Month: September 2011

fyeahblackhistory: NZINGHA AMAZON QUEEN OF MATAMBA, Angola  AFRICA (1582-1663) One of the great women rulers of Africa, Queen Anna Nzinga of Angola fought against the slave trade and European influence in the seventeenth century.Known for being an astute diplomat and visionary military leader, she resisted Portuguese invasion and slave raids for 30 years. Nzingha was of Angolan descent and is known as a symbol of inspiration for people everywhere.  She was a member of the ethnic Jagas a militant group that formed a human shield against the Portuguese slave traders. As a visionary political leader, competent, and self sacrificing she was completely devoted to the resistance movement. She formed alliances with other foreign powers pitting them against one another to free Angola of European influence. She possessed both masculine hardness and feminine charm and used them both depending on the situation. She even used religion as a political tool when it suited her. Her death on December 17, 1663 helped open the door for the massive Portuguese slave trade. Yet her struggle helped awaken others …

Countdown: 3 days…

until I start my month of no processed foods AND a quasi-vegan diet. I say quasi because it’s more that i’m trying to limit my intake of animal products rather than entirely eliminate them. but i am going to make a concerted effort to keep dairy out for the month just to see how i feel. but as part of this new diet i’m going to up my exercise and get back to bodyrocking on the regular—gotta get this six pack 😀  But I’m already on track. I bought a share of vegetables from the local farm yesterday and today I cooked the turnips and the turnip greens and have saved the pot liquor to make soup sometime this weekend. if it’s edible, no food shall go wasted. this will definitely be a lesson in cooking if nothing else. Countdown: 3 days…