My Quest To Teach

December 15, 2017

Hip Hop Nutcracker – Blending of Hip Hop and the Classic Nutcracker

William and Aida, Bloggers and Digital Innovators
in Jacksonville Florida #MyQuestToTeach

Hip Hop Nutcracker – Blending of Hip Hop and the Classic Nutcracker
William Jackson, My Quest To Teach Edited By Aida C.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker was a musical explosion combing
old school Hip Hop with classical music and the grace,
elegance and power of Hip Hop dancing. The back drop
story line of the Nutcracker provided the framework
on a story that is relevant generationally dealing with
the diversity of relationships and family. Using music
to transcend dialogue, the dancing of the actors
(yes the dancers are considered actors) showed
that emotions, passions, fears, desires and love
help to form our humanity and used to tell a
unique story.
In its own right Hip Hop has cultural and gener-
ational significance, inspiring musical artistry
allowed story-telling to be told in a dynamic
and electrifying production that literally has the
audience reflecting on their memories of Hip
Hop in the 80’s.
Kurtis Blow still has a masterful way of getting
the audience hyped and providing avenues of
remembrance through the decades. The 80’s
when real Hip Hop was formed and had
audiences of all ages dancing in the streets,
in house parties, schools and even some
churches that Hip Hop as a way of community
connection and unity. There is a cross
generational connection of memories when
the 80’s Hip Hop is heard.
As the transition of background images of
New York neighborhoods and subway artwork
joined together by the concrete and steel of
those days made communities more than
buildings, they were families of people with
similar family values, challenges, celebrations
and expectations. The visual elements of
Hip Hop Nutcracker brought a visual appeal
of life in New York and a back-drop of a New
York Bridge.
The connection that allowed Hip Hop to travel
throughout New York City and across the country.
The Nutcracker has international acclaim which
combined with the athletic artistry of dancers,
gymnast and those that appear to defy gravity
if just for a brief moment excites and brings
true the abilities of youth, teens and young
adults as artists.
Building a unique musical journey that draws
in a generation that may not even know about
the classical Nutcracker story that has
many variations. The challenges of relationships,
overcoming misunderstandings, relational realities
of life.
Woven into a story decades old and combining
with not just a dance style, but a way of life in
Hip Hop.
The melodious manipulations of Hip Hop songs
and classical music as manifested by a DJ
(disc jockey), collaborated “scratches” building
on the tempo, scales and instrumentation
of accompaniment and unity.
The music radiates a yearning to connect with
the finest details related to instrumentation
on an electronic scale.
The two hour show is fun, electrifying, skillfully
choreographed and the acting is first rate even
though displayed through dancing and the
expressions of the actors. No words are
exchanged which brings a unique perspective
that means as you watch the performances
you are engaged and encouraged
to think about the events unfolding.
The human spirit is seen at such a high level
that in  the engagements, violin solos and
other events Hip Hop Nutcracker
will move you to find those old LP’s, CD’s and
even YouTube videos and relive the feel of
the 80’s and the nostalgia that only
music can bring.
If you’re a child of the 70’s and 80’s you
will enjoy the show and want to tell your
children about the simpler time when
there were arguments and conflicts that
were many times solved by dance offs or
creating on the fly raps that were
creative, innovative and allowed the brain to
flow using language not bullets to settle
disagreements.
Parents should take their kids to see Hip Hop
Nutcracker to show them the power of a
musical genre still shared around the world and
as powerful and moving as classical music.
The combination is so Dope and Lit it can carry
you way, back to a time when life seems built
on music, love and family.
Resources:
The Florida Theater
http://floridatheatre.com/event/hip-hop-nutcracker/

The Hip Hop Nutcracker
http://hiphopnutcracker.com

 Hip Hop Nutcracker 2

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November 17, 2017

21 Reasons African Digital Innovation Can Build Dopeness

WordCamp Nairobi Kenya 2017

21 Reasons African Digital Innovation Can Build Dopeness
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Sponsor of WordCamp Nairobi Kenya 2017
The recent WordCamp Nairobi and other tech venues
that are hosting technology conferences, workshops,
meetups and supporting entrepreneurs and I-trepreneurs
are growing in Africa. Tech is becoming common place.
Being dope on Social Media is not a cultural thing, it is
the ability to be comfortable in your digital skin as a
content creator, digital creator, innovator, graphic artist
or even a dope web developer. Everyone has a dope
side to them, it just takes time to discover it and
importantly apply that dopeness to a positive online
experience.
It means that it is ok to have fun on the web and to
integrate yourself into your product or service even on
a digital level. Too many people lose the excitement of
creating content that will be read, viewed, studied,
listened to and watched. Audiences change as access
and platforms change, so why not be Dope and Lit,
providing something that brings people to you and
influence community activist and activism?
SEO even in Africa – Search Engine Optimization is not
always the ticket, WOM or Word of Mouth is still important
and should always be a viable strategy to build followers.
Search Engine Optimization is tech based, but
technology cannot always bring readers. Building
relationships and collaborations are the keys.
Africans are expanding their presence and their ability
to create dynamic digital content.
As a parent, educator, blogger, mentor, community
activist and STEAM Advocate and proud sponsor for
WordCamp Nairobi, Kenya here are my 21 Reasons
African Digital Innovation Can Build Dopeness

Nairobi Conference
1. To attract diverse readers and viewers. Being diversified
in your audience is a plus because people connect with
what they like, how it relates to their needs and relevance.
2. Most viewers will be women and they love dope content.
Try not to be boring or repetitive.
3. If you want a broad spectrum of followers dope up your
blog with relevant content and graphics that match your
audience. Diversity is Dope
4. International markets look to promote Dope and Lit
content. They always look for awesome people.
5. If you’re looking to monetize your site and content
expand your dopeness to new markets that embraces
diversity and engagement.
6. Hire dope speakers like myself to talk on your Podcasts.
If you’re having a workshop or conference be very selective
because content has to be dope and exciting.
7. Take plenty of dope photos and videos with dope and lit
people. Use your Instagram and Twitter sites to share and
expand your reach.
8. Speak at WordCamps, BarCamps, EdCamps and other
tech conferences.
9. Always have your business cards available, make sure
there is a dope photo of yourself and have your “elevator
pitch” ready.
10. Hire a dope graphic artist to create your dope logo.
11. Be a sponsor and promoter of community events like
WordCamp as you grow.
12. Join the Chamber of Commerce and other dope
organizations that are invested in the community and city.
13. Be a speaker on talk shows to share your knowledge.
14. Start your own Podcast with guests and be fancy
with your title.
15. See where you can help your church or ministry with their
connectivity.
16. Take a Social Media class yourself.
17. Offer Social Media classes with certificates when completed.
18. Keep your profiles current, relevant and oozzing with dopeness.
19. Take a dope vacation from time to time to encourage
inspiration locally, nationally and internationally.
20. Embrace diversity in your vision and expression.
21. Network – Network – Network
“How To Be Dope On Social Media 2017”
William Jackson Speaking at
WordCamp Wilmington, North Carolina
https://youtu.be/GQup1mEMX-I

November 15, 2017

Father and Son Attending and Speaking at International WordCamps

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William and Sean Jackson

Father and Son Attending and Speaking at International WordCamps
William Jackson, educator, blogger and community activist
Sean Jackson, graduate students Florida State University
@wmjackson – Twitter
Growing numbers of public school educators, higher education
instructors and private school educators that are engaged in writing/blogging
and building dynamic content have turned to the WordPress platform
to post their digital content.
WordPress the open source application has allowed educators on multiple
levels to create and share dynamic content integrated with Social Media
platforms Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, video and
Podcasting elements.
Teachers are learning that traditional instructional lecture methods are not
working with their high tech students and mobile/wireless technology.
Applying technology is a must,  grab student’s attentions that are already
immersed in digital environments. Teachers must adapt to integrating diverse technologies into the learning environments to address the varied learning
modalities of their students.
Blogging, even video and microblogging is a way of using text, graphics
and video to share information on diverse digital platforms and build
valuable writing skills to enable and enhance the ability to create dynamic
content online.
Teachers in higher education are familiar with the “publish or perish”
requirements in demanding higher education careers and students in
higher education are facing this as well.
To keep engaged and active in posting and publishing educational,
technical, scientific and other types of information preparing for
careers in knowledge based fields.
WordPress powers more than 30% of the web pages on the web and this
is growing because of the security, flexibility and ease of learning. The
support for WordPress is phenomenal with local meetup groups and
online help that is both national and international. Creating “families”
of content activist and social activism on a global scale never
before seen.
WordCamps help develop the ability to build tech skill-sets,
develop intellectual content, support digital innovation,
web development, coding and knowledgeable teaching
to beginners of blogging and web development.
More students are creating online digital portfolios,
resumes and even curriculum and academic vitaes to apply for
online jobs that are in need of skills that even middle/high
school students may have. Technology is allowing even elementary,
middle and high school students to be Entrepreneurs starting
businesses and even I-trepreneurs that are coders, developers and
innovators with individual talents.
As an advocate for blogging and microblogging to build student’s
online reputation and digital footprint I continue to blog about
WordCamps, EdCamps, BarCamps and other events.
I have attended multiple WordCamp conferences; spoken at
WordCamps and Live blogged at several where I have gained
international attention. I have taken students from the historic
Edward Waters College to WordCamp Philadelphia, EdCamp
Tampa, EdCamp NABSE National Alliance of Black School
Educators and traveled with Emma Kent, research librarian of
Edward Waters College where we presented “How To Be Dope
On Social Media,” at WordCamp Washington DC, WordCamp
Jacksonville Florida, WordCamp Wilmington, North Carolina.
Traveling with my son, a 2015 graduate of FAMU and currently
a graduate students attending Florida State University.
We attended WordCamp Birmingham, Alabama and will be
attending WordCamp Orlando 2017.
It is key that community activism and community activist use
Social Media to share and magnify the voice of the voiceless
using technology. No one should allow just one source of media
to tell their story and create a digital persona of them.
Applications like WordPress can enhance storytelling and give
everyone a platform of expression and activism.
Find WordCamps – https://central.wordcamp.org
William Jackson – Twitter http://twitter.com/wmjackson
Instagram – http://instagram.com/williamdjackson

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