Archive | August 2015

WWN™ Inspired Series: Harry Belafonte on the Power of the Arts, Activism & Mentorship

“Had it not been for Paul Robeson, Dr Dubois, who gave us keen instruction, who put their lives on the line, who stood strong in the midst of tremendous opposition, we would not have been the beneficiary of what would be the guiding factors of our lives.

In that journey, I dare say that I found my centre as a human being, I found my centre and I found purpose for how I was to use my life. And the greatest example for me was the man who chose to mentor me; who found me very early in life and began to give me instruction that made me feel a part of the world in which he lived and by his intellect, strength and courage set my course and that was Paul Robeson.

I was a high school dropout (and that’s not an uncommon story in our communities) but I was instilled with a strong sense of loss at not getting a degree, I was not able to find a way to articulate my feelings and thoughts and ideas.”

~Harry Belafonte, Human Rights Activist & Artist

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Postcards From Africa #17. Remembering And Celebrating International Artist & Activist Paul Robeson

Sometimes, you come across a post or video on social media and you feel you simply have to share it with everyone you know! A huge thank you to Ufulu Bomani and J Adam Merriwoodweatherson, for sharing this video on Facebook. I’d suggest you check out their pages, they share very insightful posts. I think at some level, this video somehow raises and expands our collective consciousness. Enjoy 🙂

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WWN™ Reflections: Redefining Beauty in Today’s ‘Photo-Shopped’ World!

When it comes down to it, no amount of make-up and exercise can mask an ugly character. Perhaps it’s time for us to revisit/redefine our notions of beauty.

Jennifer Livingston, a news anchor with CBS WKBT, stood up for herself and by extension, for all women who have been ridiculed, maligned, hurt, bullied because they did not fit into stereotypical images of beauty.

On behalf of all of us at WWN, I salute her courage and confidence. Enough of the unhealthy stereotypes about beauty, by the media, fashion industry and society in general. To Jennifer, we give a well-deserved salute: You go girl!!

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Are You a Trailblazer, Change-Maker, Artist, Doer and Innovator? Apply for the TED2016 Fellowship | Deadline is September 20th, 2015

The application Deadline for this year’s TED Fellowship Program is September 20th, 2015. CLICK HERE to apply today!

 

 

WHAT is the TED Fellowship Program?

TED Fellows 2At TEDGlobal 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania, 100 Fellows from across Africa joined a first-of-its-kind gathering that brought together the “Cheetah” generation.

TED speaker George Ayittey coined this nickname to describe a generation of young people from across Africa who were entrepreneurial, fluent in technology and “ran like the wind.”

In Arusha, many new friendships, collaborations, companies, investments, websites and NGOs were born.

After the spectacular success of the first group of Fellows, we created a permanent platform — the TED Fellows program — to feed the passion of other amazing paradigm-shifters and foster the collaborative spirit.

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#WWNPoetry4Change – Modern Nigerian Poetry: No destination, New direction By Okoduwa Tanko

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Note: The following post, written by  (General Secretary, Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA), was culled from http://okoduwatanko.blogspot.ca; It was originally published on August 11, 2015.
As a poet, literary critic and writer, I have never stopped to wonder what might have bored William Wordsworth and his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge, to demand change and a new direction in poetry in 1798, when he Wordsworth published the first edition of Lyrical Ballad and other poems.

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#EndFGM #EmpoweringTheGirlChild By Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation by J. Bindu

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WWN™ Reflections: Remembering the Girls who are left behind….

 

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And as we advocate and pray for the girls that were taken away, let us stand up and give a hand-up to the girls who are still here with us, the ones who are left behind. Often, It is so easy to get caught up in agitating for something wrong to be fixed right, that we forget the small acts of love, volunteerism, service and attention that we can pay forward to the current situation at hand.

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