Babz Rawls Ivy: Shadow Warrior

“Never mess with a badass woman. Her Pen. Or her guitar.” – Fee Thomas

As far as I know, Babz Rawls Ivy doesn’t play guitar? If she did she’d no doubt be badass at that as well. There are words in the dictionary that she doesn’t quite understand the meaning of; impossible, can’t, and failure. The word that replaces each of these is magic, which she believes makes all things possible.

She doesn’t understand the concepts of not having enough time, resources, money, talent, or energy to accomplish her goals. Any attempt to explain there are but 24-hours in a day will be time wasted you’ll never get back. She believes she can do it all… because of magic.

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Life for her ain’t been no crystal stair. I’m not talking out of turn because she tells all of these things herself. She lives her life in public and has no secrets. She was molested in her childhood which informs much of who she is. She was left unable to have children of her own as a result, so she adopted four. She spent 29 days in the Danbury Federal Prison Camp. She was branded a felon. It made her stronger.

Shadow Warriors like Babz are my attempt to recognize others for what they do. In this case, for what she does and what she is able to get others to do. She helps people see and accomplish their own visions. Giving them the strength to do what they otherwise might not. I stumbled across a young poet named Fee Thomas and immediately recognized her talent. I might write an occasional poem but it isn’t my medium. I put Fee in touch with Babz and… magic. Fee’s book, Owning the Color Blue was bound to be published one day, her talent was that obvious. Babz made someday… now. I have a book heading towards publication that would never have happened without her. She pushes, demands, hounds, and has on more than one occasion demanded my soul, to make me better. She should spend more time on herself, Seed and Source Literary Group, and Earth Seed Publishing, her new ventures. She keeps devoting time to others before herself.

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Babz is an activist, she throws herself into too many causes because she alone has unlimited time. She keeps getting asked because she get’s things done. She keeps saying yes too. She often names boards of directors she intends to get off of, “soon!”Civil rights, human rights, education, politics, she’s well informed (and opinionated) on all of these. Talk to Babz you can’t simply have a position, you have to defend it and show how serious you are.

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Babz Rawls Ivy has held political office, is consulted by office holders and in New Haven, CT her opinion matters. I’ve failed to mention her role as Editor-In-Chief of the Inner-City News and host of a call-in radio show. I did mention those four adopted children along with adopted authors and poets that she nurtures to maturity. Babz Rawls Ivy is this month’s, Shadow Warrior. Never bet against black… or magic!


I’ll end this piece with the words of another:

“Of Babz, she has the entirety of the wild horses in her heart and when they run, they part the sky.

It’s the most beautiful sound, surpassing all others.

The very first time I heard it,

I knew I was sent to her by The Divine just so I would know what the sound of authentic power sounded like; she in the whole of her Truth.

And the sound of home.”

Fee Thomas

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Each month, Enigma In Black will feature a new Shadow Warrior. We highlight people and organizations doing great work that have yet to receive national recognition. Don’t miss any by following this page.

Please share so that we can bring these Warriors out of the shadows! I’d love to hear your suggestions for future Warriors which you can leave in the comments section.

Past Warriors:

Harry T Moore

The Dreamers

Zain Jacobs

George Cooper

Aramis Ayala

Dr. Crystal A. deGregory

Kelly Hurst

The Wilson Academy

Sevgi Fernandez

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions: The Gentleman From Alabama

One day he will see it, he’ll look in the mirror and find he doesn’t recognize the man staring back at him. Whatever you think of Jeff Sessions, the former Senator from Alabama who is now the Attorney General of the United States and the land’s chief law enforcement officer. He was once a proud man. A man of conviction and firm beliefs.

He’s heard some of the names he’s been called, racist chief among them. But he was always able to brush them aside, knowing they surely didn’t apply to him. He believed in the rule of law, he believed himself to be fair and honorable. Sure he’d had a little slip of the tongue from time to time. He called a black Assistant US Attorney “boy” on multiple occasions and told another to “know his place.” He called the NAACP, “un-American,” although he denied having done so under oath in a failed nomination attempt for a Federal Judgeship. He has gone hard in the paint for voter suppression but in his mind, it was about fighting non-existent fraud and not about keeping black voters from the polls. That’s what he told us anyway.

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He was able to truthfully say that when he served in the Senate, he was liked on both sides of the aisle. He enjoyed the collegiality that used to exist in the Senate and in a one on one setting and in small groups was considered friendly. He took great pride in being referred to as, “The Gentleman from Alabama.”

Somewhere along the line, he lost his way. Sessions was the first from the Senate to endorse Donald Trump and his loyalty has known no bounds. It has become clear he has perjured himself multiple times in Congressional hearings by claiming to have no knowledge of personally meeting with Russian officials during the campaign and being unaware of anyone with the campaign who’d done so. We now know that in meetings including the President-Elect, he was involved in conversations about proposed meetings with Russians. He was told of campaign workers meetings with Russians. He lied under oath putting the President and his administration above his country. He has ignored the actions of Russians in the 2016 campaign and is doing little to stop them in 2018, 2020, and beyond. Jeff Sessions has become something he never imagined he would be… a traitor.

Always a proud man, he has been publicly abused by the President for recusing himself from the Russia investigations after his first lies about personal Russian contacts were revealed. He once offered his resignation letter to the President which was ultimately declined. He would have been better off had it been accepted. He was indignant when his trustworthiness was questioned in his last appearance before Congress, perhaps next time some of his shame will show through?

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This doesn’t end well for Jeff Sessions. While he might have once been a minor footnote in history. He’ll ultimately be revealed as having sacrificed his honor and ignored his oath of office, to protect the worst President in United States history. The word, “Gentleman” will have been replaced by other far less dignified, some not fit for family publications. Whatever you may have once thought of Jeff Sessions, he has proven to be far less. A man without honor, country, and ultimately friends. The soon to be former Attorney General of the United States.