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Black Love Day – Feb. 13th

AFRICAN AMERICAN HOLIDAY ASSOCIATION (AAHA)
Perpetuates and preserves culture through traditional and non-traditional holidays,
celebration & rituals
www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org Rashida Thomas publicist, 202-667-2577-
NEWS RELEASE; 29th Black Love Day, Feb. 13, 2022
Global Theme: “Finding Spiritual Joy Thru Black Love”
Inspires Hope in a Time of Trauma, Fear and Covid Burn-out

NEWS RELEASE;  29th Black Love Day, Feb. 13, 2022 Global Theme: “Finding Spiritual Joy Thru Black Love”  Inspires Hope in a Time of Trauma, Fear and Covid Burn-out


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  The 29th year of Black Love Day, Feb. 13, 2022,  will encourage a global focus on The Creator as “:the source” instead of government to get us through these trying times and reconnect the love as self-help within our Black community for Black joy.. Black Love Day (BLD) is the 4th commemorated African American Holiday (wholyday) observance of atonement, reconciliation, celebration and 24-hour demonstration of Black Love through 5 tenets (acts of love) – showing love for the Creator, for Self, for the Black family, the Black community and Black People. Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder of Black Love  Day (BLD), stewarded by her African American Holiday Association (AAHA) and PositivEnergy Works, is collaborating with Baltimore-based, Eliza Cooper of Live Holistically Balanced (LHB) together with Thriving Communities Collaborative (TCC) to host a Black Love Day weekend of activities on February 12 from 9 a.m. to 6. p.m. and the 29th Official Black Love Relationship Ceremony, Feb. 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. under the theme,”Finding Spiritual Joy Thru Black Love”.


Renown as Sekou Mama Ayo, she stated, “Without question, the world is facing uncertain times and extreme challenges, so our 2022 theme envisions a collective focus on the first tenet of BLD-:”Love for the Creator”- to inspire hope, resilience and joy to reduce fear, grief and trauma. The times require we stay prayed up to our Higher Power, so we can feel Black Joy despite the times. Stop pointing at the government but instead point up and within for self-determination. Yes, Black people have struggled disproportionately than White people due to COVID related deaths, illnesses and economic down-turns.  But, we can’t afford to get COVID “burned out”. Yes, we’re overwhelmed by violence, grief, trauma, racism, but in the best of times and worst of times, when facing historical, major challenges, The Creator sustained us and our love fostered self-help as a unified vibration of joy because love is opposite of fear. Stay connected to each other and breathe in the Creator’s love as our sustaining power to experience Spiritual Joy through our Black Love”.


Ayo Handy-Kendi founded Black Love Day in 1993, in her hometown, Washington, D.C. and has yearly hosted a Black Love Day Relationship Ceremony and her Ritual of Reconciliation, in many parts of the nation and world. In 2016, Eliza Cooper’s Live Holistically Balanced group created an annual Black Love Day Celebration in Baltimore City. In December, 2021, Handy-Kendi put out the call for Black Love event organizers to collaborate and Cooper agreed to come together for the official Black Love Day activity and ceremony


The goals of BLD are to increase peace, stop violence, end Black self-hatred and White supremacy/racism and encourage White people in the 24-hour period of Reb. 13th  to show love in action towards Black people, by working on their own racial attitudes, and behaviors.  BLD further offers a spiritual, African-centered, alternative to the commercialized, and sometimes violent, Valentine's Day. The 5 Tenets of Black Love are a 365 days of the year value system to heal all of our relationships


Learn “what to do on BLD” and see a calendar of BLD local/national/global events @ www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org  or (202) 667-2577 | AyoMeansJoy@yahoo.com.


 Register for the Official Black Love Day Weekend of events: BLD2022.eventbrite.com  We would LOVE for you to participate to heal all of our relationships. ###


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED ASSISTANCE YOU CAN CONTACT:

Ayo Handy-Kendi, Founder of Black Love Day

To Share Love Offerings in support of our continued effort to grow and share Black Love Day, locally, nationally and internationally.
202-667-2577 ayomeansjoy@yahoo.com

Cash App: $AyoHandyKendi

PayPal: Sales@PositivEnergyWorks.com

Eliza Cooper, CEO of Live Holistically Balanced To Share Love Offerings
to support us in continuing to grow and share Black Love Day in Baltimore, Maryland and globally.) (410) 404-2859 | liveholisticallybalanced@gmail.com

Cash App: $CooperLHB

PayPal: PayPal.me/LHB20
29th BLACK LOVE DAY 2022:  "Finding Spiritual Joy Thru Black Love"
60 Second 2022 PSA or CALENDAR FOR GLOBAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

What would happen if around the Nation and the World, for 24 hours on February 13, Black Love Day, everyone in the Black community performed at least, 5 specific acts of love - towards the Creator, for Self, for Family, for the Black community and for Black People, and at the same time, everyone in the White community, put "love in action" towards Blacks and dealt with their own attitudes about culture?

This is what happens on Black Love Day Feb. 13, the 4th nationally, observed African-American holiday (wholyday) of atonement, reconciliation, celebration and 24 hour demonstration of Black Love in 5 Tenets, celebrating its 29th year.  The 2022 theme is:  “Finding Spiritual Joy Thru Black Love”.   .  To increase peace, stop violence, end Black self-hatred and White supremacy/racism --- Black Love Day (BLD) encourages us to return to love to transform and heal all of our relationships.  Learn how to celebrate BLD and register for a Black Love Weekend, Feb.12 and 13th @ www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org     OR CALL 202-667-2577 ###


29TH BLACK LOVE DAY2022: “Finding Spiritual Joy Thru Black Love”.  


30 Second PSA or CALENDAR FOR GLOBAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

For 24 hours on Black Love Day, Feb. 13, heal all of your relationships by demonstrating love in 5 Tenets.  For 29 years, Black Love Day global activities’ yearly focuses on a theme which in 2022 is:  “Finding Spiritual Joy Thru Black Love”.   For details view:  www.AfricanAmericanHolidays.org or call 202-667-2577.###

 
WHAT IS BLACK LOVE DAY (BLD) 

Nya Akoma (pronounced N yah Ah coma) is the greeting for Black Love Day, Feb. 13, which means get a heart, be patient, return to love.

Black Love Day (BLD) is the 4th nationally commemorated African-American Holiday (wholyday) observance of atonement, reconciliation, celebration and 24 hour demonstration of Black Love through 5 tenets (loving acts) -
for The Creator,
for Self,
for the Black Family,
the Black Community,
and the Black Race.

BLD also encourages Whites in the 24 hour period to &show love in action towards Blacks by working on their own racial attitudes and behaviors..

The goals of this day are to increase peace, stop violence, end Black self-hatred and White supremacy/racism, to offer a spiritual, African-centered,
alternative to the commercialized, and sometimes violent, Valentine's Day.

Since 1993 the first BLD, Ayo Handy-Kendi, has shared the BLD tenets and their higher love vibrations with millions on radio, t.v,  in print, on college campuses, with community organizations, and through her “Black Love Book”,  which can be ordered through www.PositivEnergyWorks.com

Furthermore, Handy-Kendi is the founder of the Ritual of Reconciliation, the  ritual of Black Love Day and a ritual of reconnection, reconciliation and conflict resolution, to be used anytime. 

WHAT CAN BE DONE AFTER BLD

As a degreed counselor, community organizer and diversity trainer,Handy-Kendi has packaged all of her social  justice and life experiences along with  tools of transformation to release deep trauma, into a training course, "Breath Circles to Heal the Divides.   The 5 Black Love Acts and The Ritual of Reconciliation are at the heart of these trainings.

Handy-Kendi is the founder of Optimum Life Breathology, a Certified Breathologist (C.O.L..B), and CEO of PositivEnergyWorks, which is the co-sponsor of Black Love Day and many other AAHA productions.

She has over 50 years of experience in transformative breath practices and wholistic healing of cellular memory which enabled her to evolve from her own pain, trauma and repressed memory of being sexually and verbally abused as a child.   Self-care and breathology,  later in life, helped her overcome trauma as a mother of a slain teenager, addictions to substances, domestic violence, evictions, homelessness and multiple deaths of several family members.   With these experiences that honed her compassion and prompted her self-care through self-love, it has shaped her into an excellent steward for Black Love Day and beyond.


CONTACT INFORMATION

To schedule Ayo Handy-Kendi for an interview; to acquire “The Black Love Book”; 

to host a Black Love Relationship Ceremony or "Ritual of Reconciliation or to inquire about her

“Breath Circles to Heal the Divides” or “Breath and Sound Experiences;

Please contact, RashidaThomas, publicist, 202-667- 2577 or  email:  ayomeansjoy@yahoo.com

SOME TRADITIONAL THINGS TO DO ON BLACK LOVE DAY:


·** It's NOT WHERE YOU GO for Black Love Day (BLD) - it is WHAT YOU DO to demonstrate (show) love on this day.  Demonstrate the 5 Tenets (acts of love) on BLD to transform on this wholyday, then practice these tenets everyday to maintain the higher vibration of love   Events and activities are held in honor of, to celebrate or to commemorate Black Love Day, so make the distinction. For example:  Black Love Day is not the Black Luv Festival or the Relationship Ceremony, both held in D.C..  Instead Black Love Day, Feb. 13th is commemorated for 24 hours, both locally, nationally and internationally.


*** The greeting is Nya Akoma (N yah Ah comah) means get a heart, be patient

*** Display the Akoma , an ancient African Adinkra symbol of love, patience, goodwill, faithfulness and endurance. This heart-shaped symbol was re-named and co-opted as a “Valentine”;


***Wear the colors Purple and Black – purple for spiritual growth and royalty; black for the color of the people and freedom from evil (Psalms 7 or 12);


  ***Buy BLD conscious-raising gifts from Black merchants, practicing the tenet of  Black Race love.  Avoid the usual Valentine’s candy, trinkets, stuffed animals, jewelry.  Consider buying healing products or food, inspirational, spiritual gift or hand-crafted gifts, made from the heart;


***In-gather the people at a Black Love Relationship Ceremony including in the Ritual of Reconciliation;


***If there is no local community, BLD Relationship Ceremony, feel free to start one by contacting us, here at AAHA. 



***You can create a BLD Relationship Ceremony, right in your own home space.  The Black Love Book offers a complete guide in setting up the ceremony, offering all of the official practices;


***Need suggestions on “how to demonstrate love”?  Read the “Black Love Book” for over 100 or more acts of love that can be demonstrated;

" THE BLACK LOVE BOOK"

***Get “The Black Love Book-  the definitive guide to the Wholyday", 4th edition, by Ayo Handy-Kendi, founder, Black Love Day – The rituals of BLD, Conducting a Relationship Ceremony, History of Valentine’s Day, Self-love and relationship tips, more, are included. 

 

$12   E-Book Download


$20  + $8.50 Tax / Shipping.    Soft copy book (allow 3-4 weeks delivery)


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African American Holiday Association (AAHA)


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***Send in your Black love Day highlights of your activities or love shout-outs to IloveBlackLoveDay.Facebook.com to share the love vibration for the healing of the planet.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, ON BLACK LOVE DAY;



***Contact AAHA by email for consultation on your Black Love Relationship Ceremony or  ways to celebrate and demonstrate love wholistically: ayomeansjoy@yahoo.com


info@AficanAmericanHolidays.org  or call 202-667-2577

 

 ***Explanation Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sohAXTFRqfM

 

 ***Black Love Song, Family Love Video:

 


***Send in your Black love suggestions, highlights of your days activities or love shout-outs to IloveBlackLoveDay.Facebook.com to share the love vibration for the healing of the planet.


FOR HEALING EMOTIONS OF THE HEART contact  www.PositivEnergyWorks.com