My Quest To Teach

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women to outdated colonial thinking are fading away just as stereotypical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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October 12, 2016

Social Media Sex and Daughters

Social Media Sex and Daughters
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Parent, Educator, Speaker
Community Activist  #MyQuestToTeach

“Fathers if you fail to teach your daughters
the value of their bodies, the awesome
mental capabilities that make them smart
creatives and thought leaders, helping your
daughters to understand their personal sexuality
and seeing their value based on their talents and
abilities not sex. If you fail to teach as fathers,
you may be committing a travesty with life-long
consequences.” William Jackson

As a parent, educator and heavily involved in
Social Media I see the elements of Social Media
Sexting, mental and sexual manipulation, sexual
bullying and self-destruction. Girls and women
must understand that just because you can post
hundreds of “selfies” and “sexties” does not
mean you do so.

Telling your story through your digital content should
come with the knowledge that people will see what
you create and judge you based on the creativity and
innovation you show. This creativity should be done
with wisdom, purpose and common sense.  Parents
make dangerous mistakes by letting their children
have free reign of the Internet without behavioral
expectations and rules. The World Wide Web
can be the Wild Wild West with content that can
range free either on the extreme Left or Right.

There are communities that are represented on
platforms that allow the diversity of the human
mind create places that are comforting and at
the same time can cause the soul to shiver.
Girls especially are attracted to the chance to
“show” themselves beyond their “personalities.”
#ShirleyChisholm
“I’ am, was always will be a catalyst for change”
but that change must be positive and productive.

This blog “Social Media Sex and Daughters” shares
the value of parenting when girls are young and
impressionable, they do not understand the value
to share that they are more than their bodies. There
is more to girls than a size, color, a shape, cleavage,
or how sexy they can look. Perceptions are dangerous
in the digital age. Fathers must be sure to teach their
daughters the “tricks” of the game boys will use to get
into their daughters __________.

A father has a responsibility not to scare their daughters,
but to educate them on sex and sexuality. Mothers count,
but they are not men.  Daughters cannot afford to learn
from their friends either boys or girls to protect their
“pocketbooks” as the senior women like to reference.
What is private, is private and should be protected….

Social Media provides wonderful networking, and
communication opportunities, girls and women are
participating in coding – Black Girls Code, learning
how to use tech to be entrepreneurs while attending
conferences like Blogging While Brown, networking
in groups like Black Girls Rock, learning socialization
skills in groups like  Girls Inc, Journey Into Womanhood
Empowerment Resources (Jacksonville, Florida) and
Black Girls Book Club.

The online development of collaboration and connectivity
grows to help girls grow cognitively and raise their
self-esteems and self-respect. No longer do girls and
women say tech is just for boys and men, girls
and women are coding, creating dynamic content,
writing books, managing publishing companies. Girls
are thought leaders, and entrepreneurs, Black girls
can proudly claim their BLERD and Geek profiles.
African girls and women are growing into AfiBlerds
and AfriGeeks proudly earning degrees, they are
owning businesses like Anie Akpe, CEO/Publisher
of http://innov8tiv.com/

My Black Matters ‏@MyBlackMatters “All Black girls
matter whether they’re dark skin, light skin, brown
skin, mixed, hood, nerdy, preppy, loud, quiet or ratchet.”

Business opportunities are increasing so girls and
women should not focus on their body image they
should focus on their Brand and the Marketing aspects.
Women are networking, they are serving on boards,
in committees, forming nonprofits, and educational
initiatives.
Their Brands are worth more than gold, it is the
foundation of their existence and should always be
treated respectfully.
Girls like Jacksonville’s Taylor Richardson and
Natalie McGriff and others are inspiring other
girls to grasp hold of their dreams and grow wings
to fly beyond societal limitations and
exceed expectations no matter color and culture.

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Fathers must have those conversations about
pride, hard work, dignity, trust, ethics, morals
and values. Parents must monitor their daughter’s
online activities, not out of fear, but to preserve
reputations and the developing Brands of the
future. It must be taught that, ”sex is a
temporary physical manifestation of temporary
pleasure that if unchecked can be dangerous and
self-destructive.”

Social Media is shaping the way girls and women
are viewing themselves and interacting with
each other. “There are generations coming up
that will not know a time without being connected.
” William Jackson, Edward Waters College 2016

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Advertisers know this and will market “sexulization
of girls” through advertising. Talking about sex
and sexuality should be a discussion not a scare
tactic. Parents should share
the reality of pornography, it is not the sensual
event of dreams; it can be violent, degrading and
demeaning.
Girls and women will not get cultural and educational
validation by having multiple sexual partners. The
marketing aspect too look hot, be popular, risque,
sexy, vulnerable/aggressive, girls of color and
culture are not presented in positive situations
when it comes to sex like their white counterparts.

Parents of all colors and culture start early and
have conversations so girls feel comfortable,
confident in who they are and where
they are going in life. Parents talk to your daughters
as they mature, have honest and tough discussions.
Before any girl or young woman gets into bed with
anyone, even in alternative lifestyle’s they need
to get into that persons head first to make sure
they are not making a mistake that will curse them
through adult life.
A girl’s reputation can be destroyed with a single
video, a single picture posted online and even a flash
of experimentation. Put your value ahead of being
popular, being seen as sexy and been just seen as
who you are and what your aspiring to be.

Girls are growing into not just Black Girl Magic or
Women Magic, but Awesome Women of Magic.

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Black Girl Magic and Women Magic Resources:
Jalesa Ann @jalesaann
Anie Akpe @AnieAkpe
Fran Siracusa @ProfeEdTech
Melanin Mamis @melaninmamis
#EduMatch @edu_match
Michelle @Michell49246814
Ashley Hill @prepforcollege
#EdWalk 4 CFE @zansari8
Black Girl Nerds @BlackGirlNerds
Black Girls Book Club @bg_bookclub
Bess Auer @Bess_Auer
Sarah Thomas @sarahdateechur
Rusul الربيعي @RusulAlrubail
Barbara KV Johnson @DrBKVJ
Rachel Vitti @rachelvitti
Tara Reed @TaraReed_
Jennifer Williams @JenWilliamsEdu
Black Girl Nerds @BlackGirlNerds
Valerie Lewis @iamvlewis
Jedidah Isler, PhD @JedidahIslerPhD
Gina Humber @ghumber720
Melissa Ross @MelissainJax
Ale’ta Turner @AletaTurner
Sherry Smith Gray @sherisaid
Soumya @SoumyaNukala
Deena Pierott @deenapierott
SocaMom® @SocaMomDC
Empowerment Resources @EmpowermentJax
Ronique Gibson @stagetecture
Coach Jeanna Brown @CoachJeanna
Hey Black Girl @Hey_BlackGirl
PASSION4CHRIST @p4cToyaG
Mickee Brown @MickeeBrown
Black Bloggers Connect @JoinBBC
My Black Matters ‏@MyBlackMatters
Danyelle Little @TheCubicleChick
Asktnd @asktnd
FLBlogCon @FLBlogCon
Ivy Box™ @MsIvyBox
Blogging Black Miami @blogblackmiami
Brown Girls Unite @BGU_Official
Tracee Ellis Ross @TraceeEllisRoss
Marcie Hill @Marcie_Hill
Sheena White @sheenamwhite
Sea World Mommy @SeaWorldMommy
Sili @MyMamihood
Blogger Week @BloggerWeek
African Women In Tech @AfricanWIT

dad and shae
My daughter and I years ago in Palatka, Florida

June 29, 2016

Summer Reading and Writing; Learning Does Not Stop

Summer Reading and Writing; Learning Does Not Stop
William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
#MyQuestToTeach

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BlackGirlMagic Magazine
@BlkGirlMagicMag Twitter
#BlackGirlMagic Hashtag
http://www.blackgirlmagicmag.com/ Web Site
We are looking for works about and by
Black Women

This blog is not about just one color or
culture, but about the value and importance
of reading, literacy, comprehension and
creativity of writing for all children.

The summer has made its appearance and
kids are excited about the opportunities of
“freedom” from schools across the nation.
Parents should still have their children
engaged in learning opportunties by visiting
library events, museum viewings and cultural
events that engage kids with fun
learning activities.

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Reading and writing during the summer are still
important and the the power of the written word
has been seen for thousands of years, individuals
and groups sharing thoughts, ideas, impressions,
feelings and to tell the life histories of
people and cultures.

Children, teens and young adults should be
introduced to writing as a way to learn how to
express their feelings, dreams, passions and
the challenges that they face. Writing can be
used as a coping mechanism and teach how to
manage the emotional diversity of children,
especially children of color and culture.
To develop intellectual thought and creativity.

Various cultures and societies have their
influences in writing as early blogging
(in my humble opinion). Chinese culture
writing was determined to come not from a
god but an ancient sage named Ts’ang Chieh.
He was a minister in the court of the legendary
Huang Ti (Yellow Emperor). While not godly the
invention of writing was supposed to serve as
a communication tool between heaven and earth.
The culture of writing has historical
importance around the world. Diverse
cultures througth history shared their
stories throught storytelling orally until
writing was established and education
advanced.

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#MoxieGirl
The Adventures of Moxie Girl

Blogging on a digital format continues to change
as writing is manipulated, transformed, dissected,
adapted and tailored to the increasing integration
of technology tools and platforms.
The foundation is the human mind that conceives in
thought the words that are transcribed into
written or typed words. In a way these words are
already in an electrical format because
thoughts are generated by the synapses
of the mind, thus electrical impulses
and birthed by the hands onto the materials for
publication.

Formats can be seen from the dynamic
platforms being used from Blogger, WordPress,
Twitter (Microblogging), Tumblr, Google+ and
even Ghost to name a few. Children, youth and
teens can embrace the diversity and creative
characteristics of blogging and learn to be
innovative in their words, phrases and extention
of their views. Writing helps
to develop vocabulary in children, making it
fun to combine words into stories. It is
wonderful to see a teen excited about reading
and the process of writing.

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Astronaut Star Bright @astroStarBright
https://www.facebook.com/astroStarBright/

Looking at the 15 Best Blogging Platforms
(http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/08/16/best-blogging-services/)
it is clear that blogging will remain as an important
historical tool to share and disseminate information
on multiple levels and students need to learn how
to write, the importance of the
writing process and that it can be fun.

Many children are excited to share their thoughts
with art work and drawing, this is the creative
centers of the brain, writing also encouarges the
mind to form ideas, challenges connections and
breeds innovation. What better way to build
character.

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#BrothasRead Twitter

Children should be taught that not to long ago
it was illegal to teach slaves or those of color,
no matter what color or culture to read and write
during the time of slavery not just in America,
but around the world. Today Blogging is
responsible for showing the world the greatness
of people. There is estimated over 12 million
bloggers in America, African Americans need
to take seriously their ability to share stories.
(The State of Blogging 2014,
Pew Internet & American Life Project)

I always encourage people of color and culture
the beauty in blogging because it allows
the expansion into other areas of digital
communication. A platform of expression on
levels that allow for intellectualism where
students should be moving towards.
Students should understand blogging allows the
writer (them) to be creators in this age of
digital media that is changing social
interaction, allowing for collaboration,
a paradigm in alliances of the mind and taking
social networking to levels of
unprecedented growth.

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Children, teens and young adults, bloggers of
color and culture and those of diverse
languages are important because they create
original content specifically addressing diverse
issues that may never be recognized by
traditional media or ignored
because of a lack of understanding or caring.

No matter the color, culture, gender,
generation and age kids of all ages have
something to say, this summer parents get
your children involved in some type of reading
and writing program to prepare them not
just for the next school year, but for life.

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Resources:

Support Education on Brothas Read
#BrothasRead on Twitter

Barbershop Books
@BarbershopBooks on Twitter
http://BarbershopBooks.org

Vincent Taylor
Cornbread Series of reading books
http://www.cornbreadseries.com/
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CornbreadSeries/

Well Read Black Girl
https://www.facebook.com/wellreadblackgirls/
#WellReadBlackGirl Twitter

Angie Nixon and Natalie
The Adventures of Moxie Girl
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/
for girls of color and culture that
struggle their own identies and hair.
http://moxiegirl.com

Get Connect Dad sharing stories
@GetConnectDad on Twitter
https://getconnectdad.com/2016/05/17/48-stories-on-fatherhood/
theconnectdad@gmail.com email

Astronaut Star Bright
https://www.facebook.com/astroStarBright/
@astroStarBright

June 8, 2016

The 7th Annual Man Up For Health Summit

 

 

The 7th Annual Man Up For Health Summit
in Jacksonville, Florida
For males 13 and older includes “free”
health screenings, workshops and exhibitor fair.

Those attending will learn how simple lifestyle
choices can enhance the quality of their lives,
reduce illness and injuries. Health screening
provided advanced notice of potential health
challenges.

Fathers are encouraged to bring their sons,
mothers bring your husbands and daughters.
Dads bring your dads and grandfathers.
Uncles bring your nephews and cousins.

Workshops and demonstrations will be provided.
Attendees will learn how to get healthy and stay healthy!

When:
Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Where:
Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of the Medical Arts
1701 North Davis Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Provided by:
Healthy Jacksonville Men’s Health Coalition, Inc.
Organizer of 2016 Man Up For Health Summit for Men & Boys
The Healthy Jacksonville Men’s Health Coalition Inc.
is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Eventbrite Registration:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-man-up-for-health-summit-for-men-boys-tickets-24330525256

February 3, 2014

High School Students Social Media Brand and Culture

High School Students
Social Media Brand and Culture
by Wm Jackson

High school students are learning
that their social media content
is creating an online culture of their
personalities that influence
their Branding and Marketing of themselves.
Personalities change with growth and maturity, influenced by
many diverse factors. A high school and even college student’s
digital creation and exchange of user-generated content has
important and long range affects on the digital perceptions that
build their Brands.
The factors that influence a Brand range in personal heredity,
social environment, interpersonal and peer relationships, family
influences and even how high school and college students are
influenced by media Brands and Marketing.

A high school student’s personality can be as diverse as the genetic
background of their families and influence from friends. Creating
online content that allows for prejudgment in behaviors and influences
the personal relationships they build.
The community a high school student lives in has an influence on
their social media content, this may not be recognized, but the
developed content is influenced and directed in multiply ways.
The impact of musical interests, food choices, clothing decisions,
social interactions and even entertainment choices has an emotional
and psychological relevancy.
These choices have an effect on personality decisions that are
displayed on social media platforms. The social media look of a
high school student is not predictable because of influences that
guide decisions and choices that transform and influence personality
development.

Personality Matters
High school students are in a flux of personality
changes, it’s often hard to nail down just what
their personality is.
These youth are living, breathing humans who
live very public
lives and are social animals. Their social connections are just as
important as breathing and eating. To doubt this just try to take
a high school or college students wireless devices away for any
length of time. Brands do drive personal engagement and
have an influence on developing “personalities,” this is overlooked
by parents, but not by the media. The influence is strong just look
at the shoes on a high school students feet or the choice of wireless
devices plugged into or riding their ears and pockets.

Digital Culture of
High School Students

Culture is like meetings and memos:
it’s an inescapable avenue of
social interactions and experiences.
The rise of social media
creates a new paradigm when it comes to developing cultures
and the embracing of diverse personalities of high schoolers.
High school students should consider their social, political, emotional,
spiritual and even intellectual content and cultural they create from
social interactions. Parents need to be aware also to guide and
offer advice not to be critics.
A high school students Brand is connected to their culture. That Brand
can create a foothold to career and employment aspirations and
decisions for higher educational goals. Brands are influenced by
personalities and personalities are influencing Brands.

Transparency Should Be Seamless
How transparent a Brand is and the
sharing of information is important to make
personal connections and building relationships
that extend beyond the digital connection.
Brands must be inviting,
engaging and to a certain degree interactive.
High school students are telling a story; their
story, the existence
of their culture and growing Brands. Sharing
their culture in a digital
environment that absorbs their personalities as their content is
shared across digital landscapes that will never go away. Digital
information is hosted, housed, integrated, and stored on servers,
hard-drives, and in digital clouds, it will be a permanent fixture
in online environments so must be thought-out and constructive.
The seamless integration of a personal personality is important to
create a positive and inviting connection. High school students
not only must show their academic sides, but their community
connections and involvement in social issues.
Whether using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or a Youtube channel,
the culture of social media Branding is an individual
story that should generate interest. There is no better tool to
position yourself for opportunities that promote and encourage
academic and professional growth.

Collaboration and Cooperation are Important
As I share with my students in my Educational Technology
class that I teach at a local HBCU. Sharing in collaboration
and cooperation is important to build relationships that
expand and accentuate the
unique personal abilities and talents that students are learning to
develop.
Success in the digital age has a foundation based on relationships.
High school and college students need to be mentored and counseled
on their postings, just as they are counseled on career choices now
they need to be counseled on Social Media content, Bullying and
Cyberbullying.
As I’m being asked to speak more in Florida on Social Media and
Bullying/Cyberbullying I’m convinced more than ever each high school
needs a Social Media counselor to guide and teacher students how they
should direct their content and Market and Brand themselves.
High school students postings create a culture; that culture is
integrated in social media platforms and broadcast digitally that
influences Branding, that Branding is being judged and categorized
by future employers, educational institutions and even by law enforcement.

The power of transparency is witnessed in communication; poor
communication has the potential to damage perceptions, the value of
a Brand. Organized and purposeful communication strengthens and
solidifies a Brand allowing for consistent and stronger Marketing of that
Brand. The digital age is forcing high school students to Market and
sell their talents and abilities to the world to be competitive in global
markets not just for local and community jobs.

Be the Master of Your Brand
High school students must be the
master of their Brand because their
Brand is their culture. The digital
content will last for years and continue
to create perceptions past the life span
of the early years of development
of the creator of digital content.
High school students must understand
the long range consequences of their digital culture. Long before they
transition to adulthood their social media culture will follow them and
extend into the broader areas of adulthood and career expansion.
Social media content can open doors to social and professional
opportunities or can close doors of educational and professional
acceptance.

Social Media Suggestions
A high school students online culture
will be created accidentally or on
purpose with planning and skill. The decisions
in what to post and what
not to post influence the perceptions of viewers
of that content and the
development of potential beneficial relationships.

1. Empower Yourself and Your Social Media Content
Use your wording carefully, create a positive environment to share
positive information and resist the pressure to defame, gossip
and stretch the truth. Honesty and integrity still matter.
2. Conduct a Social Media Culture Audit
Google your words, your pictures, video and other content. Make sure
your information is positive, productive and opens doors for collaboration
and cooperation. Guide your personality to be a respected and informative
person in the area you are interested and good in.
Make beneficial connections on LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media
sites with people who value your opinion and ideas.
3. Guilt by Association
Be careful who and what you are associated with online. In this age of
digital connections you must establish a criteria of who you “friend.”
Just  because you can friend everyone in your high school does not mean
you should. Their associations may not be beneficial for you. So choose
wisely who you allow to friend and share content.
4. Have a Conversation
High school students must learn to have conversations with their followers.
Not to have verbal attacks or confrontations. Conversations lead to sharing
ideas, building positive relationships and establishing long term commitments
to share and embrace diversity.
5. Guard Your Brand
Your Brand represents who you are, guard it and protect it. Be proactive
in creating content that is intellectually sound, engaging and provide a
reason for people to follow and friend you. Learn about the people that are
interested in who you are. As  you grow they will grow with you and when
you diversify or move on to other areas they will follow you because they
trust you.

Wm Jackson and Anthony Butler

Wm Jackson and Anthony Butler

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