All posts by R. Califa-Calloway

Field Research Genealogist / Professional Teaching Artists: Demystifying mysteries of Ancestral Cultural &Family Histories | Direct Curatorial projects of African-Ancestored narratives and Histories; Dance-Mediumship service mission of Ancestral and Communal Healing initiatives "...by any Divine means necessary." ➻#GivePraisetoLife ❥➻#danceyourdestiny ➻#RiteOn

Live from #MAAGI! -blogs, blogging, blogger…

#Dancestory2013 – Live from #MAAGI! Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. Having launched from post-crash SFO, simply ecstatic to have traveled well and arrived safely. Institute Director, Charles Brown, Jr piloted the way to ensure my stay,  as I touched down and was warmly welcomed by kinship Kreative Pandemonium, Weedie and Andrea for a wonderful night in “ da Lou”. Gillespie Hall ushered a good night’s rest in the dorms upon the Historic Harris-Stowe State University. This historically Black public University is in the forefront for producing some of the nation’s first Educators.

My morning was like *whoosh*, the trek is fast here with jewels and gems of #Genealogy information shared, specializing in various topics of African Ancestored Family histories.   After ooohhh’s and ahhaa’s at the breakfast chat listening to a wealth of personal stories connecting to Africa to freeborn Africans in Virginia, my class of the day begins with Bernice Bennett blogtalk host of  “Research at the National Archives and Beyond” with over 164,00 listeners to her show.  Bernice gives us an assignment to produce our own blogtalk radio show – by this evening *gulp* I volunteered to help brand, suggest talent and contribute creative content *wink*     Check back as this assignment continues to unfold and shall be featured upon Bernice’s show forthcoming.

My study trek core is “Genealogy as a Profession” led by the nationally acclaimed Angela Y. Walton, [see “The Beginning Genealogist” in the featured links section ] co-presented along with leading researchers in the field, such as Shelley Murphy of Afro American Historical Genealogy Society – Central Virginia Chapter, and Nicka Smith, photographer, genealogist blogger with noted site of East Carroll parish and chronicling her journey: http://blog.atlasfamily.org  Ms. Angela is a researcher and Blogger and nationally renown for her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records.  She presents a multitude of reasons to blog, recanting compelling stories and more. The class was led to engage in a brisk “lunch brunch” chat on Afrigeneas.com.  This chat session online is a like a freeway of information exchange of core members, experts and community associations. It was completely exhilarating to participate with the organization that sponsored my tuition as I was enthusiastically congratulated.

About the blogtalk show, we’ve come up with a name for the show, listened to select “Congolese” music for consideration of background music and elected our host…stay tuned for details and look forward to a wealth of tips forthcoming on this blog. ~R. Califa-Calloway, #Dancestory2013

#Dancestory2013 – ZAPPED by Ms. Electra Price – Chief Genealogist

Photo: Siana Hristova, The Chronicle
Ms. Electra Price Oakland Bay Area Pioneer in Genealogy with nationally renown contributions to the field, specializing in African Ancestored Family Histories. She’s also a founding member of Afrigeneas.com, Founder of local African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, with 15 years of outstanding stewardship serving as a volunteer at the Family History Center housed at Oakland’s Mormon Temple.

This Sojourn would privy me to the rare sittings and cherished conversations with Eldership who are trailblazers in this burgeoning field of Genealogy; As my interest is of African Ancestored Family Histories in shared vision with Afrigeneas.com, I’d meet a founding member residing right here in Oakland- Ms. Electra Price! “Come on in here baby…” greeted with a sparkling smile and infectious candor, I am literally floating in from a soggy rainy day- grateful for my Dance-kinetworx – SHOUT OUT TO LEAH KIMBLE-PRICE [lovez you].

Needless to say in true “geek” behavior, I squealed at the site of seeing two computer screens, desks of vital information, data, album stacks, a printer, wall-lined books endless of my eyesight as I wanted to read them all up – yup this is my house, to train, to learn, to initiate! All so serene, encompassed in an atmosphere of a scholar’s lounge. And 3-4 hours later, I found a deep kinship beyond the book stacks, shared interests, and name claims – WE Oakland natives Ms. Electra and I share a deep pact with Ours, to somehow “leave the data”. And NO, I can’t begin to tell you everything as we combed decades, traveled dimensions weaving information as I fast took dictation -yet I will leave you with one of the endless tips from Ms. Electra Price to aid in your own personal journey in discovering your Family history.
TIP:
Go home get the old photos you’ve collected turn them over, label and date them i.e. who, where, when. A gold mine of information!

MORE about Ms. Electra Price: Read this article by Brenda Payton, Veteran Journalist: http://bit.ly/1cwqBIh

SUPPORT – My #Dancestory2013 Sojourn underway in preparation to attend the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute in St. Louis, MS for continued study and development and travel to collect Family data, documents and stories from 3 states. Please review: http://www.gofundme.com/Dancestory2013

#WINNER – AfriGeneas Scholarship Award

#WINNER – AfriGeneas Scholarship Award

#Dancestory2013 NEWS: *still recovering from a natural high* – THIS EVE, I received notification of CONGRATULATIONS as the recipient of the AfriGeneas Scholarship Award Scholarship recipient covering tuition to study at the Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI)! Certainly the crown piece of my sojourn, as I’ll prepare to be immersed in 4 lectures a day over a 3 day period. 2013 marks the Institute’s inaugural year featuring genealogy leaders and experts specializing in African Ancestored family history research, held at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri. My Study track Genealogy as a Profession  will be conducted by the illustrious Angela Y. Walton-Raji, nationally renown researcher and founding member of Afrigeneas.com, where participants will focus upon strategies for teaching, lecturing, writing and taking our practice to the next level and so much more, #RiteOn. I humbly thank Afrigeneas.com, MAAGI, the one above & the “divine9” representing the jumpoff! http://www.gofundme.com/Dancestory2013

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note: Interested in tracing your roots, don’t know where to start, here’s the perfect place “the beginning” with Angela Y. Walton-Raji’s site:  http://beginninggenealogist.com/ 

#Dancestory: Algiers/New Orleans – ‘cross river ties

#Dancestory: Algiers/New Orleans - 'cross river ties

R. Califa, pictured at the historical colonial holding grounds in Algiers for Africans, before being sold to Market ‘cross river to eventually Congo Square; it also became the holding area for Cajuns dispelled from Nova Scotia; Today it remains a historical landmark, sacred space and didactic learning experience about the folks and culture of those times as it were – bearing “the names” of those African nations actually brought to port./~nzo.califa

See Her #Dancestory2013:  http://youtu.be/1nQfV3evqBI