Category Archives: Storytelling, History, Writing & Youth Education

Watch “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Work of Gordon Parks”

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Watch “A.D. Carson: Owning My Masters Dissertation Intro”

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* Watch “A.D. Carson: “Dissertation [Part 1: The Introduction]”

Watch “8 parts of speech Focus on Preps”

How to Inspire Children to Love Reading & Memorizing Poems

Inspire your Children to Love Reading by telling them good stories. Good stories inspire good questions. Read stories to them with morals, values, lessons, overcoming difficulties, strategies, analyzing. Thinking, in other words.

When we read to our children, we must not read monotone. That is boring even to a grown person. Just imagine how boring monotone reading is to children. We must read with voice inflections, excitement, rhythm. This helps keep the children’s attention.

Oral Reading is an Art form we must master to Inspire our children to Love Reading. 

*—>> How to Inspire Children to Memorize Poems

Teach your children little short poems way before they start to read. It is best to have them memorize poems that rhyme. It sticks in their minds better. We must build up the children’s memories. 

Later on…have them recite the poems back to you. Have them memorize a poem a week. Or a poem every two weeks. We can have them do this right after they learn a few words. It does not even matter if they only have a few words in their vocabulary. So what if they are still just baby talking. 

If they learn a poem a week, that’s 52 poems a year. If they learn a poem every 2 weeks, that’s 26 poems a year. If they learn a poem a month, that’s 12 poems a year. Use your own discretion.

We must must not underestimate what our children have the capacity to learn. Our children can handle pretty much anything we work with them with. 

Take Charge of Your Post, Dear Parents. Parents are the 1st Teachers.

KT
2017
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​”New Edition” Memories by Zhana Roiya


I can remember being on the NE Heartbreak tour….singing with the opening act Al-B-Sure!  We usually left the venue before the headliner hit the stage cause not only was the hotel not close to the venue but, the bus taking us back to our hotel left right after we performed.  

On one occasion the hotel was walking distance from the venue I stayed to watch not only Bobby but NE.  Bobby was so electric…commanding the stage and whipping the crowd into a frenzy.   He was Dynamic.  But when New Edition hit the stage………I saw something that caused my jaw to drop.  These boys or men were so polished and clean in their delivery I could barely move or tear my eyes away.   Brook had them so Polished and suave.  When “Can You Stand the Rain” come on.   A set of 4 mics came descending from the rafters right into their designated spots of each member as soon as it hit the marks they hit their moves as soon as the first note fell.  The lighting designers were so magical as they set the dreamy mood. With sparkling LED lights everywhere. It was set in midnight blue.  I could watch that show every night and not get bored.  Even the musicians were so on point.   

I was saddened to know that Ralph had a separate tour bus from the  other members and no longer spoke once off stage and that Bobby and the others also were at odds. Security kept them well away from each other.  I remember being threatened with being fired from my gig if I rode on any of their buses (I wanted to get to my home town faster to see my parents and our bus was leaving so late that we would have gotten there way into the night where Bobbys bus was arriving by early am)  It was for the best looking in hindsight… that bus was probably out of control.  Our group always had a very family vibe.  I love the crew who worked with us they always looked out for us girls and  Partly in fact that the guys in our band let it be known that The singers were all to be treated with respect or face the wrath of our musicians who tolerated no nonsense or disrespect from any of them towards us we were like family..sisters to them. (thank you Kaleb, Spanador) It was a magical experience for me.  I learned a lot and I came away with great memories.

Zhana Roiya
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Watch “America’s Dream – The Boy Who Painted Christ Black”–based on Dr. John Henrik Clarke’s Short Story

Listen to “Old Man Buttermilk Drop Bars in Rap Battle” –Podcast

How A Fisherman Taught his Son Life Lessons

Up before the crack of day
the light has not yet fallen on the ground outside.

That does not mean—
the light inside the house
is out.

Here, up early—earlier 
than most 
men, women, & children…

Two Men–one old–one young
make the final preparations.

Today they will provide for the family
Today they will fish for the family meals
Today they take their destiny in their own hands.

Many days, months, and years
The young boy has seen his father
at the table going over bills,
and at the same time
looking aggravated,
frustrated…knowing all the time
his money 
is already spent 
before payday…

Credit limits full 
at the local grocery stores
loan sharks coming around
even before the designated payback date
1/4 on the dollar…You know how it goes
Car note, Car insurance, 
Phone bill…
You know how it goes.
The story is the same everywhere.

Here in this early morning hour

While most people sleep
The Old Man stops in the mist of all these preparations,
and grabs his son’s shoulder as he tightens the fishing line firmly onto the hooks—
Looks straight into his son’s eyes,
and says, “Today son,
we go to provide
for the family like
The Men of Old Africa.
The days when men were men
The days when men would go over the earth
as God would have them do
Not asking for anybody’s permission
Not paying interest on loans
Not going to the store to get food,
But going to the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams,
and land like God expects us to do.”

The Old Man tells his son,
“pass on what you are seeing, hearing, and doing
Now as men, women, and children sleep.”

He tells his son,
“Always have a trade
Always stand up for Yourself, Your Family, & Our People.

Fish in God’s Rivers are free
when you catch them yourself…
no tax, no credit,
forget all that my son
No cost 
Take this example, and reproduce this…
this independence in every way possible
Make yourself independent my son…

Use your brains and talents to make your own destiny.

Be a Man.”

KT
7/25/2005
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We Must be about Unity, Production & Manufacturing.

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We got to move toward bringing reality into play. TV, Reality Shows, Trapp Music, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, Pro Sports Player Stories of Riches & Fame…Keep Minds Distracted from Reality. How many people do we really know got real big paper $$$$ like that?

Just the very thought of coming up on some paper like that distract us. Movie Star reaching, fashion fame reaching, comedy, reality shows, entertainment–all that fine. But, we got to unify on real issues. Issues we can really bring into reality together. All of us got something to bring to the overall work.

I only hope some people read the 7 posts dropped in the Link Below. If not, at least let the Youth Read them. Have them give you Book Reports. Oral & Written.

These posts and others going inspire them to look below mere surface level school reading & tv unreality.

The Youth…they are our future. They ain’t caught up yet in the daily grind of providing for themselves & their own families full swing yet.

Let them break down the 7 posts below.

They reading a lot of Yankee Doodle Dandy, Middle Age Europe History, History of Rock & Roll.

As the Youth Read through the material and break it down in book reports…oral and written, you all going to have talking points to chop up it up on real productive conversations.

Try It and see.

—->>> Got that Goodie Mobb Pumping in my earphones. Yep, up before the birds start to sing, on this knowledge thing. Forget bling bling, lifting minds out mental slings.

The Youth need us now, we got to deal in reality somehow.
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* A Relevant Practical Education–Means Production–In 7 Parts.
CLICK LINK TO READ 7 POSTS

KT
6/28/2016
4:27 am
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Message to The Black Youth—“Be A Star That Stands the Test of Time”—Part 1

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When I look into your eyes Black Youth, I see a gleam in them. You have your Youth, your energy, your belief that something great awaits you as you become adults. When you are young—you believe you will one day be somebody great. You watch comedy, sports, music videos, and many other things, and envision yourselves as being as as you see & hear.

Many of you want to be a singer, a rapper, a comedian, a fashion model, an actor, etc.

For years, you wait to cut a demo as a musician, or spend thousands of dollars on comp cards as a model, photo shoots, and modeling classes.

There are many superstars in school sports waiting for a football, volleyball, basketball, softball scholarship—and, most times not pushed toward academic excellence by coaches, parents, and teachers the same way.

When will black youth have a common goal or be presented with heroes and sheroes that did something great for us and loved us… people like Ida B. Wells, T. Thomas Fortune, Elijah Muhammad, W.E.B. Dubois, Mary McCleod Bethune, The Last Poets, Gil Scott-Heron, Lucy Laney, Mary Church Terrell, John Henrik Clarke, John G. Jackson, and the likes. Here are only a few of names of great people that loved us . What makes these giants so much more different than the ones our youth are given in Feburary during Black History Month—is they dedicated their entire lives to our rise as a people.

A lot of our ancestors mission for our betterment was almost a priesthood. In other words, we consumed their every waking thoughts. You need to know of them so you can be inspired to be somebody. Not somebody that will serve only to make our people more of a consumer by selling records, going to concerts, a sports game, movie to see you on the big screen.

When your dreams of being a singer, dancer, comedian, actor, athlete, fashion model, talk show host, etc…Don’t meet your expectations, where will you go from there? Will you still have your energy and belief you will be somebody?

Well, I am here to tell you now Beautiful Black Youth of Today & Tomorrow—a whole world awaits you.

You can be somebody. You can give the world a beautiful light to see. You have brilliant minds. That is the way God created you. You have talents hidden deep within you that are be explored and dug up like gold.

You, Beautiful Black Youth, can be somebody great—not only as a singer, fashion model, NBA Player, comedian, talk show host. You do not have to be an entertainer, made to make someone laugh, clap, make another dunk in a basketball goal, hit another homerun in baseball. You can be great even if you do not sing a hit song. Do not give up if you see these goals not coming your way.

You must continue the great legacy set for our people. Take all of your energy and study our Great Freedom Fighting Ancestors. There are so many great ones not given to you like Henry McNeil Turner, Ida B. Wells, Nzinga, Elijah Muhammad, Yaa Asantewaa, Granny Nanny, Harriet Tubman, Martin Delaney, and many others. When you study them, you will see how you can give your God-given talents to our people. That is a life long mission. It will make you “A Star in the Universe” that will shine forever.

Give the world the light within you.

KT
2/2/2005
10:00 am
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