The Work of Joy

With the current state of our world, it is easy to lose sight of personal and community health and well-being. While acknowledging the problematics of the holiday season (a list too numerous), I hope we all find places/spaces to engage in the life saving practice of collective Joy. The below article was published more than 2 years ago in the Harvard Gazette , offers a scientific perspective on the role of joy to human health and wellbeing-being.

“Those who kept warm relationships got to live longer and happier, said Waldinger, and the loners often died earlier. “Loneliness kills,” he said. “It’s as powerful as smoking or alcoholism.”

According to the study, those who lived longer and enjoyed sound health avoided smoking and alcohol in excess. Researchers also found that those with strong social support experienced less mental deterioration as they aged.

Thoughts of the Week

TONI MORRISION

Celebration of the Life of Toni Morrison at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine – Thursday, November 21, 20194:00 pm – 6:00 pm

MOMENTUM: A Race Forward Podcast

“In this episode of Momentum, Hiba and Chevon take on ‘cancel culture’ in the comedy world, discussing “Joker” director Todd Phillips recent comments about not being able to make comedy films because of “woke culture”, and Saturday Night Live’s recent hiring and firing of Shane Gillis. 

Race Forward’s Research Associate Yirssi, joins the conversation to talk about her work with “Shattered Families” around the intersection of immigration enforcement and the child welfare system, and gives us insight into the current state of the work and what she saw on her recent trip to Arizona and Mexico. “

LBD Peace Institute

Enacted in 2000, the annual Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month (SHVAM) was created in an effort to educate the public and policymakers about the impact of murder on families and communities and uplift the peace-building efforts of survivors. Join us as we recognize and honor the survivorship of those in our community

William Augustus Hinton

https://hms.harvard.edu/news/portrait-pioneer

60 years after his death, groundbreaking bacteriologist Hinton honored at HMS

Excerpt

“Dr. Hinton understood what it meant to be black in America,” said Joan Reede, HMS dean for diversity and community partnership.

Hinton also understood that social and economic factors play a role in health and that disease often unduly afflicts the underprivileged, she said. 

Reede noted that not only did Hinton refuse scholarships designated for black students, preferring to compete and succeed academically on an equal footing with Harvard’s white students, but he also declined the 1938 NAACP Springarn Medal for achievement by an African American, concerned that his research might not be evaluated fairly if other scientists realized he was black.

For Colored Girls

“In Ntozake Shange’s celebrated feminist choreopoem, through Dec. 8 at the Public, seven women of color, named after and dressed in different hues of the rainbow, explore trauma and resilience through movement and text. Ms. Wailes’s performance is captivating for the ease in which she weaves Camille A. Brown’s choreography with American Sign Language.”

In Conversation: Dancer/Choreographer Mbulelo Ndabeni on stage in “Tree” — Bespoke Event Guide

Alt caught up with Mbulelo Ndabeni the South African born London-based choreographer, dancer, teacher, movement director. Ndabeni is also founder and director of N’da Dance Company. His training in ballet, Southern African dance and contemporary dance at some of the top dance establishments around the world have seen him perform with top UK and international […]

In Conversation: Dancer/Choreographer Mbulelo Ndabeni on stage in “Tree” — Bespoke Event Guide

Interview: Jessica Kalissa Director – Queens of Sheba — Bespoke Event Guide

“I’ve learnt so much. The main thing is that solidarity is so important and that having a safe space of for black women is so important because it’s important that every person has a space to feel heard.” The play Queens of Sheba is written by Jessica L. Hagan and presented by the creative movement Nouveau […]

Interview: Jessica Kalissa Director – Queens of Sheba — Bespoke Event Guide

Thoughts for Today

Poised To Ban Hair Discrimination

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Don’t Let Me Be Lonely

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57804/dont-let-me-be-lonely-cornel-west-makes-the-point

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Born in Jamaica in 1963, Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014), which received the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. She served as a Chancellorof the Academy of American Poets from 2013 to 2018.

https://poets.org/poem/dont-let-me-be-lonely-there-was-time

https://poets.org/poem/we-heard-health-care-audio-only

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Time sensitive: Can you help this student? Read her story.

Meet Bri, she aspires to transform the world by working at the intersection of chemistry and computer science.   Click on her picture or the go-fund-me link below to read Bri’s story and contribute.

Brihttps://www.gofundme.com/help-bri-go-to-nyu?utm_medium=social&utm_source=whatsapp&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&pc_code=wa_co_dashboard_a&rcid=f960f0734ee04d77bbdca135349b805a

Book Release Party – Kenrya Rankin +Akiba Solomon

Information on this page source from Colorlines Magazine, published by RaceForward

Fight WS

“The fact is, White supremacy defines our current reality. It is not merely a belief that to be White is to be better. It is a political, cultural and economic system premised on the subjugation of people who are not White. That subjugation takes on an infinite number of forms and is enforced with varying degrees of physical violence, mental abuse and robbery. White supremacy is the voice in our collective heads that says it makes civilized sense that one group of people gets to annihilate, enslave, incarcerate, brainwash, torture, sterilize, breed and terrorize other people. White supremacy establishes, upholds and normalizes hierarchy based on the premise that the less Black you are the closer you are to God.”

“[T]his is a book about freedom dreams. We’re well aware of the problems we’re buried beneath. We can feel the weight of them on our limbs, the heft of them in our abdomens as our second brains gnaw on the indignity of it all. But what does it look like for Black people to claw our way to fresh air? What does freedom feel like? How does it taste on the tongue? For some folks in this book, it feels like raising kids who gleefully take up space for themselves. For others, it looks like providing the tools we need to triumph over race-based trauma. There’s the pastor who envisions a day when following his radical, dark-skinned Jesus who always sides with the dispossessed will lift us out of this hole, and the organizer who can almost smell the sharp aroma of reforming the nation’s political system. And we can’t forget the professor who dreams of the day when we can bring our full selves to every table.”

Excerpted from “How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance” by Kenrya Rankin and Akiba Solomon, available now