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In-deed! July 30, 2010

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Hey! Young people! Start an organization. . .now! Start with Ashoka’s Youth Venture:

Go Fly a Kite July 29, 2010

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I have had a fascination with kites since I was a kid but for one reason or another, I have never indulged it. This weekend is the 22nd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival and you know what ya’ll? It’s on like donkey kong! The last time I flew a kite, I think I was still shorter than my mother so this experience is long overdue. My little niece will be tagging along and I will check back with you all with photos of my kite flying extravaganza. For now, here are some cool images that I have collected of kites doing their thing. . .

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Kirikou! July 28, 2010

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I had to add another film that I really love: Kirikou and the Sorceress.This film is too cute! But I love this so much because it weaves such a beautiful story of true strength, love and transformation. Whether you have children or not, I highly recommend this one.

Sugar Cane Alley July 27, 2010

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Directed by African filmmaker, Euzhan Palcy, this is one of my favorite films of all time. The simplistic and mundane yet extraordinary rhythm of the lives narrated in this film strike such a strong chord with me. It’s hard to describe, I just love this film. Most of the cast, including the lead, are (extra)ordinary people of Martinique. Love it!

I strongly advise anyone who reads this to purchase this for your film library, a true classic.

Lauryn, where art thou? July 26, 2010

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I recently learned that Lauryn Hill, one of my favorite musicians of all time, performed in Santa Rosa, this past June, which I unfortunately missed. I saw her in concert in early 2009 in Oakland, CA. I watched folks boo her, shake their heads at her, demand for their money back, laugh at her and the list goes on. I’ve read tons of articles about her, for her, against her, with her, speculating her, subjecting her, objecting her and the list goes on.

The truth is, she told us all we needed to know. . .

I used to do it for the love a long time ago
And all I ever wanted was love
I used to love without fear a long time ago
And all I ever wanted was love
Then somebody came around and tried to hurt me
Tried to make me feel like I was unworthy
Took a pure love and tried to make it dirty
Truth was they never did deserve me
No!

I had to lose myself so I could love you better
I had to lose myself, had to lose myself so I could
love you better
Had to lose myself, had to lose myself
So I could love you better
Had to lose myself in love
And that’s just the way it is…

Couldn’t tell me I was love when I needed it
When, all I ever wanted was love.
Should a told me just me because
I’m worth receiving it
But all I ever wanted was love
There’s something awkward about the selflessness it  takes to
Give love and the good that it makes you!
True love can never really forsake you
But it took a little while just for me to see!

I had to lose myself so I could love you better
I had to lose myself, had to lose myself so I could
love you better
Had to lose myself, had to lose myself
So I could love you better
Had to lose myself in love
And that’s just the way it is…

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. . .but we chose not to understand, instead, we chose to judge.

It’s interesting how our society diefies celebrities with one breath and demonizes them with another. I’m not big on famous people because I’d much rather be big on people (celebrity or not) and I’ve always been big on Lauryn Hill.

Lauryn made it better when I lost myself senior year of highschool, she made it better when I lost myself in college, she made it better when I lost myself in the world. Honestly, listening to Lauryn Hill made my life better. So, the least I can do is understand when the she had to do the same. Lauryn, wherever you are, I understand.

In-deed! July 23, 2010

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Jean Carter-Hill

Check out Jean’s organization Imagine Englewood If.

Who is a leader in your community making progressive change? How about planning an appreciation event recognizing their efforts? You can use a community center in your area, gather community folks and contact your local media to celebrate those who commit to and act on change.

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards July 22, 2010

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I am planning on participating in this competition in the future. “The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is an international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.”

Each year 15 semi-finalists are selected and spend the summer getting coaching and developing and fine-tuning their business plans. In October, the semi-finalists present their plans to a panel of judges. Five Laureates are announced during an award ceremony and receive a prize of $20,000 towards their business goals, one year of business coaching, networking opportunities and media exposure.

The initiative is great because it recognizes women from all over the world with different backgrounds and concepts. The 2010 Laureates will be announced in October. May the best women win in 2011: Link!

The Point is. . . July 21, 2010

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The Point offers an innovative and mobilizing way to campaign for change. Adding an alternative [at times, more effective] way to protest and initiate action with local issues.

Here is one of The Point‘s success stories: Link!

Small Business Rules July 20, 2010

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Hey Folks,

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A bit late on this one. I absolutely love the idea of small business and entreprenurship from the ground up. I have been following Small Business Rules for a while now and I thought it would only make sense to share this wonderful source of inspiration and resource with you all. Small Business Rules is “the first web video series dedicated to small businesses. . .”, which features “how other business owners and managers deal with common challenges.” It’s also great to see how folks across the country are making their dreams a reality and finding success in entrpreneurship. The economic shift is happening! Here’s a link to one of my favorite episodes: Link!

Face Lift July 19, 2010

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Hello folks,

The blog face lift has been postponed until further notice. I thought I’d get it just right instead of just getting it up.

Warmly,
Oluwakemi