The ProActivist’s Thinking

Two days before Christmas, most people experience anxiety in their shopping for presents. Did I forget anyone? Did I catch the best deals? Did I get the right size or color? When it comes to shopping for or receiving gifts, we tend to be quite proactive and assertive. It’s in the non-holiday parts of our lives that tend to be sluggish, as we wish rather than work or stack up countless dreams deferred. But our lives can be proactive and purposeful once we gain ownership of our lives and stop allowing our friends, television stations, corporations, and others command of … Continue reading The ProActivist’s Thinking

8 Empowering Phrases that Can Change Our Lives

As we approach the new year of 2014, the inevitable issue of New Year’s resolutions will appear. Anytime we assess where we are in life, and take steps toward self-improvement, that is a good thing. As I am no guru or divine authority, I don’t seek to suggest what people should resolve to do in their own lives. I do need to remind you that words, particularly “I” statements, are acutely powerful. Often we float through life purposeless like feathers with no particular direction. We think things that get in the way of our own growth and happiness and refuse … Continue reading 8 Empowering Phrases that Can Change Our Lives

The (Hidden) Agenda Behind Educating Black and Brown Children

Many colleagues, political pundits and administrators grapple with the issue of providing adequate education to this nation’s most vulnerable and underserved citizens: children of color. But while some of us desire to empower and liberate this demographic through education and prepare future generations of leaders and problem-solvers, others have a more nefarious agenda. This agenda disguises itself behind noble-sounding platitudes like “No Child Left Behind,” and “Closing the Achievement Gap.” Its proponents are conservative and liberal politicians, think tanks, business leaders, educational scholars, and school leaders. Some have malicious intentions, and others have adopted policies without truly understanding the implications … Continue reading The (Hidden) Agenda Behind Educating Black and Brown Children

Charter Schools : Preparation for College, or Prison?

I’ve always been skeptical of charter schools given concerns about their unorthodox teaching and disciplinary practices along with a lack of accountability to outside regulation. But beginning in August of this year I was afforded the opportunity to observe some of these concerns in real-time when I began teaching at Elm City Charter Preparatory Middle School in New Haven, CT. My observations and experiences there led me to resign after a week of teaching on Friday September 6, 2013. While this might appear to simply be a personal matter, I’ve concluded that parents, the educational community, and community activists must … Continue reading Charter Schools : Preparation for College, or Prison?

An Eternal Prayer for All Hue-manity…

Dear Creator: We humbly come before you knowing that in reality, You’ve already given us EVERYTHING we need to be fulfilled and empowered (A mind to think and strategize with, a heart to love and be compassionate with, arms to build and embrace with, hands to hold and write with, voices and a mouth to speak/inspire with, feet to move with, and a series of internal bodily systems that teach us the importance of eliminating waste, protecting ourselves against attack, experiencing pain and pleasure, etc). Therefore, we will not continue to ask for what we already have, as doing so … Continue reading An Eternal Prayer for All Hue-manity…

My Interview With Malcolm X Part I

Just a week go, responding to the question “What one historical figure would you interview if given the opportunity,” I replied without hesitation, “Brother Malcolm X, of course!” I spent the remainder of that day thinking about an interview  with my personal hero and one of the 20th Century’s greatest proponents and theoreticians of Black liberation. I pondered what questions I’d ask, how Malcolm would respond, and whether his powerful presence would intimidate me. Last week – defying all laws of physics, space and time – I woke up to find Malcolm X sitting at my desk, enthusiastically surfing the Internet … Continue reading My Interview With Malcolm X Part I

How “The Lion King” Relates to Black People

{Note: I released my third book entitled, “Truth for our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens,” on April 6, 2014. Check it out, and help me spread the word!} _______________________________ I know….I know…. you’re thinking “First this guy writes about the Wizard of Oz, then The Godfather, and now the Lion King? Brother Agyei Tyehimba is overly-fascinated with fiction movies. He’s crazy!” In truth, wise people (which we are or hope to be) can glean truth and insight from ANYthing which contains it. And this includes: music, art, speeches, cartoons, movies, etc. Disney released the original Lion King movie in 1994. At … Continue reading How “The Lion King” Relates to Black People

Why Cults are Self-Defeating for Black People

Cults. There is simply not enough space or time to sufficiently address these nefarious and dangerous organizations. However, given that so many beloved Black people fall victim to them, this article will briefly address what they are, how to know if you’re in one, and why such organizations are so dangerous and self-defeating. Formally speaking, a cult is a political, religious or social organization whose beliefs and practices are considered bizarre and unorthodox by members of society. This rather loose and ambiguous definition fits many of our currently-existing organizations however, so we must be more specific in identifying the factors … Continue reading Why Cults are Self-Defeating for Black People

The White Supremacy Formula

______________________ Agyei Tyehimba is a former NYC public schoolteacher, co-founder of KAPPA Middle School 215 in the Bronx, NY, and co-author of the Essence Bestselling book, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Agyei has appeared on C-Span, NY1 News, and most recently on the A&E documentary, “The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez.” Mr. Tyehimba is a professional consultant and public speaker providing political advice and direction for Black college student organizations, community activist groups, and nonprofit organizations. If you are interested in bringing Agyei to speak or provide consultation for your organization, please contact him at truself143@gmail.com. Continue reading The White Supremacy Formula