Dr. Giavanni Washington
Hi, I’m Dr G!
I am on an Ancestral mission to make the world safer for Black bodied people.
I am the daughter of Rhonda Cheryl, granddaughter of Emma Louise (we called her Precious), and great-granddaughter of Laura Mae. For at least 4 generations my people were in Alabama and Texas, the Deep South of the United States. Escaping oppression, my grandparents on both sides moved to California in the late 1940s. I am a second generation Californian and guest on the lands of the Tongva, Gabrieleño, and Kizh.
I grew up in Los Angeles, a city that is home to people who speak more than 250 languages and boasts diversity like very few places in the world. I spent the first half of my life actively seeking, exploring other cultures, and learning other languages (I can get down in Spanish and Portuguese, and if there is no other option, I can communicate minimally in French).
I’ve spent the second half of my life trying to learn about my own culture and ancestry.
I have studied African diasporic ancestral percussive healing traditions from countries such as Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Ethiopia, Guinea, Jamaica, Kenya, Senegal, Trinidad, Uganda and the United States.
In addition to leading my own spiritual wellness company, Black Goddess Within, I have a background in biology, epidemiology and ethnography.
I formerly served as Executive Director of the Viver Brasil Dance Company, which honors Brazil’s African legacy through contemporary dance theater.
To create the Black Goddess Within Oracle Deck, I led a group of Black women through a transformative healing process while on retreat, culminating in a photo shoot of each participant meeting the Goddess.
The deck’s 29 Goddess cards and 15 Ancestral Wisdom cards are a collaborative labor of love, liberation and spiritual inclusivity celebrating contemporary women of various sizes, shades, abilities, and sexual orientations.
BE YOUR NATURE
Meet Your Black Goddess Within.
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