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Meditations on Ancestral Care with Sannii Crespina-flores

Hi BWB fam,

We're rounding out this month with a trio of photographs and poems by multidisciplinary artist and advocate Sannii Crespina-flores. The following meditations reflect a deep well of love and gratitude for the Black maternal figure and her legacy of care that we, as her descendants, have inherited. In addition to sitting with and appreciating the following work, I would also encourage our readers to sit with their own family legacies and consider deeply how we may turn acts of sustaining and upholding black life into everyday practice, as our ancestors did. What rituals of care does your family keep? What practices haven't been kept and why? What practices of care have you invented through your own power, for your own needs? Let us remember that love is as innovative as it is sustaining, and to embrace our own creative power as we move through the wisdom of our foremothers.

-Courtney Hunter


Tart lesson of life

sweetened by grandma's love song

seeds sown in light

a bountiful tree of precious fruit

cared for by momma's hands ~ Sannii Crespina-flores


Shake loose the ancestral cloth 

gentle breeze marking their arrival

fiercely protected line ~ Sannii Crespina-flores


This singular love

will grow wild, free and unharmed

a black woman's love ~ Sannii Crespina-flores


Sannii Crespina-flores is the founder of the Un-Inhibited Muse Film Festival, the global youth initiative Do Remember Me and the art collaborative Yram Collective. She has screened work at the 60th Cannes and was awarded the grand prize for the short story challenge at the 15th Sundance Film Festivals. She advocates for women and youth through pose, life castings and film. Her work has been on exhibit in Budapest, Colombia, South Africa, London and Italy as well the U.S. She has received grants from the City of Philadelphia, AT&T and the Leeway Foundation to create works for independent television, cultural organizations and is the board chair of the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation. She has also contributed to academic publications and created learning guides for TED Ed, National Geographic and the Hip Hop Education Center. To learn more, visit and check out her instagram @moonbeamsandholywater

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