Presentation and Workshop Topics

FROM COMMUNITY TO SELF: MOVING AWAY FROM THE ‘HOOD (PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY)
At last count, there are well over one million moving trucks in the United States. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, Home Depot, Lowes, National, Penske, Ryder, Thrifty, U-Haul. All types, sizes, and capacities. Some gasoline powered; some diesel. Some with automated transmissions; others with standard shifting. And, with a reservation, drivers license, and destination, anyone can rent any one of these well over one million trucks. For more ambitious moves, one can even hire a trucking or moving firm to pack, load, and transport your belongings to your new destination. And you don’t even need papers to cross state lines. Just enough gumption and gas money to do so. So, what’s the hold up? What’s keeping you from moving away from the ‘Hood?

Are you still waiting for some program or some leader to come down your street, knock on your door, and lift you out of your circumstances? Are you still waiting for (Hoping for; Praying for) Reparations, so you can “finally get on your feet?” HA! Guess what? IT AIN’T HAPPENING! The Advancement isn’t coming to your neighborhood to rescue you.

Look! There! In your mirror! There! Right in front of you is the program or leader that can lift you out your circumstances. YOU have to seek out your higher destiny. YOU have to want it more than the comfort of those things that are familiar to you. And, YOU have to put your plan for moving out the ‘Hood into action.

That means if you want more than the ‘Hood for yourself and for your family, then you have to learn to exist beyond the ‘Hood. You have to MOVE OUT, and away from the racial and cultural isolation that is so pervasive there. What you seek is simply not in the ‘Hood. It never has been, and it never will be. And, in your heart, you know it. Most of us do.

But, tragically, we’ve just become too comfortable with the discomfort. Too comfortable with the crime. Too comfortable with the danger, the dirt, and the excuses. Or, even more tragically, we’ve become too concerned about what others will think about us if we move away.

That “trapped in the ‘Hood” feeling exists only in your mind and in your soul. Each day that you remain is a choice; a choice to reap all the problems and dangers of the ‘Hood. Let’s see what we can do to get you moving.

‘Moving Away’ Virtual Workshop Dates:
Saturday, February 27th, 2021
Saturday, May 8th, 2021
Saturday, July 24th, 2021
Saturday, October 5th, 2021
Saturday, December 18th, 2021

FROM COMMUNITY TO SELF: BLACK IDENTITY BEYOND THE STRUGGLE
One of the most soul-searching dilemmas of any long, arduous struggle is knowing and appreciating when the end is upon you. Most black persons are very familiar with the idea of “keep on keeping on.” Its suggestion of perseverance and fortitude were good for both our souls and our minds. We struggled and fought through a horrendous history; a history unique in its brutality and powerful in its enduring after-effects.

That phenomenon of always struggling, always climbing, and always moving forward is as much a part of our history as the plantations from which our journeys were launched. Struggles and obstacles have been so much a part of our history that many persons feel incapable of disengaging from their past and moving toward their futures.

I remember my own struggles through school. Studying, planning, preparing for challenges. Like any war or struggle, attrition is wearying; for both the attacker and the attacked. Particularly when that struggle has endured for hundreds of years. But, when it’s done, it’s done. Guess what folks? We’re done! We’ve reached the mountaintop! AND BEYOND!

Our new challenges are many, but they are personal. The hills and mounds that we now face are ours individually. There no longer exist mountains that we’re all climbing together. We’ve already reached the summits, and we’ve already mastered the terrain. The view now is an expanse of smaller hills and mounds to be faced by black persons as individuals.

Black Identity’ Virtual Workshop Dates:
Saturday, January 2nd, 2021
Saturday, March 13th, 2021
Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
Saturday, August 7th, 2021
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

FROM COMMUNITY TO SELF: EMBRACING THE NEW YOU
Nurturance and development of oneself beyond race represents the final objective for we descendants of African black slaves. It is our closing measure in the long journey to freedom; the conclusion of The Struggle for black Americans. This final step also embodies the legacy of millions of souls reduced to huddled and dying black cargo in the holds of slave ships. Our ascension is their restoration. By embracing self beyond race,
we need no longer think in black, behave in black, and exist in black. We need only be our individual selves: potent and absolute.

Together, we black Americans have gone through many racial passages. We have been slaves, sharecroppers, credits to our race, ingratiating sheep, militant lions, strugglers,
and survivors. Now it’s time to be so much more. It’s time for us to transcend the limitations and connotations of race. It’s time for us — as individuals — to regain, in full, our humanity.

We must, with all deliberateness, close this monstrous history of racial limitation. We are individuals. That history of being defined and limited first by our oppressors, then by our community, and finally by ourselves is done. Nurturance of our individualities beyond race constitutes the long-awaited cessation of oppression for black persons. This
realization of psychological freedom also heralds the ascension of new black persons over those hobbled and trapped by race.

Becoming NEW requires an awakening of sorts — a shift in consciousness — a transformation. Facing oneself, facing the world, empowering oneself, embracing fearlessness, and acquiring a new orientation — forward, not backward — all together constitutes a new consciousness. It is this new consciousness that delivers the NEW YOU beyond race.

New You’ Virtual Workshop Dates:
Saturday, January 16th, 2021
Saturday, March 27th, 2021
Saturday, June 12th, 2021
Saturday, August 21st, 2021
Saturday, November 6th, 2021

FROM COMMUNITY TO SELF: TIME TO STOP LACTATING
More than crack cocaine or cultures of criminality, the legion numbers of black men refusing to stand up and take responsibility for their children, their community, or even themselves likely represents the greatest calamity visited upon black America today. Their irresponsibility emanates largely from the false perception that they are destined to represent the very bottom rung on the ladder of achievement.

During a casual drive through any large US city, visitors will be astonished by the legions of black men milling about — doing nothing and planning little else. Somehow they
survive. Mothers take care of them. Girlfriends and wives take care of them. Even their sisters, grandmothers, and aunties take care of them. Petty criminality provides them
sustenance. Living the street life and staying “true to the game” provides them peers of similar circumstance and delusion. And once their female resources are exhausted,
incarceration provides them shelter from the slings and arrows of their critics.

Too often not enough pressure is put upon black boys and men to grow up and stand up. Many are reared as emotional cripples; left unexposed to the vicissitudes that other
individuals must face. As regards active participation in our competitive society, the axiom “It’s Hard on a Black Man Out There” is taught directly and indirectly to boys and
girls. This instilling of weakness in black males ensures that plenty will remain at the bottom rung for the rest of the world — even we upwardly mobile black persons — to
measure ourselves against.

These black men are, in fact, enabled. They are enabled by a community that refuses to hold them directly responsible for their part in caring for themselves and their families.
By a community, relatives, and friends who make it too easy for “L’il Boo,” to survive.

‘Stop Lactacting’ Virtual Workshop Dates:
Saturday, January 30th, 2021
Saturday, April 10th, 2021
Saturday, June 26th, 2021
Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Saturday, November 20th, 2021

FROM COMMUNITY TO SELF: INSTILLING SUCCESS IN YOUR CHILDREN
Why do some people, generation after generation, remain poor? They’re poor. Their mommas and daddies are poor. And now it seems their children are hurtling headlong toward poverty — hurtling with frightening deliberateness and haste.

Government programs have offered training, employment, and billions of dollars to fight the perpetuity of poor conditions. Civil rights groups have long identified the disparities for success of children based upon ethnicity and race. Yet, despite these efforts as well as the availability of endless opportunities in the United States, poverty remains virulent. Statistics reveal that nearly one in every three black children born in the United States is born into poverty.

Psychologically, for many struggling families, poverty becomes associated with rescue. And much too often, the rescuer is perceived as someone other than oneself. White people, the government, the system, even upwardly mobile black persons have been charged with taking care of the less fortunate. However, when one accepts the notion that rescue comes from outside oneself, an inertia is created, an inertia that fosters waiting. Waiting for racism to end. Waiting for Judgment Day. Waiting for reparations. Waiting for the next entitlement program. Waiting for the next great black leader.

Moreover, while waiting, many of our children are subjected to physically and psychologically dangerous living environments, exceedingly poor role modeling, and failure orientations. In turn, they are often not given the emotionally secure and confident footing that they deserve.

‘Instilling Success’ Virtual Workshop Dates:
Saturday, February 13th, 2021
Saturday, April 24th, 2021
Saturday, July 10th, 2021
Saturday, September 25th, 2021
Saturday, December 4th, 2021

Other Topics

  • Letting Go of Race                    
  • Neighbor: The Scary “N” Word
  • How To Save Yourself (Rescuing You)
  • On Becoming Lactose Intolerant
  • Overcoming Us 
  • Overcoming Yourself
  • Racists: They Come In All Colors
  • Dumping Pookie
  • Crab, Lobster, And Other Seafood: Climbing Out Of The Basket
  • Free At Last, Free At Last
  • Beyond The Dream