Archive for May, 2010

Sistahs of the Drum Superb Performance & Potent Energy Medicine

Posted in Culture, Events, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on May 23, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler

Sistahs of the Drum Present Ancient Song: Present Rhythm!

MAXIMUM RESPECT to the Sistahs of the Drum ensemble, hosts Noliwe Alexander and Cynthia Lundy, house manager Lynn Bolton and their support team for putting on a visually STUNNING, rhythmically powerful and spiritually uplifting spring concert on Sunday, 5/23 in Oakland, CA.

The elegantly festooned Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club was filled to capacity with an overflow audience.  The entire affair felt balanced and harmonious, from the serene feng shui feel of the stage set,  lighting design worthy of a temple and strategically placed altars, to the captivating Bògòlanfini motifs on the performers gorgeous attire.  Superb!

Over the years the members of Sistahs of the Drum individually and collectively have honed their performance skillz and music medicine and it certainly showed in this performance. From the moment the ensemble made their rear entry into the performance space they commanded the audience’s attention and summoned the ancestors.   The sistern played the skins, prayed to the spirit guides and partied with the people all in the spirit of divine celebration.

A highlight of the performance were the energetic and expert performances by dancers Tina Vicena and Sena Kugbega–yes, divine feminie power in full effect. The Soul-to-Soul “Keep on Moving” theme ensemble jam  following the intermission was particularly delightful and fun.  The jam got the audience up on our feet.

I left the performance thinking–

“Yes, THIS  is how we can love & support one another in community…yes…THIS is how we do it!”

Honor and praises.


Blessed Conjure Women!

Standing L to R: Mar Stevens, Simbwala Schultz, Angela Niles Sitting L to R: Sandy Mills, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Rosetta Saunders

Bonus Links

Concert Program Cover

Concert Program2

Concert Program3

Smithsonian flash site on bògòlanfini

Combahee Survival (Movement) Revival

Posted in Culture, Events, For Fun, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on May 20, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler


Vision & Purpose

In 1977 a group of black, lesbian, socialist, feminist writers and thinkers created a groundbreaking statement of their beliefs that made a new intersectional political analysis thinkable. The work of the Combahee River Collective survives everywhere where organizers, artists and visionaries insist that “the major systems of oppression are interlocking.” Today, right here, a crew of young troublesome queer black feminists are invoking this statement in a project designed to celebrate and instigate a survival/revival process for diverse movements of radical and progressive people everywhere.



In honor of Sakia Gunn and the Combahee River Collective, Combahee Survival Revival Week in Durham, NC will be a week full of trainings on how to live, eat, work and think sustainably and radically! Featuring fieldtrips, farm workdays, experiments, video making, poetic games, political discussions, writing workshops, healing demonstrations, backyard camp-outs, singing, dancing and bonding, this week will be a preview of Black Feminist Heaven…what our community looks like when we share what we know, turn towards each other and nurture and amplify our exciting interconnections!!!! This process is inspired by the brilliance and legacy of Black feminists on the universe, and everyone of every background who is inspired by that legacy is encouraged to participate!

Get ready for the best week ever!!!!!

Oshun’s Grace – Lake Merritt

Posted in Culture, Gallery on May 8, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler

Oshun Celebration – Lake Merritt (Oakland)

Posted in Culture, For Fun, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on May 3, 2010 by skyeviewtraveler


Rabbits Annual Oshun Party

Friday, May 7

5:00 pm – 9 pm

536 Grand Avenue

Oakland, CA 94610

(510) 444-WELL

Whether you are a regular patron, or if this is your first visit to The Sacred Well, make a special effort to attend one of the most lively, fun, and sacred events this Spring!

Each year in May, Rabbit offers a party for her beloved Goddess, Oshun.  The Patroness of the Oshogbo River in Nigeria, Oshun is worshipped as the Orisha of love, pleasure, beauty, prosperity, healing, and psychic ability in many different spiritual Traditions.  She brings sweetness, joy, laughter and life’s richness to those who honor Her.  This annual event is a beautiful, elegant, and fun-filled celebration of Oshun: with singing, dancing, drumming, storytelling, hor d’oeures, champagne, and store specials on select items to help draw love, wealth, beauty and healing.

Drop in between 5-7 pm to shop, chat, nibble, sip and socialize.  Bring your drum and stay from 7-9 pm as we sit beneath the Colonnades and drum and sing songs to the spirit of Oshun at the heart of Oakland: Lake Merritt.

If you plan to attend, here are some ideas to make your experience even more fun.  Bring an offering to Oshun if you’d like to ask Her to bless you with a favor in the coming year: honey, champagne, honey wine or ale, peacock feathers, fans, mirrors, costume jewelry, or sweets are good choices, 5 pennies, nickels, or any monetary amount in multiples of 5.  Oshun is asked to bless Her adorants with love, prosperity, healing, joy, and greater beauty and grace in their lives.  Your offerings will be gathered upon Her altar in the store.

If you’d like to dress for the party, wear white, yellow, gold, green, orange, or peacock print.  Wear lots of jewelry if you like, or adorn yourself festively in some way.  Celebrate the beauty that you already are and the joys of life in order to attract more!

No RSVP necessary, just show up ready to have a great time!


Bonus Link

Oshun’s Grace – Skyeview Photogallery