R. L. LASTER
At the age of 25, I discovered my love of research and the divinity within us. If knowledge precedes empowerment, knowing thyself should be everyone's first priority. Understanding the nature man, woman & their dynamic is gratifying.
My #1 Pick When I was (first) notified about the opportunity to honor a 'black woman's contributions to music’, Erykah Badu was the first name in my thoughts. She influenced me as a creative artist, a musician, a writer, a singer and a free-thinker. I’d be remised if I didn’t nominate Erykah Badu on this platform—where being 'VOCAL' is an admirable characteristic. I didn’t need to look any further for a woman who encapsulates divine femininity and whose name wreaks of honorable principles. Erykah Badu is not just one of my biggest influencers, when I found out she's keeps a low-key second career as a Doula (and more recently, as a certified midwife). I was blown away. She's even known to her clients as "Erykah Badoula". I’m a writer. My 390K-word novel series INEFFABLE is based on the natural birthing of the main character - Michelle. So much of Erykah’s energy and ethics revolve around who I am and how we should (all) see the world. Erykah Badu has always inspired me and her music is very therapeutic to me. No other artist can compare to her.
The Find A treasure hunter finds a stone with a book encapsulated in it. The transparent stone has a golden emblem on it that has (somehow) been branded into the stone. Through the impenetrable stone, the mysterious, little black book says Eu on its cover.
First: Allow me to qualify myself with one statement. ‘I’ve been single and sexless since February of 2008. Today is February of 2021.’
When the topic of the Moorish influence in Europe is being discussed, one of the first questions that arise is, what race were they? As early as the Middle Ages, Moors were commonly viewed as being mostly "black", dark or very “swarthy”, and hence the word “black” is often used for negro, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Author and historian Chancellor Williams said “the original Moors, like the original Egyptians, were negro (black) Africans.” Let me make this very clear. (Us) Moors do not consider themselves "black". So I'll be using this term colloquially.