AM Spring Reads

This Spring, I’m looking forward to re-immersing myself into some great literature. I’m particularly excited about the wave of  extraordinary young talent emerging from the African Diaspora. These are my must reads:

1)Being Abbas el Abd byAhmed Alaidy (Egypt)
2)Ruby by Cynthia Bond (U.S.)
3)Foreign Gods Inc by Okey Ndibe (Nigeria)
4)Land of Love & Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique (Caribbean)
5)The Memory of Love by Aminata Forna (UK/Sierra Leone)
6)The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (Caribbean)
7)Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela (Sudan)

Robe: Vintage
Choker: Kaarta Imports
Necklace worn as headband: Thrifted
Cushions: Morocco
Photos taken by Kaye Mc Coy of 7th Street Studio


Pickup trucks & Paisley

One of the reasons I like living in Atlanta is how short the winters tend to be. On those days when the cold penetrates one’s bones and erodes the sunniest of demeanors, hope lingers. I can brave those frigid days knowing that it will not be too long ’til I can leave my home without needing to wear my entire wardrobe.
And alas! It seems like I might soon be able to put those cumbersome coats away. Over the past few weeks, we in the ‘A’ have been enjoying weather that makes sense to this island girl, i.e., temperatures over 50 degrees fahrenheit. Still, I’ve been hesitant to believe that Spring is really here lest I be caught unprepared for a  final assault from winter. So I’ve been wearing one layer too many even as my neighbours walk around in shorts and flip-flops. This sleeve-less jumpsuit and blazer combo is my way of coming around to the idea. In a couple more weeks, it will probably be too warm to wear the jumpsuit and I might feel safe enough to ditch the blazer. 

Photos by: Kaye McCoy of 7th Street Studio

Blazer: Thrifted
Bag:Coach, Vintage
Rope chord worn as headband


Opened Windows

I’m making the most of the Spring Equinox by clarifying my intentions, meditating and praying. I’m ready for the renewal and new beginnings that this season represents. The windows are open, incense and sage are burning and blessings are flowing.

Tips For Using Sage To Cleanse A Space:

      *Place clean sand in ceramic dish or metal container.
*Place bundle of sage into dish/container.
*Light sage with a match, then extinguish the flame.
*Allow the smoke to increase.
*Holding the container, disperse the smoke throughout your
  home or other space that you would like cleansed. 
*Take time to allow the smoke to spread throughout the 
*Place the sage outside and allow it to eventually burn out
  or place it under cool water.

  N.B. You can usually purchase bundles of dried sage at  health food 
  stores or at  stores that sell indigenous American goods. 

Indigo Child

It's a well documented fact that I am obsessed with pink. A lesser known truth is that I love blue. However,  whereas my love for pink covers a plethora of hues, my relationship with blue is more focused. I gravitate towards either end of the blue spectrum: from light {I.e. powder blue/sky blue and turquoise} to richer shades  {cobalt and indigo}. The lighter lend serenity while the dark shades evoke opulence and inspire a more introspective mood. As I tend to approach colour in general,  I don my blues depending on what stimulation I need that day.

Photos of me by Alqueldon "Q".Burns.



In love with Cuban-French sisters 
Loving how so much of their music is infused with 
 the Yoruba language & spirituality.


The Battle of Adwa

“119 years ago, on March 1, 1896, at the Battle of Adwa, the unexpected happened. Ethiopia, an African country, defeated Italy, a European country. The defeat was decisive and the victory was permanent. More than 100,000 Ethiopian troops, who were led by Emperor Menelik II, were mobilized from all corners of the country and marched to victory at the battle that lasted less than half-a-day. The victory was so decisive, according to Fitawrari Tekle Hawariat, the 20,000 Italian and their ‘native’ soldiers were rushing to surrender and to be declared prisoners of war.
On March 1, 1896, Ethiopians not only kept their sovereignty and independence, but they also taught a lesson to Italians, for that matter to European colonizers. The lesson was that their colonization agenda’s last chapter was written at Adwa. Adwa, therefore, marked the beginning of a new chapter of anti-colonialism and decolonization and end of colonial occupation in Africa and elsewhere. Ethiopia unburdened what the poet Kipling labeled ‘the white man’s burden,’ that is, the pseudo civilizing missions of the Europeans in Africa. Adwa has demonstrated that Africans can and should always be perceived and accepted as subjects of their own histories and civilizations.”

 -Excerpt from an article by Professor Ayele Bekerie of Mekelle University.