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African-American History Museum Does Justice to Women

Like a tsunami, the highs and lows of the past rush over visitors to the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. It isn’t so much that the information is news to us, but we aren’t used to being hit with so much of it at once.

As one misty-eyed woman visitor put it, “They told it all”—from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter.

They told the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, but it’s an inspiring kind of sensory overload that makes you want to come back for more. The curators start the story below ground, evoking the feeling of being in the bowels of slave ships that stole our ancestors from Africa. Through a glass wall of a descending elevator, time travels in reverse as the years roll back to the 1400s. 


Grossmutter Comes Flying by Annelinde Metzner

A wind that could tear off shingles

whips over the ridge all night,

leaving a sky clean and blue as an Alpine lake.

The last few leaves cling low to the maple trees,

the newly bare tree tops scraping the sky.

The sound of an ax chopping wood comes up the hollow.

My uncle’s spirit is chopping wood, a chore that’s never done.

The ancient and everyday repetitions of labor-

splitting firewood, canning fruit, patching clothes, knitting hats-

the ancestors nudge us, saying “listen to the wind!”,

reminding us to keep moving, prepare for winter.

No tender admonitions here!

Grossmutter comes flying over the trees in a vision,

braving vast expanses of the sea,

four children, one just a baby, wrapped in her skirts,

my father pushing out from her embrace

to gaze beyond the ship’s deck to the New World.

“Fly!”,she says to me. “What holds you back?

None of us know what that first step will bring.

It is your Grossmutter in the spirit world and I tell you-

the world changes shape with every step you take.

Just go!”

A russet maple leaf lets go, and spins out of sight.

Nana appears.

She has thrown off her rose-colored apron

and put down her wooden spoon.

She is twenty-five, pin curled and all brand new,

eyes opened wide.

“Granddaughter, yes, go! With each step,

the world rearranges itself before you,

a Rubik’s Cube, a house of mirrors.

Take that step! As we live and breathe,

other souls live and breathe too,

and arrange their lives to respond to you.

Step into the dance! The music you call,

and the next, and the next under your gaze will fall.”

At this she spit-polishes her new red shoes,

steps on board the trolley car,

smiles wide at the driver,

and spins off into the skies.

 

Annelinde has three chapbooks of poetry: Isn’t It All of Us? featuring poetry of the world’s peoples; In Love with the Rooted Earth about her relationship with the natural world; and most recently This Most Huge Yes, including poetry of the Goddess and also world topics, written in 2012. Poetry, music, events and items by Annelinde available for sale can be found at her new blog, www.AnnelindesWorld.blogspot.com.

 

 

 

A wind that could tear off shingles

whips over the ridge all night,

leaving a sky clean and blue as an Alpine lake.

The last few leaves cling low to the maple trees,

the newly bare tree tops scraping the sky.

The sound of an ax chopping wood comes up the hollow.

My uncle’s spirit is chopping wood, a chore that’s never done.

The ancient and everyday repetitions of labor-

splitting firewood, canning fruit, patching clothes, knitting hats-

the ancestors nudge us, saying “listen to the wind!”,

reminding us to keep moving, prepare for winter.

No tender admonitions here!

Grossmutter comes flying over the trees in a vision,

braving vast expanses of the sea,

four children, one just a baby, wrapped in her skirts,

my father pushing out from her embrace

to gaze beyond the ship’s deck to the New World.

“Fly!”,she says to me. “What holds you back?

None of us know what that first step will bring.

It is your Grossmutter in the spirit world and I tell you-

the world changes shape with every step you take.

Just go!”

A russet maple leaf lets go, and spins out of sight.

Nana appears.

She has thrown off her rose-colored apron

and put down her wooden spoon.

She is twenty-five, pin curled and all brand new,

eyes opened wide.

“Granddaughter, yes, go! With each step,

the world rearranges itself before you,

a Rubik’s Cube, a house of mirrors.

Take that step! As we live and breathe,

other souls live and breathe too,

and arrange their lives to respond to you.

Step into the dance! The music you call,

and the next, and the next under your gaze will fall.”

At this she spit-polishes her new red shoes,

steps on board the trolley car,

smiles wide at the driver,

and spins off into the skies.


EPA Tackles Five of the Worst Chemicals Under the Lautenberg Act

Washington, DC — Today EPA identified five chemicals that will receive “expedited action” under the new Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. The provision of the law requiring this action was a priority for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families during the legislative debate. It applies only to a small number of the chemicals that are known to be Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (“PBT”). These chemicals pose unique threats to public health and the environment because they do not break down in the environment and they build up in the food chain, including in the human body.  


Domestic Violence – Know the Signs

Know the Signs

Domestic violence is often more than just physical abuse. It encompasses sexual, emotional, economic and psychological violence. Initially, identifying the signs of an abusive relationship can be difficult, especially if the abuser uses subtle tactics to gain power and control.  It is very common for survivors to recognize the beginning of the abuse as the first time the abusers hit them, but really the cycle of violence may have started early on in the relationship. Perpetrators tend to be charming and very convincing when exerting power and control tactics. However, understanding common occurrences or patterns in an unhealthy relationship and being able to begin an informed conversation is a major step to healing and helping others to join in understanding why and how domestic violence occurs.


*The Block Off Biltmore – restaurant, social club, gathering place

MISSION of THE BLOCK off biltmore

To be a place for people to converge in order to build community and inclusive friendships between diverse movements, where social justice issues are discussed, actions formulated, and deep, healing magic happens.

Radical magic is created through a compassionate, comfortable, cruelty-free atmosphere, along with music, art, spoken word, film and other conscious, value-driven events. Fun, laughter, friendship, unity, empowerment and action are the ultimate byproducts.

We have a lot of exciting & enjoyable types of events at THE BLOCK off biltmore. Stay tuned to our website and please sign up for our e-newsletter (see bottom of webpage) to stay up to date. See you soon!


FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER Buncombe County North Carolina

A Path to Strength, Safety & Hope

THE FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER (FJC) IS A SAFE PLACE WHERE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ELDER ABUSE CAN COME FOR HELP. AT THE BUNCOMBE COUNTY FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER SURVIVORS CAN ACCESS MANY DIFFERENT SERVICES IN ONE LOCATION AND BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY TOWARDS STRENGTH, SAFETY, AND HOPE.

HERE, YOU CAN FIND:

  • Help from experts that can help you figure out how find safety and how to move forward
  • Law enforcement officials to help you with possible criminal charges, gather evidence and information on how the criminal court process works.
  • Legal services with on-site attorneys and legal assistants to help you understand your legal rights and protections and help you navigate the judicial system.
  • Forensic medical exams by a specially trained nurse to exam and document the extent of your injuries.
  • Assistance with creating a safety plan for you and your family.
  • Emotional support, counseling and case managers that can support you in healing from the emotional impacts of violence.

Walk-in Welcomed:  35 Woodfin St.   Asheville, NC  28801

Call for an appointment: 828.250.6900   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS click here:  https://www.buncombecounty.org/law-safety/family-justice-center/default.aspx   


Urban Wire Gender and Sexuality: It’s about more than just bathrooms

 

The voices of Urban Institute’s researchers and staff

The NBA recently announced that it was moving its 2017 All-Star Game from North Carolina in protest of a state law requiring people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender listed on their birth certificates. With that decision, the NBA joined several organizations and corporations that have taken action in response to North Carolina’s House Bill 2. Opponents of the law have called for boycotts of the state, urging people not to travel to North Carolina for business or pleasure. And the federal government has threatened to withhold roughly $4.8 billion in federal grants and contracts. 


My Sistah Taught Me That – the girl’s developmental program in Asheville

My Sistah Taught Me That (MSTMT) is a young girl’s developmental program designed to encourage, inspire, educate, and empower young girls ages 11-19 with a special focus on girls growing up in single parent homes without their father.  This program was created so young ladies in Buncombe County and surrounding areas in Western North Carolina may have the chance to be exposed to professional leaders in our community who are dedicated to providing opportunities, open dialogue, and exposure to things they wouldn’t routinely do, with the intent of helping them grow and mature.


How public campaign finance can address growing inequality

Numerous studies have shown that those giving the most to political campaigns are predominantly white, male, older and wealthy. For example, anInstitute for Southern Studies reportfound that 95 percent of the biggest donors to a number of key federal races in the 2014 and 2016 election cycles were non-Hispanic whites. Other recent studies, such as Demos’ “Stacked Deck” and Every Voice’s “Color of Money“, discovered that most large donations to federal candidates came from wealthy, majority-white areas.

A homogeneous political donor class affects public policy. A 2014 paper by Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page found that the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans — mostly white — were 15 times more likely than the general population to have their policy preferences enacted. Continue reading


Women in the World 2012: Meryl Streep’s Tribute to Hillary Clinton

 

Women in the World 2012: Meryl Streep’s Tribute to Hillary Clinton – It launched with the sound of a young girl’s voice, calling a hotline for women forced into marriage, her words spanning across the giant stage at New York’s Lincoln Center. The girl was British, but she’d overheard her parents talking about shipping her off to Pakistan—for a forced marriage. “Put a spoon in your underwear,” we hear a woman tell her. The audience is puzzled. “When you go through airport security,” the woman continues, “the alarm will sound, and you can tell the guard your story.”


Leonard Pitts Jr. – Social Commentary at Its Best

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.  won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his twice-weekly syndicated Miami Herald column, which appears in more than 200 newspapers, and has won numerous other journalism awards. Pitts has a readership in the multi-millions across the country, and his columns generate an average of 2,500 email responses per week.

His books have been widely praised as well. Tavis Smiley called him “the most insightful and inspiring columnist of his generation” in writing about Pitts’ 2009 collection of columns, Forward From This Moment.  Publisher’s Weekly described his 2009 first novel, Before I Forget, as a “rare, memorable debut.”  Visit his website
 
Note: SheVille.org has taken the liberty to have Leonard Pitts reside among our humble pages because we find his perspective, ideas and commentary to be among some of the best. Here are examples – Asheville Citizen-Times

OurBodiesOurselves

A Reason to Celebrate Morning Sickness?

Morning sickness does not have a stellar reputation. You’d be hard-pressed to find a woman who recalls nausea or vomiting during pregnancy (morning sickness) with fondness. Yet a new study finds that there may be an “upside” to these symptoms: a lower risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.

Researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) studied a group of approximately 800 women, all of whom had experienced at least one or two prior pregnancy losses, and found that those who experienced nausea (with or without vomiting) had fewer pregnancy losses.  Continue reading


URBAN NEWS Gateway to the Multicultural Community

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Asheville, NC 28802

Submit your news tip or story ideas! Please contact us about advertising online or in print. The Urban News is a powerful tool for your business. Reach Western North Carolina’s multicultural community.

We value our readers. If you have a story idea or opinion contact: therovingreporter@theurbannews.com.

Got Something to Say?

Express your thoughts to the community. Send your “Letters to the Editor” to: backtalk@theurbannews.com.

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Our rates are affordable. Inquire by sending an email to advertising@theurbannews.com.   828 253-5585

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SoutheastDairy

Nutrition Affairs by Laura Buxenbaum – Southeast Dairy Association

The brain has become a popular topic lately with studies around sugar cravings, fatigue and Alzheimer’s disease. Is science proving that the brain is the biggest determinant of consumers’ weight, nutrition and overall health?Laura Buxenbaum, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N., can help your audience make sense of the latest research to help fight fatigue, be savvy about sugar use and keep their minds sharp.

Laura Buxenbaum, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.
Southeast Dairy Association

  • Feed Your Brain: Consumers consider brain health the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle after heart health. While there has been much research linking diet to heart health, we have had less information about diet and the reduction of dementia until recently. A study released this year showed it’s possible to reduce the risk of cognitive decline with a combination of a healthy diet, strength training, aerobic exercise, brain games, weight and blood pressure control. Additionally, researchers are finding that nutrients in specific foods such as berries, nuts and milk may reduce the effects of age-related conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Laura can explain the research and provide tips on the best foods to boost brain power.
  • Are You Sugar Savvy?: According to the World Health Organization, America’s sweet tooth has grown 39 percent over the past five decades, with the average American now consuming three pounds of sugar each week (156 pounds a year). But for many, sugar has become public enemy number one and some parents have decided to eliminate sugar completely from their families’ diets. Unfortunately, this may have a backlash later as children grow up fixated on sugar. Laura can give your audience tips to be “sugar savvy” and techniques to manage sugar cravings when they hit.
  • Fight Fatigue with Food: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 10-15 percent of adults said they felt very tired, fatigued or exhausted. Most stated having too much to do and not enough time to do it, but often the true culprits are what we eat, how we sleep and how we cope emotionally. Laura will provide your audience with specific steps to take and foods that can help to fight fatigue!

Laura Buxenbaum is a registered dietitian and the assistant director of Nutrition Affairs for the Southeast Dairy Association with experience in clinical dietetics and nutrition education. She is responsible for developing and conducting nutrition education programs for health professionals and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and in print interviews throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Laura received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Guilford College and a master’s degree in public health and nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Greensboro District Dietetic Association board member and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Group.

Pet Sitting & Home Care with Diane

“While You’re Away” – pet sitting and home care with Diane Areno

After leaving corporate America I decided to pursue work that brings me joy and great pleasure. I connect well to the pets I’ve cared for and love to treat them as if they were my own. With While You’re Away you no longer have to make the decision to board your dog(s), cat(s), or other of your dear animal companions when you are away from home.

I’ll stay overnight ($55.00 per night within 10 miles of area code 28805 , or $65.00 per night outside 10 miles of area code 28805)  I will do day and/or evening visits for $20.00 each visit for up to two pets ($10.00/visit for each additional animal over two). I consider a visit to be 30 – 45 minutes spent walking, playing with and relating to your pets as they are willing.

The pets I’m used to are, of course, dogs and cats, but if you have other critters that are out of the norm let me know and we’ll talk (nothing venomous or dangerous please).

I’m also ready to do housekeeping chores including taking out the trash, collecting your mail and paper or watering your plants and small garden spaces for no additional charge while I’m with your pets! For more time-consuming tasks, again, let’s talk. 

References provided upon request.

Diane

Call or write to reserve your dates; Diane Areno arenodiane@yahoo.com or 828.216.2084     Website:  www.sheville.org/pethomecare   

 

 


Featured Book TRANSFORMING HATE: AN ARTIST’S BOOK – 2016 by Clarissa T. Sligh

Transforming Hate is a project comprised of folded origami cranes, photographs, installations, artist books, other image-text narratives, and workshops with local community organizations. In this work, historical elements are used as a framing device to construct the evolution of our shared identity… Origami cranes were folded from pages of white supremacist books.


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