Diyah Najah

Sun: Cancer | Moon: Taurus | Rising: Aries

Brief Intro

Pronouns: She / Her

I am an artist, an educator, and a low-key Iyalorisha (omo Oya). I mind my business a lot, which allows me to focus on the creation of my first love; art. I think I have a sense of humor, although not a comedian by trade. I am queer/pansexual, mono, or poly flexible. I am single and open to high-vibrating, self-care conscious, self-aware souls. I am a serious woman…oh so serious, who loves to smile only when something is really funny. I am into community, cooking for friends and loved ones, and constantly visualizing ways to live here and abroad. In the summers I can either not be found because I ran off to some other country or found in my garden all damn day. I am sorta’ addicted to nature. I am neurodivergent and a public advocate for adults and children with disabilities. Feel free to book me.

How can healing + wellness be decolonized?

I believe a most prime factor for healing and wellness to be decolonized is to make healing accessible to those of us who don’t even know of the existence to various healing modalities. I believe that exposure and access will allow our community to engage in healing that can shift our functionality and outcomes. Additionally, healed people heal people.

What's something you want to experience in all your intimate relationships?

In my deepest dreams, I want to live in a world in which people can be honest in a shame free environment. I work towards creating that environment within myself and for others.

Most magical city or place you've ever visited.

The most magical places I have ever been: driving through the Tennessee mountains at dawn when the fog was rising, the clouds were eye-level, and the sun was rising, in an airplane at night during an electrical storm, alone on a remote beach in Puerto Rico, and in downtown Nairobi where I never felt Black. I just felt like Diyah. Bonus points for that time I was walking in the forest and smelled fresh, forest air, when it was still damp after a rain, and the sun was lightly shining through new, spring leaves.

If you could have any person in the world teach or mentor you directly who would that be? And it's ok if this person is now in the ancestral realm.

Luisah Teish

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What was the last thing you committed to?

What's a perfect day look like for you?

A day free of worry of undone tasks, with friends and good food, and then quiet moments with myself, my art, and my future lover…add swimming. I love swimming.

What in your life are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for the many me’s that dwell within me. Where I fall short in deficit, I exceed in gifts.

What was the last thing that made you overflow with joy?

I don’t experience overflowing joy or any emotion to extremes. However, I felt extremely warm when my friend’s baby was smiling at me from behind the screendoor and waving at me because I was taking too long to come inside their home.

Most underappreciated or underestimated artist/creative in Atlanta?

I know too many to list just one. Really, I know too many to list.

Something that has taken you a long time to learn in your lifetime?

I am still learning how to manifest.

Sugar on grits or nah? Or do you outright reject grits, lol?!

No! Sugar does not belong on grits…butter, sugar, or cheese. I don’t know if I even eat grits anymore.