Monday, October 13, 2014

Self-Reliance for Ferguson

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Let’s think bigger than a month in response to 17-year-old Michael Brown’s death, and the many other recent murders of Black beings in America. In the span of #fergusonoctober happenings, we have delivered quotable speeches, rallied with picket signs and pushed for sentencing; but these things have not (and will not) change the conditions.

Yes, seeking justice for Mike Brown is necessary, but after Darren Wilson is sentenced, what's next protestors? Will you scream until your voice turns into a contrite squeal, and keep your hands up until they become doll-like limp?

Signs with the reoccurring words "Black Lives Matter," allude to a cowardly plea that Black Americans have to prove they are worthy humans.  We are depending on other people to validate our livelihood, and not only referring to safety, but also food, clothing and shelter.

Instead of igniting conversation about going to jail, which would only give more money to the opponent, let's begin conversation that renders definite solutions. Through the practice of self-reliance we relieve ourselves of dependency, and move our race to a state of solidarity. WE prevent the next rainstorm of Black casualties.

Self-reliance is granting yourself absolute control over your own sustenance (and that of your family) by adopting sustainable planning, agricultural skills and technology that diminish systematic needs.

Self-reliance has been around for a while. In the past, many leaders have supported the idea of self-reliance including Malcolm X, who was an opponent of desegregation, and Marcus Garvey, who promoted returning to ancestral lands, but in plain sight, their principles were shelved.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

People's Climate March: 10 Climate Issues You Should Know About

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In case you've been living under a rock, or wrapped-up in Vine compilations, the biggest climate change march the United States has ever seen is happening in New York City today.

The People's Climate March was initiated to defy the climate summit hosted by the United Nations' secretary general Ban Ki-moon. Kangs and Queenthangs from the Bronx and indigenous chiefs from the Midwest will march for better environmental policies.

In honor of the march, I wanted to share 10 climate issues you should at least be familiar with.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Fort is Featured on Carib-Flava.com!

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During Downtown Atlanta's Pop-Up series I was able to meet the charismatic Quianah Upton of Arbitrary Living. I stopped pass her antique shop on Friday, when I met another woman-on-fire Stephanie Hasham. She runs a blog Carib-flava.com and got me on camera for her 'Lime Break'  edition.

I talk about my transition into Zero Waste life, bad spending habits and why my momma' always thought I was the weird kid. Click here for the full post!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Zero Waste Feminine Products (VIDEO)

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Do you treat your cycle like that secret you're hiding from college?

Not wanting to talk about. Concealing any remnants of it's existence. Avoid the people that could bring it up. And burying it in the depths of your mind. Yea, that great big shade you cast over your body's natural behaviors is making you less of a woman and more of a 'yes man.'

STOP IT! We have become victims to the one thing that should inspire, purify and energize our bodies.
Because women 'remove' them selves from their womanly experience they fail at making the best decisions for their bodies. With that, I decided to shake my 'fears' of my natural behaviors and came up with five legitimate reasons why Zero Waste feminine products are better than disposables.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Zero Waste Hygiene/Beauty Series

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So this Zero Waste life will never be an option for you unless I break it down. Right? Right!

It really is a pleasure droppin' Zero Waste science for the people, and I've been anticipating delivering video how-tos since I first started my Zero Waste life. Earlier this year, I was trying to figure things out myself, but now I have a swing of things and want to share with you all the how-tos of the lifestyle

Over the next two months, I will be giving weekly how-tos on Zero Waste life, and we are starting in none other than the bathroom! I chose the bathroom over the kitchen because typically people wonder if I use toilet paper or disposable sanitary napkins. In due time, you will figure all of these things out!

Feel free to make requests for things you would like to see me cover in the comment section or email me at fortnegrita [at] gmaildotcom. Check out the list of things I will be covering in the upcoming weeks below.