"Nobody's free until everybody's free."-Fannie Lou Hammer

Takeallah Rivera, Feminist/Womanist Educator, Doula, and Writer


Sharpened in the South

I grew up in South Memphis, Tennessee, where my childhood was Three 6 Mafia cassettes (The clean version because my mama didn't play that!), hour-long waits in Dixie Queen's line, trips to Libertyland, X-Cite, and Celebration Station and weekend shopping and ice skating at the Mall of Memphis. After experiencing the loss of my grandmother, a volatile relationship, and the birth of my son, I relocated to Seattle, Washington for a fresh start. In the seven years I spent in the Pacific Northwest, I grew exponentially as an educator , doula, and activist, developed an appreciation of the South, and brought all of my knowledge and resources back to my hometown to promote change. I credit my Southern roots for the feminist, womanist, mother, doula, and activist that I am today. These days, I reside in the Parkway Village area of Memphis with my son, Hendrix (who we call 'Jimi') and our dogs, Jazz, Luke, and Roxanne, my Three 6 Mafia playlist is still in rotation, I still wait in line for an hour at Dixie Queen, and I will give you my sweet tea and catfish with hot sauce when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. 

Feminist Educator, Doula, and Writer 

In between working, attending Parent Council meetings, watching Paw Patrol and PJ Masks marathons and online schooling Jimi, I serve my community as a Feminist and Womanist Educator, Doula, and Writer. Armed with coffee, donuts, quick-witted humor, and a southern drawl, I work to spread my feminist and womanist gospel, inspire and support women and mothers, and advance educational equity, mental health awareness, and reproductive justice throughout the South.  

 


What our customers are saying

“If you can finally go to the bathroom wherever you find one, if you can finally order a cup of coffee and drink it wherever coffee is available, but you cannot follow your heart-you cannot respect the response of your own honest body in the world-then how much of what kind of freedom does any one of us possess?

Or, conversely, if your heart and your honest body can be controlled by the state, or controlled by community taboo, are you not then, and in that case, no more than a slave ruled by outside force?”

― June Jordan, Some of Us Did Not Die: New and Selected Essays


Education Equity 

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Reproductive Justice 

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Mental Health Awareness

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Restorative Justice and Healing 

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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness 

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Environmental Justice and Marine Conservation

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Bachelor of Arts in Education, Interdisciplinary Studies 

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Certificate in Women's Leadership

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AmeriCorps Alumni - Served three terms in Education and Non-Profit Work

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Feminist Camp Alumnae- Winter 2016, New York City, New York and Fall 2016, Seattle, Washington

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Southerners On New Ground- The Lorde's Werq Fellowship Cohort Member 

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Ordained Minister 

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Certifications 

-Certified Full Spectrum Doula
-Certified WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
-Certified Community Health Worker
-Certified Mental Health Peer Counselor
-Certified Domestic Violence Victim's Advocate

-Certified Sexual Health Peer Counselor

-Ordained Minister  


“I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black; it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.”

― June Jordan

Framework for Promoting Education Equity, Reproductive Justice, Environmental Justice and Conservation, and Mental Health Awareness


Committed to Continuous Learning

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Healing Centered Approach

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Culturally Responsive Teaching

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Intersectionality

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Family and Community Engagement

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Student-Centered Approach

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​“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

Audre Lorde- Feminist Writer, Poet, Librarian, and Civil Rights Activist 

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