We had the good fortune of connecting with YoNasDa Lonewolf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi YoNasDa, how does your business help the community?
My name is YoNasDa Lonewolf I am a proud Oglala Lakota (Native American) and Black woman. I am an activist and national community organizer. I have organized for justice from Standing Rock to Baltimore,MD on various issues from environmental injustices to police brutality. For several years I have been on the frontline marching, organizing trainings and fundraising events. Recently I have been diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2020. I knew I couldn’t be on the frontlines because now I am high risk in the midst of a COVID pandemic, so I had to create something that can not only heal me but heal the people. Sept 2020 I started “Revolutionary Healing”, therevolutionaryhealing.com where is a 3rd Sunday organic healing event to help people that do not have access to mediation, therapy, fitness and many other healing tools to help for free. Under my organization Hip Hop 4 Foundation we are helping men, women and children receives tools on how to self improve.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most proud of a lot, but the one that I believe was the most impactful was when I organized over 40 cities to do a fundraising concert all on one day and we were united via livestream on social media. People thought I was crazy to have all these concerts happening all on one day simultaneously for a cause. The first one was Hip Hop 4 Haiti, then Hip Hop 4 Flint, and lastly Hip Hop 4 The People. Through all these cities involvement we were able to help the people of haiti during the horrific earthquake. Then for Hip Hop 4 Flint over 200 homes were able to have water filtration systems that actually take lead out. Then with Hip Hop 4 The People the people of Florida, Houston and the Caribbean were able to have a lot of non perishable items from all the donations that came across the nation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I reside in Atlanta, GA. I would take my best friend to eat brunch at Milk & Honey. Then we would head to the Civil Rights Museum and the Martin Luther King JR center. I would have to them to The Legacy Center a Black owned multiplex. Then for lunch we would head to Tassili Raw Reality for a vegan wrap. I would then go to Cumberland Mall to my favorite body product store The Oil Bar to stock up on shea butters and oils. We would take a tour of midtown Atlanta and go to TI’s Trap Museum to learn about Atlanta’s hip hop music scene. Then for dinner we would go to my friend Karlie Redd and Ne-Yo’s restaurant “Johnny’s Chicken and Waffles.” And of course if its a 3rd Sunday we would just not do any of this and go to Revolutionary Healing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my team at Hip Hop 4 Foundation, Revolutionary Healing, Indigenous Peoples Movement and Gamebred Youth. They work tirelessly for free to ensure the vision I have for helping our people is being followed through. I appreciate these people soooooo much! I wouldn’t be anywhere near the impact of change without y’all.