By Parlee Jones
Peace Worcester People! As many of you know, I have two little side entities through which I share knowledge. One of them is Peaceful Pleasures, my incense and oils business. Along with other products for body, mind and spirit. The other is OurStory Edutainment. OurStory Edutainment is a multi-cultural learning institute which teaches Black History through Education and Entertainment. We use music, documentaries, spoken word and life experiences as the vehicles through which we do this.
The reason I came up with OurStoryEdutainment was because I wanted my children to have knowledge of who they were from the cradle. It is imperative that children know from the cradle that they are loved and valued. Knowing their history and ancestry is also important.
There was not and still is not anyone else celebrating Black Culture on the regular. I chose this as my task. The symbol I use for OurStory is the Sankofa symbol.
The Sankofa symbol is an adinkra symbol which means “go back and fetch it.” You must know your past in order to move towards the future. Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa that represent concepts or original thoughts.
The mission of OurStory Edutainment is to develop self-awareness, social awareness and global awareness to the history, accomplishments, oppression and rebuilding of Black People. By providing this knowledge, we seek to wake the sleeping people to what is happening around them and how these destructive situations were created in our communities and how to heal them by bringing people of all cultures together to learn our shared human story. Knowledge of self to better yourself.
The goal of OurStory Edutainment is to provide a better understanding of Black Culture. To provide a greater sense of personal identity as people from the Diaspora by showing our history and how we continue to keep our traditions and ways of life alive throughout the years.
Here is a listing of the activities I have scheduled for the rest of this year to celebrate and learn more about a history that has been buried or twisted or just plain left out of our history books.
Through our celebrations we will learn together what they never taught us in history class.
If you would like to help sponsor an event or make a donation towards the food and goodies we will be giving away, please feel free to contact me at 508-410-1209.
OurStory Edutainment / Peaceful Pleasures Event Schedule ~ Please mark your calendars accordingly!
Classic Reggae ~ Roots and Lovers Rock
Reggae Music in Conjunction with Satalite Music and LB Fitness.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 ~ Part 4
Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Part 5
WCUW Radio Station, 910 Main Street, Worcester, MA
8 pm to 1 am. $10. BYOB
Come and join us for a laid back evening of your favorites in Classic Reggae with Music by I~Lox (Lennox) and J Wonder!!! Nice, easy and laid back vibes. BYOB. Respect a must!
Black Culture Matinee ~ Join us as we explore Black Culture through the lens of movies, documentaries and other art forms.
Saturday, November 25, 2017 ~
Saturday, December 30, 2017~ Celebrating Kwanzaa
Saturday, January 27, 2018 ~
Saturday, February 24, 2018 ~ Black History Month Celebration
Worcester Public Library, Three Salem Square, Worcester, MA
2 pm to 4 pm Free
Worcester Kwanzaa Celebration 2018 ~ Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates, family community and culture. Celebrated from December 26 through January 1, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 ~ Umoja – Unity ~
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 ~ Kujichagulia – Self-Determination
Thursday, December 28, 2017 ~ Ujima – Collective Work & Responsibility
Friday, December 29, 2017 ~ Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics
Saturday, December 30, 2017 ~ Nia – Purpose
Sunday, December 31, 2017 ~ Kuumba – Creativity
Monday, January 1, 2018 ~ Imani – Faith
All events at WCUW Radio Station, 910 Main Street, Worcester, MA
6 pm to 9:00 pm
Bob Marley Birthday Bash Weekend
Our 11th Annual Celebration of the words, music and life of Robert Nesta Marley.
Friday, February 2, 2018 9 pm to 2 am $10.
Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St., Worcester
Live Reggae Bands celebrating Bob’s music.
11th Annual Bob Marley Bash – Family Friendly
Saturday, February 3, 2018 1 pm to 5 pm
Worcester Public Library, One Salem Square
Documentary ~ MARLEY
Sunday, February 4, 2018 2 pm
WCUW Radio Station, 910 Main St., Worcester
Lots of fun stuff!! Hope to see you around the town!!!