book launch! Feminist Parenting

I’m so happy to share this good news! I was invited to write a chapter in a book about Feminist Parenting. The book is ready! “Rethinking Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond asks and considers: What is feminist parenting? Is it something for all parents? What does it mean to be a feminist parent in practice? The collection aims to fill a gap on feminist parenting in the existing literature by bringing timely post-Western perspectives. More specifically, the anthology’s main contribution is its explicit focus on feminist parenting from the margins to the global periphery: from Africa and its diaspora, from the Global South to Europe and America. The 27 parents from diverse backgrounds, walks of life and countries gathered in this anthology share powerful responses to the above questions by narrating their experiences of some of the challenges, dilemmas, promises, and compromises of parenting with a feminist perspective. The volume is one of the first collections published with first-person essays describing very touching, beautiful and sometimes painful stories of what it means and more importantly what it costs to become a feminist parent with an intersectional approach. In doing so, the authors of this book aim at (re)claiming parenting as a necessarily political terrain for subversion, radical transformation, and resistance to patriarchal oppression and sexism.”
http://demeterpress.org/books/feminist-parenting-perspectives-from-africa-and-beyond/

you take yourself wherever you go…

Reflection ~long hair…short hair…dreadlocks…perms….African garb…regular garb…Chi-Town…Westside…east coast…west coast…down south…midwest…up north….Australia…Africa…if it’s one thing that rings true it’s what my Mama said…Joanna Grace…yes Ma…her dimples smiled…just remember this…you take yourself wherever you go.

Observation ~what would I do without all of the people who showed me just how important it is to do you. :~)
#grateful #blessed #happiness #joy
#SankofaForward #past #future
#present –> #gift
photo by Faith Matthews

confidence. courage. conviction

When you take a stand and agree to commit to the master plan, you’ll find the confidence, courage, and conviction you need, deep within, to keep moving forward. Put GOD first. Sit a while and listen to your still quiet voice. That’s your compass, your blueprint, the one created especially for you. Celebrate your dna…your uniqueness. Love the shade you’re in. Be and stay focused. Have the faith of a mustard seed. Sow seeds of love, hope, and gratitude. Be generous. Practice reciprocity. Thank The Creator for every single blessing, understanding that YOU matter. Your story matters. ~Joanna 

Mother of the Groom
Melbourne, Australia April 2017

Maat ~ Second Quarter ~ April – May – June 2019
2. I benefit with gratitude.
3. I live in truth.
9. I speak with sincerity.
16. I keep my own council.
22. I do the best I can.
25. I spread joy.
32. I follow my inner guidance.
34. I do good.
37. I speak with good intent. 
39. I am humble.
40. I achieve with integrity.
42. I embrace the All.

~ April – May – June 2019
2. I benefit with gratitude.
3. I live in truth.
9. I speak with sincerity.
16. I keep my own council.
22. I do the best I can.
25. I spread joy.
32. I follow my inner guidance.
34. I do good.
37. I speak with good intent. 
39. I am humble.
40. I achieve with integrity.
42. I embrace the All.