Are What We See

It would be unwise to turn a blind eye to the world, especially when it is difficult to look at. It is important to be aware of what is going on around us. However, we should understand how we are affected by what we see and how much of it we can take. We have a responsibility to prevent ugliness in the world, but also to keep ourselves from becoming the ugliness we point at. The world gets away with horrendous acts because we ourselves have done things we may not be proud of. When we look out we should also remember to look in and not let the world become our own projections.

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:04
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energy

Distraction of Purpose

When the same subject came up again a couple of years later, I realized that I’d gone back to my bad habits once more. At this point, I watched Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which was about branding and advertising in movies and TV shows. It taught me that we are being constantly bombarded with media images, product branding, marketing and advertising. Our homes are filled with it. Web pages online are filled with it. Television shows, videos, and movies are filled with it. Commercials are blatant displays of it. Two words: Subliminal programming.

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:04
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awake

Are You Awake?

When you awake to life, when you become conscious, your eyes suddenly see with new sight. Your ears begin to hear with a curious clarity. Suddenly, you view the world with a compassionate heart. All your senses clear away negative debris and you begin to truly feel the warmth of the rising sun on your skin. It’s as if you stepped into an alternate reality, but in all actuality, you’re beginning to awake to life. A life of being Present.

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:03
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