“When people stop giving you constructive criticism, they have most likely given up on you.” __________________________________________ Those of us who are activists, organizers or leaders should know the importance of constructive criticism. I can expand this group to include students, … Continue reading Embrace Constructive Criticism or Suffer!!
Fighting for Black liberation, or any form of social justice is not simply a sociopolitical or economic fight. Working to challenge injustice and create empowerment is also a spiritual, cultural, and psychological struggle, involving as it does, the decolonization of … Continue reading Black Inspiration for Black Souls
To middle, high school and college students, including those of you who are in trouble, and see no hope in life: Navigating the long and winding road of life will not always be easy, comfortable or predictable. You will best … Continue reading 8 Important Lessons for Youth
I am happy to announce that I released my third book Truth for Our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens. It is my hope that parents, teachers, youth development specialists, and after-school programs will purchase this book, read it, and disseminate its principles in … Continue reading Truth for Our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens
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
I often reflect upon my own life and experiences to find meaning in them. I’ve worked with Black and Latino youth and their families for most of my life, so naturally, I’ve given much thought to my own youth. Trying to establish identity. Curious about and awkward with young ladies I found attractive Balancing my love for football with my growing political consciousness. Fighting and “snapping” (joking others and getting joked on) as a Black boys rite of passage. Resolving the disparity between what my parents taught me versus the messages/lessons I received from the neighborhood. Contemplating my future career. … Continue reading Advice to My Daughters (And Black Youth)
We all have our pet peeves. Some people hate when people pick their teeth or cut their fingernails in public. For others, it’s that annoying Felix Unger-type nasal sound people make when they are congested. Then there’s the people (that don’t realize their cell phone contains a microphone) who speak 100 decibels too loudly in public. These things annoy me as well. My greatest pet peeves however involve certain things Black folk say, things that are either simply not true, or that oversimplify a more complicated reality. One of my goals as a radical intellectual/activist, is to expose our people … Continue reading 5 Things I’m Tired of Hearing Black Folk Say
There is so much to concern ourselves with in a society characterized by injustice, political compromise, and repression. Naturally, people seeking social justice, political empowerment and “liberation” focus much of our efforts on external factors and situations (employment/graduation rates, racism, sexism, oppressive institutions, discrimination, etc.) Certainly, we cannot meaningfully conquer social ills without identifying and confronting them. Yet we sometimes forget to maintain the balance so necessary to being complete and healthy human beings. My study of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements helps me understand that while much was done to raise consciousness, identify/expose/confront opposition forces, and build alternative ideas and belief systems, … Continue reading Activists Must Maintain Balance