positivity Category Archives
I have spent the last week performing and speaking in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
I was invited by the United Nations Foundation to present at Rio+Social, a forum where activists, politicians, moguls and artists discuss how social media and new technologies can serve the greater good. It’s part of Rio+20, the U.N.’s conference on sustainable development. […]
Close your eyes and imagine you are sitting inside a small family-owned diner in Harlem.
It’s almost 5 o’clock in the morning. The year is 1929. A young man with a flour-dusted apron places a warm, sweet potato waffle and three seasoned fried chicken wings in front of you. It smells delicious. He leaves, then […]
A few months ago I started working with an incredible spoken word artist, Kane “Novakane” Smego, a member of the Sacrificial Poets. He was in the midst of developing a curriculum called YouTh ink, which empowers teenage youth through spoken word. We combined YouTh ink with the Blackademics curriculum (learn more about that here) and […]
My sister forwarded me an interesting article about the “first” all female, all African American flight crew in United States history. Captain Rachelle Jones, first officer Stephanie Grant and flight attendants Diana Galloway and Robin Rogers made history on February 12th when their Atlanta-based Delta Connection carrier departed from Atlanta to Nashville, Tennessee. Delta Airlines, […]
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 […]
HAPPY KWANZAA, Blackademics! To celebrate this holiday season, I highly recommend that everyone take a look at the new documentary from MK Asante, Jr. entitled, The Black Candle. It’s the first feature film on Kwanzaa. The Black Candle is vibrant exploration, celebration and history of the African American experience. Narrated by Maya Angelou, the film […]
Break out the party plates, Hawaiian Punch and Birthday cake - today we’re celebrating our second year in the business of bringing young Black voices to the forefront of the international blogsphere. Blackademics has recently earned a rating of “excellent” on Blogged.com, one of the most comprehensive blogging databases in existence (icing on the cake). […]
After a grueling month of technical malfunctions, Blackademics is up and running once again! Unfortunately, in order to fix the problem, the ability to comment on posts before the virus attacked is impossible. This is a very unfortunate circumstance, but we have to roll with the punches as always. We’ll do our best to prevent […]
Greeting Blacademicians! I apologize for the lack of postings, I’ve been out of the country in India for the past several weeks, unable to contribute. I look forward to sharing some interesting observations about my travels on here on Blackademics.org in the upcoming weeks. Until then..
Today we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr’s memory, his legacy and his birthday. MLK Day is one of only four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual (the others include George Washington, Christopher Columbus and Jesus Christ). King was assassinated in 1968, making this our 40th year in mourning. While we reflect on the […]