The Mboka Literary Festival, Gambia

I’ve been in the Gambia since November the 30th, where I facilitated the first Self Love Retreat; I’ve also been editing a book on African Wholistic Health, writing, and doing book signings!

I had the pleasure of taking part in The Mboka Literary Festival (even though I wasn’t on their program) where I had a stand at their Books, Art and Crafts fair, held at the Senegambia Hotel.  I met a lovely siSTAR there who was quick in capturing ‘the moment’:

(the voice behind the camera – and brothas, she’s single!)

I didn’t tell her to say I was a famous author but I receive it lol.  I also had the opportunity to talk with some youth about my book, and to performed my poem ‘Who Am I?‘ which I wrote back in 2005 when I first discovered that my roots were in Africa:

The festival has been a wonderful bonus to my work-holiday, and to top it off, I also had the pleasure of meeting the legendary dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, who was the main act on the bill for the Festival – I saw him perform live at the Ebunjan Theatre, only his poetry wasn’t accompanied by the dub music which he’s famous for!

I’m grateful to be avoiding the cold, English weather, but I’m missing my 3 ‘suns’, and would have loved for them to been able to join me over the new year period – I’m working towards them being able to join me anywhere I am in the world!  This is my process of Self-actualization (creating my life on my own terms).  While here, I’ve been inspired to write my first speech on the topic! It’s called ‘Use Your Subconscious Mind to Create the Life YOU Choose’, which I’m aiming to have finished, memorized and recorded before the next Self Love Retreat is due to start next month!  My universe has supported me by introducing me to a videographer (a UK brother who’s been living in the Gambia for the last 12 years),  While writing the speech I was inspired to create a video for my poem ‘Fertile Soil’ which happens to support what my speech is all about; it explains how your subconscious mind is the fertile soil into which your thought-seeds are planted, and is illustrated by two of my paintings:

My books are being well received here in the Gambia, especially as there’s so many UK peeps living here!

Zora (loctitian, on the right) posted this about Journey of a Sister on her Facebook page:

“Purchase this book to all strong woman with a substance in life! Have you ever read a bk dat you jus dont want to finish read cause it sweet e sweet e sweet dats me rite now plze try get this book now i got my bk here but you can get it online !! Dat a one me nuhh”

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Read my Review on The Self Love Retreat and join me on the next one 23 Feb to 1st March – it’s not too late!  (this is the last one in the Gambia, more are being organized in other countries). You’ll get a signed paperback of Journey of a Sister when you arrive!

Hope to see you here!

 

 

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Join me in the Gambia for The Self Love Retreat!

I’m now in the Gambia preparing for the women who will be joining me on The Self Love Retreat, a week of nurturing yourself from the inside, out!

There are still two places left for the Retreat dates 17-23 December, and a few places available on  3-9 January (date changed), 17-23 February and 3-9 March, join us if you can!

Getting to the Gambia is easy:

  1. Flights are cheap!
  2. You don’t need a visa if you’re travelling from the UK (we would love you to join us from anywhere else in the world!)

So far, I’ve not seen much difference in the culture between Gambia compared to Ghana, and I’ve yet to connect with many of the ex-pats who live here (people who have moved here from the UK and USA).

Last night I attended Gambia Fashion Weekend, and met up with Shakina from the UK who now lives here, and another sister Anna, who I also know from the UK.  I also met a brother named Adam who is on holiday from Manchester, and I bumped into another brother who happens to live not far from me in Croydon!

Me and Shakina at Gambia Fashion Weekend last night

Apparently there are lots of opportunities to build, grow and develop in the Gambia, and I’ll be checking it all out and sharing the info with you!  Shakina has moved here from London and now runs her business in Gambia!  She uses the same Adinkra symbol for her business as I’ve used in ‘Journey of a Sister‘, the symbol for ‘Transformation!’

I gave myself a 5 year ‘get out plan’ (to move from the UK), and I have 3 years left, so providing I like it here I’ll be laying some roots!  My ultimate goal is to build a VILLAGE with homes, schools, farmland where we can grow our own produce, businesses (making things that we can send back to the UK and USA to sell), and which is totally self-sufficient e.g. our own solar power and water supply.  I see that in a few years time, my people will have to flee the USA and UK, and they’re going to need somewhere to go!

When God gives you a vision, provision will also be made.  Meeting Mama Naasira Ageela and Dr Gregory Joe Bledsoe in London last year was part of this Master Plan.  I instantly clicked with them, and we kept in contact when they left London and came to the Gambia.  They are an African American couple, who are authors of the Amazon Bestseller ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine’.  We spoke regularly on the phone, and seemed to have lots of similar ideas in terms of how we wanted to help our community to heal.  I shared my vision of building a village with them, and they were in accordance with the idea, so we decided to work together.  This is our long term plan, but for now, we are working together to help our people to heal.  They specialize in the food side of things, while I work with healing the mind.  I’m not a psychologist but I studied how the mind works, in order to heal my own mind (I’ll tell you more about this on the Retreat, or read my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’).

People always say to me “Cezanne, you’re such an inspiration, when you say you’re going to do something, you do it!” But I can tell you, none of this has been easy.  But when you set your mind to do something, the universe somehow conspires to help you make it happen.  For instance, my goal was to spend every winter ‘somewhere warm’.  I mean, why be in cold, grey England when you can jump on a plane and within a few hours, be somewhere warm?  Once I set that intention, the ideas came to make it happen.  The Self Love Retreat is the result of my thoughts manifested; not only do I get to enjoy being in a warm climate, I’m also helping others at the same time!

One of my mottos is;

“As I heal myself, I heal others”

The other is;

 “The Black Woman MUST Heal!”

The Self Love Retreat was born out of my own need to heal myself.  I’m not coming from a standpoint of “You need to be like me”, but more of “We’re all in this together”.  The reason why the Black Woman MUST heal, is because she has always been the core of the family, and the family is the core of the commUNITY.  If we want our commUNITY to heal, she must heal first.  I began to innerstand this while studying our history, and learning how the Black Family was broken down through the process of slavery and colonialism. For the sake of our future generations, something radical must be done, and it starts with the food we eat, what we watch and listen to, how we raise our children, and how we treat each other, starting with our Self. Hence, The Self Love Retreat (and Healing Village)!

Help Us Offer Subsidized Places on The Self Love Retreat

Just like my vision for The Healing Village, I know that not all the women who need to come on the Retreat will be able to afford it, which is why I set up the GoFundMe Campaign.  I set it up on my birthday on November 5th, and so far, no donations have been received (partly because I’ve been so busy preparing to come to the Gambia, that I haven’t been pushing it!).  If you would like to support two women to come on each Retreat, please make a donation here.  Getting the first contribution is the hard part; most fund organisers advise you make the first donation yourself; it’s human nature that once people see others donating, they will too, so are you a leader or a follower?  Let’s see!   If you would like to come but need help with finances, sow a money seed! I strongly believe in sowing money seeds; if you want more of something, you have to sow a seed of that kind.  Mother Nature teaches us that we cannot sow an apple seed and expect an orange.  The Self Love Retreat is fertile soil!

How will the women be chosen?

Send me an email cezanne@journeyofasister.com explaining your circumstances, and how much financial support you need (flight/accommodation £200/workshops £500).  Myself and Mama Naasira will choose from the submissions received for the subsidized places. (We aim to raise £3,000 to provide two free places on each Retreat).

Join Us!

Does The Self Love Retreat feel right for you?  Join us!  There are still two places available in December, and a few places in January, February and March.  You can find more information at www.journeyofasister.com/selfloveretreat or send me an email above to secure your place today.

Admittedly, I’ve not been out much since I arrived, apart from yoga on the beach (check Facebook to watch my FB live video!) and the fashion show last night; I didn’t get to take many photos because my battery died, but there will be lots more to report on; in my next blog post I’ll be showing you around the Healthy Ways Guest House and interviewing the Bledsoes, and also sharing more about what we’ll be doing on The Self Love Retreat, in the meantime, visit the page, and if it feels right, do it!

That’s it for now, hope to see you here!

In your service,

 

 

 

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Join us at the Launch of the Kings & Queens Book Tour! (Sun 1st Oct)

The Kings and Queens Book Tour starts next week! Come and learn the secret science to Black Male & Female Relationships!  Have you got your tickets? They’re going fast!

I’ve invited TC Carrier, author of ‘The Secret Science of Black Male & Female Sex‘ and King Kevin Dorival, author of ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘ to join me from the USA, to share some important information that will help us elevate ourselves as a commUNITY, and regain our rightful positions in society!  This is no joke…

As I was writing the First Edition of my Self-help novel (then titled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!) I woke up in the middle of the night and ‘auto-wrote’ the scene where Suzanne and Charles performed their first sex ritual.  By the following year they went on to build a multi-million pound business!  46,000 words of my novel were ‘channelled’, which meant I didn’t have to think about what I was writing, it came through me rather than from me.  When I published the e-book on Amazon, I did a search for it (as you do when you’re a new author!) and TC’s book ‘The Secret Science of Black Male & Female Sex‘ came up beside it as ‘recommended reading’.

I was curious so I ordered it, and lo and behold, his book explained the whole science behind what I thought I’d made up!  It took me a few years to get in contact with TC, and I was ecstatic when he agreed to come to London to share this knowledge with our commUNITY!

King Kevin Dorival contacted me last year and asked me to write the Foreword for his book ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘.

I was happy to, as the King/Queen theme run heavily through my books, art and poetry!

(My painting ‘My King’ features in Year Five of my Revised book, now titled ‘Journey of a Sister’)

King Kevin had also referenced TC’s book in his, so I invited them both together, to join me in getting this important information into our commUNITY, is this is the key to us elevating our relationships and re-building our empires! Our ancestors built great civilizations by harnessing their sexual energy and using it to create.  In order to regain our rightful positions in this world, me must get back to practicing these ancient rituals!

I now truly believe that this is the reason why there’s a covert operation to keep the Black Man and Woman apart – because we’re powerful together, when we’re operating on a high level of consciousness! (this relates to the crown chakra, hence the title of the tour).

If you have a religious mindset, the very word ‘ritual’ might seem off-putting, but as I explained in my novel, the word ritual is found in spiritual!

In today’s society, the sexual act has been degraded, and we’ve been taught to dissipate our sexual energy instead of harnessing it.  Most people only operate from their lower, animalistic nature when having sex.  But did you know that there’s ‘another level’ you can reach in your sex and spirituality?  This is what you will learn when you join us on the Kings and Queens Book Tour.  On Thursday 5th October from 6-9pm TC Carrier will be doing a Lecture on ‘The Secret Science of Black Male & Female Sex‘ – don’t miss it!

On the same day from 2-5pm, King Kevin Dorival will be running a workshop to help you identify what type of Queen you are, so you can attract the right type of King.  Each of these workshops are only £15, attend both for just £25.00 (use the same link to book individual workshops).

Join us at the Launch on Sunday 1st October!

Meet the Authors at the Launch of the Kings & Queens Book Tour on Sunday 1st October, 1-3pm at 146 Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars.  I will be interviewing TC and King Kevin, and this will also be your opportunity to ask us any questions!  The topic will be “What does it mean to be a King or a Queen?” reserve your  ticket now – limited seating, all we ask for is a donation towards the tour to cover travel, accommodation, and meals etc.  Myself, TC and Kevin have so far used our own resources to put this tour together, any amount whether small or large will be greatly appreciated!  From 4-7pm both authors will be on the Panel at the Kings & Queens United event (same venue), your ticket price includes a meal, to book yours >> click on this link <<

TC and King Kevin will sign your books at the Launch, order them online if possible so you can read them ahead of the tour.  You can order your signed paperback of ‘Journey of a Sister’ below, with FREE postage in the UK:

Journey of a Sister Limited Edition paperback

Journey of a Sister features Cezanne’s artwork & poetry with FREE postage (UK only)

£14.99

For full details of the whole tour, and for tickets to all events (some are by donation only) go >> HERE <<

Are you a King looking for your Queen?  These will be the perfect place to find one!  Are you a couple?  Come and learn how to take your relationship to the next level!

Watch this video made by TC Carrier:

Watch this video made by King Keving:

I look forward to seeing you there!

In your service,

 

 

 

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Join us on the Kings and Queens Book Tour (London) 1-8 Oct!

Black History Month is an opportunity to explore how our past has affected the way we relate to each other today, and what we can do to heal, so that we can reclaim our greatness!  Our ancestors built great civilizations, and the key to us rebuilding our empires is buried in our DNA.  How did they do it?  It was connected with their sexual energy. In today’s society, we are taught to dissipate our sexual energy, instead of harnessing this powerful creative force.

I have invited two authors from the USA to join me on the Kings and Queens Book Tour, (1-8 Oct), which will cover North, South, East and West London!

 King Kevin Dorival is author of ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘ (I wrote the Foreword), and TC Carrier is author of ‘The Secret Science of Black Male and Female Sex‘.   Their books compliment my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘, and all 3 books will help YOU on your own journey of Self-discovery and Self-healing, and help you re-member your power as a melanin-rich being!

What does it mean to be a King or a Queen? (How can you tell if you are one)  How do you become one? (if you’re not already) What TYPE of Queen are you?  (so you can attract the right type of King), What happens when a King finds a Queen?  (What can they achieve together)

Come and find out in a series of Book Signing & Discussion Events, Workshops, and Lectures!  (This will also be an opportunity to meet other Kings and Queens, or King and Queens in the making).  The schedule is as follows:

Sunday 1st Oct, 146 Great Queen Street, Blackfriars EC1V 1-3pm (FREE – donations welcome)

Join us at the Launch of the Kings & Queens Book Tour, where you’ll be able to meet both authors for the first time – and myself of course! I will be interviewing King Kevin and TC Carrier, and this will also be your opportunity to ask them any questions!  The topic of discussion will be ‘What Does it Mean to be a King or a Queen?‘  Come and join in the discussion! Monies cannot be collected at the venue, so if you would like to make a contribution to the Kings & Queens Book Tour, please do so when you  >> Book your tickets here <<  (will go towards travel, accommodation, meals, filming, photography, marketing etc.)

Straight after this event, both authors will be on the Panel at the Kings and Queens United relationship event from 4-7pm (same venue), your ticket includes a meal!  For more info and to book >> click on this link <<

Monday 2nd Oct 5-7.30pm, Hackney Central Library, E8  (FREE – donations welcome)

Join us for a Book Signing & Discussion Event of ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘ and ‘The Secret Science of Black Male and Female Sex‘.  Order your copies by clicking on the links, read them in advance, so you can join in the discussion!  >> Reserve your free ticket  << (booking essential, consider making a donation to the Kings & Queens Book Tour)

Wednesday 4th Oct 5.30-7.30pm, Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham N15 (FREE, donations welcome)

This event is focused on King Kevin and TC Carrier’s other books ‘Courage to Believe‘, and ‘Black Son Rising; Re-awakening the Warrior DNA in Black Men.  This session is ideal for men and youth, not to say queens can’t attend! (especially if you’re raising princes).  Both Kevin and TC are youth mentors in the USA,  and are keen to connect with the youth in our community, especially those who are struggling with the system.  It would be a good idea to purchase your books online and read them before the session; If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow both e-books from their lending library FREE!   Order the paperbacks in advance, read them so you can join in the discussion, and they’ll sign them for you on the day!

Thursday 5th Oct 2-5pm, 6-9pm, Ankh Wellbeing Centre, W12 (£15-£25)

These are more intimate workshops with each author; from 2-5pm join King Kevin in a Workshop to identify What Type of Queen Are You?  Knowing your Queen Type will help you can attract the right type of King! Then between 6-9pm TC Carrier will be doing a Lecture on his book ‘The Secret Science of Black Male & Female Sex‘.

The Ankh Wellbeing Centre will be serving delicious vegan food, which you can purchase in the break.

If you work full time, consider booking the afternoon off work so you can attend both sessions!  Save £5 when you book both, only £25! (instead of £30).  >> Book here <<

Friday 6th Oct 6-8.30pm, Chestnuts Community Centre, N15  (£5 in advance, £7 otd)

In conjunction with Find Your Voice (bro Dougie from SLR radio), this evening is an open Discussion on the topic ‘What Can a King and Queen Achieve Together?‘  We will be exploring how our ancestors built great civilizations, and what we need to do to reclaim our greatness!  Surprisingly, within all the Black ‘conscious’ organizations I encountered in our commUNITY, none of them were doing this! >>  Book your tickets here <<  All our books will be on sale, but you are advised to purchase online so you can be more informed to join in the discussion! (See links to purchase books below)

Saturday 7th Oct 2-9pm @ Maat Centre, Tottenham N17 (£5-£8)

This is a full day event which includes a Youth Session from 2-4pm, Entertainment from 5-6pm, Book Signing & Discussions from 6-9pm, and Networking!

2-4pm Youth Session: Courage to Believe/Black Son Rising (£5 in adv, £7 otd)

We are inviting community organizations who work with our youth (especially those being let down by the system) to bring them along.  Both TC Carrier and Kevin Dorival are youth mentors in the USA, and are keen to have an opportunity to mentor our youth in the UK too!  What strategy should our youth be using to vent their frustration, instead of taking it out on each other? The entry fee is to cover the cost of the venue; if you are a black business or entrepreneur and would like to sponsor (pay for) our youth to attend this event, please contact me or the organisations to pay for them to attend, or just go to the Eventbrite page and pay, and donate them to the organization of your choice, such as Manhood Academy, Black Child Agenda, or Mentor Kings.

6-9pm Book Signings, Discussion & Entertainment! (£5 in advance, £7 otd)

The topic for this evening is ‘When Kings Meet Queens!

What happens when a brother and a sister unite in a high state of consciousness?  How do we achieve this state?  What is blocking our progress as a commUNITY?  How can we heal the damage caused to our DNA through slavery and colonialism?  Come and discuss!

Between 5-6pm there will be entertainment (including poetry by myself, dance from Julius of StepFreeDance, and music), food and drinks will be on sale, and you can also get your books signed!  Are you a King looking for your Queen? This will also be a great networking opportunity to meet other Kings and Queens (or Kings and Queens in the making)  >>  Book your tickets here <<

**There are a few stalls available for £20 each, visit the same link above to reserve yours**

Sunday 8th October 5-7.30pm @ Brixton Library, SW9 (£5 in advance, £7 otd)

Topic: Rebuilding Our Empires

This event is the culmination of the whole tour, and is your last opportunity to meet King Kevin and TC Carrier before they head back to the USA – if you’ve read their books you will surely want to meet them and get your books signed, if you haven’t done already!  We will have an open discussion on ‘How do we begin to rebuild our empires?‘ (our relationships, family and commUNITY).  How do we reclaim our rightful position in society?  What needs to change, for this to happen?  

We will also be discussing how we can carry on the work once the book tour is over, and how YOU can get involved!  There will also be giveaways, prizes, and lots of interactive discussion!

It costs £70 per hour to hire Brixton Library (with a discount!).  I’ve kept the ticket prices for each event as low as possible, just so you can attend at least one, and to make sure that you can still get the books!  This is not a profit-making venture, but something I’ve put together to help us as a commUNITY to heal.

Purchase your books in advance and read them before the tour, so that you can join in the discussions from an informed perspective; they will only have a limited amount of books with them, so purchase your book online, and they will sign it for you at the events!

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You can purchase my Self-help romance novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ here:

Journey of a Sister Limited Edition paperback

Journey of a Sister features Cezanne’s artwork & poetry with FREE postage (UK only)

£14.99

I look forward to seeing you on the Kings & Queens Book Tour!

In your service,

 

 

Author|Poetess|Artist|Events Host|Workshop Facilitator

Promoting LOVE Through Creativity!

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Review: African American Research Library Book Festival

I just got back from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where I took part in the African American Research Library & Cultural Centre‘s Annual Book Festival, courtesy of King Kevin Dorival!

The building itself was amazing; the equivalent of The Marcus Garvey Library, The Black Cultural Archives, and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre all under one roof! The library also has a state-of-the-art Theatre, and Black History Museum.
On Friday we were taken on a tour of the building by Essy, the Director. We were able to see some of the African artefacts they had accumulated, including some which belonged to the founder of the library, Samuel F. Morrison.
I also got to interview Samuel F. Morrison in the flesh! He is the visionary behind the library, who raised the $60,000,000 needed to build it. It was great to see that they had created a legacy for him while he’s still alive!
Later that evening I was one of the authors who featured in ‘An Evening with the Literary Stars‘, an exclusive evening where we got to pitch our books to the audience for 5 minutes each.
The following day was open to the public; I was on the Romance Panel with two other authors:
We had a lively discussion and afterwards, audience participants purchased their signed copies of our books!  (King Kevin Dorival was also on the panel).

The Kings are Coming!

King Kevin will be coming to London for the Kings & Queens Book Tour taking place on the 1-8th October.  We will be focusing on his newly-released book ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘ (I wrote the Foreword).
King Kevin has informed me that  he’ll be on the look-out for his Queen, so ladies, read his book!

I managed to interview King Kevin before I came back to London:

TC Carrier, author of ‘The Secret Science of Black Male and Female Sex‘ is also coming to London to take part in the Kings & Queens Book Tour!
The reason I’ve invited  both King Kevin and TC Carrier to London to take part in the Kings & Queens Book Tour is because both their books compliment my Self-help romance novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘.  All 3 books will really help you on your own journey of Self-discovery!
Tickets will also go on sale shortly, and you’re advised to get yours early – it’s going to be SOLD OUT! (don’t say you weren’t warned!)
The tour will include Book Signing & Discussion Events as well as Workshops; ‘What Type of Queen Are You?‘ ‘What is Spiritual Sex?‘ Come and find out!  Order your books and read them in advance, so you can join in the discussions!

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Join me on The Self Love Retreat! (Gambia)

  I’ve arranged for a small group of women to join me at The Healthy Ways Foundation in the Gambia, with myself and my mentors, Mama Naasira Angeela and Dr Gregory Joe Bledsoe, authors of ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine’.  They will be our hosts and cooks for the week, and they also have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us, especially when it comes to relationships!  If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, The Self Love Retreat incorporates nurturing workshops for 5 of the 7 days, with one full day of pampering!  So come and nurture your Self from the inside out, GO HERE for full details!
Did you see my interview on the No Ordinary Woman Chat Show? Watch it now!
In your service,

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Award-winning Visual & Spoken Word Artist| International Author| Events Host| Workshop Facilitator

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No Ordinary Woman Chat Show Interview

NOWLast October I attended an event where I met Caz Mac, who was in the process of setting up the No Ordinary Woman Chat Show YouTube Channel.  She would be interviewing a number of ordinary women doing extraodinary things! I gave her a signed copy of ‘Journey of a Sister‘ to read.  Some time later she contacted me really excited, having just finished reading the book, and invited me for an interview!  We had a good connection because she identified with a lot of what I’d written about.  In this interview I share my inspiration behind writing both books, but it’s mainly focused on the one she read.  The video launched on the No Ordinary Woman Chat Show YouTube Channel last week, and is available to watch NOW! (No Ordinary Woman) 🙂

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First Video in my series: Why the Black Woman MUST Heal! (HAIR)

I recently became clear about my Purpose: It’s to ‘Help the Black Woman to Heal’ just as I am; mentally, emotionally, and spiritually (including from ancestral trauma). We MUST heal in order to truly love ourselves. And Self Love is the ROOT CAUSE of many of our issues, especially our relationships!  It’s important for us to heal for a number of reasons; we are the core of our commUNITY. We are the ones raising the next generation. We are the core of the family. If we don’t re-build our family structures by re-building our relationships with our MEN, we cannot re-build our commUNITY!

This is the first video in my series ‘Why the Black Woman MUST Heal!’ which is all about our HAIR:

When we as Black Women ‘RE-MEMBER’ Who We Are, we will naturally develop Self Love, which doesn’t rely on outward appearance, it comes from deep within.

If you would like to join me on this journey of Self-healing and Self-discovery, start by reading my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ from Year One FREE!  In it  shared everything I discovered after asking God for “the Truth!” in a beautiful, Black Love story format!

If you identify with the topics raised in it, consider joining me on our Self-healing journey, by coming on The Self Love Retreat in the Gambia in November or December (subsequent dates may follow). I’ve organized for us to spend 7 days at the Healthy Ways Foundation, with authors of the cookbook ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine’, Dr Joe Gregory and Naasira Angeela Bledsoe. Not only are they our hosts, they have a wealth of experience regarding relationships, healthy eating, and much more to share with us! There are only 6 places on each Retreat, to ensure individual attention. (You can choose either from the first two weeks in November, or the first two weeks in December, 12 women each month)

If you would like more information about The Self Love Retreat come to the Taster Workshop on Saturday 1st July being held at Intuition House, Borough, South London (right next to Borough High Street station); the cost is just £25 which includes a FREE copy of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, and if you decide to sign upon the day, the cost of the workshop (£25) will be deducted from the price of the Retreat! (£100 deposit will secure your place, the Retreat is priced at an introductory price of just £599!).

If you are unable to attend the Taster Workshop on July 1st but are interested in joining me on The Self Love Retreat, email me: cezanne@journeyofasister.com, and I will set up a Skype call to share the information!

All the topics covered in my video series ‘Why the Black Woman MUST Heal‘ are raised in my Self-help novel.  Order your personally signed paperback for just £9.99 with FREE delivery in the UK!

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Visit the Events Page for details of events I’m taking part in, including ‘Dating vs Courtship’ Dinner & Discussion this Sunday, performance at Maya Angelou screening on Tuesday, and Breathology Workshop next Sunday!

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Why the Black Woman MUST Heal!

Over the past two weeks, I’ve become crystal clear about who I wrote my Self-help books for, and who I want to work with (predominantly).

Are you a Single Black Woman seeking to meet and marry your soulmate?

Are you in a relationship, and would like to know how to sustain it long term?

Do you have Self Love and Self Worth Issues? (be honest with your Self)

As a Black Woman raised in the UK in a Christian home, I received no love from my (single) mother, was indoctrinated into a religion which kept my mind in a fearful box, and received negative affirmations which seeped into my subconscious mind and became the program I ran on as an adult.  As a result, I grew up lacking Self Love, had poor Self-Esteem, and struggled with Self-Identity.  These in turn affected my relationships with my partners;  I turned down two opportunities to marry soulmates, and had my children with two men who either I didn’t truly love, or who didn’t truly love me.

My poverty mindset (received from my religious upbringing and negative affirmations as a child) also affected my ability to generate financial abundance.

Can you relate?

I know many of us share the same story, and it’s my job to work with you to help us heal – together!

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I’m starting a series of videos explaining ‘Why The Black Woman MUST Heal!‘ from this week!  These will cover our Hair, Skin, Body Image (how we perceive ourselves), Ancestral Lineage, operating in our Feminine Energy (as opposed to our Masculine energy), Sex & Spirituality, Mindset (including mental health), learning about The Power of our Womb and Yoni, Child-raising, and much more!

All these topics are also raised in  my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’. I would love for you to read it so you can get an idea of where I’m coming from, and whether I’m someone you’d like to work with in your own Self-healing journey.  Start by reading Year One FREE! (<<< click on the link)

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You can also order your personally signed paperback for just £9.99 with FREE delivery in the UK!

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(If you’re outside the UK, order your paperback from Lulu.com)

I’ll be sharing the videos about ‘Why The Black Woman MUST Heal!’ on the Journey of a Sister YouTube Channel so subscribe, or ‘follow’ this blog to get email notifications!

Join me on The Self Love Retreat!

From November, I will be taking 6 women (each month) on The Self Love Retreat, where we will be doing inner and outer work to Self-heal!  We will be staying  at The Healthy Ways House with Dr Joe and Mama Naasira Bledsoe (pictured below), authors of the Amazon best-seller ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine’. Apart from healthy eating and exercise, we will be doing daily workshops that will help increase your confidence and Self-esteem, build a positive Self-image, help you develop your intuition, show you how to use your Feminine Energy to better your relationships, how to make healthy life-giving meals, how to make natural skin care products using ingredients from your kitchen, and more! (with plenty of leisure time!)  I’m keeping the groups small and intimate so you can get plenty of 1-2-1 attention.  The Bledsoes will also be on hand to offer any advice and support, and will also be doing their own Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine workshop!

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Who is The Self Love Retreat for?

  • Women who have issues with Self-identity, Self-Love and Self-worth
  • Women who would like to learn how to truly love themselves from the inside out
  • Women who would like to develop a support network with other women to aid them on their Self-healing journey
  • Women who are open to transformation of the mind.

How much does it cost?

Just £599 for the week (7 days), which includes accommodation, a healthy Spicy Tasty Vegan meal each day, and Self Love workshops, with plenty of time for leisure activities and relaxation!  I always like to over-deliver, so you can expect more than you paid for! (N.B. Flights must be booked separately).  *This is an introductory price*

Join me at the Taster Workshop on Saturday 1st July and get ‘Journey of a Sister’ FREE! (Being held at Intuition House, Borough High St, London SE1, 1-3pm)

I’ve organised a Taster Workshop where you will learn more about what to expect at The Self Love Retreat; the cost for the workshop is just £25 which includes a FREE copy of my Self-help novel, free refreshments, a FREE Self Love Poster, and your money off the cost of the Retreat if you sign up on the day!  Go here for details!

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There are only 6 spaces on each Retreat, to guarantee you the personal touch!  A £100 deposit will secure your place, and you can pay in flexible monthly instalments.  If you are unable to attend the Taster Workshop but would like more information, or are interested in joining us on The Self Love Retreat, drop me an email at cezanne@journeyofasister.com, or message me below!

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“I Need a MAN!” has gone VIRAL!

My poem “I Need a MAN!” has gone viral!  It’s been on my YouTube channel for over 2 years, but it wasn’t until my friend Gary downloaded it from YouTube and converted it into a regular video, that it has suddenly gone viral!  it’s been shared extensively, you may have seen it in a Whatsapp group, or on Facebook?  One of the videos posted in a FB group had over 800 comments, and 22 shares!

As is to be expected, the comments were both positive and negative, and people were questioning whether I was that woman, or just acting.  So I thought I should at least explain my thinking behind the concept!  First, here’s the video:

The original version is over 9 minutes long, and embodies 5 different types of Black Woman; The Career Woman (at the beginning of the video), who has spent the best part of her life building her career.  It has paid off in terms of material possessions, but her lack of investment in her relationships has left her man-less.  The poem also features the Conscious Sistar, the Single Mother, the Religious/Church Sister, and ‘Miss Bootilicious’, who is in touch with her sexuality.   (I’d say, there’s a piece of me in all of them!)

They all need a man, but they all have different needs!

For the record, I don’t live alone (I have three ‘suns’), I’m still working on having all the money in the bank I need, I don’t go ‘out with the girls’, I don’t have a King-sized bed, etc. etc. But I DO like ‘fullly melanated’ brothers, I DO need someone who’s business-minded, and am remaining celibate until I meet ‘The One’!

I wrote “I Need a MAN!” in 2009, which mentioned doing the ‘6 Month Test’.  When I was led to write the book ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ in 2013, it explained how to do the 6 Month Test fully. (FREE to download when you subscribe, or available on Amazon or Lulu in paperback).  This was not a conscious decision on my part!

Much of what I write is ‘auto-written’, (meaning I don’t have to think it up, it just comes through me).  The 6 Month Test will help you to avoid jumping into bed with a man (or woman) until you are sure the person is right for you.  It will help you build a solid foundation upon which to build a committed relationship leading to marriage as opposed to long (or short) term dating.

The poem was also an experiment in the Law of Attraction; what would happen if you get really clear about what you desire in a man (or woman), and write it down?  The power of the written and spoken word, is what this poem is all about.  Watch my recent live performance of “I Need a MAN!”

Listen to the full length version on my Soundcloud (some naughty bits in it, but nice!)

(For bookings email Michael at upspoken@gmail.com)

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Award-winning Visual & Spoken Word Artist| International Author| Events Host| Workshop Facilitator

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Today is Black Woman Heal Day!

Today is officially Black Woman Heal Day, founded by Lilada Gee in 2015.  The aim is to organise events, write blogs, and create forums where sisters can get information, share stories, and empower each other.

I would have liked to organise an event this year, but I’m attending the Woman to Woman Conference today, so I’ve decided to write a blog instead, with the aim of organizing an event next year…

Why The Black Woman MUST Heal:

The Black Womban is the Original Woman, the ‘Mother of All Nations’.

It has been scientifically proven that the oldest human remains is of a Black Womban.

She carries the original gene: Mitochondria DNA.  Men do not carry this gene, it can only be transferred from mother to child, which is where I believe the word inHERitance comes from! (I’ve covered the topic of MDNA in Year 8 of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’)

There is a secret war against the Black Womban; to prevent her from ‘re-membering’ who she is, to degrade her image (and that of her male counterpart) in order to destroy her family, and ultimately her whole commUNITY.

The Black Womban is the core of her community; in order to heal our community, the Black Womban MUST heal – for the sake of the next generation!

The Black Womban, being the Mother of All Nations, is pow-HER-full!  But we have forgotten our power.  Many of us have issues to do with our womb, relating to the foods we eat, the products we put on our skin and hair, and the toxic men we sleep with.  In order to heal, we must return to nature!  In order to heal our relationships, we must begin by healing ourselves, starting with Self Love!

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Ways we can heal:

  • Get in touch with our True Self, by spending time alone, sitting in the Silence, meditating, praying, taking notes.
  • Read (and implement) Self-help books, audios and videos that help us return to our natural state of being.
  • Get into nature at least twice a week
  • Use natural skin and hair care products (these sink into your bloodstream!)
  • Grow natural! (There’s a section in my novel which will help you innerstand why this is important)
  • Exercise your mind and body daily
  • Eat foods provided by Mother Nature
  • Learn about the power of your yoni and womb (covered in Year 8 of ‘Journey of a Sister’)

In a society which has turned everything upside down, where the truth is now a lie, and a lie is now the truth, it doesn’t take much to realize why the Black Woman and her male counterpart is under such attack.  Yet WE have the power to turn everything the right way around again!  We are POW-HER-FULL!

The source of our power is in our EMOTIONS and our INTUITION.  Yet if we continue operating in our masculine energy instead of our feminine energy, we will never be able to tap into our full pow-HER.  We will never take our rightful position on this planet , next to our Black Man, reigning side by side.

As melanin-rich people, we are naturally spiritual, and naturally sexual.

Religion has played a big part in separating sex from spirituality, but in this time we MUST heal, and put the two back together again.  I have gone into much more detail about this in my novel, preview Year One FREE! (click on link to open)

Are you an Amazon Prime member? Borrow the e-book series of ‘Journey of a Sister’ from their lending library FREE! (click on book image below to go to Amazon).

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To learn more about Black Woman Heal Day and get involved next year contact the Founder Lilada Gee

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Visit my Events Page for details of April events, hope to see you at one of them! (My book will be on sale)