I'se still climbin

My space to share my thoughts, ideas & inspriations as I continue to encourage myself and others to keep climbin.

14 down and counting knocks on my family’s door

the work that i do has always been personal and the young peoples going home services always hit me to my core - but today I’m with my father-in-law as he buries his 18 year old step-son - who was murdered in NC last week - he leaves behind a 6 month old and a grieving family and friends in NC and ATL-

today like everyday - we will lose 14 young black me to gun violence - that means that 14 families will be grieving in the morning - more children will grow up without their father around to help raise them - many more of our youth will be left to try to figure out why they keep losing their friends to violence and question the value of their lives

this is why none of us can sit on the side-line it will take all of us using all of our skills and resources if we want to create real change for our young black young black boys and men.

thankful for the work of @bmaachievement and @citiesunited

nprchives:

The last of the Ramones, Tommy, died this past weekend

Music critic Milo Miles reviewed the Ramones’ last tour in 1996. He summed up how many fans felt about the band, 

"…they were perfectly dopey, delightful, and defiant to the end…None of it—-the mosh pit, the crowd, the kissers—-would’ve been the same without the Ramones.” 

Found by library intern Kimberly Springer. Original airdate 02/22/1996. Illustration courtesy of Mike Licht, Flickr.

(via npr)

#Cigars&Bourbon with my brother

#Cigars&Bourbon with my brother

ms. minnie

yesterday while helping a childcare center in the shawnee community i had the pleasure of meeting ms. minnie. ms. minnie is an 90 year old lady - mother of 9 children and countless grand-children and great-grandchildren. she was out working in her yard and needed help getting her lawnmower started - one of the young men with us volunteered to help ms. minnie out and ended up cutting her lawn for her.

as we talked - i learned that ms. minnie was born in tennessee on a farm - her and her siblings use to pick cotton on that farm 200 pounds a day - could you image doing that every day during the picking season for all your childhood - ms. minnie said it’s what helped to make her strong and independent - she called herself a country girl at heart - she showed a plot in her yard that she has dreams of planting a garden with tomatoes, collard greens and other goodies.

i will make sure i get back over to visit with ms. minnie and work with folks i know to get her veggies planted!

take time to talk to your elders - you might learn a thing or two.

pbsthisdayinhistory:

February 6, 1945: Bob Marley Is Born
On this day in 1945, Nesta Robert Marley was born in Jamaica. Bob Marley became famous for infusing social issues into his lyrics. Although his life was cut short by cancer at the age of 36, Marley is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century. 


Remember Bob Marley with PBS NewsHour’s commemorative photo gallery. Photo: Bob Marley live in concert in Dalymount Park on July 6th, 1980 (Wikimedia Commons).

pbsthisdayinhistory:

February 6, 1945: Bob Marley Is Born

On this day in 1945, Nesta Robert Marley was born in Jamaica. Bob Marley became famous for infusing social issues into his lyrics. Although his life was cut short by cancer at the age of 36, Marley is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century. 



Remember Bob Marley with PBS NewsHour’s commemorative photo gallery.

Photo: Bob Marley live in concert in Dalymount Park on July 6th, 1980 (Wikimedia Commons).

(via npr)

Why Engagement Is The Most Important Thing I Measure

gathandborden:

It’s budgeting and strategy planning season, and I’ve been having conversations with lots of people about what they are planning to do with their brands in the social space for the coming year. I’ve been in numerous conversations with people about what they want from social media. And…

great post!!!

mynameisdreik:

geekscoutcookies:

blackboxoffice:

Hard Knock Life: The Ballad of Damon Dash (via details)
He was the crown prince of the Bling Era, a Svengali who turned his friend and partner Jay-Z into a superstar, signed Kanye West, and built a business empire that extended far beyond hip-hop. Then he split with Hova, and bit by bit, the mercurial mogul began to lose it all—his label, his wife, his homes, and the figurative shirt off his back. Today, as Jay-Z towers over the culture, the 42-year-old Dash insists he’s right where he wants to be: hustling and hungry.
via upnorthtrips

interesting read

Wow.

mynameisdreik:

geekscoutcookies:

blackboxoffice:

Hard Knock Life: The Ballad of Damon Dash (via details)

He was the crown prince of the Bling Era, a Svengali who turned his friend and partner Jay-Z into a superstar, signed Kanye West, and built a business empire that extended far beyond hip-hop. Then he split with Hova, and bit by bit, the mercurial mogul began to lose it all—his label, his wife, his homes, and the figurative shirt off his back. Today, as Jay-Z towers over the culture, the 42-year-old Dash insists he’s right where he wants to be: hustling and hungry.

via upnorthtrips

interesting read

Wow.

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