Black w/ Plants: Sexual Health Education with LaMar Thompson-Hightower

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Sexual Health Education? Being a social worker? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Working at a health clinic, as a social worker, has its ups and downs. Being a macro social worker,…

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Black w/ Plants: Lillith Plant Shop Q&A with Starsha Valentine

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Lillith Plant Shop? Caring for plants? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Lillith Plant Shop was founded as a creative outlet for me and a way to share my love of plants…

RAD Detroit: A Relationship Anarchy Unconference

Relationship Anarchy (RA) is a politic of relating that applies anarchistic principles to the interpersonal. The practice of RA is an emergent strategy to build non-hierarchical, anti-oppressive, autonomy-affirming community. RA’s may enact both anti-monogamy action and prefigurative building. Supportive, exclusive space is critically needed for folks who are practicing anarchistic relating. Often people come to…

Black w/ Plants: Black Men With Gardens Q&A with Nelson ZePequeno

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Black Men With Gardens? Nelson? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Black Men With Gardens is about sharing a side of black men that nobody sees or believes exist, while challenging perceptions…

Black w/ Plants: Plant-based Medicine Q&A with April Rameé

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Antler Alchemy? Plant-based medicine? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Antler Alchemy was created by April Rameé, a ceremonial herbalist enticing the senses to inspire your ancestors to come out to play.…

Black w/ Plants: Mindful Movement Q&A with Brialle Ringer

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Mindful Movement? #StayinYourMagic? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Mindful movement is a practice of listening to your body and moving in ways that feel pleasurable. When I returned to my identity…

Prisoner Newsletter Release + Film Screening

Saturday, March 2 6–9 PM Riverside Arts Center 76 N Huron St., Ypsilanti Come celebrate the Winter 2019 issue of The Opening Statement with MAPS and friends! Featuring a screening of The Prison in Twelve Landscapes by Brett Story. The Opening Statement is a quarterly newsletter written for and primarily by incarcerated folks in the Michigan…

Saidiya Hartman: A Serial Biography of the Wayward

Monday, Feb. 25, 4:00 p.m. 1014 Tisch Hall University of Michigan In her new book, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, cohabitation outside of wedlock, queer relations, and…

Black w/ Plants: Horticulture Q&A with Wambui Ippolito

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about horticulture? ecology? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Being near, learning about and working with plants heals. Mother Nature is the greatest healer. There is nothing as mind purifying as spending time…

Black w/ Plants: Sound Therapy Q&A with Devi Mambouka

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about sound therapy? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Sound therapy means to be able to create frequencies that nurtures a space where an individual has the opportunity to take inventory, of where…

Black w/ Plants: Botany Q&A with Derek Haynes

January 2019–January 2020, Black with Plants will publish q and a on mental health + community building with botanists, college dropouts, horticulturalists, plant care specialists, natural hair experts, social justice advocates, sound therapists, etc. across the thirteen hardiness zones in the United States and African diaspora. What do you want readers to know about Botany? being a botanist in 2019? Or a creative project that you are working on? and the role of community building, and its impact on mental health?   Botany, or Plant Biology, is a field that I feel is often forgotten or disrespected. People often just assume that…