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This meme basically sums up my sentiments post-election. Then again, if the past few weeks have taught me anything, it’s that my post-election feels are liable to change on an hourly basis. I know one thing for sure: we survived this year, y’all. Even when so many others didn’t . By the Guardian’s count, 239 black people have been killed by police violence this year*. That’s like a murder a day, Monday through Friday, every week for a year. (At what point do we label this a genocide?) Black people have been living under the threat of racial terror long before November 8th. That makes me even more grateful for the people and places in my life that affirm blackness in all its complexity. Say what you will of the political shit show, 2016 was an incredible year for black culture. So this month’s Hive Mind is focused on lifting up some of the stunning work black and brown folks have created this year.
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  • Peep This Poet: Get a hit of the black girl brujeria that’s been sustaining me lately
  • #ICYMI: Black Girls Slayed 2016: A partial list of the mega-talented multi-disciplinary women who killed the game this year
  • Upcoming Events, Etc. so you know where to find me this month, plus some post election resources for folks looking for next steps.
Right now I’m working on a year in review like the one I created for 2015. I want it to look fleeky af so I enlisted a homie to help (Eli, the mastermind behind my site redesign). Stay tuned in January to see the finished product. In the meantime, protect your energy this holiday season. Don’t let shady aunties and crusty cousins fuck up your vibe. Also, steer clear of IRL trolls tryna trap you in a political debate. You don’t owe anyone your time. Catch you in 2017! 

🍾 🍾🍾 🍾,,


*When I typed the first draft of this e-mail the count was at 236. When I went to format it eight hours later, the count was 239.

Peep This Poet

Thiahera Nurse

Thiahera Nurse lives in Madison, WI where she is a Poetry MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is from Queens, NY. 

Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone

I got a stank ass attitude
because you tried to kill me.
Still, I am the baddest bitch in here.
Diamond yoni. Carbon-based funk & it’s everywhere.
Video vixen-bad. Thick with the stuff my mama gave me,
her mama gave her. It’s cyclical, this survival. My gap-toothed gait bending
the corner. Bow-legged Athena, if this story needed a white goddess to exist.
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Destiny Frasqueri
Is this the first time I’ve snuck an MC into this section? If so, it probably won’t be the last. Enter Destiny Frasqueri, aka Princess Nokia, a badass femme-C from New York whose latest project is giving me liiiiiiiife. Not only does the track "Brujas" go hard -- and it does-- but the lyrics remind black and brown girls that we are magic. We are part of a legacy of women that have had to survive the unsurvivable, over and over again. No matter who’s in the oval office, we come from a long line of bad bitches and good witches. Resiliance runs through us. Peep the excerpt below, then watch the 🔥🔥 music video. Read the annotated lyrics on Genius here if you want more info on her references.


I'm that Black a-Rican bruja straight out from the Yoruba
And my people come from Africa diaspora, Cuba
And you mix that Arawak, that original people
I'm that Black Native American, I vanquish all evil
I'm that Black a-Rican bruja straight out from the Yoruba
And my ancestors Nigerian, my grandmas was brujas
And I come from an island and it's called Puerto Rico
And it's one of the smallest but it got the most people
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#ICYMI: Black Girls Slayed 2016

I wasn't kidding when I said it was a great year for black culture. Like always, I have the reciepts to prove it. Click the images below for articles about how these bossy women stunted on everyone in 2016.  
Tracee Ellis Ross

Marley Dias

Roxane Gay
further reading: Roxane's Blastr interview

Ava DuVernay

Janelle Monae
further reading: Billboard interview

Claudia Rankine

further reading: Claudia Rankine discusses black glamour in NY Mag

Simone Manuel and Simone Biles
 further reading: Simone ManuelSimone Biles

Upcoming Events, Etc

Final #BossUpBrunch Event (and a flash sale!)

This Saturday, December 10, 11:30-4pm
This Saturday we’re doing it up big for the final event in the #BossUpBrunch series.  “Glow Up Game Plan: Design Your 2017” will be a day long retreat for POC featuring yoga, food, breakout workshops, and networking opportunities. Grab a ticket for yourself, or give one as a gift for a scrappy POC creative in your squad. This is the last #BossUpBrunch event until mid-2017, so come through! We're also doing a flash sale for today only! Enter GlowUp2017 at check out to get $10 off your ticket.  Purchase tix here or check out the fb invite here for more details.

POC Practice + Winter Goods Drive

Wednesday, December 14, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Come through next Wednesday for POC practice! There will be an hour long vinyasa yoga class suitable for all levels, preceded by an intention setting ceremony and backed by a dope playlist. To those new to the practice, vinyasa flow yoga emphasizes linking breath with movement and deeply tuning in to our bodies. This class will also be a winter goods drive for the homeless community in the Back Bay/South End area. Feel free to bring new/unused unisex winter hats, gloves, packages of socks, hand warmers, and $5 Dunkin Donuts gift cards. The facebook event is in the works, but mark your calendars in the meantime.

MakeShift Boston Makers Fair

Saturday, December 17, 12-5pm
Make Shift Boston, home of many Whole Soul Health events, is having a fundraiser + pop up shop! If you're looking for unique creative gifts for your family + crew for the holidays, join us on Saturday, December 17th for the the second Make Shift Boston Maker’s Fair! Need to do some last minute gift buying? We got you! Instead of heading for the mall or some big box store, join us for our collective pop-up shop. From 12-5pm Make Shift will be featuring handmade wares, eclectic artwork, culinary concoctions + magical creations of Boston's most entrepreneurial makers + social justice creatives. Get more info on facebook here.
Post Election Resources

I know times are cray y'all, but like Kendrick said we gon be alright. Here are a couple docs with resources for people trying to figure out where to put their energy post-election:
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