Tuesday, July 07, 2020

How Can We Create a Peaceful World? Part 4

How Can We Ceate a Peaeful World? 
In the second half of my "Success Strategies" online radio show, we continued our discussion on “How Can We Create a Peaceful World?”. If you missed parts 1-3 of this discussion, go here to listen to them.  
But you don't need to listen to them before hearing this one.  Listen below. 

I was not happy with the way this discussion went.  We got sidetracked and didn't really address the question.  

I do not personally believe that guns, or any weapons, bring about peace.  The police are killing Black folks, our children are killing each other, children are walking into their schools  and opening fire, killing teachers and other children.  That is NOT peace.  

Dr. Boyce Watkins says that more Black people were killed by gun violence in Chicago in one weekend than died of coronavirus in the entire state of Illinois.  

That Trump idiot is promoting the "us and them" mentality.  That does NOT bring about peace.  

It's obvious:  to end violence, we must be nonviolent.  

To create a peaceful world, we need to work together for everyone's benefit.  

These are my opinions.  I want to hear yours.  Please leave your comments below and please join us for Part 5, which will broadcast in the beginning of August.  


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Monday, July 06, 2020

Does Black History Really Matter?

London Black History Walks
I very much enjoyed this conversation with Brother Tony Warner of London Black History Walks.  

As always, he shared loads of Black history information and details.  Listening to Brother Tony is an education. 




Listen below.  

We discussed:
  • Are people in the UK aware of Black history in Britain, the United States and elsewhere?
  • And are African Americans aware of Black British history?
  • What has been the contribution of Black women to Black history?
  • How have Black women been represented in history and in film?
  • African Odysseys films - how and why did they come into being, and what is the significance of this ongoing series?


One thing that came out of this discussion was the importance of sharing this information globally.  People in the United States are unaware of UK Black history, and often know nothing about the experience of Black people globally.

I urge you to attend Black history walks, talks, films, and, now, bus tours and boat trips with London Black History Walks (once the lockdown is lifted).

Go here for lots of my Black history blogs

I have Black history quizzes for all the family on my Coronavirus Resources page. 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Write a Letter to Your Subconscious and Reprogram Your Reality // The Law of Attraction


Another great video from "Brown and Bendy" Dominique Davis.  Our unconscious minds are incredibly powerful.  We can use words and images to influence our unconscious minds, and when we change our thoughts, feelings and emotions, we change our lives.

For more about how to manifest what you want, go here to download my ebook, Secrets of Manifestation, which is still FREE at this time.

I have loads more content to help you attract what you want on my groups:

Nurture Success; and

The Key to Everything; and

on my Coronavirus Resources page.

See also:   How to Visualise for Maximum Result using the LOA.  

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Monday, June 22, 2020

What Does "Thank You" Even Mean?


Gratitude is a hugely important and powerful part of manifestation.  Check out this video from "Brown and Bendy" Dominique Davis, who explains how this works and gives us a beautiful meditation to help with this process.  

For more about how to manifest what you want, go here to download my ebook, Secrets of Manifestation, which is still FREE at this time.

I have loads more content to help you attract what you want on my groups:

Nurture Success; and

The Key to Everything; and

on my Coronavirus Resources page.

See also:   How to Visualise for Maximum Result using the LOA

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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Dawn Butler: It’s Time We Stopped Downplaying Racism in the UK

Dawn Butler MP
I found this article by Dawn Butler MP very interesting.  I agreed with a lot of what Dawn Butler said, but disagreed with other things.  She raises some important points. 

Butler states that, as a young person, she was told by her brothers never to phone the police - if there were a problem or an incident, she should phone her brothers instead.  This reflects many Black people's reality.  She then recounts an incident in which, threatened by a white neighbour, first with a brick and then later with a knife, she calls the police, who turn up and arrest her brother.  And she states, "That is why I was always told never to call the police".

Having said this, when I was threatened with a baseball bat by a (Black) neighbour, I called the police and was impressed by the swiftness of their response.  However, after their initial visit, I heard nothing further.  I eventually wrote to my MP, Harriet Harman, about this, and she helped me, as she has done many times over the years.  After that, the police finally took action, but it was too late as the evidence had disappeared.

I would have expected Dawn Butler to know, and recommend, that we contact our MPs for help if necessary, if the police have not taken appropriate action.  Of course, some MPs are more responsive than others.

And of course, I should not have had to do this in order to get an appropriate response from the police.

Butler also states that people have told her "people say to [her] that racism isn’t as bad in the UK as it is in the US".  I have had Black people say the same thing to me.  This is a stupid and naive response.  Having lived in both countries, I would argue that racism in the two societies is both better and worse in some regards.  Racism and racist attitudes, practices and behaviours in the UK and in the U.S.A. are different and not necessarily able to be compared.  They are like apples and bananas.  But they are also the same.  Racism in both countries, and others, is the fruit of centuries of white supremacist conditioning and racist violence.

The reason so many people, Black, white and members of other races, have taken to the streets daily here in London and the UK is that they know, as we all know, that racism is a problem and is sometimes lethal.  Racist attitudes and actions by the police in this country have been involved with deaths in police custody of Black people including, for example, Joy Gardner, Smiley Culture and Cynthia Jarrett, to name but three, not to mention a whole host of other incidents such as the killing of Stephen Lawrence and the mishandling of it by the police.

We discussed some of this in my radio broadcast, "How Can We Create a Peaceful World?". 

At the moment, two documentaries about institutionalised racism in Britain are available for screening:  Justice for Joy on All 4 and Sitting in Limbo on BBC iplayer.  I watched part of Justice for Joy yesterday morning and Sitting in Limbo yesterday evening. Sitting in Limbo covers the recent "Windrush scandal" caused by the "hostile environment" towards immigrants that began under a Labour government and was fulfilled by successive Tory governments.   It focuses on Anthony Bryan, one man who was threatened with deportation after living here his whole life.  Be warned:  I was even more stressed and upset after watching these two documentaries.  It is a commentary on the current state of affairs that Joy Gardner's family have never achieved justice regarding her death.

And a reminder:  Baroness Lawrence, when she entered the House of Lords, stated that the police in Britain are characterised by institutional racism and institutional corruption.

I have seen white police officers take a knee in recognition of the horrendous slaying of George Floyd.  I have been very moved by this.  But even when they enter the force with good intentions, police trainees are entering a hostile environment with a culture of institutional racism and institutional corruption.

There are examples of big racist incidents in this country, as well as small ones.  As Butler says, we need to call out racism when we see it.  And this will benefit everyone.

We can change things.  Each and every one of us can make a difference.  

Go here for the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2020.

Go here for more about the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2020 and how you can submit your blog post. 








Monday, June 08, 2020

How Can We Create a Peaceful World?

On my "Success Strategies" radio show, we asked the question, "How Can We Create a Peaceful World?". 

In Part 1, we talked about recent events, including the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.  We are all in shock about these incidents, especially as we watched George Floyd being killed before our eyes on TV.  Go here for Part 1, which links to Parts 2 and 3. 

Part 2 contained my recent interview with Carthenia Jefferson, one of the sistas from Black Women for Positive Change.  Carthenia is a member of the Birmingham, AL Black Nurses' Association and the National Black Nurses' Association.  She spoke about events they have held in the past for the Week of Nonviolence, and plans for this year under the covid-19 lockdown.  Go here for Part 2

In Part 3, we talked specifically about solutions.  We also talked about the fact that this is a global problem, it is not just about the U.S.  People in the UK have been demonstrating on a daily basis since the televised killing of George Floyd.  I talked specifically about the deaths of Cynthia Jarrett, Smiley Culture and Stephen Lawrence, and the shooting of Cherry Groce, all of which occurred in the UK. 

The Independent Police Complaint Commission have found that there is 'no evidence of a criminal offence' in the death of Smiley Culture, and that he stabbed himself to death while police were in attendance at his home.  Does this sound logical to you?  Anyway -   

Are the police the problem?  Do we need to abolish police?  And, if so, what can we put in their place?  How can we put more power into the hands of ordinary citizens?  And how can Nonviolent Communication (NVC) help us to transform these situations?  

Go here for Part 3


Many thanks to Naimah Latif for inviting me to host my show on her Blogtalk Radio channel, "The Female Solution".  See you again next month! 

Please listen to the programme and please leave your comments below.  Please also share this with your networks.  


Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Let's Talk with Iyanla Vanzant


Iyanla Vanzant is talking today about the recent killing of George Floyd and the demonstrations and unrest resulting from the killing.

We are going to be discussing this on my Blogtalk radio show this Saturday:  Success Strategies with Zhana:  How Can We Create a Peaceful World?

Iyanla does not mention the recent killing of Breonna Taylor, a young woman in Louisville, KY who was also killed by the police.  We need to bear Breonna Taylor in mind as well. 

Iyanla is saying there is a lot of male energy around at the moment, and Black men need to get in touch with their feelings.  And this is absolutely true.  It can be hard sometimes for us as Black women to get in touch with our feelings, and its even harder for Black men to do so.  If you are feeling angry, if you are feeling sad, if you are feeling despair, whatever we are feeling, it's important to stay in touch with our feelings and emotions.  

And, of course, NVC is based on empathy, i.e. connecting with our feelings and needs.  Empathy is at the heart of NVC. 

We will be discussing this on my Success Strategies radio show this Saturday, so please tune in.  We look forward to seeing you there.  


And go here to download Treasures of the Geniuses of Transformation, which contains even more wisdom from Iyanla Vanzant.  

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lockdown Learning: African History Quizzes

Ramses II
I am woefully ignorant about African history, as evidenced by the fact that I struggled to answer any of the questions in these quizzes. For those of us who know little about African history, these quizzes leave us with no excuse.


Sample Quiz: Mutiny on the BountiesHow did various African countries gain their independence from the European colonial powers?

Sample Question:

When the scramble for Africa took place in the late 19th century, one nation found itself split into five territories, controlled by France, Italy, Britain and one of its eastern African neighbours. On gaining independence, the British and Italian territories were re-combined and the new country adopted a five-pointed star on its flag to represent the five territories that it wished to bring back together. Which country failed in its attempts at reconciliation and slid into anarchy in the late 1990s?
  • Somalia
  • Mozambique
  • Kenya
  • Mauritania
This is an absolutely brilliant site. The answers to each question are very lengthy and detailed. This is a great way to learn African history. 
 

This site lists a number of quizzes about African history and culture, focusing on different African regions and countries.  


Sample Question: Ramses II was known most for two qualities. Choose the two below. 
  • Education support
  • Monuments
  • Peacetime
  • Trade
  • Military leader

I am listing resources for the Coronavirus lockdown, including meditation, relaxation, music, financial abundance resources, humour and more, here

See also:  Lockdown Learning:  Black History Quizzes.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Lockdown Learning: Black History Quizzes

Garrett Morgan
The covid-19 lockdown offers us a great opportunity to brush up on Black history.  And if your children are bored at home, you can complete these online quizzes with them.  They provide fun for the whole family.  

If you are serious about Black history, you will want to read my book Black Success Stories, in which I interviewed the late Len Garrison, founder of the Black Cultural Archives, and Jak Buela, creator of the Black history quiz game “Nubian Jak
and author of Nubian Jak's Book of World FactsGarrison describes how he collected Black archive material and explains you can research your family history. “Nubian Jak” shares a huge range of factual information about Black people all over the world.


This is an easy quiz, accessible for children and young people. It focuses primarily on U.S. Black history. 

And remember, every month is Black History Month.   

Sample question: Garrett Morgan is responsible for which two inventions?
  1. Traffic light, gas mask
  2. Traffic light,cars
  3. Gas mask,stop sign

This is a slightly harder Black history quiz. This one also focuses primarily on African American (U.S.) history.

Sample question: She starred in an all-black version of the play, Hello Dolly!
  • Pearl Bailey
  • Leontyne Price
  • Josephine Baker
  • Isadora Duncan

This one is slightly harder. Again, this quiz focuses primarily on African American (U.S.) history.

Sample question: What was the first American state to ban slavery?

Go here for my short film Harriet, a Choreopoem, which imagines a meeting between Harriet Tubman and Harriet Jacobs.


I am listing resources for the Coronavirus lockdown, including meditation, relaxation, music, financial abundance resources and more, here.

Tomorrow, I will post about online African history quizzes.  

 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Cheer You Up Part 2


The sound quality is not great, but this is still BRILLIANT.  I defy you not to feel good when this is on.

And when the coronavirus crisis ends, you can celebrate to this.  And it WILL end.  We WILL win.  We WILL NOT BE DEFEATED!

See also:  This Should Cheer You Up (Bobby McFerrin). 

See also:  Bob Marley, Three Little Birds

Stay well.  Stay safe. 

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Thursday, April 09, 2020

Bob Marley, Three Little Birds


Bob Marley singing "Every Little Thing's Gonna Be All Right" - how can we NOT be uplifted by this music?  It makes my heart sing.

I've not heard this dub version before, and it's great.  This is what I've been missing.

In these difficult, challenging coronavirus days, we need music like this to lift our spirits.

Remember, the Law of Increase says whatever we dwell on increases.  Whatever we focus on increases.  That is the power of the human mind.  We are immensely powerful.

We have a choice - we can focus on the problem, or we can focus on solutions.  Either way, our results are influenced by our thoughts, feelings and emotions. 

Plus check out Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry, Be Happy".

Stay well, stay safe.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

15 Affirmations for Anxiety

Affirmations for Anxiety
When we control our minds - our thoughts, feelings and emotions - we control our lives.  Our thoughts really can, and do, change our experience.  This is why peace of mind is so important.





I have come across this great post, 15 Affirmations for Anxiety.  They are not just for anxiety, they are for peace of mind - and for life!

In these troubled, anxious, worrying times, we need peace of mind more than ever.

My ebook, The Power of Affirmations, can help you to create affirmations to bring about any changes you want in your life.

Go here to download it from Amazon.com

Go here to download it from Amazon.co.uk 

For more help with affirmations to help you focus the power of the universe, contact me for a FREE consultation.




This Should Cheer You Up


Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy.  In these difficult, challenging coronavirus days, we must look after our mental and emotional health and remember we can have fun - even in lockdown.

These lyrics are always uplifting.

We have a choice - we can focus on the problem, or we can focus on solutions.  Either way, our results are influenced by our thoughts, feelings and emotions. 

See also:  Iyanla Vanzant:  You Don't Need to Be a Virus Victim!

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Domestic Violence + the Coronavirus Crisis

As we all know, for many, the current covid-19 outbreak is having tragic, even lethal consequences.  And the long-term impact on the economy is yet to be seen. 

The global lockdown in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic is having many positive, beneficial consequences.  Street crime, burglary and other crimes are down (although cyber crime and internet fraud are on the increase).  The air quality has improved, and the impact on the environment means that fewer are animals dying.  Go here for more about the positive aspects of the coronavirus.  It's useful to have a fresh perspective. 
 
However, one of the many downsides is that people locked down togther for an ongoing period of time are more likely to experience domestic violence.  Some sistas are locked down with their abusers - and even their killers.

For Black Women Suffering Domestic Abuse, Coronavirus Quarantines are Life-Threatening.

Four in 10 Black women experience physical abuse. We’re also more likely to endure psychological abuse such as humiliation, bullying, name-calling, coercion and control.

Although we are being told, "Stay inside, don't go out", the message to any woman in a violent situation remains:  Get Out!

Go here for more about how to escape from a violent situation, and where to find resources to support you.  Remember, our self-care MUST be our priority.

Go here for more about how the coronavirus is disrupting all of our lives - as well as being potentially postive for our future

Go here for more about how we can look after our mental health during the coronavirus crisis

And, as we all need to smile and laugh more than ever these days, go here for some coronavirus humour.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Iyanla Vanzant: You Don’t Need To Be A Virus Victim!


Excellent advice from Iyanla Vanzant about how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, well, and (relatively) sane during this coronavirus crisis.  

Want to boost your immune system?   Please watch the video above, comment below and please share.  

Some say laughter is the best medicine.  Check it out:  Coronavirus Lockdown Humour.  

I am continuing to post content about health and healing, and bolstering your immune system, as well as stuff to make you smile.  For more great content, go here to join my online group, The Key to Everything

Stay safe.  Stay well.  



Monday, March 30, 2020

Yes, the Collapse of the Stock Market Is Coming

Dr. Boyce Watkins makes some interesting points. According to him, yes, the collapse of the stock market is coming.  As it has many times before.  

Spoiler alert:  The stock market will recover.  As it has many times before.  

He is probably right.  

He also says only 1% of people will catch the coronavirus.  Here's why I don't agree:  
  • If someone coughs or sneezes, the droplets remain in the air for THREE HOURS; 
  • the droplets can remain on a surface for several days; 
  • the virus is so small it can fit through minute gasps in a face mask; 
  • mass testing is not being done in the U.S. or the UK, therefore we are not monitoring how many people have the virus, or where they are; 
  • healthcare workers are not being tested so they may be infecting others. 

I could go on, but I'm not tryng to depress you.  

I reckon pretty much everyone will get it.  But most people will have only mild symptoms, so it's nothing to worry about unless you have underlying health issues - like me - or are aged over 80.  

Anyway, please watch the video above, see what you think, comment below and please share.  

See also:  Coronavirus Lockdown Humour.  


I am posting content about health and healing, bolstering your immune system building and  stuff to make you smile.  For more great content, go here to join my online group, The Key to Everything

Stay safe.  Stay well.  












Monday, March 02, 2020

Six-Year-Old Girl Arrested


This six-year-old was arrested, taken out of her classroom and led away in handcuffs.

I have a lot to say about this.

First of all, I have blogged more about outrages against our Black children, and other children, here.

And here.

And here.  

My work is about solutions.  See below for solutions.  But right now, I need to vent.  I am just so upset.

Have you heard about the Black children who have committed suicide because of bullying?  And the mom who was banned from the school her daughter attends, because she she confronted her daughter's bullies?

And now this story.

One of the questions in my mind is:  What was going through this police officer's mind?  What was he thinking about when he went into the classroom, put handcuffs on this little girl, led her out of the building and put her in a police car?  What on earth was he thinking about?

He is a grown-ass man, arresting a six-year-old.  What is wrong with him? 

Also, who ordered a six-year-old to be arrested?  On what grounds?

Do these people even realise that they are part of a racist narrative?  Because this is the kind of thing that has been going on since slavery.  And in South Africa, remember in Soweto, they SHOT loads of children who were protesting against apartheid.

So what are these people thinking?

I am going to be blogging more about this soon.  But in the meantime, if you want some information about solutions, including Nonviolent Communication (NVC) which can  PREVENT this kind of thing from happening, go here for some NVC resources.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Stop the Violence, Stop the Killing

Phillip Spruill, 11-Year-Old Boy, Commits Suicide






        

If you have been reading my blog posts, you know that I am passionate about ending the violence.  Ending the violence within the Black community.  Ending the violence within Black families.  Ending the violence against our young people.  Ending the violent acts our young people are committing against themselves and each other.  Ending police violence against members of the Black community.

I want to see an end to all violence experienced by everyone, everywhere all over the world.  And my community - the global Black/African community - is my priority.

Below are some news stories I have seen recently.  You may have seen them, too.  Each and every one of these stories breaks my heart. Bullying is something that blights children's lives.  In some cases, bullying has cost children their lives.  And it can be prevented. 

As you know, if you are familiar with my work, I am very solution-focused.  Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is one highly effective method of PREVENTING violence.  See below for more information about NVC.

Let's end the violence together.

9-Year-Old Girl Commits Suicide after Months of Being Bullied at School

11-Year-Old Boy Commits Suicide after Being Bullied about His Weight

11-Year Old Boy on Life Support after Suicide Attempt

Alabama Police Set Up and Falsely Arrested 1000+ Black Men

And now for some good news:  

Black Father Helps Teen Son Build Business - At his son's request, this father dropped a case about racial bullying within the classroom.  Instead, they built a new business.  Well done!

Let's talk solutions!

Nonviolent Communication 9 (NVC) is based on EMPATHYGo here for books about NVC and nonviolence

Go here for more NVC Resources.









Monday, February 17, 2020

Life Sentence for Stealing $9

Willie Simmons Alabama Man Life Sentence for Stealing $9
This Alabama man is in prison for stealing $9 in 1982. 

Willie Simmons, a 62-year old Black man from Alabama, has been behind bars for the last 38 years for stealing $9. He was convicted of 1st-degree robbery and was sentenced to life without parole in 1982 due to Alabama’s Habitual Offender law. He already had 3 prior convictions.  

Go here to read more.  

And remember, there are proportionately MORE Black people in prison in the UK than in the U.S.A.

See also:  How to Escape from the Prison System

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Celebrating Coretta Scott King with Dr. Barbara Reynolds


Dr. Barbara Reynolds of Black Women for Positive Change on Coretta Scott King - mother, organiser, campaigner, and widow of Dr. Martin Luther King.

See also:  "MLK on Why Black Is Beautiful".

Go here for more Black history blogs.

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