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Dorothy Wilkie is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most well regarded dance companies founded in 1969 by Baba Robert Crowder. Dorothy began to pursue serious study of a wide repertoire of African and African Diasporan dance in 1955, approaching the genre as […]

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Joseph T. Quinones (Obakanla) was born in Harlem, New York.  He is a MBA graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and is the Chief Operating Officer and Partner in Primrose Development Company, which is the real estate development subsidiary of First City Monument Bank (FCMB).  He is also the founder and […]

by Karen E. Quinones-Miller   Today it is not unusual to find African-Americans who know about Orisa, know someone who practices Orisa, or have at least heard of the tradition. But there was a time – just a few generations ago – when this was far from the case.In the 1950s and 1960s there were […]

by Akanke Washington As we settle into 2011 many of us are seeking to stay committed to our resolutions. Many of those resolutions are going to include promises to drop pounds and improve diets.  We also tend to include resolutions that address our financial health, like saving money and developing a budget. As we focus […]

Ile Orunmila Ogunike, is a love filled ile in the Houston, TX metro area, run by computer scientist and jazz pianist Babalawo Rony Perry (omo Yemoja) and his wife Dr. Faizah Perry, a priestess of Ogun, who both hail from the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago.  Baba and Iya are assisted by their […]

By Amma Ayapon   Whether you are an elder in life humbling oneself to begin a path in the Orisa tradition, or you are a hip-hop generation Orisa worshipper, there are new experiences and concerns ahead as the tradition and its Diaspora move further into the new millennium. Keeping Iwa Pele at the forefront, this […]

By Nana Kwame Osunwole Irosun F3 Awo Salako – Sixteen Cowries “Head, push me into wealth”… Evening got all the fruit of Morning’s labor Evening got it Morning was working To serve Evening When people pray, They say, “May Olorun “Let your evening be good, oh”; And we reply, “Amen, oh.” And Evening was good, […]

by Karen E. Quinones Miller (Osun Lade) “Now, we have to find out who’s leading the year.” Silence filled the large but crowded room, and all eyes were on the babalawo as he threw the ikin once, then twice, then smoothed his fingers over the palm nuts. He nodded his head, then looked over at […]

This committee functions as the Orisa CDC’s official liaison with other Orisa entities and provide the primary catalyst and leadership in developing, in partnership with other Orisa entities, the necessary community organs for consensus building, Orisa organizational entity coordination and synergy, and eventual community governance systems, all in alignment with social model and strategic plans […]