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Monday, December 31, 2018

Dear Hannah: changED (Volume 1) (The Album / Mixtape)


 
Dear Hannah,

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Everything must change - and STAY changED.

I hope the songs below help to show the path.


Love,


Daddy


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1.       
Creating change requires a "real-time" battle plan that can GRASPP, evaluate, and adjust in the middle of a fight.
2.       
You can make a whole new song - that speaks to our present-day plight - out of song & movie titles from albums & CDs that you have "sitting in the crates".
3.       
"Spare me all these details, man ... just tell me what I need to know (about life)."
4.       
Sometimes the cause masks the agenda.

Sometimes the cause masks our issues.
5.       
We have to keep the 7 “mind molding” institutions (religion, medicine, government, arts & entertainment, media, education, and the family) honest, accountable, and true to the game by following the rules of self-control ...
6.       
Power is the ability to work efficiently - that is, via wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise.
7.       
Segments of our society are marginalized because of their knowledge.

They see and say an uncomfortable truth about how we sometimes get in our own way.
8.       
"Culture" and "tradition" are often misnomers for "this is how we do it, and it ain't changing."

Everything must change, though - and STAY changed.
9.       
Equality depends on opportunity AND circumstances.

Work to create both for people ...
10.    
The times, they are a changin' - but the challenges are still the same ...


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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Honor Role - The Power Of Mentors (Tribute to Darryl Robinson) - EPILOGUE)



 
Dear Hannah,

Mentors are people who share their experiences.

Their wisdom is earned through lessons learned.

Then they pay it forward.


Love,

Daddy


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"LEarning (Honor Role - The Power Of Mentors (Tribute to Darryl Robinson) - EPILOGUE)"
By Derrick Brown
2-4-2018
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I was able to attend Brother Darryl Robinson's homegoing yesterday.

I drove down with Willie Frasier.

We met during the 1985 Clemson Career Workshop, too, and have been friends ever since.

He shared some great memories of "Cheese" during our ride.

He was Cheese's roommate for a while.

I never knew, but was not surprised ... not in the least.

Yesterday was amazing in more ways than I can recount here ... but I will stick to the highlights.

We arrived just after Omega Psi Phi's memorial service ended.

As we approached the venue, we saw hundreds of brothers in purple and gold ... all ages and stages ... talking and sharing memories.

I started to see faces of familiar classmates.

Facebook makes it easier to remember names, but nothing connects us more than face-to-face conversation.

This is a lost art.

So we started to catch up, introduce, reintroduce ... this went on for at least an hour.

We then entered the Arts Center.

The first thing I had to do was walk down to see Cheese.

I don't like to do this, but that's exactly why I do it.

I have to accept what has happened to move forward.

He looked at ease.

He looked like he was thinking.

He looked like the chief.

I still felt sad, but seeing him made me feel better.

This is how healing starts.

The venue was packed, but Willie and I sat in front of Cheese's math teacher - who introduced herself.

She was beaming with pride.

We also got to sit with Brother Terry Manning - another one of Cheese's former roommates ...

... but also a bad brother and mentor.

First African-American editor of Clemson's student newspaper, "The Tiger".

If you were at Clemson in the late 1980's, you understand the magnitude of that accomplishment.

This is a story that must be told, too ... but not today ... I digress.

Renaissance man - writer, visual artist, photographer.

30 years ago, I used to always peep his camera ... then say "one day I'm gonna get me one of those."

Yesterday, he was working with a Canon Powershot G7X.

Those who know, know.

That thing is nice - at a nice (reasonable) price.

It is a weapon, but does not look like a weapon ... small (pocket-sized), simply elegant, and elegantly simple.

Takes great indoor and outdoor shots - without the flash.

You can shoot selfies with it, or "traditional" shots.

It's the kind of camera a renaissance man would have.

This ends the commercial.

Anyway, the cool thing about watching a photographer work is that they are careful observers ... they anticipate key moments, and capture them more often than not because they tune in ... they engage.

So I stopped daydreaming, and focused on the moment.

The tributes to Cheese began, and each one lifted us a little higher.

I was particularly drawn to Brother Randy Vereen's remarks.

He displayed a pure, unadulterated love and humanity for Cheese that most of us - especially dudes - are afraid to show.

I introduced myself to him afterwards, and while we chatted he made one statement that just froze time.

He said "If Cheese had $40, and you needed $20 - he would give you $30."

That's a lyric that belongs in a song.

Brother Michael Fortune's remarks revealed that Cheese had drafted the framework for a formal mentoring program to connect older and younger Omegas according to professional and personal interests.

I'm not an Omega, but I am here for that all day ... and would love to get it off the ground.

Brother Fortune also announced a scholarship endowment in Cheese's name ... as well as an effort to visibly honor Cheese's legacy in one of Clemson's hallowed halls.

I'm here for both of these efforts, too ... all day.

I even think he should be honored in Freeman Hall ... but nobody asked me.

So the service ended, and as we filed out I scrambled to find a program.

These are important keepsakes ... historical documents.

Records of who, what, when, where, why, and how that we lose when we snooze.

I approached Brother Ernest Nicholson - whom I had not seen in-person since we were both students in the 1985 Clemson Career Workshop.

He acknowledged the Cheese tribute video I posted on Facebook last week.

I tried to play it cool, but I am always humbled, appreciative, and validated (and a little shy) when people acknowledge my work.

So thank you, too, to Sisters Wendy Coleman Blue, Lisa Wilson, Yolanda Gant (Upshaw), and Margie Pizarro - y'all make me blush, but keep me advancing in my calling.

I want to share hopeful, healing, transforming truth by sharing our stories in real time, then preserving them for posterity.

I digress.

Ernest let me borrow his program to scan it.

When I brought it back to him, he told me to keep it.

Now ain't that just what Cheese would have done?

Selah.



About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)


I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2018 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Honor Role - The Power Of Mentors (Tribute to Darryl Robinson))



 
Dear Hannah,

Mentors are people who share their experiences.

Their wisdom is earned through lessons learned.

Then they pay it forward.


Love,

Daddy


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"LEarning (Honor Role - The Power Of Mentors (Tribute to Darryl Robinson))"
By Derrick Brown
1-28-2018

I met Darryl "Cheese" Robinson when I was 15 years old.

He was my hall counselor during the Clemson Career Workshop in 1985.

He may have been the head counselor - then again, maybe not.

But if he wasn't - it sure seemed like he was.

His room door was always open, and he was always in there speaking into someone.

Older students.

Younger students.

It did not matter - he was dropping knowledge for the masses.

He oozed charisma and confidence.

His voice was smooth and soothing.

He was a refined brother.

He told us, though, that he was from the country - Lumber City, Georgia (in Telfair County). Population 1284.

Nobody believed him, because he was so smooth.

But why would somebody pull your leg about being from the country?

I was from Elloree, South Carolina (in Calhoun County). Population 671.

He was as confident in himself as I was unconfident.

So I believed him ... I believed in him ... and I had found a secret role model.

He spoke on a litany of topics - most of which I knew nothing about.

But I was all ears.

Malcolm.

Martin.

Malcolm vs. Martin.

Malcolm AND Martin.

Huey.

Ed.

Fred.

H. Rap.

Eldridge.

Angela.

Gil-Scott.

The Spook Who Sat By The Door.

He dropped knowledge on all facets of our history that was far beyond our classrooms - and always did so with passion, eloquence and grace.

He also ALWAYS had orange juice in his refrigerator.

At 15, the only thing I loved more than storytelling was orange juice.

So I was always in his room, and was always in his orange juice.

He graciously allowed me to guzzle whenever thirst beckoned - all the way up to my freshman year at Clemson in 1987.

I went to his house party - 'cause ain't no party like a "Cheese" house party.

So I slid in - went straight for the orange juice.

Cheese slid over and greeted me - then pulled me aside.

He said "my brother, tonight the orange juice has a special purpose ... so enjoy yourself responsibly, and do not let the bruhs see that you are guzzling their chaser."

It was a long time before I understood what a "chaser" was, and why it was.

But I heeded Cheese's advice.

After my freshman year, Clemson became a blur.

I buckled down, did my thing, got out, and got on.

After that, life became a blur.

Lots of us lost touch.

Cheese and I got back in touch last year - 2017 - 32 years after I first met him.

Last year, I finally stepped out ... and debuted as a "standup storyteller".

What is a "standup storyteller"?

Well, this "standup storyteller" fuses rap, poetry, oration, teaching, and singing to write, direct, and produce pieces that inspire hope, healing, and change.

I dropped several songs last year on Facebook, and wrote & produced several more.

I got a modest reception from most, crickets and snickers from some ... but Cheese had to be my biggest fan.

Not just a cheerleader, mind you - 'cause this was Cheese.

He would tell me publicly what my stories told and showed him - and he would often be the first or second commenter.

You cannot buy that type of feedback and encouragement.

You could also do much worse than receive the blessing and endorsement of the cat you modelled a lot of your swag after.

So rest easy, Cheese.

You will be missed, but you will be remembered, man.

Your supreme level of encouragement, inspiration, grace, peace, love and wisdom live forever.

Selah.


About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)


I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2018 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


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