Akhothsa on my mind

Welcome to My Owena; My Okra (My Word; My Story). This site was created in the spirit of the sharing circle. Mahlikah Awe:ri aka MC AngelHeart the front woman for hip hop fusion band Red Slam Collective will be sharing opinions on issues affecting First People’s Globally, Her self-reflections as a female MC, Poet and Musician, Updates from the Rize of Red Slam, Poetry, Music and words from Akhothsa “My Grandmother”.

My 88 year-old Grandmother Born 1923 May 30th, rose to the spirit world this week; I celebrated my Earth Day this week and we recognized the accomplishments of Women Internationally this week.

And even if I could I wouldn’t change a thing.

On March 19th I will be in Kelowna, BC where my Grandparents took up roots after my Grandfather (Mi’kmaq, African-Canadian and Irish) retired from Military Service back in the 1970’s. Originally from Annapolis Royal, NS with family ties in Yarmouth, Weymouth and Dartmouth. My Grandmother the daughter of a Haudenosaunee Mohawk Mother Maybelle Shorn Lawrence from Kahnawá:ke and an African-American Father Alvin Lawrence was one of 15 children. When she left home and married my Grand Dad in the 1940’s she began raising six kids primarily on Army Bases.  It wasn’t until retirement and grandchildren that the songs, the stories, the craft work, food and teachings began to unfold…she is survived by her husband William Oscar Wesley, 91,  6 children, 13 grand-children and 8 great-grand-children.

I was asked to write a poem in honor of my Gran for the Memorial on the 19th. My Grandmother’s Hands



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  5. […] poetry performed by Mahlikah Awe:ri aka MC AngelHeart, the front woman for hip hop fusion band Red Slam Collective and Sandra Santhosh a.k.a […]

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