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“If" is the biggest word in the dictionary

“IF” -Sincere Love


Thinking Cap Questions

1. Does the Soul have an ethnicity?

F.A.C.Eing Why "i serve"

October I attended the Scholastic F.A.C.E. symposium. I would like to start this blog entry by saying “thank you” to all of those who attended and for all the positive feedback, comments, and conversations that I had at the symposium and afterwards. I really enjoyed the session. Every time I see the Beyond the Bricks, it seems a little different. Whenever I see the documentary I start to tear and I am reminded of my personal struggles, and the victories that happened as a result of them. I know that the struggles of my past are not the last that I will face.

A New Chapter Begins posted 9/21/2012


" What Beyond the Bricks has done for me. "

Someone asked me last week, “What has beyond the bricks has done for you?” At first I could not answer this question. It took me almost a week to arrive at my answer; however, it is one that is difficult to verbalize. It seems a bit perplexing that a person like me, one who is usually never at a loss for words, is struggling to verbalize how I feel.

After Arkansas

I’ve been home for about three weeks, and I'm missing Arkansas now. During my internship we attended the CBC’s policy conference institute. At the conference, New Jersey congressman Donald Payne issued a challenge to me. I’m back in Newark and I’m working on that challenge. I’m running for class president and I’m trying to put together a team of like-minded individuals.
I also have a few things in mind to improve the school. I want to start three programs at my high school (Barringer High).

Equitable learning ???


A Different Perspective

8 /9/11

The Community Stepping Up, by: Derek Koen

shaq go2


This year I invited Shaq to my house for my family’s annual 4th of July BBQ. He spent the weekend with us; we all really enjoyed having him there. I didn't know that Shaq didn't eat pork, we cooked a whole pig and he helped throughout the entire process. He even did as the Romans did and tasted the pork, to the utter delight of my southern uncle who cooked the "hog". He did complain about the bugs a bit, flies, mosquitoes, gnats and the like. After a long, long night, he awoke with us in the AM to help clean up, in the rain. Noticing that I was suffering from a mixture of geriatric poisoning and barley consumption, he opted to carry the heavier items. . . thank you young man my back was killing me.

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