She’ll come into your life soft and quiet, like a winter storm, and lift you from the ground like she’s handling fine china. She will pick out the glass shards pricking your body and marring your skin, and she’ll bandage your wounds with care. She’ll then wipe all the soot and dirt from your cheeks as you nudge your face into her tender hands. Finally, she’ll reach her fingers, ever so softly into your chest, and warm your heart from the inside out until it beats anew.
—  tell-my-mother-not-to-worry, A Thank You Letter to E.

A Mother is Not One Who Carries You For 9 Months Or Holds You While You Take The First Breath Of Many. She is The Women Who Grabs Your Hand As You Both Walk Into Kindergarten Scared, The Women Who Wakes Up at 3 a.m Because You Have Nightmares and Tucks You In and Rubs Your Back Until Your Asleep. Shes The One Who Loves Your Scars Loves Your Flaws And All Your Quirks When You Can’t Seem To Look Past Them. Its the Person Who Listens To Your Stupid Drama That You’ll Forget In a Weeks Time But Listens Anyway. Helps The Heart Breaks and Helps You Get Past Them. The One Who Helps You Get Through The Hard Times and Congratulates You On Your Best Days. The Women Who Loves You When You Can’t Stand To Love Yourself, and Stands To Love You More Than Anyone Even Though She’s Seen You At Your Worst and Best. A Mother is Not A Mother Unless She Earns That Name. Many Women Proclaim Men Can’t Be Dads Because They Walk Away and Aren’t Man Enough To Raise The Child They Birthed Then Why Is that Expectation Different For a Women and Her Children. What Takes a Real Women Is To Raise and Love a Child That You Didn’t Give Birth To As Your Own. A Mother Is One Who’s Love Will Always Stay In The Child’s Heart and Love Them When They Can’t Love Themselves and Anyone Who Thinks Different Go Ahead.
This Indie Film Merges Afro-Futurism & Ancestral Spirituality - Saint Heron
Indie film 'Ori Inu: In Search of Self' is the perfect coming of age story and collision of Afro-Futurism and ancestral spirituality.

In the majestic land of coming of age, Afro-Futurism and black girl magic presents us with Natalia, an 18-year-old Afro-Brazilian who is faced with a conflict not too unfamiliar to most of us. In the film, Ori Inu: In Search of Self, we follow the character’s internal conflict of dealing with two seemingly different worlds in order to gain a better understanding of self. As a child in Brazil, Natalia is greatly influenced by the religion Candomble, one that is banned and forbidden to be practiced publicly. After being forced to move to America, Natalia is conflicted on staying true to her Brazilian roots versus assimilating to a Christian culture. The film creates the perfect collision of Afro-futurism and ancestral spirituality in this Afro-Diasporic film as Natalia is visited often by Orisha, Yemaya, Goddess of the Sea while also being pressured into Christianity by both her mother and boyfriend.

Filmmaker, producer, director and co-writer Chelsea Odufu, along with her brother co-writer Emann Odufu, aim to remove negative stigmas placed on traditional African religions, and critique ideas of cultural and religious supremacy and intolerance of anything different in our society. In a director’s statement released at the film’s trailer premiere in September, Chelsea states:

“Additionally, this film reflects the immigrant experience in America and combats the idea that it is necessary to shed aspects of your own heritage in order to assimilate into a monolithic idea of what it means to be an American.”

Ori Inu: In Search of Self is an innovative and revolutionary film inspired by the Black Arts Movement in the 1960’s. The film includes Tony Award winning actress Tonya Pinkins as well as other notable up-and-coming actors such as Trae Harris. The film will feature performances by OSHUN as well as the Grammy-nominated group Les Nubians. The film is backed largely by the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art in Brooklyn where the trailer release was also held in September. The release date has yet to be determined.