My name is Mawiyah. I live in North Carolina, by way of southern California. 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; and now, years after my parents moved to California to raise their family, without a look back, I proudly claim Durham, North Carolina, as my home.

I hold and carry many identities, some with pride, others with feelings of ambiguity. I am a 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.