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April 23, 2018

African Cultural Awareness and Diversification Extravaganza 

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African Cultural Awareness and Diversification Extravaganza
by William Jackson and Aida Correa  My Quest To Teach
#MyQuestToTeach #LoveBuiltLife
Je Vais Ventures – https://www.facebook.com/jevaisventures/

The continent of Africa is still misunderstood, misinterpreted
and mistreated.
It’s people have too many times been demeaned and portrayed
as savages,  uneducated, impoverished and unable to govern
themselves.
There are so many misconceptions even from the TED Talk “The
Danger of a Single Story” by  Novelist Chimamanda Adichie that
there is false information and equally false perceptions about
the people and history of Africa. https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

The facts are that Africa had the first universities that people
traveled to and studied. Christianity has been a solid religion along
with Islam for centuries.
Trade and commerce were being conducted by land routes and
by sea routes centuries before Europeans thrust their influence
through violence and gunpowder.
Architecture, engineers, science and medical research where
ongoing centuries before European influences and colonialism.
Concepts of STEM and STEAM were already implemented in African
society and the integration of the Arts was begun before the current
understanding that STEM Science Technology
Engineering Math are valuable.
The major influences of the Arts can be found from the origination of
African developments. STEAM has an infrastructure that is based on
African influences.
The Cultural Awareness and Diversification Extravaganza showed
that the continent of Africa is rich in natural resources, rich in cultural
diversity, vibrant with educational growth, abundantly influential
globally not because of the natural resources, but because of its
people also.
Represented at the Extravaganza is knowledge, music, dance and
fashion that shows the side of Africa that many media elements do
not and refuse to show. The greatness of Africa should be highlighted
like any American, European or Asian people.
The history is vast across the centuries, so important this knowledge
and transformative that Europeans have tried to hide the facts,
minimize the talents and abilities of Africans in many areas. Because
of Africa we enjoy the treasure and riches from that continent,
people of color and cultures should not allow traditional media to
show only one picture, one vision and one bias of a continent that
make the United States minuscule in comparison.
Information is powerful, but applied information is transformative,
that is why the continent of Africa must be seen in its brilliance
and the people as agents of change in education,
commerce, industry, technology, science, medicine and other areas
that show the growth of this magnificent continent.
The Cultural Awareness and Diversification Extravaganza, created
by Jemimma Mumphrey is just the first of many that will feature:
an African Fashion Show, African Dance, African Drum Beating,
African Poetry and Spoken Word, Taste of Africa, African Vendor
Displays and much more.
To many times the media has not shown Africa as a productive,
progressive investment for the future of the world. The mentality
must change and so must the mental acceptance of people of color.
It is up to people of color to change the narrative of Africa and
the historical significance of this mother continent.

William Jackson, Jemimma Mumphrey, Aida Correa

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December 30, 2016

Building African Bloggers and Innovators in 2017

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Building African Bloggers and Innovators in 2017
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Twitter @wmjackson – #MyQuestToTeach

“What should we be doing going forward?”
Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
There are millions of potential brother and sister bloggers
in Africa, diverse people of color and culture, yearning to
tell their stories, developing and waiting to share their
Brands and expand their opportunities to collaborate in
education, business,commerce, finance and global
entrepreneurship.
This writing is a contribution of knowledge to share and
hopefully motivate and inspire Africans desiring to Blog,
Microblog,  Videoblog, Podcast and create dynamic content
within their communities. Their (African) voices and stories
are important and should be shared on a global platform of
respect and collaboration on dynamic Social Media platforms.
To represent the African diaspora and historical significance
of the art of storytelling.
What better way than to share with the world, to create unique
content that is just as diverse as the most culturally rich
continent in the world, Africa. I encourage Africans of all ages
to write their stories, to use their creativity to share innovative
ideas and create content that bridges generations and cultures.
The ability to create unique and transformative content that
can connect and unify their continent.

Following the literary talents of Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa
Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri, Buchi Emecheta, Ama
Ata Aidoo, Dinaw Mengestu, Africans are historic creators
of stories’, poets, and diverse content creators.
African children are learning that through education
they can contribute to the world in ways not available
decades ago.
Colonialism attempted to silence the voices of Africans,
it failed because the voices of Africans can be heard
whispered on the flowing waters and in the air currents,
stories that travel through the trees, and the paths both
dirt and paved across the continent.
Social Media platforms and tools are allowing African
boys and girls to share their stories with the global
community, bringing attention to their lives right from
their mouths and to the ears of billions globally.

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As an educator and parent I want to encourage African
children, teens, youth and young adults to share their
stories through the diverse tools that blogging has to
offer and enhance their language abilities, “language
is the way to memory.”
Prof. Wm Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Do not allow others to tell your stories as was done
during the centuries of slavery, oppression and
colonization.
In the spirit of Chinua Achebe share your stories and
let the world hear you. Chinua Achebe the “Father of
African Literature” has stated many times that the
minds of the people were influenced by the
colonization of Europeans.
That African writers need to be activist in their
writing, to challenge the thinking of Africans, to
encourage intellectualism and activism even still
today.
The thinking and the writing of Africans are
challenging the “emperors” way of thinking,
“because the storyteller has a different agenda”
than the emperor, “Conversation with
Chinua Achebe 2012.”

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In many ways Africans have a responsibility to
share their stories and share their voices, what
better way to tell truth to life what Europeans have
tried to deny for decades. There was a denial
of building of thought leaders and intellectuals in
Africa during colonial rule. The independence of
Ghana in 1957 and subsequently other African
countries allowed for the potential of building new
intellectuals that in turn will teach others. Sharing
the value of their voices just as Achebe, Soyinka
and others have done, storytelling is a powerful
tool to build cultural pride and dignity.
The 20th and 21st century have opened new ways
for Africans to soar, to embrace the winds of
change that allow for the chains of colonialism to
dissipate. Achebe shares that Africans have the
right to share their expressions. No matter the
medium, the tools, or the platform.
The encouragement of children is important because
as Achebe says that “children can fly,” and should
be encouraged to.
Achebe states that he writes because he likes to
write, I feel the same passion. To share not just
stories, but information to encourage people to think,
contemplate, dream, consider the possibilities to grow
beyond the limited imaginations of those that
do not respect the diversity and the heritage of African
nations or the diaspora.
Africans must tell their stories, share their voices and
build a new dynamic identity for the 21st century.
Africans are more than a people to be colonized and ruled.
They are a people that have passions, expectations, and
dreams, this should be shared with the world.
African voices can influence geopolitical decisions that
will take Africa into the 22nd century and beyond.
Africans as a collective can influence the gaps in education,
in commerce, in the innovation of technology and the
opportunities to achieve more to the benefits of Africa and
African people, not just people from other countries.
54 countries united to solve their own problems can
achieve great things if they unite and speak united. Africa
united as a strong united force to make positive and
transformative change.
These powerful words from stated that, “no foreigners
have ever developed a country, the nationals have developed
their own country.”
Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/D70ZybuB-rE

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Resources:
Bridging the Diaspora Divide – Teresa H. Clarke at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/sg6F-M6v1iM

South African Bloggers
http://weblogforlove.com/

Africans can save Africa: Arnold Ekpe at TEDxEuston
https://youtu.be/D70ZybuB-rE

African on the Blog
http://www.africaontheblog.com

 

November 10, 2016

The African Story Must Be Told To African Americans

The African Story Must Be Told To African Americans
by William Jackson @wmjackson

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Promoting unity among Africans and African Americans
in the growing digital age.
The African Diaspora, an interconnected bloodline of
history, legacy, new families, lost families, rapes
of the body and of the mind. Endangered unification
and associations. The fight to balance assimilation and
self destiny.
The connection between African Americans and Africa
is connected with blood and tears. There is no
denying that slavery spread the lives of millions of
Africans to impregnate America with free labor,
slavery on a generational scale, colonization and
lost identity.

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History and legacy has shown that Africa is the cradle
of civilization and the history of the world started
with Africa. Even the bible states this.
The story is factual, the evidence seen in the
faces of millions of African Americans that are
decedents of the slaves that were force-ably
brought to this nation. It can be seen from
South America, the Caribbean Islands and other
sites that where in possession of slaves.
The struggle for levels of freedom are still being
sought ironically resulting from slavery in America
and colonialism in Africa. The history being taught
in schools in too many cases is a travesty, filled
with false truths, misconceptions, lies and
information that is intended to be safe and easily
manipulated to create a level of understanding
and thinking that does not encourage cultural growth
or continued investigation by children.

African American students are not interested in
a continent they do not see their connection to,
African children only see what the media wants
them to see of America whether it is music, videos,
movies and the sports athletes and entertainment
powerhouses that lack historical or cultural relevancy.
The intellectual understanding of the importance of
Africa is sometimes lost in the haze and misdirection
that people perceived from “nature” shows.
Africans are in to many cases fodder for discriminatory
shows that show bare chested women in desert sands,
children whose protruding bellies are from malnourished,
starvation and war.

Men who with yellow eyes sit around fires with spears,
glazed looks and missing yellowed teeth.
The media shapes and molds these stories and are
sometimes the only story that has been shown for
decades or half centuries. There is another side of
Africa that is rarely shown.
“The Africa You Rarely See”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLda2HvVHY0
This is why “The Danger of a Single Story”
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is important to
share as I have in my classes.
https://youtu.be/D9Ihs241zeg

No one person or group should be allowed to talk
about, mold the conversation around, or dominate
the discussion of another culture.
All parts of the African diaspora are of
historical and cultural significance.
Soyinka and Achebe “Africans Have a Story Inside to Tell”
#MyQuestToTeach an additional blog created to show the
power of African storytellers that in history by colonization
were systematically silenced because foreigners learned
that storytelling shared messages that provided hope,
courage and unity.
Blogging by Africans is critical to share the stories
that influence education, business, commerce and impact
collaborative efforts that transcend race, religion,
gender and alternative lifestyles.
” blogging is critical today more than ever.” Anthea Adams
http://weblogforlove.com/2016/09/the-evolution-of-blogging/

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The stories of Africa must be shared with African Americans
to open dialogues of collaboration and content sharing.
The damage by slavery and colonization must be put aside
and the damage repaired by connections that embrace
brotherhood and sisterhood. Moving African Americans
and Africans to new opportunities in education, business,
commerce and infrastructure of re-connection and respect.

June 6, 2016

Part 1 Celebrating Fatherhood 10 Ways To Be A Better Father

Part 1 Celebrating Fatherhood 10 Ways To Be A Better Father


Taking a few kids to the store to buy
stuff for their fathers I listen to
the kids talk about their fathers.
Easily sharing information about their
father, daddy, dad, stepdad and the
nicknames they provide.

I hear the pride in their voices as they
share true and seemingly exalted stories
of events and happenings they participated
and witnessed in their relationships with
their dad. Their smiles are wide their
eyes bright and their body actions are
animated.

As a teacher of over 20 years I have seen kids
share the accomplishments of their dads, the
struggles of dads going through unemployment,
sickness, death and incarceration. Fathers need
to understand that their actions and even
inaction has an affect on their children and
families.

There are things that every father needs to
know and should modify their behaviors when
helping to raise their children whether in the
home or not. The actions of fathers have serious
affects on their children. The relationships of
fathers and their children have life long affects
on both even if fathers refuse to admit it.


Wm Jackson and children past picture from
World of Nations #Jacksonville

A fathers words and actions carry tremendous
weight throughout the life a child and shape
the relationship behaviors of children into
adulthood. Girls need fathers to show them what
expectations to have on how  they should be treated
and respected. What they morally and ethically
should expect from boys and men as they mature
and why girls and women should have their own
and not have to depend on “a man” to give them
thinks to make them feel important.

Boys need their fathers to show how and
why to respect women, why their education
beyond sports and entertainment is
important and their responsibilities as
leaders and helpers in relationships.
Boys need fathers to show that everyone
in society will not be on their side and they
will be judged by their color, culture and
economics. Importantly how to deal with these
issues.
They will have people in society that
have negativity of them because of
color, culture, economics and education.

As a elementary teacher I see how students
behaviors and actions change with the
interactions of fathers when fathers are
involved or not. Fathers if in the military
how the whole family structure is dramatically
changed with fathers on deployment, when
fathers leave the home and divorce is threatened
or inevitable. The relationships that are
dynamically bonded by genetics and DNA.

Posting on Wednesday:
Part 2 10 Ways To Be A Better Dad
I hope are helpful to the development of young dads
that need help and guidance to be the best
dad they can be for their children and families.

#MilitaryFathers #Dads #Fathers
#FathersofColorandCulture #StepFathers #Daddy
#BlackFathers #Daddie #FamilyMan

May 10, 2016

Blogging and the Connection with Achebe and Soyinka

Blogging and the Connection with Achebe and Soyinka
William Jackson, M.Ed. – Edward Waters College
Educator – Blogger – Content Creator

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“I write because I enjoy it.”
Chinua Achebe

Listening to Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka and their
discriptions of being a writer, many of their reasons;
based on their experiences can be applied to blogging.

In a Chinua Achebe interview on “African Voices,”
Achebe is describes as being a writer and a “storyteller.”
Bloggers are telling stories that capture the attention
of their readers. Novice bloggers need mentors and role
models, not to duplicate or imitate someone elses skills,
but to create a writers foundation to build on, to find
their Niche.

As content creators and developers their (writers) craft,
giving birth to their Brand and understanding how to be of
service to their growing audiences. All bloggers are
important because they can connect in some way with their
audience, as their audience grows so does the ability of
the blogger to tell diverse stories, share information
and create content and builds a following.

Chinua, a dedicated educator always gives reasons to be a
writer. His explainations are right on point because he
has years of experience and exposure to the power of the
written word. He and Soyinka are not considered bloggers,
but craftsman in writing, both are accomplished, they
were politically active as can be seen by their short
stories, poetry and in their novels. They presented stories
based on their personal and cultural growth.

African writers are more diversely intricate than American
writers because the African struggle is diplayed in their
art. Writing is just one form, it is seen in music,
dramatic plays, artistic creations, literature and other
forms of creative expression.

Listening to CNN’s African Voices https://youtu.be/ilB_4FtlG6M
key points are shared by Achebe the writer that has passed
several years earlier. His works still influence writers
of diverse colors and cultures. Covering several points
that: 1. Writers must have an over powering urge to tell
a story. Shared by Professor Achebe on many instances
when talking about the writers craft. He asks students;
What story do you wan to tell? 2. Another key point for
writers to consider is; That you should have information
of a unique story to share. This is why writers need to
be cautious not to repeat, the works of other writers.
Each has their own unique style and no matter how hard
they try cannot duplicate that style. If they do they
are creating a cheap imitation that people will quickly
recogniZe. This will ultimatley destroy their Brand and
credibility. 3. What you learn in the process of becoming
a writer, you consider the “effort” in the process of
becoming a writer. Examining these words there is a process
to becoming a writer, and in this case a blogger. What
process is being used and is it effective in reaching
the audience it is intended to?

A writers/bloggers Brand is built on their content, so
caution is needed, creating content that is passionate,
unique, informative and reaching beyond just words.
Writing expresses the passions of the creator, as the
writer/blogger grows so does their audience and their
Brand may change. This is why it is important for
writers/bloggers to attend conferences, workshops,
seminars and participate and contribute to them.

In addition to these writing is an expression of
the writers essence, they are sharing more than just words,
they are sharing themselves in their art. Reading their
art you can feel their passion and committment, the
journey they are taking to tell their story. Writers as
well as Bloggers share the diversity of the human experience.
Technology is a tool, it cannot create feelings, if anything
it sometimes dehumanizes emotions, but the writer through
their efforts can transcend the sterile environment with the
manipulation and cultivation of words, phrases, and even
alignment of sentences into paragraphs.

In the digital age writers, bloggers, vbloggers, podcasters,
content creators, thought leaders, microbloggers and the
other names continue to grow. Technology can expand the
voice of writing, it can share it with hundreds, thousands,
and even millions, but it takes that creativity, artistry
and innovation of the human thought to create and align
the words into thoughts that create an emotional and
psychological response.

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I have been listening to Chinua Achebe, Wole Solinka and
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and others for years as a guide
to my own writing. Successful writers and now bloggers
develop their craft, not for money or fame, because the
power of words are from the soul. Wole Solinka has stated
that writing is a creative process that builds a spirit
of community. The writer is the “artistic medium” that
the readers learn from and are taken on a journey.
As a blogger of over 10 years I encourage novice
writers/bloggers to learn from the elder storytellers.
To gain skills and dynamic literary tools to grow into
their storytelling abilities. To read other works, listen
to YouTube videos of past writers and co-write with others.

Bloggers no matter the artisitc medium or digital platform
are important to sharing content and encouraging thinking.
Creative innovation is needed to keep abreast in learning,
growing and developing our craft as content creators.

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Resources:
“Chinua Achebe on the Power of Storytelling”
https://vimeo.com/125171730

Part 1 Story Telling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCic_RoPhoM

Black Writers with Wole Solinka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfnOJpE8G4E

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