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Now Playing African Music on SoNappy

If you are tired of mainstream American songs (can’t call this stuff real music)? Well check out the new page on SoNappy: AfricaMix! Here I will be posting songs and mix tapes by African artists. I love to hear beats and rythyms from the Motherland, but there are usually hard to find. So I am on a mission to put as many as I can in one place! Hope you enjoy the sound of music!

Playlists will incude:

Afrobeat

Coupé-Decalé

Highlife

Hiplife

Kwaito

Tcha Tcho and

Traditional

Nubiahood Radio: The Sound of Consciousness

About Us
Life… goes from childhood to adulthood to godhood. Somewhere in there you gotta reach your nubiahood… that stage of questioning, wondering and learning about your ancestry and culture.

Nubiahood Radio exists to inform, motivate, stimulate, and even agitate the minds of the African Diaspora to act in the best interests of our people. Through music that uplifts, programs that educate, as well as forums that connect minds seeking light we provide a daily progressive dose of reality.

There is minimal, if any, real and informative music being played on the airwaves… In any major urban market it is evident the entertainment industry is committed to promoting consumerism that manipulates our resources, disrespects our self and our communities, and is just plain buffoonery. Nubianhood Radio overstands that these practices are in place by design and we work to establish awareness, discipline, a conscious self-determination, and respect for life as basic principles in our communities.

The majority of our programming focuses on self-empowerment, political awareness, economic responsibility, and an holistic love of life. You will be inspired, motivated, and informed by musicians with whom you may be well aware, those up and coming, and those considered underground. We balance our programming with music that is popular and mainstream, yet still respects the principle of creativity with a purpose.

If you are aware of the social traps that continue to ensnare our people….NubianHoodRadio was made for you. If you are not aware of the designed peril in our society NubianHood radio is definitely for you. If you seek music that elevates your consciousness NubianHoodRadio exists for you. If you seek music that simply makes you feel good and nod your head we created this station for you. If you realize that health and spirituality have become commodities to be bought and sold we are definitely for you; and if you don’t care and just want to chill we got you covered to…We exist for we…All of we!

We are a buzz in the ear of the sleeping giant, the sun basking through your window at dawn, a light guiding through darkness… and the sound of the Uncle Ruckus getting sniped by the Santa Stalker. We are serious about the business of being playful at heart, and playful while committed to our work.

Alliances and Coalitions is how work gets done and movements intitiated. Our work is to join, connect, and align those who seek to revolution of the mind, liberation from fear and doubt, and strength through the support of like minds. The only way a flea eats the elephant is one bite at a time!

Meditation with Mommy

I just got done meditating with my mom. I have been going through a lot of stress and anxiety issues lately, so I have been researching Khamitic (Kemetic) Yoga and meditation. I am almost certain it will help. We meditated to this music, which I like better than just birds or flutes. The drums are really soothing. Also, I simply opened a bottle of Lemongrass essential oil for us to breath in. It was really nice. Only took about 10 minutes. Anybody can do it! I am planning to make time at least twice a day!~Hotep~

 

Old look at new job in new city

Today was my first day in the new cancer research lab. Studying myeloma, but that is not important. At least not for this post!

I had a wonderful experience! Not only because I enjoyed learning about the research, but because felt like nobody was judging me or was startled to see that I was (1) black (2) female (3) looked very young and (4-my favorite) that I wore a head wrap! I wanted to show them right off that I was going to be my normal unique self! I think they respected that and also respected the fact that I was confident, friendly, scientifically literate, and willing to learn! I hope that every part of me stood out, my look, and my ability to be a positive addition to the lab! There are so many things to worry about when you are pretty much alone (ethnicity and culture) in every aspect of our life, so I have decided to just be me, and worry about one less thing! This time, it went over well, I just hope it stays that way! Or at least continues to get better.

Rastafarian women

Wow! I did nit know this about Rastafarian religion, but I guess I should have known! The list starts out nice, but quickly declines in attractiveness!

Women are known as Queens
The main role of women is to look after their King
Women are regarded as subordinate to men
Women are regarded as housekeepers and child bearers
Women must not commit infidelity
Women are not called to Rastafari except through their husbands
Women cannot be leaders
Men are the spiritual head of the family
Women must not cook for their husbands when menstruating
Women must not wear makeup, dress in promiscuous clothing, or use chemicals in their hair
Women must not use birth control, as it is regarded as a European tactic to suppress the development of the African population. This builds on the Old Testament prophecy that ‘The seeds of Israel shall be numberless’
Women must also abstain from abortion which is regarded as murder
Women must cover their hair to pray, in keeping with the Biblical teaching in 1 Corinthians 11:5: “And any woman who prays or proclaims God’s message in public worship with nothing on her head disgraces her husband…”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/rastafari/beliefs/women.shtml

The Beauty Within

Mature, upbeat, positive message for all women to take seriously! Being real, natural, and free is a beautiful thing!

 

Dees Dreds Din Gone Crazy!

In a few more months it will be one year since I started my locs. It has been a truly happy to be nappy experience, but let me tell you about these locs. I have gone through several stages. I tried to keep them manicured for a few weeks, by going to get them retwisted every 2-3 weeks, then I did DIY for a while, then I semi-free formed for a while, then they and I went crazy ,and I removed about 2/3 of the locs in the back and sides. I’ll explain each phase in detail and where I am now:

Stage 1: Retwisting Religiously (tongue twister for ya)

  • My hair dresser who I mentioned in an older post, agreed to give me a discount for retwisting if I would come in every 2- 3 weeks. That was the catch. I had to come in fairly often and spend $35 each time. Not bad if you are not living right at the poverty line on a grad school grant. That would have been almost like having an extra bill per month totaling up to $70. I can’t even do it!

Stage 2: DIY Ditty

  • I was used to fixing my own hair anyway, so I thought that I could wash and twist my new locs myself. This worked somewhat, but I think 2 things happened. (1) I may have twisted in the opposite direction than my hairdresser had started the locs, which is kind of a problem because although the locs would still loc, they would be weak at that point where they had to change direction. Also, the shorter locs didn’t know what to do. I’ll come back to that in stage 4. (2) I could not see what I was doing in the back of my head. My shorter hair would come totally a loose after washing, and I would struggle with getting the parts back straight in the back. So this leads into Stage 3:

Stage 3: Free-form Fail

  • Free-forming is letting your hair naturally loc by just washing and going; no combing, no parting, no twisting: (see Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill?) Semi-free-form is doing that for about 1-2 months, then going to get them retwisted (or DIY). A while ago, I noticed that my hair was thin on one side, and at the back (near the nape) of my head. So I thought I would let these areas alone for a while, and let them grow out how they want to. Let them thicken up with new growth, and without me trying to get them tight and right. By this time, my crown, was fully locked and happy. One day after washing my hair, my scalp in those same areas just did not feel right. I was worried that this area would never lock up…I wanted to be a free spirit, and live, look, and feel organic, I also felt that something was not right, especially when it looked like my hair had not grown much in over 6 months!

Stage 4: The break-down-take down

  • That same day, I decided to comb through the area that would not lock. I wanted to see how much of my hair was an afro and what I was really working with. I was astonished! It was more than half unlocked! AHHH! OK, OK Calm down. I just could not beleive it. It has been alost 9 months, and more than 1/2 my hair was an afro…BUT that was not my worry. I knew that I would have to wait up to a year AT LEAST to see my hair lock completely. The problem was that the other 1/3 was FULLY LOCKED! Like: shake-dem-dreads-locked! It was crazy. I thought I should shave my head and start over. Or shave it like this:

Such a Hot Look! It would have looked just like this, but shorter locs!

  • I almost did, for real! I contemplated what to do. I wanted to continue to free-form, but I did not want to have to tend to the 2/3 part different than the 1/3 part; and what if they looked vastly different over the next year? I was clueless. I went to get advice from the hair dresser, and she gave me the option of plaiting, and/or interlocking that 2/3. I went with plaits… tight plaits. This was about 2 weeks ago, and I just washed my hair Tuesday. I used a tight stocking cap, Dr. Bonner‘s solid soap, and rinsed really well. It WORKED! Everything stayed twisted and plaited. Finally! So the plaits don’t really need much maintenance. If they start to unravel, then I quickly plait them back, but other than that, I hope the new growth will come in ready to be twisted to RIGHT (I got it going now!)
From now on I will:
Be patient
Have courage
Go with the flow

 

Be happy to be nappy no matter what!