Determined to break free,

To shed the shackles placed upon me.

To rid my soul of conformity,

I establish my rights.

My terms, my love for my tribe,

Living with a naturist vibe.

Regardless of the sins,

My kin dwells in likeness of the cosmos.

Residing in the stars and among the divine light,

The spirit in flight.

Riding along the dark waves of the ether.

I find my way to sanctity and solace,

Traveling to eternal bliss.

SYMBOLICALLY SPEAKING

Adinkra in origin, Esoteric in spirit. FAWAHODIE represents the #naturistvibe movement. Let go and let live. Life has become a constant tug of war, driven by the notion of constraints and conformity. Here at Nubian Core, we strive to rebel; we dispel myths of the caged bird. We adorn the Ankh, symbolizing the essence of life and embrace FAWAHODIE as a protector against mental, physical and spiritual chains. Unapologetically Free.

Tribal Paint

Most of these images are created by the amazing Nigerian brother, Laolu Senbanjo. His work is so dope. Regardless, I love tribal paint. It is commanding and against the grain. It invokes the energy of powerful African warriors, tribeswomen and tribesmen and the creativity and adaptability of Diasporans across the globe. Decorative, intriguing, and downright sexy, tribal paint has been a muse-like turn-on of mine for years. I digitally collect many of these images on Pinterest, but wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation for the art form – on Nubian Core. -Dubaku

naturist yoga – waxing gibbous moon meditation

What is the Waxing gibbous moon? It’s the period when the moon is more than half-lit, and less than full. This phase is linked to a deeper understanding of planning and preparation. During this time, the light from the Moon allows for some deeper introspection—people born during this phase know how to see more of themselves. This Moon phase also encourages individual development and growth. It is necessary cycle to provide accountability and balance in one’s life.

The Groundshaker – Grace Jones

I was obsessed with Grace Jones in the 80’s, particularly after watching A View to a Kill and Conan the Destroyer. BUT, living in a Bible belt world I began to actually look down on her art and freedom – which at the time was labeled everything from a whore, to irresponsible, to a sell-out. Some of that fell off with her depiction of the Queen in Shaka Zulu.

As a kid in the 80’s, I watched MTV whenever possible. It helped to better understand the NYC universe. We wanted to be Turbo and Ozone, loved the Jungle Brothers and De La Soul, and wanted to live the nightlife of all the knock-off Studio 54’s (where Grace Jones was once a fixture).

Hard to hear, but you should get the point.

It was vicarious – it was the fantasy… New York had its mystique and it was irreplaceable. It felt good to play our house music cassettes and of course, I could fantasize about Grace Jones all I wanted!

And now, at 71 solar returns , the Taurus, the bull, Grace Jones is still on fire – fresh, flirty, and fine.  I’m still celebrating this ground-shaking Jamaican born beauty.  And, who can forget the legendary Strange’ birthing the perfume bottle in Boomerang – or resist the pussy, pussy, pussy call – classic.  #naturistvibe