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Finding my heart at the Apollo

Finding my heart at the Apollo

An original Poem  

Perhaps it was the voices of ancestors taken from us so long ago
Perhaps it was my own restless heart telling me to go
And so I simply arose and chose
To listen to the unsung songs of my soul
And I followed my beautiful soul-sister Josie, on the long road to the Apollo
Along with all my strong, wonderful, magnificent Scandal soul- sisters
Outspoken, shy, gentle, mighty, powerful, passionate…Gladiators All!
Empowered souls, re-connecting, rising majestically from every past fall
We found ourselves together, with our spirits willing and our hearts bared open
And in these hallowed walls, I found a long-lost brother, Mr Billy Mitchell
Oh! What deep, painful and uplifting triumphant stories he had to tell
Beautiful stories of humble beginnings, of searing struggles and of happy endings
Stories of heroes and of sheroes, of poets, of dancers, of singers and of actors…
He told his story, he told our story—
He told the buried stories of our long forgotten ancestors.

Apollo

Look at me, little me
It all finally makes sense
This unfinished journey to find my life’s essence
From the beautiful, broken, bruised heart of Africa, across oceans to Canada
Standing here now, in this moment, at the Apollo, the heartbeat of Harlem
Such a long way from my hometown, my small, beautiful village of Amichi
It is so very bittersweet
That I who speak the language of Wall Street
And breathe the air of finance in a world shrouded in ego
Should find myself at this sacred place, the Apollo
Only to learn of a history so shameful, filled with dirty secrets and lies
Wall Street! Our shinning beacon of world power, trade and prosperity
Built to hide away our collective shame of shackles and chains,
Anchored on foundations laid down with the sweat and tears and blood
Of beloved ancestors buried deep in hidden, abandoned, dishonored graves
And today, we learn to hold the future in trust for our unborn children
To bequeath to them the gift of education, the values of honour and integrity
And the courage to take on the challenges of life, to always stand up tall and fight!
I stand here, humbled, healed and finally home, as I find my heart
Beating safely, in the loving embrace of my scandal-soul-sisters, Gladiators Unite!

[Pending Copyright. ‘Kego Onyido. Written May 25, 2013]

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 James brown

As we celebrate International Women’s Day…

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“Let us go forward with courage, conviction and commitment, with the message that women’s issues are global issues that deserve urgent priority. There can be no peace, no progress as long as women live under the fear of violence”. ~Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women.

The future for women looks brighter than ever as we celebrate another international women’s day. Over 160 countries around the world have enacted laws that address the issue of violence against women. In the past decade alone, more than ever before in our modern history, more women have risen to positions of authority in different countries around the world. This has helped to break down some of the traditions and stereotypes that often support violence against women.

It has also placed women in a unique position to both enact and influence policy that will hopefully address and eliminate violence against women. It is clear that much has been achieved since the UN declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women in 1993. Although, we should be proud of how far we have come, we must also be aware that a lot still needs to be done. Different women’s organizations and agencies along with governments and businesses will be engaged in a variety of events and activities to mark 2013’s International Women’s Day.

In Canada, the White Ribbon campaign is focusing on engaging Men and boys in the elimination of violence against women. The UN programme for gender equality in collaboration with UN Women is releasing a one-off single called One Woman. Even Wall Street (along with the Dow Jones), is joining in on the celebrations by recognizing female Executives of the past decade.

All over the world women will be coming together to acknowledge the successes and some of the challenges facing societies moving forward. What will you do in solidarity with other women on this important International Women’s  Day? You do not have to be a Malala Yousafzai, battling aggressive ignorance in a hostile environment. Recognize that in your day-to-day lives as mothers, lovers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends, bosses etc., you too are on the front lines and can contribute to the story of women.

Do something to acknowledge yourself, where you have come from and what you have achieved. It is the efforts of individual women and men that make up the foundation of our collective success, so own your part of the story. If you are a mother, you can work with your young children to build a ‘Society Tree’ with the roots made up of the traits that you believe underlay a violence-free and equitable society for women; for older children it can be getting them engaged in a discussion about the issues of a safe, violent-free world for all women.

If you are a wife, lover or friend, take your significant other through a journey of some of your challenges, triumphs and successes. Show them the beautiful, confident and loving person you are. Even if you start this as a one day activity each year, for that one day in the year, you would have created a sphere of positive energy for yourself and those around you. Try to expand this for more than one day in small ways, believe me, it becomes a deep-seated habit where you and those around you develop an awareness that makes violence harder to spread.

w day 3Remember, the most important person in your life is YOU! As the bible states and other major religions also espouse, treat your body as a sacred temple; this requires self-love and self-respect. Love and value yourself; learn to recognize signs of potential violence; remove yourself from a potentially violent situation or environment and do not be afraid to ask for help. This is a challenge we can only win individually and collectively, together! Happy International Women’s Day!

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The preceding is a guest post from Diana Barikor, M.Ed- Program Manager at Whole Woman Network. Diana is an Educator and Community Developer with over 15 years experience. She’s passionate about facilitating conversations on growth and empowerment for women both personally and professionally. Her mission is simply to engage life with a deep sense of curiosity and an understanding that development is dynamic and always evolving. Follow Whole Woman Network on Twitter @wholewomaninc.