“I don’t wanna write this down. I wanna tell you how I feel right now…My Umi said ‘Shine your light on the world. Shine your light for the world to see…” -lyrics to Umi Says by Mos Def
One of my favorite movies of all time is Black Panther. The action. The costumes. The culture. The meaning. Every time I watch it, something beautiful unfolds.
My favorite scene of the movie however, is when Prince T’Challa (Rest in Power with the Ancestors, Chadwick Boseman) was fighting the warrior, M’Baku during the Challenge Ceremony.
There came a point in the challenge, when it looked as if T’Challa was weak, tired and defeated. In that moment, above all the noise and chaos, Queen Ramonda yells, “SHOW HIM WHO YOU ARE!” As the fight continues, in what seemed to be the prince’s demise, T’Challa declared loudly, “I am Prince T’Challa, son of King T’Chaka!” And as destiny would have it, T’Challa is victorious.
The cries of the Queen. The affirmations of the Prince. They both align with T’Challa honoring the ancestry and bloodline from where he came.
We all have the same power and connection within us. There are generations and generations of ancestors of your ancestors cheering you on. Encouraging you to remember WHO you are. Empowering you to shine your light for the WORLD to see.
This week I had the pleasure of conversing with the beautiful Toni Monè (Hey Girl!) during “Toni Talks on Tuesdays” LIVE in The Calabash Community to discuss creating ancestral connections and end of life care.
My approach to ancestral veneration is one of practicality + intimacy. These connections are the most beautiful to create on your healing journey.
In Love, Light + Liberation!