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
A former drugstore Christmas Tree In the years when I was raising little Meggy as a single parent, we barely had enough money for Christmas presents, let alone a Christmas tree. We lived in a drab little roach infested linoleum floored apartment with windows that sunlight never quite hit, but those were the happiest years of my life. Lounging on a second hand sofa I had scrapped from a dumpster and eating dinners over a rickety
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
On why he does what he does: “Because they [Vietnamese people] are under-served by the public and nonprofit sectors. They need someone to be their voice to demand for justice and fairness!” Veteran Vinh Quang Luu of Novato lights an incense at an altar for fellow soldiers who fought during the Vietnam War during a ceremony in San Rafael, Calif. on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Members of the local Vietnamese American community paused to thank
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