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i was knocked off my feet after seeing the broadway hit #SchoolofRock last week.  the music was awesome and acting out of sight.  i really enjoyed the cast especially newcomer and 7th grader Gabrielle Greene.  she is a powerhouse that i’m sure we will see much more of over the years to come.

she recently performed the national anthem at madison square garden.  

you gotta check this out…

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i really liked this past episode of blackish. the musical theme was a bit of a dud but their point i get.  why are we celebrating some of these holidays?

i used to hate history class.  all those dates to memorize! anytime i had a question about what the rest of the world was doing (e.g. chinese dynasties, african history) i was silenced.  when i asked why do we say columbus ‘discovered’ a land that was already fully populated; teacher said not to question. but question i did and i still want to.

what do these holidays actually mean? i’m not saying don’t break out the b-b-que come july 4th or hunt for eggs over easter.  but let’s at least get a clue as to what it’s all about and decide if it’s something you want to do for yourself. i for one gave up columbus day a long time ago and am considering adding juneteenth (thanks to the johnson’s)…

halloween!! how on earth did that get started?  hit me up and let me know what you find…

my favorite book as a young child was ‘The legend of Africania’ by Dorothy Robinson.  i was in awe of seeing an african girl play the lead role in a story. i read it over and over imagining my african warrior princess self.   i still have it in my collection of valuables.

youth stories of africa may be hard to come by but they are not hard to discover thanks to the Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) program which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

CABA awards are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa available in the U.S.  CABA Winners will be awarded their honors November in Washington DC.  

The winners are:

imgres-3Amagama Enkululeko! Words for Freedom: Writing Life Under Apartheid (South Africa) Anthology/Cover2Cover/ available via African Books Collective

imgres-1Gizo-Gizo! A tale from the Zongo Lagoon (Ghana) by Emily Williamson with the students and teachers of the Hassaniyya Quranic School in Cape Coast Ghana/Sub-Saharan Publishers / available via African Books Collective

imgres-2The Storyteller (Morocco) by Evan Turk/Atheneum

 

i happened to catch the end of jimmy fallon one night. my eyes were glued to the tv because i couldn’t believe what i saw.   a double dutch crew!!  taking me back to days of my youth. i was terrible at it but as bad as i was i always felt so happy jumping rope.  

the amazing team of girls i saw that night are part of the HONEY bee’s, which stands for Helping Other’s Now, Empowering Yourself. the non-profit group was started just two years ago by jersey city natives Takeria Clark and Kimberly Price.  the group provides a fun space for girls to learn teamwork, confidence and creativity, plus some serious athletic skills.  

the girls in the group span ages 4-16 and are so good that even though they just started 2 years ago, they have already claimed the title as world champions in the international double dutch competition.  now that’s something to jump up and down about!!

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i told myself my first blog after dad’s death would be about how i’ve overcome.  i envisioned that by now i would be back into the swing of things.   but that was before grief visited and decided to make my life it’s home.   like many of you who have lost a close family member or friend, the pain can be too much to bare.  it may seem like you (me) can never get the death out of our mind.

it’s too soon for me to really speak on living with grief.  all i can say is for now, one month in i have not overcome.  i’m not back bigger and better. but i am here.  i will try to write and create again. i will try to run my business and be a teacher while i’m getting taught about life’s twists and turns.  please be patient with me as i try to be patient with myself.  i will try and keep trying as i stumble through this new terrain; my new existence since grief killed the life i knew before…

golf

we are celebrating 13-year-old golf extraordinaire, chia yen wu.

she’s soo good  that this past weekend she entered the semi-finals for the US women’s amateur golf tournament where she beat college students!

she is the youngest player to ever reach semi-final stage in that championship’s history.  

Check out her game posted by USGA Here

we love how nyc youth poet laureate & 18 year old high school senior, sharon lin, uses her words to move hearts.  her poem ‘a footnote on a hollywood blockbuster’ critiques the way images of women/girls of color are portrayed by media and beyond. check out the power of her message…

 


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