Spent the morning and some of the afternoon in a Brooklyn park and there was a lovely sista volunteering by doing crafts and playing/providing games and activities in an effort to keep the park from being closed down. This is the type of thing I love to see. Community service. Collective mentality. Youth outreach. And she was out there with 3 of her nieces. That’s what I call talking the talk and walking the walk. I hope this information lifts the spirits of anyone who feels like we are a generation of lost souls who dont care about the struggle. We may not be 10 million strong and we may not make it on the nightly news for our efforts but we are out here in the real world making a difference daily in the lives of children, families and communities!
YPOC may be a teeny tiny microcosm of people and ideas but that doesn’t mean we can’t accomplish amazing things! check out the awesome projects my partner in crime for the summer, @pure_educator and I are working on with our beloved young people in #Brooklyn Along with computer and academic literacy , respect for ourselves and each other and our communities/ the Earth among other things.
Any. One. Person. Can change the world. If you live life truly believing that it will be you!
just be sure you effect POSITIVE change.
WE ALL MATTER.
SO LIVE LIFE WITH POSITIVE INTENT AND ACT ON IT!
As you enjoy good times with loved ones this fourth of July, be mindful we were and still are far from free. I hate to be preachy but I’m tired of seeing people of color get more excited for memorial day and st. Patricks day than they do for Kwanzaa or Juneteenth. At the end of the day all of these holidays are made up or far removed from their original context due to commercialism/ consumerism at this point so why celebrate another culture and ignore your own? #foodforthought #yalldonthearmethough #probablygotonredwhiteandbluerightnow #onyourwaytoabarbecue #noshadethough #savemeaburger
Photo #sugarshack by Ernie Barnes
Are you playing a part in moving us in the right direction or just standing still? We love to criticize the world we live in and point fingers, especially at one another, but what time/energy does that leave us to actually effect change? I shudder to think of all we could accomplish if a mere 25% of PoC across the globe came together with a focus on improving our collective lot in life.
The battles we must fight will be hard won but we can and will win. The only way to lose is not fighting at all. Slow progress is better than no progress.
There are so many ideas, positive and negative, floating around about people of color. It’s easy to focus on the negative and be discouraged but you can’t allow that foolishness to stop your shine.
And do you know what? We are secretly loved and admired by even those who claim to hate us most. Our culture is universal. Even as politicians use our wardrobe as a reason to do us harm their children try to emulate it.
From our speech to our body type to the language we use amongst ourselves, we are often imitated but never, EVER duplicated.
Take a look In a history book you haven’t been provided with by the board of education and you’ll see just how far back our influence goes, throughout the arts and sciences across the globe.
Indisputable evidence trumps popular opinion any day, so please focus on the good, seek the truth, and walk with your head held high!
The blame game gets us absolutely no where as a people. As important as it is to draw attention to societal ills that effect our daily lives and find solutions, its even more important to be the change we wish to see in this world. Change your energy. Change your life. Who knows who you’ll inspire to change with you ♥
This is especially important for our young people who have no choice but to survive an unsavory environment whether it is in their community, school or their very own home. Our struggles are different but we can all achieve greatness with the right mindset, work ethic and support system. When you don’t have the support you need from those closest to you, its time to branch out and find like minded individuals who believe in you and in your dreams.
I’m a huge fan of performance arts, extra curticular activities, community centers, etc. Because you can always find passionate, focused people involved with these kinds of things.
Don’t be afraid to step out on your own, away from your comfort zone, and toward your own infinite possibilities.
The stranger you may never have met otherwise could turn out to become your biggest fan/ supporter ♥
Anyone who has come up without a lot of love in their life can tell you all it takes is ONE person to invest their time and energy in you to change your life!
More of us need to spread our knowledge and positivity to these young people as opposed to shaking our heads at them and walking on by. They need our love, energy and guidance.
I know its hard to feel beautiful in a world Constantly telling you that you are not enough but beauty- true, lasting and significant beauty- cannot be measured by likes on a photograph, stares or even what is presented to you as the “best” or “”coolest” in a countdown or magazine.
We are allowing our children to slip into a mindset where they’d rather be late to school in the perfect outfit than ontime for class in jeans and a t shirt. They have all the latest Chris Brown lyrics memorized but can’t recall the Pythagorean theorem. They don’t see gossip, fighting or negativity as things to avoid and instead welcome, and even relish in conflict and confrontation.
Naturally this isn’t descriptive of all our youth, and ALL kids want to be seen as cool and accepted by their peers, which is understandable. But we need to make sure they understand that being disrespectful is not cute, seeking the wrong kind of attention can get you in a lot of trouble, and most importantly, beauty is only skin deep.
What’s more, there is more than one TYPE of physical beauty and we ALL possess some form of it. So embrace YOU. Do good. BE good. And the beauty of your SPIRIT will shine brighter than any make up, designer fabric or jewel ♥