Book: Until the Streets of the Hood…

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Until the Streets of the Hood Flood with Green

Review By Lesley-Ann Brown,

When I first heard about The Electric Smoothie Lab Apothecary – I felt a thunderbolt of inspiration go straight through me- what a brilliant idea! The most genius of ideas are often the most obvious, the most transparent; and Kelly’s passion for moving nutrition through our communities (itself inspired by the wise words of an elder whispered in her ears) is the stuff that legends and movements are founded upon.

If orange is the new Black (as Hollywood sells it) it’s only because it’s also code for mass destruction due to an external force: and how better could we describe our communities throughout the stretch of land that was once known as Turtle Island- but through blood shed, enslavement and social control, became the United States of America? We are officially in code orange: There’s a silent war that’s been going on against Black people and it’s killing us. Literally.

Diabetes, high blood sugar, cardiovascular ailments, White supremacist-infiltrated police forces that kill us; and if that wasn’t enough, there’s the mass incarceration that has rendered far too many of us or our family members into a state of neo-slavery.

The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. We will never get freedom from those who despise us. We must create ourselves.

We know these truths to be self-evident.

We must create for ourselves and each other spaces to heal, thrive and live. We must persist. Just as our ancestors did, from the distant shores of Africa, to all the corners of the world we are, and the four corners of this Amerikkka. We must resist through pure and unadulterated joy and health. We must heal ourselves, just as the earth longs to be healed. She is okay – it is us who must be diligent.

Until the Streets of the Hood Flood with Green, like The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka ( a small, but revolutionary book) will find itself in every community we are – from the streets of Detroit, to the streets of Harlem, from Oakland to Tennessee, from New Orleans to Minnesota…you know why? Because we are there and wherever we have been we have consistently defied white terror and we will rise up, with our health and break this psychic sick spell that only requires that we are asleep. No more lead poisoning. No more police brutality. Curry reminds us, lest we have forgotten, about our sacred relationship to the land, to the food she provides and how this relationship is the gateway to unlimited energy – an energy that will break all chains and have us vibrating at such a level, that Babylon will have no choice but to fall down.

–Lesley-Ann Brown, Author of Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son