ChickenBones: A Journal
for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
I, Ms. Unis MontClaire, am in charge of my own destiny, my own karma. I pledge to take charge of my life
by making positive choices from now on in order to create a legacy of good health (on all levels)
prosperity, security and stability for my children and grandchildren.
This week has been very interesting. Since the healer removed the evil from my body I feel much better was so scared almost lost my cool. The creature lay there not moving. Sitting on the chair looking down at its inert body I pulled my feet up off of the floor to tuck them underneath my bottom. I was afraid it was going to enter my body again, but did not look at it for long.
Shaking all over I listened to the instructions the healer gave to me still in a daze from what had just occurred. It was like a scene from a weird horror, or science fiction movie. Before returning to her for the cleansing I had followed the instructions she gave me from our first meeting and started to feel this strange pain in my lower abdomen but because my monthly period was on, thought it was the just a case of very bad cramps. Then I realized my periods had been painful and strange for the last 3 months still having these strange periods with huge clots and heavy bleeding. With this one came the fainting spells.
Cannot believe this creature has been growing inside of my womb for such a long time. I have known a pain and anguish in my being which is almost indescribable. Thanks to the power of my Buddhist practice protecting me things will work out for the best. My practice will guide me towards the light and protect me. The healer said that those people who tried to hurt me will try again but will not succeed as long as there is a strong, deep faith in my higher power and in her powers to heal and cleanse. I do have faith. She saw trauma in my aura; she told me my psyche had been traumatized repeatedly over the years causing me to move between two existences in order to survive. You created them, (the two existences) in order to survive she said one lives in light, the other lives in shadow.
This fight to save my life has been going on for a long time knew something was wrong but did not know what it was am not going to run anymore. Tired. I have to be aware of people now more than ever because you just never know what they are up to I am not going to suffer anymore.
It seemed like whenever 2 steps were taken in a forward direction 3 were taken backwards in the same breath and in the same stride. It has been very frustrating. Now I understand it all. I, Ms. Unis MontClaire, must be very powerful for these people to want to harm me in this way. There is a great mission ahead, which they did not want me to accomplish: a mission for my human revolution and my self-actualization. My next step is not going to be easy but the work must be done. I made my reservations with BWIA (British West Indian Airlines) and will be leaving in the next couple of months. It is time to return home to correct my illegal status in this country.
Finally came to the realization this journey was made not only for me but for my mother as well. For many years I felt lost and alone not knowing where to go or from whence I came. Acknowledging my history there is no hope for figuring out the future. I, Ms. Unis MontClaire, am in charge of my own destiny, my own karma. I pledge to take charge of my life by making positive choices from now on in order to create a legacy of good health (on all levels) prosperity, security and stability for my children and grandchildren.
Now I understand why. My readings of West Indian literature and West Indian history have given me the answer. This new understanding of my restlessness allows me to acknowledge a sense of displacement, which many West Indian Negro writers feel is a result of our colonization by the British. Finally my travels have bought me to a place of peace and centeredness: a place where I can begin to sort through the files of my life, of my ancestors and of my legacy; my inheritance.
Many times I hear the sound of my name on the wind and for many years wondered where it came from. Finally I understand: it is from the other half of me, which still remains a mystery.
Source: The Cleansing by Cheryl Gittens-Jones
Cheryl Gittens-Jones is wife, mother, poet, author of play Shaduhs Uh Voodoo. She plans to adopt twin nieces orphaned by AIDS. She migrated illegally to the USA in 1987 to pursue dreams of higher education. Cheryl gained success and redemption through courage, tenacity, perseverance and faith in Nichiren Daishonins Buddhism.
In 1995 Cheryl transferred from Cal University of Pennsylvania to Mount Holyoke College, MA. Now a resident of Manchester, CT, and a Mount Holyoke Alum Frances Perkins Class ’99.
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#10 – Covenant: A Thriller by Brandon Massey
#11 – Diary Of A Street Diva by Ashley and JaQuavis
#12 – Don’t Ever Tell by Brandon Massey
#13 – For colored girls who have considered suicide by Ntozake Shange
#14 – For the Love of Money : A Novel by Omar Tyree
#15 – Homemade Loves by J. California Cooper
#16 – The Future Has a Past: Stories by J. California Cooper
#17 – Player Haters by Carl Weber
#18 – Purple Panties: An Eroticanoir.com Anthology by Sidney Molare
#19 – Stackin’ Paper by Joy King
#20 – Children of the Street: An Inspector Darko Dawson Mystery by Kwei Quartey
#21 – The Upper Room by Mary Monroe
#22 Thug Matrimony by Wahida Clark
#23 – Thugs And The Women Who Love Them by Wahida Clark
#24 – Married Men by Carl Weber
#25 – I Dreamt I Was in Heaven – The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter
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#10 – John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History by Ahati N. N. Toure
#11 – Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley
#12 –The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
#13 – The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell
#14 – The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
#15 – Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can’t Commit by RM Johnson
#16 – Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins
#17 – Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell
#18 – A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
#19 – John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard
#20 – Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris
#21 – Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice
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This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”Lisa Adkins, University of London
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By H. W. Brands
In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar’s astonishing rise to become the world’s principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar’s changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America’s economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan’s bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt’s handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar’s dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today. He concludes with a sobering dissection of the 2008 world financial debacle, which exposed the power–and the enormous risks–of the dollar’s worldwide reign. The Economy
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From The World and Africa, 1965
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update 22 December 2011