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Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio Resonating the Signs and the Sounds of the Times

Over the many years that this broadcast has aired, it has presented the history and current events in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and also celebrated the continuation of Gullah/Geechee cultural traditions. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and through the days of the on-going protests over the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, Queen Quet has continued to share the details of the stories that continue to unfold in these changes times.

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Gullah/Geechee Safe and Healthy

Part of my blessing has been sitting on community committees with partners at MUSC-the Medical University of South Carolina. My first steps into that institution happened over two decades ago when I was asked to come and do a keynote address for mental health professionals. I was to assist them with cultural competency since they had to work in the Gullah/Geechee community. The Q & A that day was as life changing as my presentation for the APHA. The dialogue gave me insight into the vast differences that people of various cultures have regarding stability and how that balance is to be maintained. Some continually seek outside measures through pleasure, drugs-legal and illegal, thrill seeking or risk taking and others go seeking inside spiritually, but sometimes miss the mark and think that is also an external action. Thus, they walk into and out of churches, synagogues, mosques, and locations of spiritual rituals unchanged and off balanced. I was there to help the doctors to be more receptive to overstanding spirituality and the Gullah/Geechee community and how this helps with mental stability. It was about trust. Trust in GOD. Trust in spirit. Trust in who is delivering the message. Trust in their cultural legacy as it relates to who is bringing the message.

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Corona Chronicle 1 by Queen Quet

As everyone that has encountered me is well aware of, I greet people with “Peace.” In the midst of the global panic due to the pandemic, I have watched that word evolve in my existence and surround me and keep me within that peace. Yes, “Peace be still.” I continue to speak and live that statement unlike those that I see encroaching on the peace of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

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Toxic Dangers Threaten Gullah/Geechee Nation Community Meeting To Be Held October 10th

The Atlantic Ocean has sustained the Gullah/Geechee people for hundreds of years. The African ethnic groups and indigenous Americans, who formed the Gullah/Geechee Nation, have kept their fishing and agrarian culture alive in spite of threats from coastal development, pollution and climate change.

Now the Gullah/Geechee Nation faces the existential threat of toxic chemicals being set free off the shores of their ancestral home in the South Carolina and Georgia Sea Islands.

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Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to Close the American Public Health Association Conference

Not only will the thousands of attendees be able to hear Queen Quet present, “Yeddi We: Rising Voices of the Gullah/Geechee,” the dialogue will be broadcasted live.  Tune een fa yeddi disya at 2:30 pm EST at https://apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual/attend-virtually/apha-live

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Lupus Awareness Day the Gullah/Geechee Way!

May 19th is “Lupus Awareness Day” which takes place annually during May which is “Lupus Awareness Month.” On May 10th which was “World Lupus Day” the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank partners at the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) MUSCLE program held “Lupus Patients Day.” On an on-going basis, they work with people to determine whether or not they have lupus and if they do, they can remain a part of the MUSCLE program and work toward finding a cure for this chronic autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. ƒ

The Gullah/Geechee Nation’s leaders are concerned about lupus and have been looking at the preventative measures that can be taken by examining environmental and dietary triggers amongst their people. This is a major concern because lupus occurs two to three times more frequently among African Americans, Asians, Hispanics/Latinos, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans than among Caucasians. ƒ

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