Heroic and intentional living is choosing to be committed to doing good every breath of every day one day at a time. Sometimes we mess up and sometimes it isn’t easy, but the intention and the movement is always forward. Jora Trang

If you wish to move mountains tomorrow…you must start by lifting stones today.

~African Proverb~

Breathe: A Tribute To Lena Kathryn Smith

Posted by Jora on July 16, 2020

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Category: (S)heros, Heroes
What began as hour long weekend embellishment sessions with my adoptive mama, Soror Lena Kathryn Smith, became a life-long endeavor that lasted twenty years. Though we first met when she, as the Basileus of Mu Sigma Zeta, the San Diego Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., welcomed me into the sorority, it was as if I had known her all of my life. When I first came to Zeta, sisterhood was a foreign concept

Alix Maria: Homeless Artist & Activist

Posted by Jora on May 28, 2019

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At the end of January when the rain was pouring in Oakland with a vengeance that defied its absence in years prior, a white van rolled into the deep east, every spare inch of its metallic outside covered by art and words of resistance. It was less than a week after reports had come from Venezuela that at least 40 people had been killed and over 850 people detained in anti-government demonstrations against the election
Kanju, an Oakland-based organization created for and by black girls, is organizing a BLACK GIRLS MARCH on SATURDAY, MARCH 30TH at 11 a.m. in Oscar Grant Plaza on 14th & Broadway “to bring awareness to the issues so many of us face and to demonstrate that we are not alone and won’t be disappeared.” Kanju is dedicated to promoting a safe space for black girls to laugh, play, congregate and bond; to relate, learn and empower one

Tonya: Sharing Her Story To Help Others Heal

Posted by Jora on March 2, 2019

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Category: Heroes
Compelled to share her personal story so that she could help others heal from trauma, Tonya McKenzie is a mother of four, trauma coach, entrepreneur, and the author of a self-published memoir, “A Child’s Memories of Cartoons & Murder.”  Tonya’s memoir is a straight-forward play by play of her life before and after she witnessed the murder of her mother’s boyfriend and the near death of her own mother at the age of four. When

Anh: A Meditation on Family Traditions

Posted by Jora on February 4, 2019

Anh Le merges family bonding time with community sharing every year by making over 100 bánh tét with her mother, sisters, and invited contributors (friends & family alike) for family and friends to welcome in the new year.  Bánh Tét – Essential to Tết in the South of Vietnam Every Lunar New Year, or “Tết“, which celebrates the arrival of spring, mother of two, Director of Kuman Center Livermore, and all around hard worker, Anh Le joins