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My Day Speaking at Kamit Prep Institute in Brooklyn

My Day Speaking at Kamit Prep Institute in BrooklynKamit Preparatory Institute Career

One of the best things you can do in life is to aid the upbringing of the next generation. From education to social interaction, it truly is our greatest duty to put the youth in a position to do things bigger and better than we ever did.  To that end, I recently was invited to speak to the students of Kamit Preparatory Institute in Brooklyn for their first annual Career Day. KPI is split into 2 internal schools housing K through grade 6 in the lower school and grade 7 to 12 in the Upper.  This enabled me to address student across the entire spectrum of the system. It was an amazing opportunity that I really look forward to doing again.  KPICareerDay8

I gave 4 different presentations that day sharing my work as a Social Media Manager. The engagement was high across the broad. The youngest students seemed more curious about me personally than professionally which was amusing. As the age and grade level increased the questions picked up in details and scope.

The oldest students were very intrigued about the business I am in both on the digital/social media side as well as the travel side with my direct work with Nomadness. To that end, I was the one that was surprised to find out just how many of these students had passports. Not only do they have passports but they were very active having traveled to Asia, Europe, Africa and many other places across the globe.  You could tell that there were a number of future tribe members in my presence.

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The key thing with speaking to groups of any size, age or demographic is making a connection. With the overall focus of the day being about Careers, I made it a point to let these young minds know, not to stress. Do not feel that you are expected to know what you want to do with your life right now. Especially for those preparing for college that was a vital point I needed them to understand. At times I think we lay out these expectations for our kids and try to give them a foolproof plan to success. It’s well intended and for earlier generations, it did make sense. Today the world is in flux. It’s ripe with opportunities that venture way outside of the box and we need to make sure our kids feel the support to explore these options.

I look forward to checking up on the students of KPI and hearing great things about them in the future. When my time was done, I quietly made my way toward the exit. Suddenly I was mobbed with hugs from a half-dozen 1 st graders. It was the perfect end to my day. As I watched the kids run off, I couldn’t help but think of my son. Max is turning 1-year-old and time will fly and have him in school before I know it……and I will be there. Let’s be there for our kids now and forever.

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The Social Series via KUU Productions

The Social Series via KUU Productions

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I was recently introduced to The Social Series as a collection of progressive positive visuals from Ms Sabrina Thompson of KUU Productions. I’m sharing the most recent piece which highlights the youth as they define and project leadership. What you share is what will grow. Take a look and enjoy the kids!!!

THE SOCIAL SERIES: LEADERSHIP is from Sabrina Thompson on Vimeo.

The SOCIAL SERIES is a channel that consists of all the installments of online campaigns curated by photographer and owner of KUU productions, Sabrina Thompson. This series was created to promotes positive images in society through imagery. We live in a world filled with negative images, and KUU photography wants to take responsibility and create balance through amazing visual arts.

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Pharrell Speaks on Early Hip Hop Influences and Changes in the Business

Pharrell Speaks on Early Hip Hop Influences and Changes in the Business

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Skateboard P may be on greatest roll of his career and while we see no sign that his ascension will stop, he took a little time to chat with Hardknock TV. He touches on the young artist mentality of releasing music, early influences and more.

“We’ve allowed lawyers to become CEOs of businesses that are all about content, and that doesn’t make sense. Unless the lawyer has a good ear, but for the most part, they’re gonna be thinking about things fiscally. And so that’s when you see certain record companies putting out music like they’re putting out soap, or macaroni and cheese. They make these very small improvements but put the same thing out. And then you see these kids that are like, “We’re not having it.” That’s what this is about. That’s what music is about. That’s what us as a species are here for — to evolve and make things better.”

Miley Cyrus Is So Anti Violence

Miley Cyrus Is So Anti Violence

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When people were calling out for antics they called haters. The supporters said “ooh she’s just a kid. Let her be young.” Well mainstream Hip Hop’s favorite play thing has made another classic sensationalist moment with her appearance at the MTV Euro Music Awards in Amsterdam. She apparently hit up her closest bootleg clothing store, cut up a Biggie and Tupac shirt and made it a dress. So, this is the representation of peace in Hip Hop we’re dealing with. No one in her camp said “Ummmm how about we not do this?” Of course not. Who want’s to rock the boat? Families that still have yet to get full answers for the murders of their loved ones get to see this now and I can only wonder how they feel.

Hip Hop means enough to me that this sickens me to my stomach. While today’s ADD, microwave mainstream rappers and producers line up to get in on the Miley effect before she fizzles out the rest of us that actually care about culture just have to add this to the ever growing moments of disrespect we endure. Will folk be as mad about this as they are on the daily about any number Kanye or Jay-Z actions? Justin Timberlake gets heat and he doesn’t do anything nearly as foul as this……we’re going to overlook “NippleGate” for a moment. In a perfect world Eminem would say something about it since he’s the only one folk would react to.

The problem is that those in Hip Hop who can say something aren’t. Nothing is bad or wrong in this society it’s all excusable if it can result in a few dollars. People throw Hip Hop on like a cheap costume and then when they tire of it, throw it away without any thought to what they doing.  But hey in the end I know nothing will change so here’s my view on this…..

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Jason Francis | The Social Media Samurai