I met Lynda Coleman back in 2008 when I did the first story on her. I wanted to catch up with her work with children and art through her company Art From the Heart. Coleman is an Austinite born and raised. She attended Pecan Springs Elementary and Blanton Elementary growing up. Her early memory of beginning her art journey happened at Pecan Springs. She was … Continue reading Feature Story: Lynda Coleman-Art From The Heart. Be Ready. Art Opens Doors.
On warm summer days, a chopped salad is my meal of choice. They’re light, fresh, and filling! No heat in the kitchen, that’s pretty much all I need on a hot, summer day. The beauty of a chopped salad is that there really aren’t any rules. You can pretty much add whatever you want! A summer chopped salad is like summer on a fork! and … Continue reading Summer Fruit Chopped Salad
Damita Miller-Shanklin Happy Father’s Day to all the great fathers in the world. Fathers are the force behind our mothers. Some fathers do not get the praise they deserve. My father has been gone since 1993 and I miss him very much. So, celebrate Father’s Day by telling your father you love and appreciate him for all he has done for you. Continue reading Remembering Our Fathers
Minister Sonya Hosey, Contributing Writer “It must happen to us all … We pack up what we’ve learned so far and leave the familiar behind. No fun, that shearing separation, but somewhere within, we must dimly know that saying goodbye to safety brings the only security we’ll ever know. – Author: Richard Bach Most of us are at a stage of life where small things … Continue reading She Speaks Wellness-Leave Your Waterpot Behind
By Damita MIller-Shanklin Sources: NHPR, Golden West College “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are … Continue reading Juneteenth. A Day of History, Pride, and Cultural Identity￼
From the May Issue May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this is a clarion call to the church. As the church doors open, they are not well-prepared to address the emotional wounds. People are returning with job loss, grief, fear, depression, and physical conditions not recognizing the seriousness and remaining silent. Do we hear the modern-day voices of Elijah, Job, and Jeremiah who suffered … Continue reading She Speaks Wellness: Mental Health and the Church
By Jacquie ooh Johnson, Contributing Writer Many people want to change some aspect of their lives. Others prefer to transform their lives by making significant, lasting changes. Transforming your life involves going beyond the way you live, co-creating a better life for yourself, and changing the way you live. You do this by using your thoughts, visualization, words, faith, actions, or a combination of them. … Continue reading Beauty and Lifestyle -Transformation Begins Within
From the May Issue 2022 The month of May is always a reminder that we are starting the holiday season. Moving forward we start with celebrations from Cinco De Mayo to Juneteenth. The most important celebration is Mother’s Day! How will you celebrate your mother? My mother is the matriarch of our family. She is 95 years old and still enjoys her family. Recently, she … Continue reading Viewpoint: Celebration of Mothers
Source: Mom’s Choice Awards Mom’s Choice Awards ‘Cause I’m A Woman… Enjoli – Retroist In our current times, due to social media, we all know when most women become mothers. This is from famous moms to friends and acquaintances. Looking at our history, we did not always know who had children unless they caught a photo or after they pass away you may see their … Continue reading Famous Mothers of Black History
You Have To Take a Chance on Yourself Damita Miller-Shanklin I had the opportunity to have a great chat with Patricia Hayes. Her company is PVH Consulting Group, LLC. Her company provides Strategic support, Executive Advisor services, and Coaching. Meet Patricia Hayes. Patricia Hayes is an Attorney by training but her work is around educational law, policy, and legislative work. She graduated from Pepperdine Law … Continue reading Patricia Hayes, Strategist, Executive Advisor, Empowerment Coach
Source: Healthline Page 8: Why Dark Chocolate? Source: Healthline I am a chocolate lover. I have a routine that I got from my mama. Every night before she goes to bed, she has something sweet. Just a little bit. Usually, it was something chocolate. Well, I have developed the same habit. Here is some good news about dark chocolate. –Dark chocolate is nutritious. It contains … Continue reading Why Dark Chocolate?
Mary Linnen, Senior Writer, Editor Spring for me is so exciting, mainly because it leads to summer. There are many things you can do in the spring make a list and then make plans! Let’s start with a few ideas.● Plant a spring garden (or even just a plant or two)● See the cherry blossoms.● Have a picnic at the par● Go for a run.● … Continue reading Fun Things To Do This Spring
Minister Sonya Hosey, Contributing Writer Iron Sharpens Iron 4MySisters Network I have heard the term “bloom where you are planted” many times. However, it is still inconclusive as to where it originated. The definition of bloom is the state or period of most extraordinary beauty, freshness, or vigor. We have anticipated transitioning from winter to spring. In this season, we find a once-dormant flower, each … Continue reading Bloom Sister Bloom
Damita Miller-Shanklin Are you thinking about how you will spruce up your home this season? This is the time of year when most people start decluttering, putting away winter clothes, and looking at what projects need to be done around their homes. Just a quick side note, I never had the luxury to have different clothes for the season. All my clothes are adapted to … Continue reading What Home Improvements Will You Tackle?
Jacquie Ooh Johnson, Contributing Writer The Power of Spring There is power in the spring. When I think of the spring, I think of new beginnings in nature and in my own personal life. I think of new opportunities sprouting up and blooming. Spring is also a great reminder that there’s always time to start fresh. During the dark winter months, it can feel like … Continue reading The Power of Spring
Source: Virtua Health, By Lauren Emma, LCSW, Psychotherapist We are always looking for ways to improve our health and to stay calm and relaxed. We are living in chaotic times. We carry around many things in our minds that may affect our physical bodies. Stress has almost become second nature. What is life without a little stress these days right? Lauren Emma, LCSW wrote about … Continue reading How To Relax Your Mind and Body
By Damita Miller-Shanklin, Editor-in-Chief Spring brings renewal. This fresh start can look like many things to different people. For me, Spring makes me feel energized and full of light. I think about how a bear hibernates and comes out with a fresh beginning. The world is an unknown place at this time. I feel the pressure of the pandemic, war in Ukraine and everyday life … Continue reading Viewpoint
The Housing War and How It Impacts our Black Community Damita Miller-Shanklin Edie Phillips is a Licensed Real Estate Professional. Her career path into Real Estate has been a good one. Phillips came to Austin to attend St. Edwards University. This was a happy medium for her mother as to what college she would attend. Her mother felt SMU in Dallas was too far. Phillps … Continue reading Edie Phillips
By Damita Miller-Shanklin Source: Warning Signs of Suicide – SAVE There have been several high-profile suicides on our newsfeed lately. It seems alarming that these individuals found taking their life was their answer to all the reasons they made that final decision. Communities around the nation have preventative care through talk therapy, medication, but make sure the person calls someone for help. For any assistance, … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness
Active Living by Mary Linnen For some of us getting out of bed in the morning is a daily battle, as we struggle to shake out of our deep sleep, shrug off feeling tired and force ourselves to recover from a bad night’s sleep. Did you know that it’s important to take measures to make the most of these early hours and seize the day … Continue reading EASY MORNING WAKE UP TIPS !!
Contributing Writer, Minister Sonya Hosey, Ordained Clergy If you’re one of those people who have a little voice in the back of your mind, saying, maybe I can do________ (fill in the blank), don’t tell it to be quiet, give it a room to grow, and try to find an environment to grow in.” Reese Witherspoon I am confident we have a desire to be … Continue reading She Speaks Wellness: Women’s Empowerment: Room to Grow
Jacquie Parish, Contributing Writer IS THERE SUCH A THING AS SPRING CLEANING YOUR SKIN? Could your skin use a spring cleaning? When the weather changes, your skincare routine should too. Spring is the perfect time to change up your skincare routine. We have compiled 6 of our favorite things to do to get our skin ready for the spring! 1. Exfoliate weekly It’s a great idea to exfoliate weekly but don’t overdo it. … Continue reading Spring Clean Your Skin
Damita Miller-Shanklin, Editor-in-Chief This month we celebrate International Women’s Day. March 8 is the day, but the whole month should honor women all over the world. As a woman, we have come a long way in making impacts in the areas of technology, medicine, education, and the political arena. Of course, this is not all the impact areas but you get the idea. As empowered … Continue reading Viewpoint: The Power of Women
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. The theme for 2022 is Imagining a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together … Continue reading International Women’s Day #Break the Bias
A Speaker, Author, and Advocate My Life Is My Testimony Damita Miller-Shanklin I caught up with Dr. Monica “Moe” Anderson to discuss her business and empower others to be their best every day. I enjoyed our conversation because she is a fun person to talk with, especially about her business and what she does. Anderson is a Dentist, Author, Speaker, and Advocate. The business that … Continue reading March Feature: Dr. Monica “Moe” Anderson
Damita Miller-Shanklin We are all aware that healthy eating is the trend today. I believe in healthy eating and I know it’s the right choice. But I like Soul Food!! Most Black families feast on Soul Food when families gather or on special occasions. I remember having soul food for dinner. When I think of our Black History, I always think of good Soul Food. … Continue reading Soul Food for the Soul
By Damita Miller-Shanklin Valentine’s Day will be celebrated by all lover’s new and old on February 14th. When you first meet someone, you have sparks that grow into feelings. This feeling of butterflies in the stomach, thinking about that person all the time, loving the silly things they do until later they become annoying, love is many different things. When I think of love, I … Continue reading The Different Facets of Love
By Contributing Writer Jacquie Parish To be a black woman to me means you’re confident in the skin you were born in and never feel like you’re not capable of the same opportunities as someone else. Not to ever second guess yourself, and to never let yourself wish your melanin away! Even though history and society have always worked against us in many ways, it’s … Continue reading Beauty and Lifestyle-“Me, A Black Woman! I’m Proud.”
Source: Naacp.org Medgar Evers Activist and Educator Throughout his short life, Medgar Evers heroically spoke out against racism in the deeply divided South. He fought against cruel Jim Crow laws, protested segregation in education, and launched an investigation into the Emmett Till lynching. In addition to playing a role in the civil rights movement, he served as the NAACP’s first field officer in Mississippi. Evers … Continue reading Remembering Medgar Evers
By Damita Miller-Shanklin The month of February has always been designated as Black History Month. I remember in school every year, we got lessons on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and for the most part that was the two names, I identified black history month. As I grew into adulthood, I realized we had many other people fighting for our freedom, including women. … Continue reading Viewpoint
Ujima is introducing a young woman who worked for us as an intern. She is now a lawyer. We are familiar with criminal and defense lawyers and lawyers in general that handle many different issues. Paige Duggins-Clay uses her legal career to advocate for equity in education and civil rights that impact our Black Community. When you were growing up, what did you want to … Continue reading Community Feature: Paige Duggins-Clay
Source: Jessica Kingpetcharat-Bittner, Director Communications & Public Information Office | City of Austin Please share this information to assist anyone who may be in need. Community shelters are open today. The following facilities will open Thursday and Friday starting at 9 a.m. and will serve as community shelters where people can warm up, charge their electronic devices, or need a place to sleep overnight: · … Continue reading Community Shelters Open Thursday 2/3/2022 at 9 a.m
Source: healthmatters.nyp.org Portion the perfect plate Each meal should consist of 45 percent fiber-rich carbohydrates, 30 percent healthy fats, and 25 percent lean proteins, such as white-meat chicken or turkey, fish, tuna, tofu, beans, or egg whites, Rosenstock says. Eat before hunger strikes A good way to make sure you don’t end up reaching for chips or a chocolate bar when you need a snack … Continue reading 5 Rules to Follow for Healthier Eating in the New Year
Source: Food and Wine Some people may call Beets a Superfood. Beets are high in fiber. Fiber can help you control blood sugar levels, maintain a healthy weight, lower cholesterol and stay regular. So how can you use beets in your meal? Here is a list of ways you can eat Beets. Crushed. For beets that are crispy on the outside and super tender within, … Continue reading What Are Beets Good For?
During your wellness exam, you may receive screening for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, mammogram, pap test, osteoporosis, or STDs. Your doctor may ask you about current stress, physical activity, diet, or drug use such as tobacco and alcohol. Try to get that appointment to start a healthy new year. For more information contact your regular physician. Continue reading Active Living: Annual Wellness
Where Healthy Body Meets Healthy Hair By Damita Miller-Shanklin Clautier Campbell is the Healthy Hair Queen. I got the chance to speak with her and discuss her business and how she merges a healthy body with healthy hair. Tell me a little about yourself? CeCe: I started doing hair when I was in High School with braiding but then started doing natural hair. I opened … Continue reading Clautier “CeCe” Campbell
By Minister Sonya Hosey, Ordained Clergy Founder/CEO – Iron Sharpens Iron 4MySisters Network The book of Ecclesiastes 3: speaks about the seasons of life, the highs, and lows. Our lives are a perfect story. We are the characters in settings, and when life begins to turn the pages, the climax of our story begins. These are Seasons! Ecclesiastes 3: 1 – 4. 1. To everything, … Continue reading She Speaks Wellness-There is a Reason for our Seasons
Stanford The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute Marting Luther King, Jr birthday is celebrated on January 15th. His birthday is remembered through oratory presentations, parades, and other events. It’s a time the community comes together to reflect on how Dr. King fought for our rights and freedoms. When you see photos of Dr. King, he is surrounded by men he trusted and … Continue reading Celebrating Maude Ballou
By Contributing Writer, Jacquie Parish Each new year holds an exciting promise — whether it’s a blank canvas for a new beginning or an opportunityfor improvement on what’s already great. We have the potential to do whatever we set out to accomplish ifwe keep a positive perspective. Stories of rebirth offer hope that change is possible.We must be willing to let go of parts of … Continue reading It’s All In The Mind!!
Whether you are a person that writes down goals or one that keeps thoughts in your head, most people make some decisions about what they plan to do in the upcoming year. I found an article I wanted to share that looks at the 2021 resolutions that were made to start the year. You can already guess, exercising and getting in shape was the most … Continue reading What is Your Intent for the New Year?
The Ujima and Friends Podcast is hosted by Damita Miller-Shanklin and Eliza Edwards. Our topics will range from community stories, interviews, and topics of the month. You can find our podcast anywhere you listen to your favorite podcast. You can subscribe to our podcast page at Ujima Magazine and Friends That way you won’t miss an episode. Continue reading Ujima and Friends Podcast
Happy New Year to you all!!. Whew, we made it through another holiday season now we start all over again. I think most of us take the first of January to refocus on our goals and look at what we will take forward and what we will leave behind. This issue will look at starting new, getting a fresh perspective, and moving forward. Leaving things … Continue reading Viewpoint
Clautier “CeCe” Campbell Where Healthy Body Meets Healthy Hair By Damita Miller-Shanklin Clautier Campbell is the Healthy Hair Queen. I got the chance to speak with her and discuss her business and how she merges a healthy body with healthy hair. Tell me a little about yourself? CeCe: I started doing hair when I was in High School with braiding but then started doing natural … Continue reading Community Spotlight
By Dr. Awa Jangha We are all in the midst of the holiday season. There are people who are not happy during this time of year and It is okay not to feel happy and full of cheer. There are many reasons people feel down during the holidays. It can range from losing a loved one to a traumatic event that may have happened in … Continue reading Holiday Grief and Loneliness
Please register for this free Kwanzaa event https://www.eventbrite.com/e/211314426137 Continue reading Ujima and Beyond Celebration: Mark Your Calendars
“You Can’t Stop Me!” is a documentary about three African American males who encountered racial injustice during various stages of their lives. Dr. Dwight Watson tells how rough life was for him growing up in Arkansas. He talks about how there were not many places in the neighborhood for blacks to gather so they found or made places they could gather in a safe manner. … Continue reading You Can’t Stop Me! Capital City Black Film Festival 2021