Greetings Blackademics and Happy New Year. One of my New Years Resolutions this year is to contribute more positive stories to the blogsphere. I feel like we become so overwhelmed by the negative issues that we face as a community, that we sometimes forget to stop and celebrate our brilliance. That being said, I’m going to kick off 2009 with an uplifting expose’ about a young brother called the Lil’ Professor.
When I first heard the name Lil’ Professor, I thought it was a new rapper jumping on “Lil” Hip-Hop bandwagon following the successes of Lil’ Wayne, Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Jon and Lil’ Mama. Upon investigation, I came to find out that the “Professor” is actually a comic book character… Even better! I’ve been a comic book fan my entire life, and in my mind’s eye, the Lil’ Professor represented a new Black super-hero; like Professor X meets Barack Obama. Well… yes and no. It took an email from the comic’s co-creator and author, Gary Smith to set the record strait. The Lil’ Professor is actually a character in an educational comic book series called The Little Professor and His Friends. Here’s what Gary had to say about it:
The series of the Lil Professor comic books teach our children subjects such as math, science, and history in the form of am interactive story. In addition, it gives them a foundation on how to deal with everyday issues such as peer pressure. Although the comic book is geared towards students, all ages will be able to enjoy and learn from the Lil Professor’s universal concepts. – Gary Smith, author.
The first installment of the series, entitled The Urban Griot: African American Inventors and Pioneers follows a group of middle school students and their interactions with over a dozen Black trailblazers. The issue comes with supplemental resources including lesson plans, assignment sheets, links and bibliographies that correspond with the storyline. This comic book gives teachers and homeschooling instructors up to 5 days worth of entertaining, interactive lesson plans. Check out The Little Professor website here – and go purchase the first issue!
See, now wasn’t that inspiring?