Are You Checking Your Child’s Phone For Sexting & Cyberbullying?
Mar28

Are You Checking Your Child’s Phone For Sexting & Cyberbullying?

By: William Jackson As high speed Internet access is gained more and more in Africa, parents need to be aware of the potential threat of bullying, cyberbullying, child porn and sexting by youth, teens and young  adults. From time to time parents need to check their children’s digital devices and also Google their children and even their friends. The more I speak at conferences, churches and with youth groups the more I see that...

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The Hidden Magic In African Children
Mar16

The Hidden Magic In African Children

By: William Jackson Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures and the book by Margot Lee Shetterly applied to the great potential of African nations to one day have their own astronauts traveling into and returning home safely from space. How many African girls have talents in mathematics, how many want to be engineers, how many girls want to be doctors and lawyers, scientists and pilots? How many want to be veterinarians and writers, how...

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Mastering The Art Of Quiet Strength
Mar10

Mastering The Art Of Quiet Strength

By: Tina Dube So this is what my father meant. This is what that strength is for us, what it might continue to be for the generations after us. This is one of the perks of being a descendant of slaves, garden boys and maids; the gift of self-control, of keeping your head down and being unnoticed. Typing “My apologies” when what you really mean is “You’re a piece of shit”. Smiling and saying “Yes, I understand” when you quite simply...

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Are You The Change You Want To See?
Oct27

Are You The Change You Want To See?

By: Lisa Kluckow  Ghandi once said ‘be the change you want to see in the world’. One of the most profound sayings, and so very applicable in our country today. I have always had a deep love for Africa and everything African. The bush veld, the languages that sound like music, the colours and the music and the food. I love the loud chatter mixed with township tunes and laughter that fills streets. I love koeksisters and...

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The Humanity of Fatherhood
Oct25

The Humanity of Fatherhood

By: William Jackson Chinua Achebe, “We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own.” The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb: Onye ji onye n’ani ji onwe ya: “He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down.” The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays “Fathers, it is time to lift our children, our families, our culture, our communities...

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My Future Black Sons: A Letter From Your Mother
Sep29

My Future Black Sons: A Letter From Your Mother

By: Tina Dube You will be beautiful. You will probably inherit my love for literature, my mastery at spelling,  and where numerical skills are concerned I hope you get your father’s. You will drive me to madness as much as you will tug at my heartstrings and even as I write this I ask myself how I’m going to handle a love of that enormity. But that is a story for another day. The truth is this : That even before you’re formed in my...

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