This summer break I took much more time for #selfcare, recalibration, & rejuvenation, than I have on a break in a very long time… & it’s made a world of difference! At first I had to fight the urge to go dive into doing everything for everyone without pause (as I always do), but, alas, that “Go! Go! Go!” approach was taking a toll on my body & mind. Now, the cat you see here is rested, revitalized, & ready to go. Chucktown (Mt. Holly), here I come! Exciting news coming soon! 🙌🏾 #weoutchea #gullah #geechee #nostress #enjoy #energy #mentalhealth #care #health #wellness #oneness #shine #gullahteacha #summerbreak #harvard | gullahteacha.com 📚🍎
In Gullah/Geechee culture ‘testifying’ is part of praise & worship, & essential to paying forward blessings & life lessons… ‘Young, Gifted, & Gullah/Geechee’ is my testimony told by way of stories, songs, & spokenword, a multimedia memoir of the gifted, embattled boy who became the man that I am… saved by grits, Grace, & Gullah. Selah.♡ (Release date TBA.) #weoutchea #bio #oralhistory #autobiography #redemption #survivor #inspiration #live #love #loss #triumph | gullahteacha.com
Storytelling is integral to everyday Gullah/Geechee life, culture, & even the preservation of our speech. Growing up a preacher’s kid, most of the lessons I learned were taught to me via parables, allegories, & fables like the stories of Aesop. Which made the Little Golden Book collection by Richard Scarry resonate with me even more when I was little, affection that stays with me today as nostalgia.
It is with that inspiration that I have translated some of Aesop’s fables using the illustrations of Scarry’s LGB series for a new generation of kids to see/hear many of the stories unlike they’ve heard before, in the Gullah/Geechee language!
My mind would’ve been blown as a child to hear these stories in class told with the voice I heard them at home. I hope my series has the same affect on kids today, looking for themselves in the curriculum to connect. Check it out & share with friends! #weoutchea #gullah #geechee #aesop #storytelling #littlegoldenbooks #nostalgia #harvard #sharethis | gullahteacha.com 📚🍎🌞
It feels like just yesterday I stood in this exact spot & took the that pic I posted to share with you the news I’d been appointed the first (& only) Gullah language instructor here at @Harvard #University in its history. Well, time has flown since then & here I am leaving our final #ALP faculty get-together for this spring, feeling eager to get back for the fall.
In as much as my program director (Dr John Mugane) & colleagues, as well as my brilliant(!) students all factor into why I still leave work for vacation anxious to get back to work, so do YOU all–your Love, pride, support, & inspiration–give me the ‘life’ & energy to do this work. Fa dat, Ah seh tenki fa alla weh unnu da do… kindly, humbly & deeply. Selah. ♡
#weoutchea #gullah #geechee #harvard #summer #break #gratitude #gullahteacha #teacher #eachoneteachone #locs #loclivin #charleston | gullahteacha.com 📚🍎
Y’all ❤’d my first Gullah/Geechee Shakespeare: Hamlet post so much (TENKI!), I was inspired to do another Shakespearean classic for you… Romeo & Juliet, a fave. I hope you dig. Disya fi di cultcha! #weoutchea #gullah #geechee #harvard #fas #ALP #theater #culture | gullahteacha.com 📚🍎
You ever wonder what it would sound like if #Shakespeare was #Gullah/#Geechee? Welp, I got you. Check it out! #weoutchea #harvard #hamlet | gullahteacha.com 📚🍎
This week, proceeds from sales of these official #GULLAH #GEECHEE #weoutchea tshirts helped to pay for building materials used to make progress on Mama’s house! We’re in the process of creating a cart to make it more convenient for y’all to buy a tshirt (& other merch on the way). In the meantime, tshirts are $25 + $5 to ship, & you can still pay via CashApp, Venmo & Paypal (following) or donate to Mama’s Gofundme (link in IG bio). Lastly, if you’ve already bought & received a tshirt–big up unnuself–please DM me a selfie with you wearing it… I’m tryna do sump’m–i.e. show ya some 💙! Tenki fa alla weh unnu da do! 🙌🏽 | CashApp $gullahteacha | Venmo @ Sunn-mCheaux | Paypal.me/gullahteacha | gullahteacha.com 📚🍎 | “It takes a village.” #WeAreTheVillage