Sankofa Bonfire Lecture Series: Week 4

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The concept of stress is not a stranger to anyone. Unfortunately, for many, the idea that they are in an exhaustive stage of stress eludes them. This week we discussed stress and trauma, the effects it has on us physically and emotionally. We also shared some practical steps we can take to help lower our stress levels. Stress is a low level form of fear. Our bodies...

Sankofa Bonfire Lecture Series: Week 3

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Trauma is experiencing a harm or something damaging to one’s well being in the context of one’s cultural well-being or natural phenomenon. This week’s discussion was led by Dr. Ifetayo Flannery, an assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University. She serves on the Executive Board for the DISA...

Sankofa Bonfire Lecture Series: Week 2

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Art is lived out; It is experienced intimately, it is executed and demanded. In such cultures… in Africa, art is integral to life and to man’s well being. It is expressive of a people’s world-view, and its absence creates and obvious but uncomfortable vacuum. ~Dele Jegede During this week’s lecture we discussed Afrocentric Aesthetics...

Sankofa Bonfire Lecture Series: Week 1

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It is no exaggeration.. to say that in Traditional Africa, religion is life and life, religion. Africans are engaged in religion in whatever they do – whether it be farming, fishing, hunting; or simply eating, drinking, or traveling. ~Kofi Asare Opoku Today we held the first in a 4-part series on Traditional African Spirituality. Leading the discussion...