Every day at A Piece of Pye is black history day. But in honor of Black History Month, here’s an interesting article on the history of jazz in America for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
Over many centuries, incredible ideas and theories have been presented to try to explain the concept of the universe. These theories then became the basis of different religious beliefs. Today, those beliefs and ideas have expanded even more widely. For our generation though, more people are leaving the ideas of institutionalized religion and concepts taught in churches, and instead choosing to turn to their own inner relationship and understanding of God. When asked if they adhere to any religion, these people will typically say they are “spiritual,” and not religious. But what on earth does that even mean?Read more
The act of meditating can be such a powerful and eye-opening experience. Realigning your inner spirit and centering yourself can help with so many things mentally. When you’re having a tough day or a tough week, or anxiety levels are high, meditation can help calm the mental chaos and organize your thoughts and feelings into manageable puzzle pieces. It can help ground you and keep you present in the moment when you feel like you may fall off the deep end. It’s important to note when you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed and imbalanced, and how to begin centering yourself in such moments. Read below for my personal steps for realignment.CONTINUE DIVING IN
A few months ago, one of my favorite bloggers Mr. Xavier Young of “LoveIsConfusing” asked me to participate in a piece he crafted on what some of the greatest strengths of a woman are. I immediately shared this piece on Facebook, but just in case you’re one of the few people that’s not a member of social media, here it is again, re-winded for your reading pleasures.
Hope you enjoy. Asé.
My wonderful, brilliant, amazing brown sistas….we need to have a serious conversation. I’m speaking to you directly, and I need y’all to hear me from a humble place. Okay?
As an African American woman, there have been and continue to be numerous obstacles in life to overcome. From career, to social hierarchy, to love, and even friendships; it’s safe to say we sometimes have to fight for our seat at the table. And in a society that we often feel alienated from, we tend to desire companionship from someone who shares our struggles to lean on and cry to. Insert the black man.
There seems however to be an undying belief for the past couple decades that black men don’t desire black women as much as we desire them. And although there are many black men that readily admit to dating women of other cultures over black women due to their belief of economic and social advancement opportunities, there are just as many men (if not an overwhelming amount) that both desire and actively seek a black woman to love and protect.Read more
Has anyone else noticed how money tends to rule us? Whether directly or indirectly, it all seems to relate back to the greenbacks. We work for it, flaunt it when we have it, save it when we can, and yet steadily need more to survive. It has always been about the money. Religious leaders might say we’ve began to idolize money in a god-like manner, but even churches need it. Everything costs money to live, and if you don’t have it you have to hustle to get it. The O’Jays called it the “lean mean green,” and Cardi B already told you it was all she needs.Read more
WARNING: This is a racially sensitive post. If you are easily offended by the mentioning of cultural injustice in America, this is not a post for you. Please proceed with caution.Continue Reading
As a somewhat emotional person, I sometimes find it hard to forgive people that have hurt me in the past. I think this is something we can all relate to on some level. Some things are easier to move on from and forget, but in some instances it’s not that simple to get over how you feel someone wronged you. Whether it be feelings of betrayal, disrespect, or even neglect, it feels hard to go back to the way things were with that person. But something that I have personally had to learn over time is the art of letting go.Read more
In honor of Black History Month, check out this article from The Thoughtful Man’s Blog. And while you’re there, why not view some other great posts?
When love is in the air, it can be a wonderful feeling. Having someone that cares for you as much as you care for them is a secure and warm kind of emotion with no comparison. As OutKast reminds us though, if nothing lasts forever, then surely love doesn’t always last. And when our loves end, we sometimes find ourselves feigning the high of love again and scrambling to find new relationships to fulfill the high.Read more