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Week 6: Where did the time go? Last Class for Black History 4 Young People 2010!

Do not forget!  This is the last class of the session!  This one is for parents/guardians and students of BH4YP only.  During this culmination class (At Lucy Florence, corner of Degnan and 43rd PLACE), the parents/guardians are invited to join the enrolled students who will receive their certificates. Dr. Kwaku has a message for them.  We will also play a brief video from the semester featuring the students.  Note: All students are not in the film since they had full schedules and some were not present when filming was done.  Special thanks to Eso Won Books and Ben Caldwell, owner of Kaos Studios where the class was held.  Many children's activities happen in that  space.  Check with Ben Caldwell for class offerings.

This week's winner of the Black History Quiz is Travon Tisino who has been a delight to have in the class the last three years.

In case you missed it, here is the letter we sent home last week:

Dear Parents/Guardians:
Greetings! Our next class, which is our last, will be held around the corner at the Lucy Florence Coffee House (3351 W. 43rd Street, on the corner), in their auditorium. (Starts the same time, at 10 a.m. sharp!) It is one of the most important cultural locations in the Leimert Park area.

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, and our regular student prize of a free meal for two at the marvelous Simply Wholesome Health Food restaurant.

We all want to know where our own family ancestry originated from on the continent of Afrika. Our grand prize (for all who qualify) is a DNA kit from African Ancestry Inc., in Washington D.C. This will allow the winner to know exactly where their place of origin and cultural group on the continent of Afrika, on the matriarchal side of the family.
We look forward to seeing you. There is plenty of metered parking directly across the street. For those who come early, you will see a short film Isidra made of the students in the class. See you then.

Peace,
Dr. Kwaku

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

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IN THIS WEEK’S CLASS:

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?   _____________________________

ANSWERS

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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Week One: A Full House!

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During each semester of Black History 4 Young People, we are pleasantly surprised to meet students who are thirsty for knowledge.  This first week, Xavier Scott asked thoughtful questions, exhibited  prior knowledge and even won the first Black History 4 Young People quiz at the end.  His prize?  A Gift Certificate for two to Simply Wholesome, our sponsoring restaurant which whips up delicious whole foods right there on Slauson and Overhill in Los Angeles. Congratulations, Xavier!

After a series of videos looking back on the class, Dr. Kwaku kicked off the summer session with a riveting power point presentation which travels all corners of the globe and finds the presence and accomplishments of Afrikan people. 

From the Afrikan origins of chess, ballet and martial arts, to inaccuracy that Columbus could discover America–(especially when native Americans were already here), Dr. Kwaku covered a wide body of knowledge and set the record straight with evidence.

Terms used that might need more explanation:

Ankh:  (dictionary.com) The ankh was the Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read "eternal life", a triliteral sign for the consonants ˁn. Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest. It is also known as the key of life, the key of the Nile, or as crux ansata, Latin for "cross with a handle".

Deities: Usually means "Gods" or sacred beings.  (Dictionary.com)  A deity is a postulated preternatural or supernatural immortal being, who may be thought of as holy, divine, or sacred, held in high regard, and respected by believers.

B.C.E.:  Usually students learn that historical events happen B.C.  (Before Christ) or A.D. (After Death).  In scholarly circles, B.C.E. is used which means "before the common era."

Next Class:
20 June Afrikan Origin of Humanity: We Came Before Columbus
A.) Let's investigate the lives of the original descendants of the first human beings and their genius, creativity and ingenuity to survive. Multimedia
B.) Is there proof that Afrikans were in the Americas before Columbus and helped establish America’s first civilization? Dr. Kwaku will show us!

A bit of housekeeping:
Since the session is full, we may not be able to accommodate students who only want to take one class.  We will hold the seats of the pre-paid student until 10 minutes after class starts, then seat "per class" students based on seating availability. For that reason, please be on time!

We appreciate our parents for bringing the students on time and picking them up on time.  We advise all students to stand just outside our doors when dismissed so your parents can find you. See you next week! 

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