Monday Movement

Movement Monday is a new weekly word to motivate us all to make progress towards our goals and aspirations. Take the best part for yourself. Peace

Virtue of the week:

Diligence - Diligence is working hard and doing your absolute best. You take special care by doing things tep by step. Diligence helps you to get things dones with excellence and enthusiasm. Dligence leads to success. Read more at:

Video of the week:

A clip from this video made the rounds on the social media this weekend. The full piece is worth your time. I have some Giovanni and Baldwin in the library, but getting to watch them engage with each other is a treasure. Lock in.

MLK Bonus Video

Many folk have heard that the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. made the comment that the U.S. government [was/is] "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today". This was in context to a speech delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City - exactly one year before his untimely death.

Financial Intelligence:

All forms of money or items of value are determined by the culture in which it is traded.

An Instagram feed you should be following:

Why Does Representation Matter? Recently I have seen a lot of discussion around representation and people struggling to understand or articulate why it's important. Why does it matter how people and ideas are shown in film, photography, and the news? Aren't there more pressing on the ground needs that we should focus on instead? Since this account is about changing representations of land, I wanted to address it here. Representation matters because it creates the ideological conditions necessary for realizing on the ground change. Basically, the more we talk about something in a certain way, the more we hear it and see it represented in a certain way, the more likely we are to accept it as true, as natural, or as "common sense" regardless of it's actual basis in truth. This is what psychologists call the Illusory Truth Effect - the tendency to believe information to be correct because of exposure rather than reason or evidence. This kind of ingrained belief especially across whole groups of people and cultures leads to what is called reification - or making REAL something that previously had only been imagined or talked about. In other words, we try to shape physical reality to fit our believes rather than allowing our beliefs to be shaped by truth. (Example of this is comments. My original post was too long.) - Once established, these realities are easy to perpetuate and incredibly difficult to destabilize. (Especially when, like wilderness, they intersect with entrenched power structures like colonialism and capitalism). But the whole idea behind Indigenous Geotags is that this process can go the other way, that representing these lands as deeply cultural and historical, as belonging to indigenous people, is the first step toward creating a more just reality. Feel free to share your thoughts. #publiclandisnativeland * * * #indigenous #honortheearth #indiancountry #nativeland #publicland #decolonize #wilderness #activism #nationalparks #nativepride #landscape #travel #socialjustice #adventure #natureporn #naturegram #idlenomore #greettheoutdoors #keepitwild #getoutstayout #environmentaljustice #nativeamerican #resist #representation

Monday Movement

Virtue of the Week:

Forgiveness - Being forgiving is giving someone another chance after they have done something wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. Instead of revenge, make amends. Forgive yourself too. Instead of feeling hopeless after a mistake, decide to act differently, and have faith that you can change.

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In the News:

Yellen warns anecdotal signs show businesses are pausing spending.

Video of the Week:

Harlem Prep Step By Step - A little history to get you thinking of the past to build your future.

Job Opportunity:

Warehouse Work in the Portland, OR metro area -

Financial Intelligence:

Liability - Things that cost your money

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Monday Movement

Movement Monday is a new weekly word to motivate us all to make progress towards our goals and aspirations. Take the best part for yourself. Peace

Virtue of the Week:

Self-Discipline - Self-discipline means self control. It is doing what you really want to do, rather than being tossed around by your feelings like a leaf in the wind. You act instead of react. You get things done in an orderly and efficient way. With self-discipline, you take charge of yourself.

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In the News:

Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency today by the governor of Tennessee.

Video of the Week:

Check out this interview of Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll with Sway Calloway

Job Opportunity:

Imperfect Produce Pack Warehouse Associate -

Financial Intelligence:

Asset - An asset is something that makes money for you.

For a deeper dive check out this link:

Portland's African American Boys - Resources

Thank you for sharing your time and thoughts with me during our class. I hope that you gained something of value that will help you in your works. As promised I have collated some resources to further your study and expand your understanding. As I took some time to reflect on our experience I struggled with deciding the best resources to point you towards to expand your understanding. This struggle was compounded by events that have transpired since our time together that I felt compelled to incorporate in this document. In reality I could not deliver on that intention here, but I hope I have given you some threads to follow that will lead to some discovery.  Please take this as a source of study and reflection. Take the best part from that which you engage and resist the urge to make everything make sense to you at the time you engage with it. I have included all the items I shared between classes. I apologize for the long delay. Significant life changes have dominated my time since our time together. I will be adding things to this page as they come to me. Thank you again. Peace.

3 Focus Issues In Portland:

Disproportionate Policing

Disparate education outcomes

Serial displacement



The 13th - Directed by Ava DuVernay (Netflix)

Get Out - Directed by Jordan Peele

Do The Right Thing - Directed by Spike Lee

I Am Not Your Negro - Directed by Raoul Peck

Bastards of the Party -

OJ And The Making of America - Ezra Edelman (Hulu)

Priced Out -


Art and Artist

Damali Ayo - I can Fix Racism -


Knowledge Bennett


Kehinde Wiley -

Kerry Marshall -

Khalik Allah -

Carrie Mae Weems -

Kara Walker -

Intisar Abioto -

greenHAUS Gallery -



The Residue Years - Mitchell S. Jackson

The Half Has Never Been Told - Edward E. Baptist

Slavery By Another Name - Douglas A. Blackmon

The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America - Richard Rothstein

Peculiar Paradise: A History of Blacks in Oregon, 1788-1940 - Elizabeth McLagan

The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - Dr. Joy DeGruy



Black Male Economic Outcomes (Just published on the Upshot)

Portland Gang List Data -

Research and Reports

State of Black Oregon -

Bleeding Albina -–2000.pdf

Coalition of Communities of Color Report -


Media Impact On the Lives of Black Men -

Criminalizing Normal Adolescent Behavior

Dr. Carl Bell’s Seven Field Principles -

CDC Fathers -

Harvard Implicit Bias Test -

Black Lives Matter Fall Syllabus 2016 -



My podcast and blog. The permanent home of this document.


The Combat Jack Show -The longtime host Reggie Osse passed away in January. His show captured a great deal of Hip Hop history and culture. He was a influential in the business prior to revolutionizing podcasting.


Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period - W. Kamua Bell and Kevin Avery


Programs & Sites

Portland Underground Graduate School

Self Determination - Kujichagulia


Self determination is one of the most important concepts you will need to learn youngster. If you are going to grow up and be a high level human being or at least a half-decent human being self determination will be one of the most useful tools in your bag. 

What is it? Why is it important? These are good questions, I may or may not answer them to your liking in the following lines, why? Because giving you all the answers does not help anyone.  Proper guidance is a mix of answers, questions, examples, directions, and blank stares.  I am here to set you on the path, not build the house for you.  You have to have the self determination to build your own place with the bricks, boards, and tools shared with you.

This is not, learn something.

Awe wait don’t tell me you are leaving. 

You pulling the rip cord, because I tell you, you have something to learn, but I didn’t give you all the information?  I didn’t show you where to find it in the book?  I didn’t give you clear instructions?  There are somethings you can learn in any book, but will not find in the text.  Dig me?  You tell a man your hungry, he gives you a stick and points you towards the river, get the message. 

Without learning to see the world within the design of your own mind you will not see the best part.  You can use some guides and tools, we all do, but you have to walk it yourself. You have to question your assumptions, beliefs, and experiences.  You have to challenge you elders, your peers, and the world around you show and prove that what they are selling you is not a hot plate of manure.  You have to risk embarrassment, shame, and rejection to get to a place of confidence and clarity. You may have to skip some holidays, break some hearts, and occasionally be the asshole. 

In the end I hope you will find your path and be better people.  Get after it.