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:

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Order your personally signed copy of Journey of a Sister with FREE postage (UK only)

£9.99

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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Join me at a Taster Workshop for The Self Love Retreat, Sun 30th July

Two of the issues the main character in my novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ battled with, were to do with Self Love and Self worth.

She believed that because she had two young children, she wasn’t ‘good enough’ for Charles.  Do you have the ‘not good enough’ program running in your subconscious mind?

Feelings of being unworthy, not deserving, or not good enough, will make you sabotage your success in relationships, health, business and finances – not necessarily all at once, but one or the other.  For instance, you might be a great business woman, but lacking in the area of your relationships.  Or you might be good with money, but lacking in the area of your health.

Suzanne, the main character, had to go really deep within her Self to get to the root cause of her issues, in order to heal.

But in today’s society there are so many distractions, we rarely take the time to shut off the outside world to connect with our true, inner Self.

To truly Love yourself, is to know your Self, and you can only truly know your Self when you are connected with your Source!

I have designed The Self Love Retreat to cater to your personal needs, as well as a group.  It will help you connect with your Source from within, to help you identify any issues you may have that are preventing your progress in any area, so you can begin the process of Self-healing.

I will be sharing some of the techniques that have helped raise my confidence and self-esteem, eradicate a poor Self-image, unblock my creativity, and connect with my Source, in order to find my Purpose, and for guidance on the necessary steps to fulfill it.

The Self Love Retreat isn’t just about pampering your outer self (although that’s included!) it will  help you take ‘Time Out’ to go deep within, and get clear on the steps you should be taking in life, instead of wandering through life aimlessly.  It will involve:

  • Spending time in ‘the Silence’
  • Mirror Work and Affirmations
  • Healthy eating
  • Exercise and relaxation
  • 5 daily workshops: ‘Who I Am’, ‘Loving ME from Within’, ‘Self Healing Through Forgiveness’, Colour Therapy, Sensuality
  • A day of Pampering (massage, manicure/pedicure, facial)

Self Love was something I had to learn; I grew up in a love-less home, and was led to believe as a child that I was ‘no good’, ‘ugly’, ‘didn’t deserve it’ (anything I wanted), and that anything I did wasn’t ‘good enough’.  On top of that, my Christian programming led me to believe that I was born in sin, and that without Christ I was ‘unworthy’, and a ‘poor, wretched sinner’! I grew up believing I didn’t deserve the good things that I actually wanted (especially my relationships), so I kept sabotaging myself when anything good came my way.  Now, I’ve learned to love my Self, put my Self first, and accept when good things come to me!

If you have issues with Self Love or Self worth, or just want to spend some time connecting with your Source from within, The Self Love Retreat is right for YOU!

Join me for a Taster Workshop!

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If you would like more information about The Self Love Retreat, I’m holding a Taster Workshop on Sunday 30th July at Katakata (vegan restaurant and art space), 132 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RS, 2-5pm.  You’ll be able to ask any questions, and I’ll be giving you tasters of some of the workshops!  The cost for the workshop is just £15 which includes:

  • A delicious vegan meal
  • Freshly squeezed juice
  • A personally signed copy of my novel ‘Journey of a Sister’
  • Tasters in The Self Love Retreat workshops (inc. Colour Therapy)
  • Networking with others who may be joining us on the Retreat!
  • Your £15 will be reimbursed towards the cost of the Retreat if you sign up on the day! (£150)

Click here to book your ticket!

If you are unable to attend the Taster Workshop you can visit this page for more information, and to book your place.

My mentors, Dr Joe Gregory and Naasira Angeela Bledsoe, authors of ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine‘ will be our hosts and cooks, plus they have a wealth of experience behind them that they will be sharing with us, especially regarding eating for health, and relationships!  Visit their website to watch their welcome video to the Healthy Ways Guest House!

If you like the sound of The Self Love Retreat but are unable to join us in November or December, you can arrange with me to pay monthly installments that are affordable for you, towards a Retreat next year (not always in the Gambia, but somewhere warm!)

The price of The Self Love Retreat is likely to go up after December, so don’t put it off, treat your Self!  This Retreat if for WOMEN ONLY, but if you’re a man, and are thinking of treating your special lady, you’re welcome to join us for the Taster Session!

I look forward to seeing you at the Taster Workshop, or join me on Facebook Live on Sunday 30th July 2-5pm!

In your service,

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Cezanne Taharqa aka Cezanne Poetess

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

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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)

In your service,

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Cezanne Taharqa aka Cezanne Poetess

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

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International Women’s Month Special Offer!

If you are a Book Lover, don’t miss my special offer to celebrate International Women’s Month!

Both Books

If you’ve been thinking about getting my books, now’s the time!  For the whole of March (International Women’s Month), you can get both paperbacks for the price of one!  (while stocks last)

How to Get the Ring On Your Finger

I wrote this book for all the sisters (and brothers) who are seeking marriage as opposed to long term dating.  Over 30 brothers have contributed to this book; it will help you PREPARE to meet your match, suggests ways to meet your soul mate (including my events!) and then guides you through the whole dating process, by introducing the DIY Arranged Marriage, which involves doing the 6 Month Test.  It’s not a step-by-step manual, but it will help you learn to be guided by your own intuition, and suggests ways you can help yourself when emotions are clouding your judgement! I have used the tips in this book on numerous occasions to help me avoid making those big relationship mistakes!  Watch my performance of my poem “I Need a MAN!” which mentions the 6 Month Test!

‘How to Get the Ring On…’ would normally cost you £7.99, but you can get it FREE when you purchase my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ – WHILE STOCKS LAST!

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Why do you need my books?

If you are on a journey of Self-discovery, Self-development, and spiritual growth, both books will be of service to you.  I wrote Journey of a Sister to share everything I’ve learnt along my own Self-healing journey, including un-indoctrinating myself from religion and embracing spirituality,  developing Self Love through I-dentity, learning about the creative power of my mind, and much more!   Journey of a Sister is a beautiful Black Love story with plenty of wisdom (which I channeled), that will help you on your own journey of Self-discovery, whether you are a sister or a brother!

Preview Journey of a Sister

Preview How to Get The Ring On

GET YOUR LIMITED EDITION  SELF-HELP NOVEL!

I printed 1,000 copies of Journey of a Sister with my artwork in FULL COLOUR so you can benefit from the Colour Therapy in them while you read! (see my Art page for full details).  Once these are sold all future books will be printed in black and white! (50% already distributed)

Happy reading!  Visit my Events page for details of event’s I’m taking part in!

In your service,

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Cezanne Taharqa aka Cezanne Poetess

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

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The Black Butterfly Effect

‘The Black Butterfly Effect’ is a process of transforming your MIND, in order to transform your LIFE!

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When I painted ‘Black Butterfly’ in 2009, I had just started learning how to meditate in order to control my negative thinking patterns (I was in a deep state of meditation when I painted it!).  I was also studying Universal Laws; that your thoughts go out into the universe and leave an impression.  The more you have the same thought, the deeper the impression becomes.  These thoughts are eventually reflected back to you as your life (good or bad).

As a result of learning this, I began to really focus on managing my thoughts, and what I wanted to create (as opposed to what I didn’t want).

I wrote my poem ‘The Black Butterfly Effect’ in 2012 while going through a ‘Mind Fast’.  The poem uses the imagery of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly, to explain the process of transforming your mind:

First, you must protect your subconscious mind from all negative influences that do not support your vision; then you must ‘go within’ and get clear about what you want to create.  As you’re going through this process you’ll find it difficult, because your mind and body are used to doing things a different way.  But the more you practice your new way of thinking, your mind and body will eventually catch up!

In January I completed The 30 Day Mind Detox in which I ‘cocooned’ myself from the outside world and focused on going within and getting really clear on what I wanted to achieve this year, and the years ahead.  Once I was clear, I created a Vision Board based upon my set intentions.  Already, things have started to MANifest!  I will share more about this later on this year, but for now, if you’d like to start the process of transforming your mind, begin by reading my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ (for brothers too!).  The main character goes through a complete transformation; of her mind, her relationship, and her Self-identity.

I’ve used the Adinkra symbol ‘Sesa wo Suban’ throughout the book, as it is the symbol of transformation:

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Are you ready to Transform?

Join Suzanne on her transformational quest for “The Truth!” about sex before marriage, the creative power of her thoughts, her African ancestry, and the history of the religion she had been indoctrinated into!    It includes her hair journey, the transformation of her relationship, and discovering True Love!  It is a beautiful Black Love story with lots of wisdom, which thousands of women and men can relate to. Start the journey by reading Year One FREE! (click on the link).

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(features my artwork & poetry)

Order your copy from www.lulu.com for only £9.99 (ships worldwide).

‘Black Butterfly’ features in Year One and Year Seven!

To view more of my art, and to order your art prints visit my Art Page!

In your service,

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Cezanne Taharqa aka Cezanne Poetess

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

If you’re London-based, join us at the next Gida Live! on Friday 17th March (I’m hosting and performing!) for details visit my Events page or click on the image below!

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Leaving a Legacy & December Events!

Last week was an event-full week!

On Saturday I attended the Legacy Gala where we championed people within our community who were making a positive impact and leaving a legacy (maybe I’ll be included next year!)  An old friend of mine, Marlon ‘Kush’ Palmer received an award for his contributions to showcasing Black films over the last 20 years (I designed his very first logo!).

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I was interviewed at the Gala by ‘No Ordinary Woman’ Chat Show about my novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ – it was a coincidence that I’d only met the presenter Caz-Maz a few days earlier at the Mayor of Southwark’s Office! (That’s another story!)

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And last Thursday, I attended the Premier Screening of ‘Birth of a Nation’.  It wasn’t what I expected, as most of the film simply promoted white supremacy, and blatantly showed how the bible was used to subdue my ancestors and turn them docile.  I thought I was going to see an empowering film about revolution, but for me, ‘The Birth of a Nation’ was really about the birth of white supremacy through the enslavement of my ancestors.  As the descendant of an enslaved African, in my opinion, this film did nothing to empower me, and did nothing to honour my ancestors.

The bright side was, I had the opportunity to perform my poem “Who Am I?” before the film started.  It was befitting for me to perform this particular poem, because when I was in Ghana in November 2014, I performed this same poem in the dungeons where my ancestors were held in squalid conditions before being torn from their Motherland and shipped from Cape Coast (one of them was called ‘The Good Ship Jesus’).  I performed it right on the spot where my ancestors were held captive. It was also the 8th anniversary of my grandmothers passing:

It took me a year to write about my experiences in Ghana, but the last two chapters of my revised Self-help novel now titled ‘Journey of a Sister’ are based upon my experiences there. Get your paperback here (ships worldwide).

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Anyway, the following day (Friday), I went to see the play ‘So You Think I’m Crazy?’ at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, North London.  Brilliant acting, which again portrayed the many ways my people are under psychological attack – this time through the Mental Health system.  Here’s a clip:

Religion, mainstream media, the food we eat, the music we listen to, and the (mis) education system, are some of the ways we battle psychological warfare.

Along my own Self-healing journey, I studied how the mind works in order to heal myself from depression and self-sabotage.  I learnt that our childhood programming determines how we think and act as adults.  As someone who was indoctrinated into a religion from a very young age, it took me years to un-indoctrinate myself.  On top of that, I’m still going through the process of re-programming my subconscious mind from the negative words and beatings I received as a child (that’s how deep it goes!)  I now know that the whippings my ancestors received were to break them down mentally in order to control them physically.  My parent’s generation were simply enacting their genetic coding of beating their children mercilessly, being emotionally detached from them, speaking negatively to them (e.g. “You are worthless/good for nothing/ugly…”), and taking them to church to be indoctrinated to be humble servants.  I am grateful for my upbringing, because that’s what has led me to the path I’m on today; to help my people ‘break free from mental slavery’.

Religion is a Mind Control tool.  When coupled with the slave mentality, it leaves our minds weak and susceptible to any suggestion made to them.  I seek to work with those who are raising the next generation, because as Frederick Douglas said, “It’s easier to raise strong children than to mend broken adults”. If you are committed to the process of healing, read my Self-help books!

After watching the film ‘Sankofa’ in 2010, I cried out to my ancestors and asked them what I could do to help my people heal.  The following morning, I played the guitar track and recorded ‘We Belong Together’ in my home studio (I recorded it first, then wrote it after – it was channeled!):

Since then I’ve also written ‘Journey of a Sister’ and ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ (which has contributions from over 30 brothers).  Both books look at how our PAST has affected the way we relate to each other TODAY. They will help you begin the process of Self-healing, and help you build Self Love, Love for your race, Self-dignity and Pride in who you are.

These are the legacies I am leaving for my commUNITY, read them!  You can download ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ FREE when you subscribe, or get both paperbacks signed by me from the Books page for only £14.99! (ships worldwide, Paypal will convert currency).

December Events:

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This Sunday I’m doing a Presentation at the Launch of ‘Kings & Queens United’, a new platform aimed at helping us ‘re-create our bonds’.   My interactive talk will be based on the topics raised in ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’, and I’ll also be performing my poem ‘R U The One?’  This is a Dinner & Discussion type of event, download the e-book of ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ FREE, and come and join in the discussion!  Book your ticket here, which includes a Caribbean buffet meal!

SAD Presentation @ Brixton Library Sunday 18th December 2-4pm

Read my blog post on how Colour Therapy can ease symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, and come to my FREE workshop! (Books and Art Prints will be on sale)

For details of other events I’ll be at during December visit the Events page!

I look forward to seeing you!

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Do you Feel SAD in the Winter? COLOUR THERAPY Can Help!

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During this time of the year when the clocks go back and days are shorter, many people suffer from low energy levels, lack motivation to do everyday tasks, and generally feel SAD.

What is SAD?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression caused by lack of natural sunlight, which mainly affects people of colour because of our MELANIN.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • A persistent low mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal everyday activities
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
  • Going to bed much earlier than normal yet finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • Comfort eating and gaining weight

What Causes SAD?

According to the NHS website, ‘the main theory is that a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the ‘hypothalamus’ (also known as the Pineal Gland) from working properly.  The ‘hypothalamus’ is responsible for:

  • Production of melatonin– a hormone that makes you feel sleepy; in people with SAD, the body may produce it in higher than normal levels
  • Production of serotonin– Commonly referred to as the happy hormone, serotonin affects your mood, appetite and sleep; a lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels, which is linked to feelings of depression.
  • The body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) – your body uses sunlight to determine various important functions (such as when you wake up), so lower light levels during the winter may disrupt your body clock and lead to symptoms of SAD

It is also possible that some people are more vulnerable to SAD as a result of their genes, as some cases appear to run in families.’ (source: NHS website)

Why does SAD affect people of colour more than others?

We are designed to live in hotter climates, where the sun is out for most of the day.  Lack of sunlight prevents the Pineal Gland from functioning properly; it is further calcified by sodium fluoride in toothpaste, tap water, and man-made chemicals used on the skin and in food.

The main treatments offered by the NHS are:

  • Lifestyle measures, including getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly and managing your stress levels
  • Light therapy – where a special lamp called a light box is used to simulate exposure to sunlight
  • talking therapies, such cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or counselling
  • antidepressant medication such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

The problem is, many people of colour are diagnosed as suffering from depression and offered SSRI’s (a chemical drug) instead of being offered Vitamin D supplements, Light Therapy, or even COLOUR THERAPY which isn’t even on their list!

I used to suffer from SAD; each winter I would just want to just curl up underneath my duvet with the curtains closed; I lack energy, didn’t feel motivated to do simple tasks, and felt depressed.  But in 2009 I intuitively healed myself by painting bright, colourful paintings and hanging them on my walls (see my Art page!)  Since that winter, I noticed I wasn’t getting my usual symptoms, which led me to study the benefits of colour on the MIND and EMOTIONS.

Meet me at Katakata on Sunday 5th November 2017 from 2-5pm, 132 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RS where I’ll be explaining the benefits of COLOR THERAPY in more detail, at a Taster Workshop for The Self Love Retreat! (Gambia)

The last 3 paintings from my collection ‘Nature’s Art‘ will be on exhibition (for sale), plus you’ll be able to get Prints of my artwork!  Get your ticket for the Taster Workshop (£15) Just make a payment to www.paypal.com/cezanne121 – your ticket price includes a vegan lunch and a LIMITED EDITION signed copy of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’  (which features my Art in full colour)

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If you are unable to attend, you can still order your signed paperback from the BOOKS page!

Omega Radio Interview 2nd November 2017  

I’ll be on www.omegafmradio.co.uk on Thursday 2nd November 1-2pm with the Roots Doctor, explaining the benefits of Colour Therapy, and talking about The Self Love Retreat.

Haven’t read it yet?  Start from Year One FREE!

Hope to see you there!

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Two Days To My BOOK LAUNCH – Join us!

Join us for the re-launch of my revised Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ (previously titled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’) and its sister-book ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’

It’s  being held at the newly refurbished Marcus Garvey Library which is situated inside Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, which is just behind the Bernie Grant Arts Centre! (nearest station: Seven Sisters)

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Both books will be available on the day, but we will mainly be discussing ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘ – if you haven’t read it yet, download the FREE e-book so you can join in the discussion!

Some of the brothers who contributed to it will be on the Panel to answer your questions!

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I revised it to take into consideration some of the comments that were made at previous Book Signing & Discussion Events, such as “Is the ‘White Wedding’ a Black Thing?”  The front cover design was also inspired by something one of the brothers said: ‘the ring is the smallest handcuff ever created by the white man’ (he’s now happily married by the way!).  You can see him making the comment in this short video clip from the Book Launch of the First Edition:

We’re  mainly going to be discussing ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘ because no-one has yet read the two new chapters I’ve added to my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ (previously titled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!).  You can purchase your signed copy on the day for only £9.99, and read it before next month‘s Book Signing & Discussion Event!

Out with the Old, in with the New!

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If you bought the First Edition, bring it with you to get the Second Edition for only £5! You can keep the first one as well  🙂  Read Year One FREE! (click on the link to open PDF)

You can also get a FREE SIGNED PAPERBACK of ‘Journey of a Sister‘ when you sign up for my 30 Day Mind Detox (online course starting in January, see below to link for more details)

WIN Framed and Laminated Prints of my Art! 

I’ve used them to illustrate my novel; hang them on your walls to alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder! (see my Art page for more details).  Some will also be on sale!

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HOW TO GET THERE

The Marcus Garvey Library is situated inside Tottenham Green Leisure Centre, which is less than a 10 minute walk from Seven Sisters station, or you can get the 149, 279, 259, or 349  (get off at Tottenham Green).  If you are coming on the underground, ask the bus driver for the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, you’ll find Tottenham Green Leisure Centre behind it (take the path to your right).

I look forward to seeing you there!

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P.S. Visit the Events page for information about the Natural November National Tour I’m taking part in on the 12th, 19th and 26th November!  (Birmingham, London, Manchester)

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I’ll be doing a 45 minute presentation called ‘Be-U-ti-full – Naturally!‘, will have copies of my books on sales, and will also be signing people up for my 30 Day Mind Detox (online course)

Join us for the BOOK LAUNCH this SUNDAY 6th Nov!

Just 4 DAYS TO GO!

I’m getting all excited; what I’ve been doing in the dark is finally coming to light!

The Revised Editions for both my Self-help books have gone to print, and I’m expecting 1,000 copies of each!  It’s been a labour of love, patience and focus, to bring you these Revised Editions!  (I’ll be explaining why I felt the need to revise them on the day).

On Sunday, we’re going to be discussing ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘ – some of the brothers who contributed to it will be on the Panel to answer your questions – get the FREE download so you can come and join in the discussion!

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Watch a clip from the Book Launch of the First Edition to get an idea of what to expect:

BOOK Your Seat!

Visit Eventbrite to book your FREE ticket, or pre-order your book to guarantee your seat! (please only reserve a free ticket if you know you’ll be able to attend). Pre-ordering your book in advance means you won’t have to queue up to get it signed on the day!

Out with the Old, in with the New!

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If you bought the First Edition of my Self-help Novel, bring it with you to get the Second Edition for only £5! You can keep the first one as well  🙂

RAFFLE and Art Print Sale! 

You’ll also be able to WIN Framed and Laminated Prints of my art in the Raffle, and I’ll also be selling them on the day!  (They all feature in my novel).

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Get a FREE copy of ‘Journey of a Sister‘ when you join my 30 Day Online Course!

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More about it on the day, or visit www.journeyofasister.com/mind-detox

(You can pay for books and the Online Course by Paypal, credit or debit cards.)

I look forward to seeing you there!

HOW TO GET THERE:

The Marcus Garvey Library is less than a 10 minute walk from Seven Sisters station, or you can get the 149, 279, 259, or 349 two stops.  If you are coming on the underground, turn left when you come through the ticket barriers, and go up the stairs past the sweet shop.  When you get off the bus (two stops), stay on the same side and take the path towards the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, you’ll find Tottenham Green Leisure Centre behind it (take the path to your right).

To reserve your seat(s) visit Eventbrite

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Download Year Three FREE TODAY!

In Year Three of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, she learns how to meditate in order to control her negative thinking patterns, and learns that all thoughts are either rooted in LOVE or FEAR.  If THOUGHTS create FEELINGS, then learning how to root all her thoughts in LOVE will keep her feeling positive and loving!  I have used my painting ‘Self Love’ to illustrate the front cover of the e-book, which is FREE to download TODAY!

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The whole e-book series will be available to download FREE each day leading up to my Book Launch on Sunday 6th November, so you can come and join in the discussion! You’ll get a personally signed paperback when you purchase your ticket for the Launch!  The price of the ticket includes your signed paperback: £9.99 for ‘Journey of a Sister‘, £7.99 for ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger‘, or £14.99 for both books!

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Hope to see you at the Book Launch, if you are unable to attend, you can still order your signed paperbacks HERE!

Tomorrow, Year Four will be available to download FREE, to receive notifications in your inbox, ‘follow’ this blog!  If you missed the free downloads of Years One & Two, visit the Books page to download them for only $0.99!

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