Nyasha Williams – Author, Activist, and Former Kindergarten Teacher
Author, activist and former kindergarten teacher, Nyasha Williams – who was adopted into a trans-racial family – grew up in South Africa and the U.S. A former kindergarten teacher and author, her picture book, “I Affirm Me: The ABCs of Inspiration for Black Kids” was inspired by the words Nyasha and her students recited at the beginning of every day: “I am confident and capable. I learn at my own pace. I am loved, and I believe in me. I believe in us.” Nyasha is pursuing social justice, decolonizing work and creating for her community full-time. You won’t want to miss this fascinating conversation.
TRIED & TRUE TEACHER TIPS
Today we’re helping you get, AND STAY, organized and we’re interviewing a kindergarten teacher who just published a book that you are going to love!
PageTurners: Children's Books Guaranteed to Make Everyone Smile
Children’s books have moved from being about bunnies and flowers (though I dig those) to tackling hard-hitting topics such as race, gentrification and gender. Giving children the opportunity to learn and make their own decisions about those hard-hitting topics through books and reading is powerful...especially during Black History Month.
ANGELA DALTON – 12 X 12 FEATURED AUTHOR MARCH 2022
March 01, 2022
Angela Dalton as the Featured Author for March chose to include other authors she admires to share their ideas/tips/tricks for how they re-center when it feels like things are going off the rails. Nyasha Williams in one of the included authors in the piece.
RP MYSTIC: MEET THE AUTHOR: NYASHA WILLIAMS OF BLACK TAROT, INTERVIEWED BY JORDANNAH ELIZABETH OF ASTROLOGY FOR BLACK GIRLS
November 6, 2022
RP Mystic’s offering of tarot decks and journals welcomes two empowering new additions: Black Tarot: An Ancestral Awakening Deck and Guidebook and the accompanying Ancestral Illumination guided journal by Nyasha Williams, illustrated by Kimishka Naidoo, both on sale December 6th, and available for pre-order now. Back in September, RP Mystic hosted Nyasha as she interviewed Jordannah Elizabeth, author of Astrology for Black Girls. Today, we share Part Two of this series, with Jordannah interviewing Nyasha.
Black Tarot reinterprets the classic 78-card deck with stunningly illustrated Black figures and imagery to awaken ancestral ties and enhance your connection to the divine. Companion journal Ancestral Illumination is filled with prompts, questions, advice, and plenty of writing space to help you chart your tarot journey – plus four full-color sticker sheets. Read on to learn more about the creation of these tools, and their unique place in the African Diaspora!
LOS ANGELES TIMES
November 11, 2022
This story is part of Image Issue 15, “Diaspora,” a fantastic voyage through the mecca of food, from Hollywood haunts to mall food courts to L.A. staples. Read the whole issue here.
SWAG HER: TRUE BLACK GIRL MAGIC: NEW AUTHOR BRINGS DIVERSITY TO TAROT
December 06, 2022
True Black Girl Magic!
While many may shy away from tarot and divination, I embrace the subject. So I was extremely excited to learn of and later review the Black Tarot deck by new author and activist Nyasha Williams. The beautiful deck is illustrated with black and brown shades of people with the accompanying An Ancestral Awakening Guidebook and a guided journal for Black Tarot, Ancestral Illumination.
If you are familiar with tarot, you may know that most of the cards usually display people of European descent. So this diverse deck and its companions are much-needed tools.
Nyasha Williams grew up living intermittently between the United States and South Africa. Her efforts as a creator, author, and activist are to combat the systems of White supremacy, colonization, and the patriarchy, working towards decolonizing, liberating, and indigenizing minds, organizations, and our world. She lives in Colorado with her husband. Learn more about her below.
BLACK TALK on KGNU
December 08, 2022
December’s Black Talk features author, creative, activist, Nyasha Williams. She is the author of the newly published and available Black Tarot: An Ancestral Awakening Deck and Guidebook. Join us as we learn about her upbringing in South Africa and Louisville, Colorado.
Nyasha was one of six Black children in her family being raised by white parents. In her mid-20s, she began to embrace her Blackness, Black woman-ness, and deep exploration of her ancestral roots.
All of the pieces and parts that have influenced Nyasha are infused into the tarot deck she has created. We learn about her ancestral awakening and learn about her past, current, and future artistic efforts. Consider the following as a quote that embodies Nyasha’s perspective on life: The true meaning of life is planting trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit — Nelson Henderson.
YOUR OWN MAGIC
December 12, 2022
I believe part of unleashing your most powerful magic includes understanding the roots of where and whom you came from. Nyasha Williams is an author, activist, tarot deck creator, and creator of many more lanes - her new deck - BLACK TAROT: An Ancestral Awakening Deck and Guidebook - came out last week and is a stunning reclamation of Black spirituality and ancestral connection. Features exclusively Black representations of classic Tarot figures and iconography illustrated by Kimishka Naidoo. In this episode, we talk about why she felt connected with magic since she was young, helping kids tap into theirs - especially through cooking, communing with ancestors, divination tools, the Black Tarot, her process of creation, being a creator of many lanes, walking through your passions fully, and unlearning/decolonizing ourselves from white supremacy + the patriarchy. One of my most valuable and powerful episodes to date. Enjoy Nyasha's magic!
Cafe con Libros: BLACK TAROT/ ANCESTRAL ILLUMINATION | A DIALOGUE WITH NYASHA WILLIAMS
December 15, 2022
About the author
Nyasha Williams grew up living intermittently between the United States and South Africa. Her efforts as a creator, author, and activist are to combat the systems of White supremacy, colonization, and the patriarchy, working towards decolonizing, liberating, and indigenizing minds, organizations, and our world. She lives in Colorado with her husband.
About the conversation partner
Moni Ouk is an energetic channel and mentor with a vested interest in ancient civilizations. He is most known for his work in the Galactic Akashic Records and helping others understand their unique energy. Moni communes with spirits on all levels and has assisted hundreds of clients in the past two years after leaving the corporate workforce. He is dedicated to higher learning, innovation and service to others.
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Meet Nyasha Williams | Author – Creator – Activist
We had the good fortune of connecting with Nyasha Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
June, 19 2023
Celebrate Juneteenth with Running Press + Black Dog & Leventhal
Juneteenth (which also goes by Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and other names) commemorates the day that all enslaved Africans finally learned of their freedom. To honor this incredible moment, we are continuing our mission to amplify Black voices by inviting our authors to share what Juneteenth means to them. Read on for powerful reflections from Destiny Taylor, Dossé-Via Trenou, Kiana Fitzgerald, Nyasha Williams, and Jordannah Elizabeth.
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