Celebrating Maude Ballou

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

It’s All In The Mind!!

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!!

What is Your Intent for the New Year?

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?

Ujima and Friends Podcast

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

Community Spotlight

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

Holiday Grief and Loneliness

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

You Can’t Stop Me! Capital City Black Film Festival 2021

“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

Do You Still Need Your Vaccine?

Information Provided by Austin Pubilc Health If you are looking for where you can get your booster or other vaccines, Austin Public Health has shared locations where you can walk in or you can schedule your appointment online. Here are the locations: All clinics offer 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and booster doses. Southeast Library (Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson) (Pfizer for ages 12 and up) 5803 Nuckols … Continue reading Do You Still Need Your Vaccine?

Let the Spirit Tell You What You Need

“She Speaks Wellness” I am not sure if anyone is like me. Sometimes my mind shifts from one thing to another. What am I going to do tomorrow?  I must complete the report. I have two meetings tomorrow. Am I prepared? What will I cook? Where will I go next month for my sabbatical? Where are we going for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays? What … Continue reading Let the Spirit Tell You What You Need

Vaccine Hesitancy Town Hall Meeting

C2H is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on community education, prevention, and awareness. Our goal is to empower, inform, and inspire individuals to lead healthy lifestyles while equipping them with the tools they need through clinics and educational programs that will aid in longevity for the betterment of the families and the community. @C2HTexas #miagreer #townhallmeeting #therockatx #vaccine Continue reading Vaccine Hesitancy Town Hall Meeting

Preparing For the New Year

There is no use looking back at the last two years. We all know that story. Plus we are still living parts of it. It is time to move forward and see what life can be. But it’s all based on what is important to you. Here are the things I will do in the next two months: Clear Your Mind- Sit in a quiet … Continue reading Preparing For the New Year

Viewpoint: The Changing of the Guard

This holiday is going to be new and different. We have been moving toward this change in the last two to three years. My mother had stopped cooking years ago and my oldest sister had started taking her place. But this year, the family transition is completely changing.  I’ve had major changes this year and it’s all difficult, but I know wherever my family lands, … Continue reading Viewpoint: The Changing of the Guard

Drink: Peppermint Tea

Courtesy of FeastandFarm.com Peppermint tea is a popular herbal tea that is naturally calorie- and caffeine-free. Some research has suggested that the oils in peppermint may have a number of other health benefits, such as fresher breath, better digestion, and reduced pain from headaches. Peppermint tea also has antibacterial properties. Boil 2 cups of water. Add 15 to 20 fresh mint leaves. I like to … Continue reading Drink: Peppermint Tea

Senior Living: Winter Emergency Essentials by Mary Linnen

Getting ready for winter is really important for someone that may not be able to get out in bad weather.  I think the last Texas winter snow has us wanting to be ready. Here are some things you may want to get now, and you will be off to a good start.  Flashlights Batteries Battery operated radio Back-up energy sources like portable power banks and … Continue reading Senior Living: Winter Emergency Essentials by Mary Linnen

What You See is Not What You Get

By Tiffany L. Burleson-Predom What you see is not what you get…  From as early as I can remember I was labeled as Self-Confident, Bold, Smart, Strong.  I faintly recall my adolescent mind wondering, “What does that mean?”  But, since I never asked anyone I never gained a true understanding of my character-descriptors until well into my adulthood (not sure if this is necessary).   I … Continue reading What You See is Not What You Get

Damita’s Podcast Recommendations

I’m a lover of podcasts. I like learning things and listening to people who have passions that are similar or different from mine. I enjoy conversations about productivity, organization, culture, and murder mysteries. I want to give you a few recommendations of what I’m listening to right now. Catenya McHenry- F**k Fear NBC News-SouthLake Erika Monique- Natural Soul Conversations Luvvie Ajayi Jones-Professional Troublemaker TV Podcast-Court … Continue reading Damita’s Podcast Recommendations

National Bullying Month

Bullying is something that follows you into adulthood. No one talks about that. I personally know the effects of being bullied at a young age. It has framed who I am and how I go about dealing with people in my life. Check out this great article written by MentalHelp.net. Has bullying affected your life? If so, share your experience of how being bullied effects … Continue reading National Bullying Month

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G3 1st Annual Cancer Kickball Game and Toy Fundraiser

Mohandas Jones is the founder of G3 a Community Organization. For more information, you can visit http://www.g3trinity.com. If you are interested in supporting this fundraiser, please reach out through the website. #g3, #mohandasjones, #kickball, #toyfundraiser, #homelesschildren, #ujimamagazine, #ujimaatx, #austintexas #digitalmagazine, #communitymagazine, #givingback Continue reading G3 1st Annual Cancer Kickball Game and Toy Fundraiser

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October Marks National Code Compliance Month

This October, the Austin Code Department (ACD) celebrates the annual National Code Compliance Month. During the month ACD welcomes the public to reflect on the work done by the code inspectors who help ensure our collective health and safety.  Code Compliance month is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about how to keep land and buildings safe. A key part of code compliance … Continue reading October Marks National Code Compliance Month

EGBI Resources After The Storm

EGBI has created some resources that you may use as a entrepreneur for your business. If your business or home has suffered damages due to the winter storms, we have created a list of EGBI clients that have businesses that can be of service. Please click HERE.  Our team has created a blog that explains about the Winter Disaster Assistance available for your household and … Continue reading EGBI Resources After The Storm

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St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Accepting Applications for its 2021 Program

About St. David’s FoundationSt. David’s Foundation is one of the largest health foundations in the United States, funding $80 million annually in a five-county area surrounding Austin, Texas. Through a unique partnership with St. David’s HealthCare, the Foundation reinvests proceeds from the hospital system back into the community, with a goal of advancing health equity and improving the health and well-being of our most underserved … Continue reading St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Accepting Applications for its 2021 Program

Commissioner Jeff Travillion Gives His Perspective on Project Connect

If you have paid attention to the issues on the ballot other than the presidential candidates, you know that Austin is looking at a Transit proposal called Project Connect. I hope this interview will provide you more clarity and understanding of how you want to vote when you head to the ballot. Take a listen. Damita Miller-Shanklin Ujima Magazine Damita@Ujimamagazine.com Continue reading Commissioner Jeff Travillion Gives His Perspective on Project Connect

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Project Connect Is On The Austin Ballot

To learn more about the Project Connect Transit plan, visit https://capmetro.org/projectconnect. There are factors to consider before you vote at the polls are: The overall project of a new transit system The accessibility of connecting neighborhoods The environmental impact which include transitioning to zero emissions The economic advantages of having rail services as an option The anti-displacement measures to make sure residents and businesses are … Continue reading Project Connect Is On The Austin Ballot

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Written by Theodore MosleyAugust 31, 2020 With the swag of his blackness he filled the screen with grace.Wakanda blazed the world with infinite culture of wisdom, knowledge and innovative technology.Black Panther embodied Black Lives Matter with pride and humility.His ability to transform from king to kingdom showed the world of his majestic power and beauty.He stood for justice; he sat on his throne for peace; … Continue reading CHADWICK BOSEMAN (THE LEGEND OF BLACK PANTHER)

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Austin Creative Worker Relief Grant

AustinTexas.gov The City of Austin Economic Development Department announces a new grant for local creative sector workers that have been financially impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Austin City Council approved Resolution No. 20200604-040 on June 4, 2020 to designate $3.5 million for the Austin Creative Worker Relief Grant. Austin’s individual creatives and industry support staff that have experienced an economic hardship due to COVID-19 may apply for a … Continue reading Austin Creative Worker Relief Grant

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City Providing $1.2 Million In Rental Assistance For Austinites Affected By The Pandemic

Information provided by KUT.org Damita Miller-Shanklin, Writer The City of Austin will begin accepting applications Wednesday for a second round of rent help for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Applications open here at 8 a.m., and the city expects to start cutting rent checks the first week of September. “The coronavirus endures, the economy struggles [and] renters are increasingly unable to pay their rent as worries … Continue reading City Providing $1.2 Million In Rental Assistance For Austinites Affected By The Pandemic

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Updated COVID-19 Order For Travis County

Revised Orders are extended through December 15, 2020 to reduce the possibility of exposure to #COVID19. Information Provided by Austin Public Health AustinTexas.gov/COVID19 On August 14, 2020, the City of Austin and Travis County took steps to prevent further spread of COVID-19 by extending the Stay Home, Mask and Otherwise Be Safe Order through December 15. Austin’s new Order extends existing requirements for face coverings, … Continue reading Updated COVID-19 Order For Travis County