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This week: How to Get A’s in School

Dear Students of Black History 4 Young People,

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Ask yourself:  do you want to get A’s in school? Or are you happy with a C?  Have you ever stopped to think what a “C” says about you?  If you can get the best grade, why not?  A’s pay off, especially when it is time for college in just a few short years. They are like money in the bank.  Straight A’s get the attention of scholarship committees, and admissions counselors.  We already know you are SMART enough.  So tell me, are you letting a few TV shows, or hours chatting on the ‘Net take away your A’s?

Our emphasis this week is Education. One, you will be able to see the struggle during the segregated South period, and what

students had to go through to receive an equal education. This will hopefully encourage you to not take your present education for granted, since some students in the South were harassed, jailed, tortured, and some even killed fighting for your rights.

Two, I will be guiding you through the process of getting A’s on exams. Often-times, many students do not have sound study habits and are not always shown how to develop them. After class Saturday, you will know exactly what it takes to get A’s on exams. One big fantasy that will be eliminated is that you have to be ‘smart’ to get good grades. That myth will be shown to be untrue. Instead, a strong work ethic and dedication are the keys, as well as the process, which will be explained.
Again, the class starts at 10:00am sharp. As you know, I do not believe in ‘CP’ time, which is counter productive.

Heads up: Your parents/guardians are invited to our last class (31 July).  At that session, their responsibility to your education will be explained.

And as an advance notice, to accommodate our parents who will join us for our last class, we will meet at Lucy Florence Coffee House, the corner of 43rd Street and Degnan, around the corner from where we are presently, in their auditorium in the rear of the restaurant. (Same time!) We will have a great time, with great prizes to give away.

Next week, we will see and hear about our son, Jaaye Person-Lynn’s month-long visit to South Africa for World Cup Soccer. What a milestone for the continent!  His photos will demonstrate how Africa is today, and the beautiful things that are going on there. You can listen to him this Saturday before class on Adai Lamar’s show on KJLH when he is her guest.  That’s 102.3 FM KJLH or listen live on sometime between 8-10 a.m.

Don’t forget, this Saturday is picture day, so please come camera ready and come on-time so you don’t miss it!  The class photo is printed on the certificate the enrolled students  will receive on the last day.

Finally, congratulations to Naheema for winning this week’s Black History Quiz.  She is a student at Lane College who spends summers in Los Angeles.

We thank all of our sponsors.  They help us do what we do!

See you Saturday!
Dr. Kwaku

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Black History 4 Young People 3rd Week 6/10/10

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Topic One: Intra Color Discrimination (That Dark skinned-Light skinned thing!)

We will investigate how slavery was used to divide people of Afrikan descent on the basis of a dark skin or light skin complexion, and how Intra Color Discrimination is still being practiced today. This is one of the worst tragedies affecting our community, but our understanding of the history will not allow it to continue.

Topic Two:
The Afrikan Origin of Humanity

We will also look at the lifestyle and culture of the Baka People, the descendants of the first human beings who occupied the world before later humans evolved. The entire human race came from these small Afrikans.

To the Parents!

We trust you had a beautiful holiday weekend.  For the first time, we are including the questions that were asked at the conclusion of the class. Again, congrats to our young winner, Ms. Halle! (Click to enlarge her picture above).

Have summer guests?  Bring your 12-18 year old relatives and friends to class for the per class rate:  $15 per class.

Location: KAOS Studios,
3333 W. 43rd Pl. (corner of 43rd Place and Leimert Blvd.),
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Time:  10 a.m. sharp!  to Noon!

Important Date:

31 July Parents Are Invited to the Last Class.

Dr. Kwaku’s Voice Mail: (213) 368-4976

Note:  During Class, please phone Isidra’s Cell phone which was given to you the first week.

How Much Black History Do you Know? Take the Quiz!

Congratulations to young Halle, who answered the most questions.  As our Week 2 winner, she and a guest can go eat delicious food at Simply Wholesome with her Gift Certificate! But, how much do YOU know?  Take the same quiz she did and see how many you get right!

Questions from the Dr. John Henrik Clarke Interview: (Answers are below.)

1. Name the essay Dr. John Henrik Clarke read to get him started?

2. What is the first college to have a Black Studies program?  _____________________________

3. Dr. Clarke said we need the reconsider the Black people of that century?  _____________________________

4. Name two American things found in Afrika before Columbus. _____________________________

5. What was the first civilization in the Americas?  _____________________________

6. How many voyages did Columbus make to America?  _____________________________

7. Who was the worlds 1st multi genius? _____________________________

8. Name the king who organized the Hawaiian Islands into a nation.   _____________________________

9. King Abubakari sailed to America with how many ships? _____________________________

Questions from the Origins of Rap DVD

10. What are the four elements of Hip Hop?   _____________________________

11. Who are the three fathers of hip hop?   _____________________________


Q     Questions from the Dr. John Henrik Clarke Interview:

1. Name the essay Dr. John Henrik Clarke read to get him started?  The Negro Digs Up His Past. (Full text at link)

2. What is the first college to have a Black Studies program?  San Francisco State.

3. Dr. Clarke said we need the reconsider the Black people of that century?  The 19th century.

4. Name two American things found in Afrika before Columbus. Pineapple, cotton.

5. What was the first civilization in the Americas?  Olmec.

6. How many voyages did Columbus make to America?  Four.

7. Who was the worlds 1st multi genius?  Imhotep

8. Name King who organized the Hawaiian Islands into a nation.  King Kamehameha.

9. King Abubakari sailed to America with how many ships?  200.

Questions from the Origins of Rap DVD

10. What are the four elements of Hip Hop?  Dj’ing, Scratching, graffiti, and break dancing

11. Who are the three fathers of hip hop?  DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa.

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11 July Colorism: Color prejudice within | Week Four Topic

Color prejudice is, and has been, one of the most divisive elements among people of Afrikan descent for decades. Its beginnings start during the period of slavery and were used to separate and control Black people. Its history and present negative effects will be discussed and analyzed.
We will also look at Michael Jackson’s statement, “The history books are lying to us,” and what it means today.
Finally, Dr. Kwaku will demonstrate a technique used for decades on how to get A’s on exams. He states, “There is no excuse for any student not getting A’s.”
Week Three Recap: 
Our special guest was Oluwatosin Williams (pictured above), a 21 year old college student with two bachelor's degrees. She is of Nigerian heritage. She helped Isidra Person-Lynn illustrate Africa Today in hopes of dispelling myths about Africa.
She demonstrated  the customs and respect expected of Nigerian Youth.
Ms. Person-Lynn demonstrated back-wrapping babies (with stuffed dolls, not real ones!!) We practiced carrying large items in baskets on our heads.  We wanted to show students how to design African textiles, but ran out of time to demonstrate how mudcloth is made.Students can try it virtually here!
More links will be posted at our BH4YP Ning Group.
Isidra just returned from New Orleans and will post them soon. If you haven't signed up, email and she will send you an invitation.

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Week Two: A Recap and a Preview of Week Three!

Join us this week, June 27, 2009 for a special Black History 4 Young People taught by Isidra Person-Lynn, with special guest Oluwatosin Williams, a 21 year old Nigerian college student with two bachelor's degrees.

The topic is:  Africa Today.  Still too often kids giggle and joke about Africa because they simply are not aware of the treasures Africa has brought to the world. Moreover, they do not appreciate the customs, see the progress and ingenuity by African business owners nor  do they appreciate the culture and sadly, even the food and music. Try an African restaurant near you and you will know where the Soul in Soul food came from! African recipes are all over the Internet and there are even You Tube videos that will show you how to prepare certain dishes!  Delicious!

When we, the class, interviews Tosin, as we call her, she will talk to us about discipline and school work, which is why many Nigerian or contineal born African students seem to excel.  She will tell us about how Nigerian teens show respect to their parents. We will practice back-wrapping babies with two and a half yards of cloth (with stuffed dolls, no real ones!!) We will practice carrying large items in baskets on our heads, and show you how you can design African textiles, such as mud cloth online!  And we will see African teens enjoying a good concert with the same stars our southland teens enjoy.

Week Two:  Setting the Voyager Columbus Straight
Last week, Dr. Kwaku helped the students make a connection between themselves and the descendants of the first humans on the planet–the Baka People.  We watched as they solved the challenges of the life in the forest.  We also heard a lecture by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima challenging the long held belief that Columbus discovered America.  He showed proof that Africans had been voyaging to the Americas from Africa long before the Europeans arrived–and that includes Mexico!  We saw pyramids and Olmec heads and learned that even when evidence (such as wide noses and lips) is destroyed our Africanness still has a way of showing up in the art, and tools and statues. 

We Have a Winner!  The winner for week two 's Black History 4 Young People quiz is pictured above: His name is Paris Patterson. He was very quick and accurate in his answers. 

TO PARENTS:  Isidra set up a Social Networking Site on Ning which is limited to students of Black History 4 Young People.  Unlike Facebook which is a whole other thing, this is a teaching tool that the participant signs up for, and we control who is invited.  (They must be approved.)  When you get your invitation in your email box please visit the page that is viewable by the public to see what I mean.  When your child logs on, they can ask questions, take Black history quizzes, and check out articles and videos we find along the way that have interesting historical information.  Consider it.  It is TOTALLY OPTIONAL, free and designed to stimulate discussion for those who are a bit on the shy side.  Let us know what you think!
Hope to see you all June 27, 2009, 10-12 noon!

NEXT WEEK: NO CLASS  4th of July Weekend!  Be sure to enjoy your family time!  We will see you on July 11, same time, same place!

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It’s time for Black History 4 Young People 2009


A Look Back 5 Years Ago

We are excited about the 5th year of Black History 4 Young People
Class (ages 12-18) will  start June 13, 2009. 

This year,  class will be held at Ben Caldwell's KAOS Network, 4343 Leimert Blvd., at 43rd Place in Los Angeles. Your youth may be interested in other classes offered there as well–violin, drama, dance and more.

Below are the documents you need to download in order to enroll your son or daughter or young person dear to you in this amazing, enlightening class. Just six Saturday mornings–hope to see you there!

By the way, this winner won a gift certificate for two to dine at Simply Wholesome one of BH4YP's sponsors! The winner for July 12 , '08 was De Voux Grant who got the most answers from reading  Heritage:  365 Days of the Black Experience.  All students received a free copy. Congrats, De Voux! He is pictured with Jaaye Person-Lynn,Guest Lecturer.


Class Starts:  June 13, 2009 through August 25, 2009
Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn ~ Instructor

Fees: $60 per semester (6 classes) or $15 per, class payable in advance
2009 Class Schedule
Class Schedule: Saturdays 10:00am ~ Noon
Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn ~ Instructor (213) 368-4976 ~ voice mail.


13 June From The Nile Valley To Sasha & Malia
A.) A Slide/Video trip around the world illustrating the Afrikan origin of civilization, art, science, mathematics, medicine, engineering and more.
B) The Name Game

20 June Afrikan Origin of Humanity: We Came Before Columbus
A.) An intimate investigation into the lives of the original descendants of the first human beings and their genius, creativity and ingenuity to survive.
B.) Is there proof that Afrikans were in the Americas before Columbus and helped establish America’s first civilization? Dr. Kwaku will show us!
27 June Exploration Of Afrikan Culture, Also, Toward a More Healthy Youth
A.) A rare look into modern Afrika. Understanding Afrikan symbols and experiencing customs such as: back wrapping, respect, using your head to carry things, Origins of Ebonics, etc.
B.) The End of the Couch Potato: An interactive discussion about junk food, sluggish children, keeping your teeth and more.
4 July No class – holiday weekend
11 July   Intra Color Discrimination and The Use Of Negative Images
A.)  We will investigate how slavery was used to divide people of Afrikan descent on the basis of kink and color and how it is being practiced today. Also the use of negative images on screen and in advertising.
B.)   The way to get A’s on exams: plan and prepare!
18 July Afrikan American Accomplishments, Safety Measures & the Leimert Park Tour
A.)   Exploring Afrikan success and the creations of our inventors and scientists.
B.)  What to do when stopped by peace officers and appropriate behavior.
C.) A tour of Leimert Park Village, the cultural center for Black Los Angeles

25 July A special presentation for parents and students (Last Class)
A.) Parents, Sponsors Welcome!
B.) Looking Back: A special video and spoken word presentation.
C.) Student Completion Awards.

A Look Back – Photo Slide Show

Become a Sponsor!
Summer class begins June 13 – June 25, 2009
In this uncertain economy, won't you help a student attend? 

Mail Check Payable to:
Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn
Box 2946
Inglewood, CA 90305

(213) 368-4976 ~ voice mail

For a list of past sponsors: Click Here

About Dr. Kwaku:

Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn is a native of Los Angeles, a husband, father of five sons and two grandchildren. Professionally he is a historian, musicologist, educator, author, filmmaker, and radio producer. He has two books published, with a third being published during spring 2008, and over 120 articles, essays and chapters in books published.

In the early 1980s, his dissertation chapter "Rap Music – Afrikan Music Renaissance" was the first scholarly publication on rap/hip hop and has been published in several books and the Internet. In the early 1970s, he was a record producer for A&M Records, the first Black recording engineer at the company, and only one of four Black record executives in the country.

He was also founder of the Malcolm X Center in Los Angeles. He received his bachelor degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills, his master and doctorate from UCLA, being the first person of Afrikan descent in the history of UCLA to graduate from the Individual Ph.D. Program, requiring two majors (Afrikan World History and Afrikan World Music, and a minor, anthropology). He has produced two films: Afrikan World Civilizations, covering the history, culture and accomplishments of Afrikans around the world, the first of its kind, and Afrikan World Masters, featuring John Henrik Clarke, Ivan Van Sertima, Frances Cress Welsing and Fela Anikulapo Kuti. He also teaches adult and youth history classes in the community. 

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