Poet/playwright/critic/activist Amiri Baraka (aka LeRoi Jones) passed away yesterday. The man contained the proverbial multitudes, but I know him primarily for his passionate writing about jazz and blues music — his Blues People book is an essential read. Baraka saw music as a true consciousness-changer, and he put his money where his mouth was in the late 1960s when he founded Jihad Records. The label put out three records, which you can read about and listen to over on the mighty Nothing Is blog. Musicians involved include Don Cherry, Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray, Sun Ra and many more.
Jigeda — Waistbeads. I rock them bc my ancestral mothers rocked them. I have four sets but I want seven. I’m thinking about making them. That way, they’ll already have my energy. Yoruba women would wear waistbeads bc it is believed that the beads carry an erotic appeal & have the power to incite desire & deep emotional responses by men. If a Yoruba woman wore waistbeads adorned w/bells, it signaled to a man that she was ready for sexual intercourse. In some parts of Africa, waistbeads were worn for spiritual purposes so they were anointed with oils. Waistbeads were also worn to help shape the hips & buttocks of young girls as well as a way to measure weight gain & loss. But primarily, waistbeads are just feminine & sexy. #jewelry #african #history #art #culture #blackness #women