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21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Salute a Sister

“Everybody say Blessed.” We did it y’all! We walked for 21 days, journeying through 21 Pleasure Principles. We pray that over the past 21 episodes, you have learned the liberation stories of our people and that you have been transformed in ways that make you feel more alive. Now it’s time to Claim the Victory. What […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 20 | Zilpha Elaw

Pleasure Muse: Zilpha Elaw    Tantalizing Trivia  One of 22 children, she was born in 1790 in Pennsylvania to free Black parents.  Her mother passed away when Zilpha was just 12 years old. Her father passed away two years later. She was sent to live in the home of a Quaker family.  Soon after she would […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 19 | Gloria Richardson

Pleasure Muse: Gloria Richardson Tantalizing Trivia   She was a Civil Rights activist who led The Cambridge Movement in the 1960s. Honored for her leadership, she sat on stage at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. She grew up in Baltimore but was from a prominent family – of landowners, lawyers, and politicians […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 18 | Rosa Parks

Pleasure Muse: Rosa Parks    Tantalizing Trivia  Her future husband took her on a first date to a rally for the “Scottsboro Boys”, nine Black men who were wrongly accused of rape. From that rally she became compelled to activism.  She was educated on civil disobedience during her days at the famed Highlander School in Tennessee […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 17 | Myrlie Evers-Williams

Pleasure Muse: Myrlie Evers-Williams Tantalizing Trivia  Raised by her grandmother, and an aunt, two respected school teachers in Vicksburg, MS.  They encouraged education so in 1950 she attended Alcorn A&M where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta sorority and on her first day of school met and fell in love with Medgar Evers – they got married a year […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 16 | Wilma Rudolph

Pleasure Muse: WIlma Rudoplh    Tantalizing Trivia    She was the 20th of 22 children and weighed 4.5 pounds at birth. Her early health challenges included pneumonia, scarlet fever and polio.  As an Olympic champion, and the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics,, she was among the most highly visible black […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 15 | Oshun

Pleasure Muse: Oshun    Tantalizing Trivia   Oshun is a goddess deity, or orisha, of the Yoruba religion of West Africa. There are equivalent goddess figures in multiple cultures including as Oxum in Brazil and Ochun in Cuba. Tradition holds that Oshun comes from Osogbo, Nigeria. That city is considered sacred, and it is believed to be […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 14 | Bessie Springfield

Pleasure Muse: Bessie Springfield   Tantalizing Trivia   First Black woman to ride across the United States solo.  At 16, taught herself to ride her first motorcycle, a 1928 Indian Scout.  At 19, started her adventure across the American South at the height of the Jim Crow Era – on a Harley-Davidson.  One of the few civilian […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 13 | Emma Dupree

Pleasure Muse: Emma Dupree    Tantalizing Trivia:  She was an herbalist and traditional healer who grew up on the Tar River in North Carolina. Her pioneering work serves as the basis for much of today’s herbal medicine movement.  She was known for her “garden grown pharmacy” and grew everything from  sassafras, white mint, double tansy, rabbit […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 12 | Lil Kim

Pleasure Muse: Lil Kim    Tantalizing Trivia: She is the original “Queen Bee”, also known as the Queen of Rap and The First Lady of Rap.  At 14, because of a tumultuous relationship with her father, she left home and started living on the streets; later she would drop out of high school for a short […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 11 | Naomi Sims

Pleasure Muse: Naomi Sims   Tantalizing Trivia: Naomi Sims is the first Black supermodel in history – certainly, the first Black cover girl to land the featured cover photo in major magazines like Life and Cosmo in the 1960s and 1970s With a dark complexion, a thin body, and standing 5’ 10 she says she was […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 10 | Sharon Schaffer

Pleasure Muse: Sharon Schaffer    Tantalizing Trivia  She is the first Black woman to become a professional surfer and some of her work was featured in the opening of the Smithsonian African-American History Museum.  She was a pioneer as a stunt double in Hollywood. As an actress she toured the country playing Harriet Tubman.  She is […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 9 | Mary McLeod Bethune

Pleasure Muse: Mary McLeod Bethune   Tantalizing Trivia   Mary McLeod Bethune was not satisfied until Black girls were educated and free.  Born in South Carolina to parents of enslaved Africans, she was the 15th of 17 children. She worked the cotton fields with her mother and each afternoon, walked 5 miles to school to learn to […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 8 | Toni Cade Bambara

Pleasure Muse: Toni Cade Bambara  Tantalizing Trivia:  Born Miltona Mirkin Cade, this author, activist, and professor, changed her name at the age of 6, to Toni. She then added Bambara to honor the West African ethnic group, Bambara.  Her anthology, “Black Woman”, was the first feminist collection to focus on Black women. It included works […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 7 | Queen Afua

Pleasure Muse: Queen Afua   Tantalizing Trivia   Born Helen Odel Robinson changed her name to Queen Afua She was raised in Harlem at the height of the Black Nationalist Movement and was a community organizer.  As a child, she suffered from asthma, allergies, eczema and debilitating cramps and at 15 years old, started a lifelong investigation, […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 5 | Dr. John Francis

Pleasure Muse: Dr. John Francis    Tantalizing Trivia   He gave up using motorized transportation and took a vow of silence that was intended to last one day. It lasted for 17 years.  He completed three college degrees, including a Phd while silent.  He walked across the United States and is referred to as the “Planet Walker”.  […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 5 | Alice Coachman

Pleasure Muse: Alice Coachman    Tantalizing Trivia Alice Coachman was the first Black woman from any country to win an Olympic gold medal.  She was born in segregated Georgia and as a child picked cotton and sold peaches, pecans and plums to help support her family She rejected  the patriarchy and segregationists, both telling her Black girls should not be […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 4 | Alice Coltrane

Pleasure Muse: Alice Coltrane    Tantalizing Trivia   At 29 she became a widow with four children after her husband, famed jazz musician, John Coltran, passed away.  She founded an Ashram in the mountains of California and was an active healer, practicing energy work and laying of the hands.  She entered a two year mourning period after […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 3 | Donna Summer

Pleasure Muse: Donna Summer    Tantalizing Trivia   Born to a working class family in Boston – her father was a butcher and her mother was a schoolteacher – her voice soared when she started singing solos in the AME church at 11 years old.  She dropped out of high school to move to New York […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 2 | Dr. Sebi

Pleasure Muse: Dr. Sebi    Tantalizing Trivia He grew up in Honduras and got his foundation in herbalism from his grandmother.  He was arrested several times for practicing medicine without a license, but attracted a zealot following of believers who followed his lifestyle and diet advice.  Nipsey Hustle called him an underdog hero and champion […]

21 PLEASURE PRINCIPLES | Day 1 | bell hooks

Pleasure Muse: bell hooks   Tantalizing Trivia She was born Gloria Jean Johnson, but like a longline of Black women who refused to be defined by the narrowness of this world, when she was ready to step on the scene with her talent, she changed her pen name to bell hooks after her great-grandmother. She […]

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