“Peace and blessings manifest with
every lesson learned
If your knowledge were your wealth then
it would be well earned” -Erykah Badu
Today’s Kwanzaa theme is NIA otherwise known as Purpose. When I think of purpose, I think of my Identity, of our identity, and the restoration of the traditional greatness in the Black/Brown family. Our greatness has been repressed because we have been oppressed, but I can feel the blood of my ancestors running through my veins. It feels amazing. I know that I am wonderful, and I know that it means something to have this history inside of me.
Today, my NIA gift to you is Baduizm, an album that helped me to realize my Greatness.
It’s been seventeen years since Erykah Badu released Baduizm. I was 13 at the time, and I remember being mesmerized by her music. I saw the video for On and On and was hooked! Good for me, my mom was into Badu, so she purchased the tape and played it frequently. I was right there by her side, listening to every lyric.
“I can’t believe
That we’re still livin’
Oh, in this crazy, crazy world
That I’m still livin’
With all the problems of the day
How can we go on? Hey
So tired of hearin’ people say
“How can we go on?”
Make believe people
How can you go on? Yeah
But you’re still livin’ ” – from the song “Drama”
Erykah’s energy seemed to awaken something inside of me. At the time, I couldn’t identify what it was, but it seemed more spiritual than anything. To this day, she is still intoxicating and her lyrics touch my soul. I don’t exactly feel like I am a fan of hers, I feel more of a ethereal kinship to her. I feel the wealth of her knowledge reflected through her music.
As a gift, please enjoy the messages behind the music. Let the baselines take you into the lands and into the hearts of your ancestors. If you can, check out this book on Badu:
Sometimes we get knocked off course. We get lost in love, sick, distracted by technology, confused, hurt, but we have to remember that we are GREAT. We are more than whatever they told us we are! We should look to ourselves to find our history. KNOWing yourself is fulfilling your purpose.
Peace and love,
Queen Shi-La on the throne…
8:30 p.m. 12/30/14