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Leona Nichole

Ciara’s Freak Me: Dancing For the Culture

Ciara’s stunning new visual was an easy share for me and will undoubtedly go viral. But the song is a mismatch for the potential energy of her aesthetic and movement. That critique however isn’t intended to force her, myself, or others into an essentialist performance of African cultures or identities. To be Black in this contemporary moment is to relinquish all claims of authenticity, in favour of our unique vantage point of seeing, feeling and being through a lens of Blackness attached to us like an iris.   As someone who has had to re-construct my cultural and spiritual knowledge

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Regrann from @jadapinkettsmith -  Most of us come into relationships with a bunch of traumas and high expectations. Traumas and expectations can be a painful mix because it’s our traumas, and the false beliefs they create, that keep us from offering our best to ourselves and others. We are all a bunch of open wounds slamming into each other all day ... everyday. Successful relating is not for the weak at heart. This is why I believe... relationships ARE a spiritual endeavor🌸 #selfmastery - #regrann 
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  • Am I cured yet? 😭

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  • I've been crying a fair amount, but this made me belly laugh.

Regrann from @mothecomedian -  If the ‘Friends’ theme song was Jamaican #CouplaCansTour - #regrann
  • Came across this dope artist @jooffduty7 when I was looking for a Lenormand deck. This is exactly how I feel today. Sometimes my heart break runs so high I feel like I can't breathe. #8ofswords

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  • It's Mercury RX so we wanna get ahead of technical issues. Make sure you join the webinar ten minutes early so you're sure you can hear and see everything you need to. Can't wait to see you for "Intuitive Paths to Freedom: Finding Your Feet with Tarot"! (link in bio)

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#zodiaclove 
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#Aries♈ 
#Taurus♉ 
#Gemini♊ 
#Cancer♋ 
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  • Happy new moon. 🌚🔮 Repost via @thegempicker
  • The countdown is almost over! We're just 1 day away from my first ever webinar: INTUITIVE PATHS TO FREEDOM: Finding Your Feet feet with Tarot.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has signed up in the past week! I'm getting everything ready behind the scenes.

If you haven't got your ticket yet there's still time. All the course info and booking can be found via the link in my bio. 💋

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#Cancer♋
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  • I have been on 🔥 lately and I just wrote a new blog post on this visual and song "Ciara's Freak Me: Dancing for the Culture?" (Link in bio). Its NOT a trite and boring piece about cultural appropriation trust me. Neither am I criticising her dancing, which I love, for either technique or intention. Perhaps my article title is misleading, but my actual words are not. Okay, caveat done. Read on my blog if you desire. 
Excerpt:
"Ciara’s stunning new visual was an easy share for me and will undoubtedly go viral. But the song is a mismatch for the potential energy of her aesthetic and movement. That critique however isn’t intended to force her, myself, or others into an essentialist performance of African cultures or identities. To be Black in this contemporary moment is to relinquish all claims of authenticity, in favour of our unique vantage point of seeing, feeling and being through a lens of Blackness attached to us like an iris."
. . 
Have a read. (link in bio) Let me know what you think.

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#healersofinstagram 
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#astrologer 
#empath 
#spiritualpath 
#personalgrowthjourney 
#intuitiveguidance 
#selfaware 
#mindmatters 
#mentalhealthadvice
#zodiaclove 
#zodiaclife 
#Aries♈ 
#Taurus♉ 
#Gemini♊ 
#Cancer♋ 
#Leo♌ 
#Virgo♍ 
#Libra♎ 
#Scorpio♏ 
#Sagittarius♐ 
#Capricorn♑ 
#Aquarius♒ 
#Pisces♓
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Leona Nichole

Ciara’s Freak Me: Dancing For the Culture

Ciara’s stunning new visual was an easy share for me and will undoubtedly go viral. But the song is a mismatch for the potential energy of her aesthetic and movement. That critique however isn’t intended to force her, myself, or others into an essentialist performance of African cultures or identities. To be Black in this contemporary moment is to relinquish all claims of authenticity, in favour of our unique vantage

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Leona Nichole

Tarot For The Mother Tongue I’ll Never Know

I felt the call to practice tarot about two years ago. It wasn’t a dramatic spiritual experience with uncanny signs and confirmation from mystics. It was as mundane as love. I simply found, watching others, that I loved it. That love grew and took up so much room in my heart that I gifted myself my first set of cards for my 29th birthday. I’ll impose some magic on the

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Leona Nichole

Nights Like Love Jones, Mornings Alone

Last night @vulnerablepodcast hosted a beautiful dinner party, and guided a group of us – single, married & dating, through a series of questions about love and healthy partnerships. The evening was themed “A Seat at The Table: #RelationshipGoals”. It was clear that this was a labour of love for the podcast creators Sade and Rochelle, and their experience in enabling vulnerable conversations showed. All the staples of a good

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Leona Nichole

Black Consciousness is Not a Legitimate Way Out of Politics

The logic that you shouldn’t participate in UK politics because of white supremacy & political corruption, and that the solution is to build “back home”, doesn’t make sense.  White supremacy doesn’t have a cut-off point at Gatwick Airport, and #Blacklivesmatter in the UK, as they do back home. The irony is that it is white supremacy that gave us this geographical racial hierarchy – measured by proximity to whiteness, that is.

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Leona Nichole

The Cum Up – How You Lose Her…

For those of us committed to living our best lives, who believe in keeping shit positive not by way of cognitive dissonance; but really coming to terms with the negativity of a self-perpetuated fear based reality – that is, our own poverty of mind, self-doubt, envy, falsity, distrust etc. Those of us who know the shadow has just as much to offer as the light. That all our vices don’t

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Leona Nichole

Pussy Power – An Emptying

I was luxuriating and meditating in the bath the other day and it came to me that I have been on a journey of celibacy rather than sexlessness. That I should not resist it because my relationship to myself, my body, and my sexuality has been transformed. You know I love to talk about my masturbation practices. I will write an article on that EVENTUALLY. But back to the bath.

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Leona Nichole

Coming to Terms: The Use of Gender in Spiritual & Esoteric Communities

When we say male/female or man/woman there are ideas and behaviours that we associate with those words, and those ideas don’t disappear in spiritual, religious or esoteric communities. The framework of woman-man is meaningful in our culture and I make no pretence about doing away with those concepts; but rather I seek to deepen our understanding of how we shape our lives by making some important contrasts: most pertinent to

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Leona Nichole

When the Squat Challenge Doesn’t Lift Your Spirits…

It had been a long and peculiar day. Some frustrations, but still, a number of creative wins. I was somewhere between weary and expectant as I walked around my room switching off my fairy lights: The white hearts hanging over my closet; the paper lanterns around my rocking chair; the glowing roses dangling next to my affirmations; and my favourite new additions: bronze geometric polygons that cast shapes across the

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Leona Nichole

The Paraphernalia of Loneliness (Part 1)

You know you’re lonely when you find yourself envious of the connections people make in AA. It’s a muggy Friday evening and I’m alone in a messy room watching the Netflix original Bloodline. I see the kindness in one character’s face, the denial in the other, and you know the arc of the story to come. I want that. Someone to look at me knowingly. Last night I told him

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Leona Nichole

“Light Skin Guys Be Like” – On the Boundaries of Blackness (A Response)

The Big Bad Black Community I loved the Lion King metaphor in Bilal’s blog post “Light Skin Guys Be Like”. So I thought I’d start with a Simba reference of my own in the form of a meme, (which I found online, don’t start with me). Bilal asks questions about what it means to be a mixed race or light skinned man relating with Black communities. Particularly experiences of rejection,

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Leona Nichole

Black History and the Conservative Roots of Race

October marks Black History month in Britain and manifests in our key institutions (schools, libraries, museums) as thirty-one days of PR for British colonialism and The Transatlantic Slave Trade. Twenty-four years since its beginnings in Britain we resurrect the annual debate over whether we still need it, but counter narratives – of which BHM is one – are an integral part of our anti-racism resistances. Our post-racial proclamations that argue

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Leona Nichole

Why Make A Caricature of What Are Complex Feelings for Black Women?

A video has been circulating my Facebook news feed this week. It stages a scene in which a Black man brings his white girlfriend into a barber shop. A hairdresser who is a hired actress says a number of inappropriate things about the couple and the presence of this woman. The camera crew eventually interrupt the scene to question members of the public on their intervention, or lack thereof, in this

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Leona Nichole

Disrespectability, Black Feminism, and a Race to the Bottom  

I do not endorse respectability politics in so far as it is an ineffectual strategy for countering white supremacy, or any other structural subordination (say rape culture), through sheer will and demonstration of moral uprightness, in accordance with the values of a dominant group in society. It does not work. I do however understand its roots in ‘progressive-era activism’. Evelyn Higgingbotham has written at length on the promotion of temperance,

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