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Rituals

Things we hold dear that our grandmothers taught us. Sacred acts. Ways to pray. Things handed down. Births. Deaths. Mourning and funeral rituals. How to get the most out of a day. Recipes. Porch rituals (e.g., shucking corn, snapping peas, sipping iced tea, gossiping, catching a breeze). Weddings. How to handle babies. What to do for old people, sick people, and dying people. Superstitions (e.g., collard greens and black-eyed peas to bring in the new year; don’t put your purse on the ground or you’ll be broke).

TESTIMONY: JEAN DANIELS
3 years ago

TESTIMONY: JEAN DANIELS

“What Did I Tell You About Climbing Those Damn Apple Trees?”

My grandma was Valerie Smith (1926-1968). We used to live on an apple orchard. She would make us go …
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TESTIMONY: SHERYL BURKE
3 years ago

TESTIMONY: SHERYL BURKE

“A Haiku for Maw Maw”

Eat Organic Save Money Listen to sages Practice kindness and interdependence Repeat

As a child, I was left in …
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TESTIMONY: RIMAUJHIA GREENLEE
4 years ago

TESTIMONY: RIMAUJHIA GREENLEE

“She is the sugar honey iced tea!”

“Great. Wonderful. Magnificent. Joyful. I can only find action words to describe what it feels like to be a grandmother. My favorite part …
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TESTIMONY: AIESHA TURMAN
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: AIESHA TURMAN

Aiesha Turman is an Interdisciplinary PhD candidate at Union Institute & University where her dissertation foregrounds the work of Black women writers as essential texts that act as blueprints for A …
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TESTIMONY: CHEF BENJAMIN “BJ” DENNIS
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: CHEF BENJAMIN “BJ” DENNIS

Chef Benjamin “BJ” Dennis is a personal chef and caterer, born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. BJ infuses the flavors and culture of the Lowcountry into his Gullah-Geechie cuisine. …
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TESTIMONY: KELLY PRICE
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: KELLY PRICE

“From Mama Bear to Mama Bear Times Ten”

Kelly Cherelle Price (April 4, 1973-) is the 2nd of 3 daughters born to Rev. Joseph and Mrs. Claudia Price. “Although …
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RESILIENCE: DEVELOP A MORNING RITUAL
5 years ago

RESILIENCE: DEVELOP A MORNING RITUAL

Resilience is knowing that how you start your day matters. When we take time to center and prepare for the day ahead it’s harder to knock us off of our …
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TESTIMONY: TONYA DEDEAUX
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: TONYA DEDEAUX

“Always A Class Act”

My grandmother’s name was Ora D. Bradford and she lived in St. Louis, Missouri. As a little girl, I grew up in Mississippi and it was …
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TESTIMONY: IFALADE TASHIA ASANTI
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: IFALADE TASHIA ASANTI

“My daughter is the greatest gift that God ever gave me. My grandchildren are a close second.”

Iyanifa Ifalade Tashia Asanti lives in Marina del Rey, California. She is an …
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TESTIMONY: TERESA WOODS
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: TERESA WOODS

“Hard Work Brings Good Things To You”

My biological grandmother died while giving birth to my mother. So, her oldest daughter raised my mother. Although she’s my aunt, I see her …
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