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April 19, 2017

Investing in Women Is Always A Good Thing

 

 

Investing in Women
Is Always A Good Thing

by William Jackson
Edited by Terri Drummond
“Xplosion” – Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Conference for women by women
that focuses on holistic
empowerment. “A Breakthrough to a New You”
The terms Black Girls Rock, Black Girls are Dope, Black Girls are Lit,
Girls Rock and Girls Rule, the growing motto for girls and women of color,
culture and diversity represents the increases girls and women have about
their personal and collective power and influence.
The list of motto, inspirational quotes, digital high fives and
even fist bumps continues to grow representing the magic, momentum,
and mystery of women.

“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me,
bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate
and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.”
Amy Poehler, actress

The changing dynamic of societal influence has allowed the dopeness
and intellectual blessing that women possess to be shared, celebrated,
and provided doors of opportunities to be smashed open. “A Breakthrough
to a New You,” is appropriate and powerful as a holistic approach to
empowerment.
The glass ceilings put in place by those that do not have the best
interests of girls and women and even those that still want to confine
women to outdated colonial thinking are fading away just as stereotypical
thinking is lost to history.

Bias against women is evaporating because the limited thinking of men trying
to keep women in “their place” has died and the fueling of intellectual
fire, creativity, innovation is growing faster because of the access to
educational, business, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Self-awareness is a beautiful thing, self determination is a powerful
ability and cultivating collaborations allow women to explore new
opportunities of growth and liberty.

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules,
and build a life you’re proud to live.” Anne Sweeney, Walt Disney

Gone is the era where women are tolerated, seen as second class citizens
and lower level partners. Because of educational opportunties, exposure
to new industries, access to finances and open global commerce women
are game changers not just locally in their communities, they have
national and international access to resources that where unheard of
just decades before.

Women are changing the dynamic of entrepreneurial development, there
are more women who are changing the definition of success because
more women understand the importance and value of independent thinking
and casting away the fears of failure. The greater fear is that of not
trying at all. Holistically women apply their faith, their intellegence,
their knowledge the willingness to collaborate and build professional
business networks. This builds into dynamically holistic engagement
and unity. Professional Learning Networks and Professional Learning
Communities help build the abilities of women to become thought
leaders, innovators and smart creatives as business leaders and
entrepreurial role models.

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life,
but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the
next moment.” Oprah Winfrey

Invitations are extended to women that want to be involved and connected
in the “Xplosion” of knowlede, experience, passion and unity. Stated
eloquently by W.E.B. Dubois, “There is no force equal to a women
determined to rise.”

Rise women rise!!!!!
For more information:
Email: info@xplosion2017.com
Phone: 904 479 6638

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April 8, 2017

Black Girl Magic As An Agent of STEM

STEM  Panelists
Hortinse Diggs – Grace Johnson – Mary Madison – Lesley Harris

“Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game.
It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and
where we’re going.
Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we
ain’t stopped yet. There’s more exploration to come.”
Nichelle Nichols, former NASA Ambassador and actress

“When I was young I was very interested in science
and technology, and my dad brought home the first
computer. I played pac man and I was hooked!
By learning to create technology, girls learn to
speak up.”
Regina Agyare, Founder of software company
Soronko Solutions

“Suppose you came across a woman lying on the street
with an elephant sitting on her chest. You notice she
is short of breath. Shortness of breath can be a symptom
of heart problems. In her case, the much more likely
cause is the elephant on her chest.
For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of
women who wanted to enter the sciences. That is the
elephant. Until the playing field has been leveled and
lingering stereotypes are gone, you can’t even ask
the question.”
Sally Ride
First American Woman in Space
Challenger Space Shuttle, 1983

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VIDEOS

Encouraging Words from Women of STEM

Encouraging our students in STEM

A Good Work Ethic Is Important

Have a Passion for Math

Build Friendships with Others

Mentoring and Allow God to Work

Put In That Vision for College Early

You have to believe in yourself always

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PHOTOS

April 5, 2017

Black Girl Magic – Walking the Path as An Agent of STEAM

Black Girl Magic – Walking the Path as An Agent of STEAM
by William Jackson – @wmjackson Twitter

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“No idea is ever too small to start something big.
Nothing is impossible; it’s just a matter of hard
work and identifying the right opportunities.”
Eloine Barry Of African Media Agency

Many sororities are sharing inspiring stories of women
that are no longer Hidden Figures, they are pioneers
and innovators, they are visible and inspiring girls and
women to enter into new fields. They are role models
and mentors to build girls and women to stand on strong
shoulders to climb higher and fly further. Through STEM
education and STEAM integration women are taking
leadership roles and creating transformative changes in
society and are role models for girls following behind
them.

The women of AKA and the HBCU-Edward Waters College
recently held an inspirational panel discussion to
share the victories, challenges and inspiration of
Black Girl Magic and that Black Girls Do Rock in STEM.
The panel consisted of women that are engineers with
NASA, educators with the skills of mathematics and
community activists.

Pioneering the way for girls and women to see the poten-
tial of new ways to explore the planets, the oceans and
even inner space within the human body. STEM, STEAM
and even STREAM are the way to go for girls and boys,
men and women especially of color like
Taylor Richardson a real life Power Puff Girl hear her story:
https://www.facebook.com/hulu/videos/1408713792500385/

People of color especially  girls  and  boys of color and
culture are provided so many opportunities to grow beyond
the limited expectations of those that only see stereo-
types and looking through their biases. Still caught
in an era of separation of cultures and even genders.
This should stop, it is a time for unity to encourage
exploration and scientific discovery. To think and live
out of the boxes of poverty and unemployment.

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Natalie on the right…..

Natalie McGriff, Taylor Richardson, Deyona Burton are
examples influencing girls and women not just on a local
and national level, but on an international platform of
diversity and acceptance in the differences we have.
Girls have wonderful opportunities to chase their
dreams in fields once commanded by men. STEM, STREAM
and STEAM provide unlimited access to educational
equality, research and development opportunities.
Internships and scholarships that at one time where
only considered for males to fill. Now women are
qualifying for new careers that demand higher order
thinking, critical thinking, innovative thinking and
thinking out of the box strategies that tackle 21st
century challenges that our
society faces today and may face in the future.

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Elisha (left), unknown, Deyona(3rd from left)
Taylor (2nd from right), Jon right

Deyona Burton involved in her community and making
sure her future is clear in the areas of STEM she
is passionate in and guided by her mother who has
dreams of success and prosperity.

Ms. Richardson and others are showing that the
road is paved with success if the person is willing
to work hard in the classroom and in the community.
Astronaut StarBright (Taylor Richardson), inspiring
girls everywhere!!! Not just making excuses, but
working hard in school and the community.
https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/1275012832582927/

The shout and scream excitement is that girls  and
women are not limited any longer by their complacency
to better themselves. They do not have to wait on
a door to open, they do not have to wait on a man,
they are busting down doors, shattering glass
ceilings and creating their own innovative
initiatives that influence society and creating
their own movements and moments with urgency
and purpose. They are not settling for anything
in live, taking hold of each day with a passion,
purpose and potential to be leaders and innovators.

Moxie Girl and The Astronaut

The epitome of Black Girl Magic and Black Girls Rule
and Rock are girls that see the world differently, do
not limit themselves by anyone else’s standards.
They are making their own rules and raising the
standards. Just as little girls on the play grounds
chant, “girls rule and boys drool,” it is being produced
on many levels.
https://blavity.com/this-13-year-old-aspiring-astronaut-is-spreading-blackgirlmagic?utm_content=buffer2245c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Other girls to watch and follow that are promoting
literacy, education, positive self image and even
community activism.
The world claims it needs role models and they are
in plain site providing examples of excellence and
imagination.
The Adventures of Moxie Girl!
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/videos/1870167626553626/
The Adventure of Moxie Girl Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/
#25daysofMoxie Twitter and Facebook

What does strength have to do with it? Ask the women of
The Strength of SHE @strengthofshe – unity and sisterhood
that builds a coalition – “Empowering black women to
stay beautiful, healthy & love themselves” taken from
http://www.thestrengthofshe.com/
The growth of Black Girl Magic is not a singularity
it is more than a duality it is a culture and a
collective. Spanning generations and even connected in
the magnificence of innovation and creativity.

Black Girl Magic – Walking the Path as An Agent of STEAM
requires a vision for success, it demands planning and
learning how to be a visionary and to follow dreams that
seem impossible to others, they are just a walk in the
park for women of color and culture.

This blog is in dedication to the Black Girl Magic
that influences the world, that inspires, that engages
and even creates the fear of failure, but the will to
face any challenge. The demand for gender parity and
equality, for education to all girls and women of color
and culture, this is the age of
Black Girl Magic and Black Girls Rock the world.

Even on an international level on the continent of Africa
women are leading and changing the paradigm of mindsets
and entrepreneurialism. The development of women in a world
that cannot get out of the way of changes that are needed
and in many ways desired. These events even leads to Africa
where She Leads Africa explodes http://sheleadsafrica.com/

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Resources:
Black Women as Doctors
Melanin, M.D. – @MelaninMD
1st & 2nd yr med students tweeting advice/inspiration for
premeds. Aiming to enrich medicine through diversity.
http://melaninmd.org/shop | melaninmd@gmail.com

Excited about the opportunity to send two local youths
from Jacksonville, FL, to Space Camp with the remaining
funds raised from the Hidden Figures movie initiative.
Check out the link below for more information on
Space Camp.
http://www.spacecamp.com

The applicant  must  be  between the ages of 12 – 16 and
write an essay on why he or she should go to
Space Camp.
The essay must be no more than 500 words.
All essays are due by April 15, 2017 and should be
“mailed” to:
Attn: Taylor Richardson
PO Box 54601
Jacksonville, FL 32245

No email essays will be accepted.
We will announce the winners mid May 2017.
Please be sure to check spelling, grammar and the
usage of any data related to you being selected.
Good luck!!!!

 

January 16, 2017

There Are More Hidden Figures Around Us

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Dr. Mae Jemison and Taylor Richardson

There Are More Hidden Figures Around Us
by Prof. William Jackson @wmjackson
Edward Waters College

“I’m just amazed at the shoulders that I’m standing
on to allow me to work to achieve my dreams.”
Taylor Richardson, attending “Hidden Figures”
premiere at the White House 2016

Dedicated to the past Hidden Figures that allowed
girls and boys to embrace STEM – STEAM – STREAM
and grasp new opportunities to fulfill dreams from the
depths of the sea, to the height of the clouds to the
deepest of space.
The movie ”Hidden Figures” 2016 is inspiring thousands
of girls and women to eliminate the fear of learning,
to understand the fun of exploration, embrace artistic
creativity, develop themselves as “thought leaders” and
“smart creatives.” To understand that it is ok to be smart,
gifted, talented and special. The perceived glass ceiling of
career limitations has been shattered by the flames of
curiosity to explore not just the limitations of earth’s
atmosphere and her seas, but has moved into the air less,
weightless and limitless expanse of space and time.

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FIRST LEGO LEAGUE of Jacksonville, Florida

The emergence of STEM – Science Technology Engineering
Math is looking good to girls and women as careers explode
in diversity in the embracing of girls and women into areas
at one time exclusively open to men, white men.
The irony of “Hidden Figures” is that research has proven
that women are more analytical and able to comprehend
and apply mathematics skills faster than men. They are more
detailed oriented and specific about applying learning to
real world situations.

African Americans and others of color have been involved
with most if not all space agencies, this involvement is not
just as custodians, cooks, maintenance and other support
personnel. These positions are important, they help the
people do the jobs they to do and service this country.
The other aspect is not just as service personnel, but the
intellectual abilities that allow for NASA and other agencies
to meet with success and build a legacy through the
intelligence of everyone that contributes. People of color
have always and will continue to contribute, they have not
received the recognition they deserve.

STEM / STEAM are the hottest sectors in the U.S. job market
and has grown to international levels. Even before it became
a commonly used word the elements of STEM have been
important. Because of movies like “Hidden Figures” and others
doors of imagination and dreams are growing for girls,
women, boys and men of color and culture.

STEM does not start in high school or higher education, it
starts in elementary education labs, classrooms and weekend
competitions and events. It starts in after school programs and
new curriculum’s that teachers have a passion to apply new
and exciting ways to engage students that were once thought
slow or different, but were actually higher order and critical
thinkers, just bored with cookie cutter teaching strategies
dated from the 1950s and 1970s. Today’s students need to
be engaged and active learners.


William Jackson teaching a STEAMS
class – Science Technology Engineering
Math Sports – engaging studnets.

When I taught STEAM at an elementary Magnet it is important
that learning is relevant and students can apply their past
learning to new learning and integrate it to everyday life.
If students are not engaged mentally, actively involved, have
hands on activities and allowed to explore environments there
are lost opportunities to build the excitement to allow future
scientists, mathematicians, engineers, innovators and even
technical expertise in computers and robotics.


HBCUs are important in the education
of future STEM employees.

Many people still do not realize that STEAM and STEM run the
U.S. economy, look at the growth of careers that not only require
a college degree, but certifications. “The future of the economy
is in STEM,” says James Brown, the executive director
of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C. Even
President and Mrs. Obama have encourage STEM education
through grants and national programs.

Parents must understand as well that their children’s employment
are influenced by STEM. Employment in occupations related to
STEM science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is
projected to grow to more than 9 million jobs by 2022
nationally and internationally. Children now may now have to
find jobs in the U.S. and have to travel overseas, they must be
prepared to keep this nation competitive.

U.S. relationships with the world are important because if the
U.S. does not have friendly relationships globally then research
opportunities, international collaborations, joint projects and even
educational research will be at jeopardy. We cannot afford to be
secluded because the world is diversified in economic and social
diversity.
Students should be asking what their STEM futures are and how is
their current educational instruction preparing them for the future?
Parents should be asking are their children being prepared to be
employed or setup to be under or un – employed.

“One of the things that I’ve been focused on as President is how
we create an all-hands-on-deck approach to science, technology,
engineering, and math… We need to make this a priority to train
an army of new teachers in these subject areas, and to make sure
that all of us as a country are lifting up these subjects for the
respect that they deserve.”
President Barack Obama, Third Annual White House Science Fair,
April 2013

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Events like the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE by Mark Douglas McCombs
are foundations to engage youth, teens and young adults into
robotics, programming, design, innovation and as developers.
There are hundreds if not thousands of “Hidden Figures” in homes,
schools, communities, cites and this nation. They should be
encouraged, mentored and provided role models to spread their
wings to take flight to be unHidden…

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Mark Douglas McCombs, center celebrating the
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE competition at The Bolles
School

Parents your child may be the scientist to discover a cure for cancer,
diabetes, heart disease; your child may be the next deep sea
explorer or engineer to develop light speed, force fields or even
new fuels to power the world. Uncover the hidden talent in your child
by supporting their education, their thirst for exploration and their
gifted abilities.

Resouces:
Statistics uses data from Occupational Employment Statistics
https://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2017/science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics-stem-occupations-past-present-and-future/home.htm

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
http://www.firstinspires.org/

Jacksonville Florida FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
https://www.facebook.com/markdmccombs

The Office of Science and Technology Policy
https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/women

Hidden Figures – Taraji P. Henson
https://m.facebook.com/amightygirl/posts/1222453677790943:0

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