What do you get when you combine an underemployed segment of the population, uneducated masses, and minimal programs to address them or their feeling of despair for the foreseeable future? The answer is OPPORTUNITY; An opportunity to instill purpose in an impressionable and idle mind with no current guidance or direction.
Where there is nothing to lose, anything and everything is deemed a gain (depending on how you define victory.) The void produced by a lapse in guidance, parental or otherwise, unapologetically opens up space desperate for fulfillment. How does that vacuum get filled? Who will take advantage of this? Will these young minds be molded to help society and woven into its’ fabric or discarded and needled out?
These are far from new questions, problems or concerns. They are however local, national and foreign issues rising to the forefront in conjunction to produce a global crisis. So it’s not just in “their” front lawn anymore but also in “our” backyard. The theory of a global village is no longer a myth, it is an undeniable reality. The ease and ubiquitous nature of communications provide the perfect platform for the banding of like minded individuals. Whether it’s ranting about political views or searching for the feeling of inclusion, the empathetic audience has expanded on a global scale.
Various groups, gangs and institutions readily welcome wandering souls with open arms to carry forth their agenda. Whatever thoughts and ideologies those groups harbor, be it well intended or ill conceived, they present choices to be leveraged, once again, for better or worse.
So if the Devil’s workshop having an abundance of idle hands remains a common global issue, why hasn’t it ever been addressed? The answer is simple; Who cares when the issue stays local or national to somewhere or someone else? Common issues are after all, for commoners. Suffice it to say the entities that benefit from these lost souls have no vested interest in amending the status quo.
When taken into account globally, these issues are more perplexing and difficult to sweep into the subconscious. In essence, whether ignored or not, “their problem is our problem and our problem is their problem.” All stakeholders are confronted simultaneously with no definitive end in sight.
The time has more than come where we should be focused on the next wave of potential outliers and how to bring them closer to the curve. Inclusion minimizes the bi-products of delusion and the mere presence of choices inherently reduces the potential for hopelessness.
As with any other issue in life, the first step is to admit there is one. The sooner we do, the quicker we can create legitimate programs that really address the matters at hand. The second step is to reach out to the more susceptible youth by identifying who they may be. Just look around neighborhoods anywhere in the world for conditions that create disparity and you’ll be sure to find them.
Writing Your First Book / Should I Self Publish?
I had the distinct pleasure of participating in a panel discussion on writing your first book, presented by the Harlem chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Alongside Jim St. Germain, Author – A Stone of Hope: A Memoir and Dr. Keneshia Nicole Grant, Author – The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century. We opined on pain points, benefits and strategies regarding our inaugural voyages into authorship. Feel free to watch for your self and I hope this provides some insight to all those looking to make the same voyage. Enjoy!
What the NFT is a BEEPLE?
On March 11 this year, the digital artist Beeple sold a collage of digital images from his “Everydays” series for nearly 70 million dollars as an NFT, or non-fungible token. And if that sentence confuses you, you’re not alone.
A non-fungible token is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus they are not interchangeable. NFTs can represent digital files such as art, audio, video, and other forms of creative work. While the digital files themselves are infinitely reproducible, the NFTs representing them are tracked on their underlying blockchains and provide buyers with proof of ownership.” – Wikipedia
Still confused? Let the artist himself explain it, and learn how he went from NFT newbie to making the third most expensive artwork by a living artist in three months. Not to suggest Beeple is an overnight success. The “Everydays” series alone involved creating a piece of art every day since May 1, 2007 – and he hasn’t missed a day.
Check out some of Beeple’s amazing and controversial work below.
Comic Fans: Geek out with Cartoonist KAYFABE
Comics have come a long way since they were just for kids – and anyway, those kids have grown up and rightfully embrace it as an artform. Cartoonish Kayfabe expertly walk you through the finer points of comic creation and appreciation, referencing some high quality images along the way. If you’re a comic geek, you will dig it – especially if you’re into 90’s era and independent comics.