Combating Religious Intolerance on Social Media – an interview

The campaign – Testemunhos de Axe – was looking for people willing to share their stories about leaving the church and joining a terreiro.  I reached out to one of the organizers, Renata Cassini, to find out more about the movement.

Creole Languages & Candomblé History

by Melissa One of the strongest markers of resilience in the African diaspora is language.  As an undergraduate I studied linguistics. Although West African languages were not the focus of any classes that I took, it was impossible not to make connections between West African languages and the ways that African Americans, Afro-Cubans, Afro-Brazilians, Jamaicans,Continue reading “Creole Languages & Candomblé History”

Orisha Religion & Maintaining Success

On our journey to success, it’s not enough to have a plan and be responsible. It’s also important to safeguard the plan – even being secretive at times – in order to ensure the plan’s success. Orisha wants us to be successful. Orisha religion, through, prayer, divination and sacrifice, provides the tools we need to be met with success.