If It Is Not About Race Then Pray tell What Is It About?



It feels good to be back in business.


Hello there, Madame Woo here, and welcome to Faithfully Madame. Bringing you once again all I think, feel, and understand. My life lately has been brimming with creative excitement. I have a dip back in my step, you know, my pimp walk is hot these days as well my pen and paper are on fire. I recently stepped back on the dating scene which has been weird to navigate amid a pandemic, almost impossible. I have still been able to find some pleasure and tolerance in that pursuit. However, that is another story for another time.

Today, I was truly inspired by the black experience, my experience. Though I am not a true believer in the idea of race, I do however know that it is a factor in which things like society and economics are based. Which makes it hard to ignore or look past.

Honestly, though I think it is more than that for me because I stand in the midst of it all being a Black individual. I know that I matter, I shouldn’t have to say that. Remarkably so my wheels started turning and I begin asking myself questions, as per usual. It seems these days that a undertone race war is all we can seem to focus on, it is blatantly in our faces as we draw nearer to the upcoming election.

I ask, if it is not about black or white (because of its non-existence), then what is it about?

A question that was easier to answer than I thought. For me, it is about the revolution, I feel it always comes down to that.

Then what is the revolution?

What then will be televised?


If you desire to change your world then you need only change your view.


A reckoning is coming but it is not for the White oppressor, as we would like to think. I know some of us desire to see them punished, mostly through the capital which they have gain through the free labor of the Black but they have simply done their job. Very well I might add, do not judge my opinion. No, the reckoning is for the indispensable Black master.

The judgment is coming for us and we need to be ready.

We need to step up, we need to evolve. When we evolve the world evolves.

The Black is innovation and innovation is the necessary tool needed in evolution. Without it, we fall prey to the ways of the world. Therefore Black is necessary for evolution. White supremacy is afraid of evolution. They are afraid of the growing mind which is harder to control and abuse. In every way it can, white supremacy fights against our education, in other words, our evolution.

But what exactly should we be educated on, how do we fight against that?

Now we don’t have enough time to break down the education system and what it offers the Black mind. Let us be honest with ourselves, that would take longer than the time we have here but in short form, nothing. Education should be held at high regard in our community. Before we can truly be educated, we must reverse the damaged mind.

I have noticed that even when given good quality information the fool can still waste it and use it against the cause.

I have said this before and I will say it again. The system of oppression really got y’all thinking there is a system of oppression, that is exactly how it works. That is the conditioning of the mind. It is you that must set your mind free. I am not saying that we do not face systemic challenges. Yet, challenges are meant to be overcome, can be overcome, and not always with violence or protesting. In my opinion, both only bring awareness but does not really solve the problem.

The control you seek lies within your own hands.



Change is an inevitable force that cannot be stopped.


If you are waiting for change then you need to wake up and change. Change is happening all around us each and everyday. You can not have your hand out waiting for a favorable outcome to fall into it, that is a shout out to all of my religious people out there. It is a trap you can easily fall prey to, trust me I know.

This is not talking about leftism. I am a firm believer in quality programs that reflect true change in the community. I support socialism. I am talking about acceptance.

How can we expect others to accept us if we do not accept ourselves?

Or how can we expect others to respect us if we do not believe we are deserving of respect?

We do not accept our authority in this world, our human right to live abundantly, to exist. We have been told our place and we have accepted it. Our community must come into its own. The community does not have to include everyone. Everyone will not be able to make it. Still we must desire to put ourselves back together because we have allowed ourselves to be torn apart by outside forces. I know it isn’t fair, the results of slavery, drug wars, mass incarceration but that is not an excuse. It can no longer be our crutch. We now have so much knowledge of the strides our people have taken and the ultimate battles we have lost and won.

It is almost as if why do we have to clean up a mess we did not make, but oh well.

What are some solutions we can start working on today as individuals to clean up this mess and reverse our mindset?

Purpose

You are the bold type. Discover it.

First and foremost find purpose, the first step in any man’s life. Adam found true purpose therefore he found favor in God. The definition of purpose is the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. Everyone needs to be justified, a reason for living. Without purpose we are lost, wanderers, taking up space. And let us be honest with ourselves a lot of us are wasted space in the black community, lacking motivation. You have nothing to do and idle hands are the devil’s playthings. If you replace hands with minds, idle minds are the devil’s playthings. You then are not only dangerous to yourself but truly a danger to your people. You work against instead of for evolution.

Aspiration

You are capable of more than you even realize.

Pursue greatness, be ambitious. The definition of aspire is to direct one’s hopes or ambitions toward achieving something. Now that you have purpose build upon that with action. Sometimes finding inspiration can help you get through the hardest of times. If you take your purpose seriously then aspire to be something of great value. You will see the change you seek immediately. We were not meant to just be, or work and die or steal and beg. We need to set goals towards something. There is no better time than now. Start small for life is for living and it is never too late.

Love

Do not deny the power of Love.

Don’t be afraid to love one another, I know, almost sounds like bible school doesn’t it. The golden rule, treat others how you want to be treated. Love can not be defined, we all love in our very own exceptional way. This all may sound passive, docile, or a weak way of thinking but it works in a world full of hate. This is all easier said than done I know but start by loving yourself truly and that will blossom your love and understand of others. This is the lesson you couldn’t quite grasp as a child and has fallen to the waste-side now as an adult as if it is useless. The truth is your heart has hardened. We are a people who have been used and abused for so long it is felt in our DNA, like a curse we carry with us. We haven’t just been abused by the world but also by ourselves. We have turned the outer hatred in. It is hard for us to trust one another. But please put a little love in your heart for your fellow black man. This is essential.

Connect

Connect to your higher self through others.

We are a people who thrive off of connection. The definition of connect means to join together to provide access and communication. As well as bring together so that a real or notional link can be established. We have been disconnected for so long it almost feels normal and the new technology-driven society seeks to push us further apart. If you can show love then you can connect through that love and shared aspiration. You can form bonds, relationships, and build a network. You can let your guard down but not senselessly but proactively, and be vulnerable, be human. Great minds can link together and build. To be honest, this is starting to sound like mathematics to me but, everything is by the way mathematics. Let us build a bridge, tethering ourselves together, and anchoring ourselves in the truth.

Create

We are the originators.

We are like God, made in his image. It is our birthright to create, so create like God. Create means to bring into existence. For that reason create, produce, generate, design, develop, and erect things that last. There are so many opportunities for creativity in the black community today. We are essentially starting from scratch. We are building our connections and working to circulate money in our communities. So starting a garden or grocery or landscaping is great. But not just essential businesses are booming. We are in an age of social media and marketing, we need Black content but be sure that whatever you create adds value to the community. You just don’t know how I hate to see people using their creative powers to create hate or disrupt peace, or bring down their people. Value is the key, put back and grow, water us.



I will wrap it up for you guys because it almost sounds like I am preaching. I really could start a church though. I have envisioned this actually but who needs more churches. Makes me think of that song “what is it good for, absolutely nothing”. Don’t judge me for my opinion.

Once we have created an all inclusive people that can survive the revolution then we can begin to rebuild a economic system that works for all that work within it.

We are all on a journey fighting tirelessly to get to an end but why.

Why do we feel that getting to the end is the goal?

How you get there is what matters, your life is what matters. Yes, we have heard it all before, it is not the destination but the journey and the journey does not end with you. We have to see the bigger picture and realize that what we build today must stand tomorrow. It will take the labor of us all, for us all to leave a legacy for the generations to come.

This time everyone will know what it is that we do, what we bring to the table. Remember that everything happening around us is a mere reflection of the journey within. This is not about the world but you.

If you desire to change your world then you need only change your view.

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

Peace is love, Madame Woo.

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Who doesn’t enjoy a refreshing smoothie well here is a surprisingly filling one for breakfast. This smoothie tastes nutritious and delicious. A great alternative breakfast drink to kick off the little ones day. Besides I am always looking for ways to use my stock of rolled oats. Because only one of my children absolutely adores oatmeal.

Breakfast
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 7 minutes
Ingredients:
1 cup of Almond Milk
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1 Banana
14 Frozen Strawberries
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract (Optional)
1 1/2 tsp of Honey (Optional)
Directions:
Simple and Easy. Blend and Enjoy.

A few tips…

• You can freeze your bananas (peeled) as well and use fresh strawberries.
• If you are feeling adventurous add in some fresh mint.
• Add mango as a nice surprise or substitute strawberries for mango.
• Do not use ice.

Salmon Burgers

These salmon burgers were very interesting and I was skeptical that they would work and hold together. But they were absolutely delicious, next time I will throw these on the grill for sure. I top the salmon with arugula and my homemade tartar sauce. Enjoy.

Main Course
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients:
Salmon
2 eggs beaten
2/3 cup parsley chopped finely
1/4 cup green onions finely chopped
2 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1 Tbsp of Old bay (or seafood seasoning)
Directions:
1. Chop Salmon into chunks (I prefer a small size)
2. Mix all ingredients and form mixture into patties.
3. Heat oil (I prefer avocado oil to canola) over medium high heat.
4. Cook patties 2 minutes on each side

A few tips….

• You do not need to add salt to the patty mixture if you plan on using the tartar sauce.
• Make sure you beat the eggs first until frothy.
• Crackers are a great substitute for bread crumbs especially if they are buttery.

Chocolate-Avocado Banana Bread

Wow who knew chocolate, avocado, and banana could taste so good. This recipe is one for the books and of course the children fond over it. And to me this bread even with all the chocolate would be considered healthy, don’t judge me. The only thing I do not like about this recipe is that it calls for overly ripe bananas and if you have kids like me bananas never stay long in the house. I never see them anymore in the grocery store.

Desserts
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1hour 30 minutes
Ingredients:
1/2 Firm-Ripe Avocado Chopped
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Orange Zest
3 Ripe Bananas Mashed
1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Fine Salt
Large Pinch Ground Allspice
1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (plus 2 Tbsp for topping)
Your choice of nut (optional)
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. Mash avocado and mix in egg, vanilla and zest. Chop & fold in the bananas.
3. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and allspice in a medium bowl.
4. Fold the flour mixture and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips into the avocado mixture until just combined.
5. Transfer to loaf pan and sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips.
6. Bake until knife comes out semi clean about an 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes.

A few tips…

•It is okay if the mixture is lumpy. Do not try and smooth it out, there is no need to use a mixer.
•Remember that the loaf will continue to cook once it comes out so the knife or toothpick does not have to be completely clean.
•When it comes out run the knife around the edges then let cool completely before removing it.
•Its also freshest within 3 days of cooking.
• Beware of the all spice this recipe doesn’t specify how much to use. It is very strong if you know the flavor you should be safe. If you are not familiar then less is more, a lot less.

Maple & Soy Salmon

I know we all love that Chinese American flavor and this salmon brings the fantasy to life. I have never worked with maple syrup except for on pancakes however this dish proved very enjoyable. Adding fresh ginger is a must for me.

Main Course
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
2 Tsp of Soy Sauce
2 cloves of Minced Garlic
1/4 tsp of Garlic Salt
1/8 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp Ginger (optional)
Chives (optional topping)
Sesame Seeds (Optional topping)
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 on broil setting.
2. Rinse the salmon filet (scrap scales and score if skin is on) and pat dry.
3. Mix together all ingredients and dress the salmon with the mixture.
4. Place on a large piece of foil. (With skin side up and season with salt and pepper)
5. Pull the foil up and around the salmon (leave the top open ajar to allow the skin to crisp)
6. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until salmon is cooked through.

A few tips…

• Adding about a tsp of fresh grated ginger to this recipe was a way to elevate this dish.
• You can marinade this salmon but making extra marinade with out the raw garlic to top will really bring out the flavors of this dish like you want or reducing the marinade at a low temp would make an amazing sauce. If you choose to reduce the marinade you can still include the garlic.

Caution to the Wind


I think to myself, why am I not willing to bet? Why am I not willing to put it all on the line? And why not for myself? Why am I afraid to fail, to make a mistake?




You can truly tap into any nature that benefits you.


Hello there, Madame Woo here, and welcome to Faithfully Madame. Life has been quite hectic during these pandemic times but it feels like a transition. I welcome a transformation. I read somewhere once that all of what we see is just a projection of what is going on within our souls. Lately, I have been filled with this overwhelming sense of nostalgia. Maybe it is the unknown of this new chapter in my life or the fact that I am rapidly approaching 30. But, when I think back to the start of my young adult life. You know that moment when you graduate high school and you are preparing to leave your childhood home. Honestly, no one knows how ironic it was for me to write that last sentence. Life just is not at all how we perceive it to be as an adolescent. We are so full of life, chance and opportunity. Yet still, we never hope to stay in that moment forever. Once its gone we are sure it will never return. I ask myself what about that time do you miss? What are you looking for now?

Being a fool is the most powerful essence to possess but the most dangerous nature to pretend to have.

I can honestly say I do not remember that girl very well. She was timid, always unsure of herself though she communicated that very differently. Bits and pieces of her, here and there, seem great but not really. Do I truly want to go back? Do I really want to be her? She was surely a fool. And not a fool in a terrible or awful way, only that she saw the world as her oyster. She lived with her whole heart, unafraid of the consequences that would befall her. She was careless and somehow that translated to her being free. Then, do I feel caged? Do I feel as though I can not afford the mistakes of my past or future? That girl seems awfully familiar, at times, rearing her ugly head almost inconveniently. We all play fool plenty throughout our lives. Being a fool is the most powerful essence to possess but the most dangerous nature to pretend to have.

The woman I see in the mirror today just cannot relate, I grow more and more cautious as I age. A friend of mine asked me once was I a gambler, I replied no. I took the question very literally since he himself was a gambler. I could never put the little money I have on the line like that. I meant it wholeheartedly at the time, but lately the question continues to pop up in my head at random. It beckons me to reconsider. I think to myself, why am I not willing to bet? Why am I not willing to put it all on the line? And why not for myself? Why am I afraid to fail, to make a mistake? To be wrong? I have many thoughts about my cautiousness these days. I find myself so cautious in fact that I have become inactive in a way . I overthink and over-analyze almost every aspect of my life. It is almost as if I do not trust myself or my ability to know what I want, want to see, and want to be. I reflect on how when considering action I have to think upon the measures again and again until I completely talk myself into inaction. I find it hard to even pick a simple meal off a menu in a restaurant because there are so many choices. Yes, it all seems silly. But at the end of the day I am filled with utter regret for the chance not taken or the meal not eaten. I remember a time when I would just make a move and it didn’t matter if it was right or wrong or what consequences transpire. Even though that has not worked for me in the past, it still was a freedom that I reminisce about to this very day, I admire that girl. I admire her innocence. Once we loose that it is hard to get it back and not because we cant but because the world says we cant. The world says I am no longer innocent, I have no right to it. You can truly tap into any nature that benefits you.

Here I am today left to ponder the balance between these three persons. The woman I once was, the woman I am, and the woman I will become. I admire the transformation that I know takes place daily in minuscule ways. I do not desire to be either past or present me wholly, my future desires them both. I can become comfortable with myself. I feel ready to take that leap of faith and turn to living life with eyes wide open again. I hear my slogan reign true as I write, you can be you its easy. I believe, that is why I do this, so not only I know but others as well. I can move freely even with wisdom and stop being inertia, weighed down by the decisions of my past. I must be able to say by now that I have learned something. That I am wiser and of greater character than that girl I once knew. It is time to leave caution to the wind. It is time to regain my innocence. It is time to be a fool again. Peace is love, Madame Woo.