Glossary

Cachinnate – cach·in·nate /ˈkakəˌnāt/ verb: laugh loudly.

Cultivate – cul·ti·vate /ˈkəltəˌvāt/ verb: try to acquire or develop; apply oneself to improving or developing.

Namaste – na·ma·ste /ˈnäməˌstā/ noun: a respectful greeting; a conventional Hindu expression; a bow to thee; the divine in me respectfully recognizes the divine in you. 

Negro – Ne·gro /ˈnēɡrō/ noun: a member of a dark-skinned group of peoples originally native to Africa south of the Sahara; adjective: relating to black people. 

The word, Negro, was respectfully utilized when establishing organizations, with a mission to create equality, and empower, as with, The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), founded in April of 1944, by Mary McLeod Bethune, and Frederick D. Patterson. And, The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), founded in 1935, by Mary McLeod Bethune.

Originally, I wrote a piece entitled, Namaste Negro, about our experiences while living in Boulder, Colorado. Supposedly, one of the most open, progressive, liberal places ever. We struggled to feel welcome, or at home in Boulder, ironically, so did Namaste Negro in the publishing world. Negro in NamasteNegro, is intended as a respectful, communal, salutation. Illuminating the true meaning of a word, that has been twisted to diminish. We are collectively, a bioluminescent Negro spiritual. Be light, never dim.

CAUTION: THE WORD NEGRO, MAY BE CONSIDERED OFFENSIVE. IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE AS AN ADDRESS, OR GREETING BY PEOPLE WHOM ARE NOT BLACK, SIMILAR TO A “CERTAIN WORD” UTILIZED BY BLACK COMEDIANS, THERE ARE SIMPLY SOME WORDS NOT MEANT FOR USE BY PEOPLE, WHOM ARE NOT BLACK, AS ITS USE MAY BE CONSIDERED A PEJORATIVE TERM.

Cultivate, and cachinnate. We are all connected on this planet, we may as well flourish together.

Live life with care, and a dose of levity. Humor is healthy.