Archive for July, 2011

Thanks for a Wonderful Summer! BH4YP # 6 Winners

We had a lot of winners, but the biggest winners were the families that supported the students of Black History 4 Young People, and we thank you!

BH4YP 2011: Front Row: Alexandra Strong, Aleimah Andrews, Angela Francis, Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn, Ajani Campbell, Patrice Chialusia Obienu, Nylah Andrews, Kaylea Pinkston-Miller Back Row: Devin Benford, Travon Tisino, Quinnton Rucker, Algenon Iver Evans, David Tobenna Obienu, Jacob Kidd

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Week 5: Tour of Eso Won Bookstore–Don’t Forget Last Class is in Ladera!

Hello class!

Dr. Kwaku had to handle all class activities single-handedly since Isidra had to travel unexpectedly due to death in the family, so there was no Black History Quiz or Class Photo taken.  However, here is the winner from the previous week. Congratulations to Patrice Chialusia Obienu, winner from Week 4!

Not to worry, we will take one during our last class, so come camera ready!

Don’t forget, we have moved the last class.  Here’s a message from Dr. Kwaku:

Our next class, which is our last, will be held at the Ladera Park Community Center, 4750 62nd Street, (first block west of La Brea Avenue). It is the same place we conduct the adult Afrikan World Civilizations Classes.

During the last class, we will have one more lesson, and each registered student will receive a certificate of completion. We will also have some wonderful prizes for our no-cost raffle for the adults including a gift basket from Organic Root Stimulator and KJLH (thanks to Rochelle Lucas), and our regular student prize of a free meal for two at the marvelous Simply Wholesome Health Food Restaurant.

Our grand prize (all qualify) is a DNA kit from African Ancestry Inc., in Washington D.C. Since we all want to know where our family ancestry originated from on the continent of Afrika, the winner will know exactly where their place of origin and cultural group on the continent of Afrika, on the matriarchal side of the family.Check the website for prices…this is a valuable gift!  www.AfricanAncestry.com

We look forward to seeing you there.

Algernon Evans, Thanks to Mom and Dad for the Treats!

Special thanks to the Evans family (Algernon’s Family) who brought those delectable treats for the second year in a row!

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Week 4: The Africa You Don’t See, Also: The Golden Stool

Week 3 Black History Quiz Winner: Ashia Ezekiel

There is so much beauty and soul in the Motherland that the media never seems to show you.  Thank goodness for those of you who go and share your photos and videos.  There is also the Africa Channel, which serves up a great diet of balance and beauty. Plus, there are scores of movies you can order from Netflix that show movies that are more realistic.

We are not saying that there are problems.  There are, and Africa needs out help.  But Africa can teach us an awful lot.    I cringe when people say they want to go to Africa to go on Safari.  You wouldn’t come to Los Angeles and start looking for possums or coyotes or raccoons.  Yes they are here, but that’s not all that is here.

So what is the Africa you don’t see?  It’s the faces, the culture, the relationships, the art, the fashion, the music,  the rhythm and more.  Anyone who visits Africa and hangs with friends there, will be pleasantly surprised to see the way they do the things they do.

I have invited two former students:  Akuete Kpodar (Togo) and Tosin Williams (Nigerian) to share their childhood traditions, and culture. We will have a slide presentation and a brief demonstration of mudcloth and back-wrapping babies,  and the students will break into two group (girls and guys).  They will then talk to these students to ask them any questions.

We begin by viewing a presentation about The Golden Stool, which is a Ghanaian tradition.

So, please plan to join us and thank you so much!

Isidra Person-Lynn

Host, Sunday Morning Live

Congratulations to our Winner from last week:  It was her first time visiting the class but she took notes and paid attention!  She won a dinner for two at Simply Wholesome on Overhill and Slauson in Los Angeles.

Dr. Kwaku’s Black History 4 Young People

at Ben Caldwell’s Kaos Network

3333 W. 43rd Place,

Los Angeles, CA 90008

Youth 12-18

10 a.m. til Noon Saturdays. Only two Saturdays left!

Class starts at 10 a.m sharp you can pick up your young person at noon!  See you there!

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Week 3: Intra Color Prejudice & The Lost Generations of Australia

What’s on tap for Black History 4 Young People this week?

9 July     Intra Color Prejudice & The Lost Generations of Australia

 One of the most destructive elements in our community, which began in slavery, is the dark skinned/light skinned split within, causing families and friends to be divisive against each other. We will get at the heart of this problem, and hopefully prevent it from happening within the families and friends of class members.
We will also look at the “Lost Generations” of Australia, and how being mixed caused thousands of children to be separated from their families. Remember, bring something to write with and write on to take notes. Part of our task is to sharpen academic skills.
Winner Kalea Pinkston-Miller answered the most questions correctly!

Black History Questions For Second Class

QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS

  1. Name the Muslim Afrikans who conquered parts of Europe.
  2. Name the country where ballet was created.
  3. Name the river in India named after an Afrikan king.
  4. Where did the art of writing and the alphabet begin?
  5. Who was the Afrikan founder of Arizona & New Mexico?
  6. Who is California named after?
  7. What was the name of he greatest Black airmen in WWII?
  8. Who is considered the father of Black Studies?
  9. Name the scholar who taught us about the Afrikan presence in the Americas
  10. Who is considered the father of hip hop?

Questions With Answers

  1. Name the Muslim Afrikans who conquered parts of Europe: Moors
  2. Name the country where ballet was created: Kemet (Egypt)
  3. Name the river in India named after an Afrikan king: Ganges River
  4. Where did the art of writing and the alphabet begin: Kemet (Egypt)
  5. Who was the Afrikan founder of Arizona & New Mexico: Estevanico
  6. Who is California named after: Queen Califia
  7. What was the name of he greatest Black airmen in WWII: Tuskegee Airmen
  8. Who is considered the father of Black Studies: John Henrik Clarke
  9. Name the scholar who taught us about the Afrikan presence in the Americas: Ivan Van Sertima
  10. Who is considered the father of hip hop: DJ Kool Herc

Former Student Runs in to Dr. Ben, in Harlem, Esteemed Historian

BH4YP former student Naeemah Webb with Dr. Ben in Harlem

Naheema Webb, a former student,  is a young historian who attends an HBCU. She was visiting Harlem when she ran into Dr. Ben in New York.  She shared this photo with us.

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