Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Listening to Our Black Children

Are We Listening to Our Black Children?
I posted this blog some time ago and it's still relevant:  Are We Listening to Our Children?  Plus click here for part 2

Those posts are for everyone, regardless of racial or cultural background (although the examples in part 2 came from the Black community). 

But I continue to be very concerned about parenting within the Black community - how we parent our children.  It's not just about physical violence.  About physical abuse, i.e. beating children, and the fact that so many of our Black parents tell me we "have to" beat our children.  No, we don't "have to" be violent to children.  We need to find better ways to communicate. We need to upgrade our skills. 

As I said, it's not just about physical violence.  I was on the bus a few weeks ago and I saw this sista with a beautiful, beautiful little girl on her back.  The child had such a beautiful smile.  She was trying to get her mother's attention and her mother was telling her to "shush" so she could talk on the phone.

This really hurt me.  And I see similar things all the time in my neighbourhood, in my community.  WHY would you ignore your child to talk on the phone?  

And I have seen a lot worse than this, and I experienced far worse than this when I was a young person.  So many of us are so damaged.  We come from damaged families.  We have been damaging each other in our families for many generations, as a direct result of racism.  As part of the legacy of slavery.  We carry wounds that go very deep. 

As I have said on this blog many times, we have learned toxic ways of communicating, toxic ways of behaving.  And we will keep infllicting these toxic behaviour patterns on one generation after another until we heal them.  This is probaby the main reason why I wrote Success Strategies for Black People.  We CAN heal ourselves and each other.  And the healing process begins with healing oneself.

My own healing journey has been a long and difficult one, and it is ongoing.  I have learned a lot through my healing process and my aim is to share with you what is of value.  See also: Violence Begins at Home

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Muhammad Ali -The Greatest

Muhammad Ali - The Greatest
Click here for my ebook, The Power of Affirmations

Did you know that, long before he became the greatest, Muhammad Ali called himself “The Greatest”?  

Obviously, it took many hours of hard work, over the course of many years, for him to become – and remain – World Heavyweight Champion. But his success began in his mind. This shows us the power of words, the power of thought, the power of the human mind – i.e., your mind.

Click here for my ebook, The Power of Affirmations, to learn how you can maximise the power of your mind. 

This blog contains loads of Blak history posts.  I recommend you search for them and share them with your networks.  You may want to start with this one: Invasion 1897.  It links to several of my African history posts.   

Monday, April 04, 2016

Black Unemployment Rate Twice That of the White Population

Dr. Boyce Watkins
In The Five Things I Hate about Being a Black Entrepreneur, Dr. Boyce Watkins has outlined some of the challenges Black entrepreneurs face.  One of them is that the Black unemployment rate in the United States is typically twice as high as that of white people.  In other words, we have half the amount of disposable income white people have to invest in our own, and each other's, businesses.

If you are ready to start using more effective ways to find the job you want, check out my blog post, Black Success:  Finding the Job You Want.  It links to my free job search consultations.

Please share this with your networks and anyone who can benefit from it.  Thanks. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Black History Presentation: The Black Image

St. Maurice of Germany
It is crucial for Black parents and teachers to learn about, and share, our history with the next generation. For more about this, see below.

I recently attended the  presentation on "The Black image" by Tony Warner of London Black History Walks. I think it was the third time I've seen it.

One thing I enjoy about Brother Tony's presentations is that he always adds some new information. Thus, I enjoy watching them over and over again.

At one time, Black people were depicted in European artworks as regal and magnificent, often dressed in finery.   But in the modern day - starting with Transatlantic slavery and continuing to this day - the Black image has been distorted and degraded.  Films often depict situations in which a small band of white – British or American – fighters are up against hordes of Black enemy soldiers. The white soldiers are represented as brave and heroic, fighting off massive numbers of Black people.

Old films such as Zulu follow this pattern, and it continues with modern-day films such as Black Hawk Down. Similar patterns also appear in video games.

These kinds of images reinforced the British idea of empire: that they had gone into Africa and other places and stood up against huge numbers of hostile locals or, as they would have called them, “natives”. These attitudes continue to be reinforced in the British and American psyches today, through the use of these powerful images. And they affect the way we see ourselves and our history.

Perhaps the most important point Brother Tony made is that we must create our own images. We must record our own history and share it. As a griot, this is my job. It it is the responsibility of all of us - particularly that of parents and teachers. It is useful and important for us to understand the prevailing mainstream images of Black people and Black history, but we must create our own.

There are loads more Black history and African history posts on this blog, so please read them and share them with your networks.  Please leave your comments below.

Monday, February 01, 2016

The Violet Flame

The Violet Flame
If you have read Achieving Success, you know that overcoming blocks and obstacles is the first part of my 3-Step Success Formula.

In order to move towards success, and move towards achieving our goals, we first need to start removing some of our blocks – removing some of what is getting in our way.

I recently completed a Reiki Master training with Suzanne Zacharia. Suzanne is a great trainer, whom I trust. I have been working with her for many years as she is also an EFT practitioner.

As part of Reiki Master training, Suzanne gave me a violet flame attunement. I didn't know anything about the violet flame – this is all new to me.

Since then, I have been reading about the violet flame. The best book I have found is called Transform Your Life with the Violet Flame.

The violet flame helps us to transmute negative energy into positive energy – which is Step One in my 3-Step Success Formula!

Transform Your Life with the Violet Flame explains how we can connect with the violet flame and use it to eliminate negativity, to transform difficult situations into more positive ones. We can use the violet flame in work situations, with relationships, and to clear spaces. There are many more ways to use the violet flame. I strongly recommend this book, it can help you in many different areas of your life.

Transform Your Life with the Violet Flame is very easy to read, understand and apply. It is very practical, which is one of the reasons why I like it.

Here's to your success!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Black Success: How to Get the Results You Want

Listen below for How to Get the Results You Want.  

How much do you want your life to improve? How much do you really want it? Want more money? Want more customers? Want to build your business? More time? More freedom?

How much do you really want it? Do you really want to bring about positive change in your life? If so, contact me for a FREE consultation with no obligation.

Click here for Success Strategies for Black People.

Click here for more Black Success audios with Zhana.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Kwanzaa 2015 Celebrations

It's that tme of year again!  I am listing Kwanzaa celebrations on my site.  These include Kwanzaa events across the United States and in Canada, Britain and Johannesburg, South Africa. 

I also have background information on the origins and meaning of Kwanzaa.  Enjoy! 

Please share this with your networks. 

Happy Kwanzaa!