My name is Mawiyah. I am a southern Californian living in Alabama, by way of North Carolina. I’ve decided now that moving to the southeast in the summer of 2012 was ancestral inertia masquerading as personal decision. My family of origin has decades of history in the southeast. In their early to mid-twenties, my parents moved to California to raise their family, without a look back. Little did they know, decades later, I would proudly claim Durham, North Carolina, as my home. Years after that, I would move to Montgomery, Alabama, for love and professional opportunity (but mostly for love). This is where I find myself now.
I hold and carry many identities, some with pride, others with feelings of ambiguity. I am a queer Black woman, a social worker, a reproductive justice advocate, an educator, a wordsmith, a person of faith, a person with depressive and anxious tendencies, and a co-conspirator for collective liberation.
The title of this blog comes from one of my favorite novels, Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. (Read more about why.) My desire in creating and maintaining this blog is to share the truth and perfection that resides in me, because I believe that you need it, just as much as I need the truth and perfection that resides in you. My aim in this space is to write and speak honestly about things we aren’t supposed to be honest about.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you read something you enjoy.