This dynamic, interdisciplinary one-day symposium will explore themes of healing and the various meanings and interpretations of health, harmony, wellness and wholeness within African, Afro-Diasporic and American Indigenous (AADAI) Religions. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of World Religion at Harvard Divinity School in partnership with the Department of African & African American Studies, […]Continue Reading


Pope Benedict XVI recently visited Ouidah, Benin to address the public and unveil his most recent exhortation entitled Africae Munus. Upon reviewing the decree and the Pope’s accompanying commentary, the Orisa Community Development Corporation found some of the Pope’s remarks and portions of Africae Munus deeply disturbing, reminiscent of the Catholic Churches’ early rationalization for […]Continue Reading


It’s an unfortunate fact: there has been a lot of downsizing within ethnic studies programs at universities throughout the nation, including in New York City. Slashes in funding and other considerations have meant that the City University of New York (CUNY), among other  institutions, has scaled back African and Diaspora Studies programs at many of the […]Continue Reading


By Omo Ase Before my year, I learned much about the rules of the year (wear white, eat and drink with your prescribed dishes and utensil, etc.) and about what I was NOT supposed to do (be involved in social activities, eat in restaurants, etc.).  But I don’t feel as though I really understood what […]Continue Reading


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 […]Continue Reading


The Orisa Spiritual Community of Oakland, CA is a community of orisa worshippers committed to worshipping orisa by cultivating goodness in our world.Continue Reading


Online Registration is now closed You may report to the venue Wednesday, 19 August  at 8 am for on-site registration University of Ibadan Institute for African Studies We look forward to seeing you there!Continue Reading


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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 […]Continue Reading


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 […]Continue Reading