How You Live Reflects Who You Are

June 30, 2016

"I want my home to reflect to me what’s beautiful and inspiring in the world." Zena Carlota

What we surround ourselves with and what we put into the spaces we live in speaks to who we are, what we are feeling and is a form of interpersonal communications.  Anthropologists believe space speaks and so we study "proxemics," coined by Edward T. Hall in the mid-1960s.  According to wikipedia, Hall believed that "the study of proxemics is valuable in evaluating not only the way people interact with others in daily life, but also "the organization of space in [their] houses and buildings, and ultimately the layout of [their] towns."[4]."  

You heard her sing in an earlier post, now Zena Carlota's takes us on a journey of how she creates a living space that  feeds her soul and nurtures her spirit. When was the last time you really looked at your space? Read more


    History and Imagination Drive Singer Zena Carlota's Afro-Folk Sound

    May 30, 2016
    I would never have imagined that my daughter, Zena Carlota, would grow into the amazing artist and performer that she is today.  It is one thing for me to celebrate her talents--that's what parents do.  But when others recognize the talent, then you feel redeemed by the investments you've made as a parent.  At the end of the day, the talent is all hers.  Learn about how Zena Carlota  uses her heritage as a person of the African Diaspora,  a descendant of enslaved Africans and the mixture of genes and cultures that created "African Americans" to produce her unique "Afro Symphonic Folk" music that draws upon her heritage as a person of African descent in the Americas, a global citizen, and an immensely creative Millennium force.  She creates her own unique music and blends traditional African string instruments (the kora) with  western classic instruments (cello, violin, flute).  

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    Justspeak: The Origins Of A Police Culture Of Bias In Ferguson

    May 30, 2016
    Justspeak: The origins of a police culture of bias in Fergusonhe conclusion reached at the end of the recent federal probe on the Ferguson Police department should come as no surprise: a culture of bias exists in the Ferguson Police department. According to the Wall Street Journal, “…the Justice Department probe concluded…Police in Ferguson routinely violated the civil rights of the city’s Black residents.”

    Such a conclusion also raises further questions about the Grand Jury ruling that exonerated Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. Before the Justice Department probe and despite conflicting stories by witnesses that now might be attributed to how they were treated or questioned within the prevailing police culture of bias, evidence of this bias was fully apparent in the composition of the majority white police force overseeing the majority Black protesters, and the police’s quickness to act harshly and punitively against all demonstrators for the aggressive acts of a few. It didn’t take rocket science or a federal probe to state the obvious. White policemen have been conditioned by their culture of bias to view Blacks with hostility and in need of punishment. In the context of such an acceptable racially charged belief system, violent acts against Blacks are always justified. The unwarranted death of Michael Brown was just one more notch in the belts of a police department that had little respect for Black life. It is the same department that sent anti-Black emails to each other routinely and without fear of any reprisal.
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    JUSTSPEAK: The Oscars—The Final Frontier Of “White Spaces?”

    May 30, 2016
    c-oscarstatue_Davidlohr-BuesoWe have focused so much attention on “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria* that we missed the obvious—the continued existence of “white spaces.” These are arenas where white people congregate and make influential decisions but are viewed as “normal.” There is no discussion of “why are all the white kids sitting together in the cafeteria.” White spaces are spheres of influence where social and economic privilege and the power of whiteness intersect. Historically, they developed as the “norm” and “natural” outcome of profound social beliefs in biological, cultural and intellectual white superiority or white supremacy.
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    SCIENCESpeak: Hands-On Science-STEM REACH 2020 Seeks To Develop The Next Generation Of Black And Hispanic Science Giants

    May 30, 2016
    use_0685-copyHow do you entice a bunch of squirming children to settle down, take turns asking questions, introduce themselves and explain how to program a robot? Engage them in hands-on science. That is precisely what took place on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Howard University as part of Black Press Week in Washington, D.C.

    The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Foundation held a ground-breaking summit “Best Practices in STEM” with a Fiber Optics inventor, two NASA Roboticists and a women’s robotics team. Sound routine? Anything but, since every person presenting was African American and the audience was comprised of Howard University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, and over 80 Black and Hispanic students from local schools representing grades 3-6.
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    SCIENCESpeak: Brown And Black Giants Of Science: Making The Invisible Visible (Part 1)

    May 30, 2016

    “There is no American History without Black American History.” Lonnie Bunch, Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
    If it is true that there can be no American history without Black American history, then it is also true that there can be no history of science in America without recognition of the contributions that Africans, African Americans and Hispanics have made to the development of science, technology, engineering and math. Yet these contribution to STEM, which increasingly shapes our daily lives, is virtually invisible.
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