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Planning for the Future

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This COVID-19 pandemic may bring about uncertainty among our youth. It is important to let children; especially young adults know they have a future. This is a good time to sit down with them to explore scholarships opportunities, college choices and preparation for college or entrepreneurship skills. Mut Griot Production has put together a few tips to help you plan your child’s future. If you don’t have children, then share with nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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Post Something Good

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Pass It On! Post Something Good!

by Nooma Monika Rhue, MLIS

Every day I receive a daily news feed on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Notices about new cases and the increasing numbers of death. I read about social distancing and extended stay-at-home messages. But what compelled me to write this piece, is the stories I am not hearing. I am not hearing about the doctors, nurses, and medical professionals sleepless nights in treating people, staying away from their families. I am not hearing about the Educators who are remotely teaching children all over the United States, some globally.   I am not hearing about the Librarians who are sharing digital resources for studying at home or tips on books, videos, and other FREE stuff online. I am not hearing about the police officers who are on duty keeping our communities safe. I am not hearing stories about the people who are still working in grocery stores or delivering food and other supplies. I am not hearing stories about our spiritual leaders who are encouraging people to have faith, stay calm, and don’t give in to being emotional. I am not hearing about the people who are delivering our mail, keeping our streets clean and picking-up our trash.  I am not hearing about the people who are always on call.

There are many stories we are not hearing on the good people are doing. This is just my little news brief. I encourage you to Post Something Good that people are doing in your communities.

Pass It On! Post Something Good!

For The Black Family

I have shared a new book on my blog. Below is a brief introduction.front cover

The history of Black people is so amazing. We have a rich history of struggle, triumph, and unconditional love. Our history stretches across the waters into the continent of Africa.

Where does one start when sharing the history of a people that impacted the world? I contemplated this question before writing this article. What I have concluded is that I will share a new book, Divine Kingship of Asante: A Model for Sustainable Development of Self & Community by Dr. Hehimetu Ra Enkamit.

To the Future, Our Children

Update on Mut Griot blog.

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January 8, 2016 Post

kwanzaa-celebrationKwanzaa is a cultural holiday and celebration by people of African Descent and parts of Africa as a first fruit; first harvest celebration. This cultural celebration is based on seven principles, Nguzo Saba in which African Americans pull together to honor their heritage, legacy, and their ancestors.

In the Seven Spools of Thread each Kwanzaa principles are woven into the story. The story starts off with seven Ashanti brothers from Ghana who argue from sun up to sun down. The brothers were being raised by their father, after the death of their mother. Seven Spools of ThreadsThe brothers argue about food, how to tend to the crops, or when to stop working and go home. One sad day their father died. The Chief of the village summoned the seven Ashanti brothers to review their inheritance left by their father. The inheritance will be shared equally among the seven brothers…

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To the Future, Our Children

January 8, 2016 Post

kwanzaa-celebrationKwanzaa is a cultural holiday and celebration by people of African Descent and parts of Africa as a first fruit; first harvest celebration. This cultural celebration is based on seven principles, Nguzo Saba in which African Americans pull together to honor their heritage, legacy, and their ancestors.

In the Seven Spools of Thread each Kwanzaa principles are woven into the story. The story starts off with seven Ashanti brothers from Ghana who argue from sun up to sun down. The brothers were being raised by their father, after the death of their mother. Seven Spools of ThreadsThe brothers argue about food, how to tend to the crops, or when to stop working and go home. One sad day their father died. The Chief of the village summoned the seven Ashanti brothers to review their inheritance left by their father. The inheritance will be shared equally among the seven brothers, if they stop arguing and turn seven spools of thread into gold, if not, all their inheritance will be given to the poor.  This is the perfect time of the year for African American families to reflect on these principles and all our heroes and heroin who had laid the foundation for us to have “a better life” in America. As you read the Seven Spools of Thread think about these questions as a family. Is it possible to turn thread into gold? Can the Ashanti brothers stop arguing to fulfill their father’s last wish? What blessing will the poor receive?

It was fun reading this story. The magic of this story comes alive through each page of artwork and vibrant colors.  As you read this story, think about the people in your life that you have cast away or stop talking to because of an argument. Think about the good fortune we African Americans can have in our lives if we just learn how to get along and work together. When we learn how to work together in peace and sincere love for one another, then the magic will come alive for us once again like the phenomenal innovation and creation of Ancient Egypt (Kamit).  We too, will receive the answer of how to turn thread into gold.

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 Bookbytes for the Soul is more than just a book review blog. The stories I share is to help families think about life, their attitude about life and the people who cross their pathway. The blog uses stories to help families, including myself as the author think about our own flaws. To reflect upon them and make changes. Change is what is needed among us human beings in order to make the world a better, loving, caring, and blessing for all to live and grow. This is what we should teach the future generation.

To the future, our children.

Bookbytes for the Soul is published by Nooma Monika Rhue all rights reserved.

Spring Equals the Beauty In Everything

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March 26, 2015 Post

It took a moment to get my creative juices flowing again. As a trained Traditional African Griot, my words must be used to heal, enlighten, or educate. Therefore, I share this inspirational piece on what spring means to me.  Spring is the time when all things in life that were asleep becomes awaken. It is the time when all the creatures of the earth come out of hibernation, reminding us that they are a part of God’s creation. These creepy, crawling creatures take their place in this world without wonder or confusion, they know their purpose and place. Nature reminds us of the simplicity and beauty of life. In nature we get to see the external beauty; the flowers, rose bushes, the butterflies, green grass, and humming birds.  But as human beings, we must not only see the external beauty of life but practice daily to see the internal beauty that brings about love and compassion for one another.

The book I will share with you is “No Mirrors In My Nana’s House” by Ysaye M. No-Mirrors-in-My-Nanas-House-bookcoverBarnwell. This soulfully and up beat book shares a simple message about beauty. The mirror is symbolic of how we view one another and judge each other. Imagine if there were no mirrors in your house or in the world, how would you judge and know beauty? This is a great read to share with children to practice and live each day celebrating their internal beauty. What a gift to the world if we all practice seeing the beauty in all things; Just because it is a part of God’s creation.

Enjoy the sweet lyrics to this story. Share your comments.

Bookbytes for the Soul is published by Nooma Monika Rhue all rights reserved.

Teaching Our Children the REAL Power in Voting

October 19,2014

Take your child or children to the polls before or on November 4th.

 Let this be their foundation for understanding how their voice could be heard

by who they elect in office not just by marching to voice their concerns.

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Growing up I never understood the value of voting and politics. It was never discussed in a single family home. However, as an adult, I fully understand the role politics have in a democratic society. This realization became full blown when the African American population came together, young and old; even those who never voted before assisted in electing the first African American President to the White House. As I read articles, watched the news, and witnessed the lack of corporation among the political parties, is when I concluded that the role of the House of Representatives and the Senate are more important. Although the President’s role is important; to get things moving and approved for the betterment of the citizens, having the right people in Congress is critical. It is important that we do not let the current election for the House of Representatives and the Senate slip us by. We must use that same type of tenaciousness and unity in the Presidential election to elect the right officials to serve in Congress. We must begin to listen carefully to these candidates and hold them accountable. We must come together in unity, clearly stating, that we will only elect those officials who care about the wellbeing of all its citizens and that all children are precious and that their life is priceless.

The true meaning of Democracy is in the hands of the people when they come together, electing those officials who will listen and find real solutions in solving the problems of this country with an open-mind and loving heart. This blog post is dedicated to teaching children the REAL power of the vote, which involves electing the right officials into Congress, along with electing the right President to serve this country.

There are several resources to introduce youth to the legislative branch of the United States Government. I have listed a few to start your journey. I welcome your feedback and comments.

Helpful Facts: Why are there 3 branches of government? The Founding Fathers, the people who wrote the US Constitution, did not want any one person or group to have too much power. So, they divided the government into 3 branches. Each one has a different role, responsibility and power.

  • The Executive branch includes the President and the Vice President, plus the leaders who head different parts of government and who help the President make decisions (The Cabinet). The President approves laws, and ensures the country follows them.
  • The Judicial branch includes the court system, with the Supreme Court having the highest (most) power. The courts decide how laws are used and what they mean.
  • The Legislative branch includes Congress, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. In this branch, leaders create laws.

Online Resources to Explore:

http://kids.clerk.house.gov/: The Kids in the House website is a public service provided by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Their mission is to provide educational and entertaining information about the legislative branch of the United States Government to students of all ages. Topics covered include the role of the U.S. House of Representatives, the legislative process, and House history.

http://history.house.gov/Education/: Discover ways to bring history to life with featured materials, lesson plans, and resources which highlight the fascinating people and customs of the U.S. House of Representatives.

http://www.civiced.org/: The Center for Civic Education has its roots in the interdisciplinary Committee on Civic Education, which formed in 1965 at the University of California, Los Angeles, to develop more effective curricular programs in elementary and secondary civic education. The Center offers the most effective programs in the world in civic education for democracy.

http://history.house.gov/Education/Lesson-Plans/Lesson-Plans-BAIC/: Materials designed to help teachers and students use the information presented in the Black Americans in Congress publication in their classrooms. It includes lesson plans on the African-American pioneers who served on Capitol Hill from 1870 to 2007 based on the contextual essays from the Black Americans in Congress book, as well as activities on photographs, objects, and quotations.

https://www.congress.gov/: The official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC’s Congressional Research Service.

http://docsteach.org/: Resources for Teachers that bring history to life for students using primary resources and ready to use tools for teaching in the classroom. You can also create your own interactive activities. Docs Teach is a part of the National Archives. Visit the website at http://www.archives.gov/education/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/united-states-constitution/id559398926: An iTunes course for learning United States Constitution accompanying with a Multi-Touch book for iPad – Exploring the United States Constitution – as well as blog posts, online articles, videos, documents, and activities in the DocsTeach App for iPad.

 

Mut Griot Post-Dreams activate creativity, innovation, and inventions

 

Dreams activate creativity, innovation, and inventions

Mural by Katie Yamasaki.
Mural by Katie Yamasaki.

As African Americans we express ourselves in many forms. Throughout history we used storytelling, poetry, dance, art, and singing to share our cultural experiences. Even in our most troubled times we always managed to sing to hold onto our joy. We must teach our children the simplicity and beauty of art that comes alive by using one’s mind, heart, and hands. In this technology driven society we must teach our children to dream. Because dreams activate creativity, innovation, and inventions.

Bring me all of your dreams

You dreamers.

Bring me all of your

Heart melodies,

That I may wrap them

In a blue cloud-cloth

Away from the too rough fingers

Of the world.

Name the title of this poem.

Name the African American author who wrote these words.

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Mural by Katie Yamasaki.
Mural by Katie Yamasaki.

Katie Yamasaki is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY.

She works primarily as a muralist, children’s book author / illustrator and teaching artist.

Taken from her website at http://katieyamasaki.com/about/

 

New Bookreview from Mut Griot

July 7, 2014 Post

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My name is Wangari Muta Maathia.

I was born in Kenya as a child. As a child, I listened to stories of my ancestors of how the trees saved my people and our land. I listened to the trees and their spirit spoke back to me. I taught women all over Africa the power of how to plant trees, how to take back their lives, how to feed their families and how to restore the natural beauty of Africa with their own strong hands. So my children, I say to you; use your mind, use your strong beautiful hands and the spirit in your heart to build something for yourself and for your community that would be everlasting.

Be the first to guess the name of this picture book and receive a FREE copy.

Learn, Live and Share!

New Bookreview post from Mut Griot

July 7, 2014 Post

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My name is Wangari Muta Maathia.

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I was born in Kenya as a child. As a child, I listened to stories of my ancestors of how the trees saved my people and our land. I listened to the trees and their spirit spoke back to me. I taught women all over Africa the power of how to plant trees, how to take back their lives, how to feed their families and how to restore the natural beauty of Africa with their own strong hands. So my children, I say to you; use your mind, use your strong beautiful hands and the spirit in your heart to build something for yourself and for your community that would be everlasting.

Be the first to guest the name of this picture book and receive a FREE copy.

Learn, Live and Share!