Friday, October 14, 2016

AYA Fall Student Demonstrations - Oct 15-22 | Webinars and Face-2-Face

Saturday, October 15th 10am-1pm

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Dr. Amos N. Wilson
Five AYA high school students are in LEAP this year. Ndahye, Nadir, Farasha, Allie, Kefentse are the pilot group, the originators, the trail blazers. They are charged with dissecting Amos N. Wilson’s Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness text.
On Saturday, Oct. 15th they will present to you their understanding, discoveries and their experience learning so far. They will share and we will discuss what they see, what we see and the implication of their discoveries for themselves and our people.
Where: 1879 Columbia Dr. Decatur, GA 30032 Look for Hillside Presbyterian Church and the Kilombo Academic and Cultural Institute signs.
The students will also share info from one other core course and one elective of their choice.
Attend in person, if you can. Out of Town? Use the web ink or phone: 213-416-1560 - Code 2776739#. Web link is best!
Care about Dr. Amos N. Wilson’s teachings? Then come support us developing a new generation of Amos scholars.
They work hard.
Imagine if you had been exposed to Dr. Wilson in high school? Please show them that you care about their academic challenges and victories as much as their athletic ones. Applaud their deep cultural musing to guide their actions as much as their use of our culture to entertain. The seeds we water will be the seeds that grow. See you on Saturday.
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Saturday, October 15th
Local Face-2-Face Presentations
Atlanta - 1879 Columbia Dr. Decatur, GA 30032

Mon - Thur. October 17-20th Web International Presentations 7-9:30 pm

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Monday & Wednesday will feature middle school students. Tuesday and Thursday will showcase our high school students. Without leaving your home, you can clap for their great effort and can guide them when they have gone astray. They are our youth, our future. Here’s where you can impact that future.
• Twi Language & Adinkra Symbols
.Sankofa Math: Apples to Ahmose
•Material Science (Chemistry)
•Form Follow Function (Architecture)
•Family - Lore Project (Family Literature)
•Following Araminta Harriet Tubman (US History 1820…)
•Chess (Tut-Ankh-Amun)
•Computer Programming
* and more…
Mon-Thur Demonstrations Only

Saturday, October 22nd Local Face-2-Face Presentations 10am-12:30 pm

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Come out and support students locally.
•Atlanta - 1879 Columbia Dr. Decatur, GA 30032 @ Kilombo
•Other Areas (see below)
Locations arranged by parents. Contact us if you’re in these areas and want to attend.
Accra, Ghana Lexington, Kentucky
Cincinnati, OH Miami, FL
Long Island, NY Richmond, Virginia
•Twi Language & Adinkra symbols
-Sankofa Math: Apples to Ahmose
•Material Science (Chemistry)
•Form Follow Function (Architecture)
•Family - Lore Project (Family Literature)
•Following Araminta Harriet Tubman (US History 1820…)
•Chess (Tut-Ankh-Amun)
•Computer Programming
and more…
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Wekesa & Afiya
Thank you in advance.
We believe that students’ academic performance and proclivities are shaped by accountability to the community and support from that community. To that end every nine weeks we open up our students and our school to the Afrikan community - locally and beyond. Students are required to report to you on their learnings. You - in turn - give them both praise where earned and guidance where needed.
Wekesa & Afiya Madzimoyo,
AYA Educational
404.201.2356 (Wekesa)
404.832.9954 (Afiya)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Searching, She Said: "I Don't Get It."

Vicki, a sincere responder to a FB post, provided an impetus for my writing this morning. Maybe you know some others who don't get it. Maybe this will be helpful.

Vicki said:  "I don't get it!"

"There's over 46million Black Americans in this country. We've been fighting the, "Brick Wall", for 400 years and counting.

Institutional racism/Capitalism/ mixed with White Privilege/White supremacy/Hate. It's nothing but the devil's workshop. My biggest problem. Why do my people have to suffer? Why pick on Black and Brown people.

I think the more successful Blacks become. The bigger the price we pay as a whole. And what I don't understand. The upper tier of black society are even quicker to attack their own race just to make the white man happy. I don't get it."

Wekesa's response:

Vicki, it's very simple and very sad. We want to avoid the sadness, so we avoid the simple truth. Fear accompanies the sadness.  Injected physical and psychic brutality of yesteryear and today, and not knowing our powers - even over death - are the causes of the fear. 

What's this simple truth? Europeans have been at war with us for centuries, and we have convinced ourselves that:

  • Begging is fighting, 
  • Understanding them is stopping them, and 
  • Serving them is success. 

Now let me respond to your specific statements in turn:

#1. We've not been "fighting" the brick wall, we've been begging - and in many other ways trying to - "prove" to white people (and secretly to ourselves) that we are worthy of their respect, justice, and fair treatment based on merit. We've been trying to scale their wall of rejection as if it has merit, instead of seeing it as part of their war effort directed toward us.

Deluded, we've been trying to get into a burning house of ill repute.
Deluded, some of us have convinced ourselves that white acceptance and approval affords protection worthy of our surrender.

#2. You are right - oppression is "the devil's workshop." And the oppressors are the devils doing the work of oppressing us. While normally a term seeking clarity and critical thinking, in this case, "why" is the delusionary question.

When someone is beating on my head, I don't ask "why" they are doing it. Naturally, everything in me directs me to block and to stop their abuse - first! 

Understanding "why" they would want to hurt me is only pursued after I've secured my person. I am valuable and worthy of great treatment, so anyone treating me badly is wrong, and must be stopped. 

If anything, the only question is "how do I stop them."  The oppressor has a single answer to your "why" queries: “because we deserve it.”  Too often that same answer has been injected into our own minds. 

The "why do they oppress us" journey (before we have stopped them) reveals one or more delusions: 

a) We have stopped their abuse, they have changed their minds and we are SAFE, 
b) Knowing or naming their sickness will stop them, or 
c) We can actually "heal" them - while we're being shot down in the streets, poisoned in their hospitals, prepared for prisons in the 3rd grade.

#3. Too often alienation is the price we have to pay for this society (white media, employers, etc.) to crown us as "successful"  with money, fame, positions of relative power, success in schools, etc. 

"We are alienated to SERVE ALIENS."... Amos N. Wilson

Alienation is physical or psychic separation from our people, our culture, and our mission of amassing and using power to free ourselves from white or any other people's domination, our mission to define and control our reality, our mission of sovereignty. Put simply; white people reward us for attacking our own, reward us for supporting THEIR agenda, and punish us for supporting our own.

"Success" - in an oppressive society - is often an escapist fantasy into which we have too much equity.

Want another simple truth? Our real success comes from our ceasing looking for approval from those that oppress us, and walking, instead, our righteous walk that serves us - first. Real success comes from our stopping oppression - challenging it time and time again in both subtle and overt ways. Success also comes from expanding and deepening our connection to reality and to each other to render distinguished service to each other - first!

Real success is measured by the goals, mission and visions passed to us by our ancestors from the beginning of time.


Want to know more?

Together, we'll all "get it."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Volunteers Needed

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AYA Educational Institute needs some Grand Ma's and Grand Pa's hands to support our innovative national African-centered educational initiatives for youth and adults. (
Not a grandparent, we NEED your help too!!!
We need volunteers for 1.5 - 3.0 three hours per week to interact with our students and parents. You'll be working with AYA faculty and staff, so in many cases you can learn with the students. You don't have to be an expert. Most times they just need a caring and guiding hand and someone who believes in them and their potential.
Various times are available: school day, afternoons, evenings and even weekends. You can volunteer from your home, office, dorm room, etc. You can communicate with our students and parents online via our unique platform with just your computer, tablet, phone and an internet connection.
If you're in the ATL area and want to get out of your house, we can use your support at our Decatur academic cluster site.
Attend our AYA Volunteer open house to learn more. See below.
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Please Afiya Madzimoyo @ or
call: 404.832.9958
You can also attend our Volunteer Open House this Sunday. Aug. 21st 7pm Eastern
Conference phone number: 404.890.5053 (no pin needed)
Please pass this notice on to other people and organizations who can help us.
*"My Family Lore" (Gathering, reflecting, analyzing written and oral family literature)
*Writing with Power (High school students write, present and defend papers to the Black community around the country)
*Africa Codes (Computer programming support)
*Material Science (Khemistry support)
*Sankofa Math (Going back to fetch... what they've missed)
*Form Follows Function (Afrikan Architecture)
*AYA Student News Paper
*Araminta WHB Storytellin' Youth Corp
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Thank you for considering volunteering with AYA. Want to know more, please attend our
Volunteer Open House this Sunday. Aug. 21st 7pm Eastern
Conference phone number: 404.890.5053 (no pin needed)
Our programs extend way beyond our students. We've created AYA as a safe place to create teaching approaches and courses that will lift our youth and our people. We refine them, and share them broadly.
Please see how you can help us, and also pass this notice on to other people and organizations who can help us.
Let the Circle Be Unbroken.
Wekesa O. Madzimoyo

Monday, August 1, 2016

I have the hardest time getting people to understand AYA!

I have the hardest time getting people to understand AYA - the school. They think our school is like Connect or Khan Academy. NOT! Check out this short excerpt as AYA students from 5 states debate Black History Celebration or Not! This is a regular language arts debate class, not a special event. All of our instruction is live - live qualified instructors. Live students from across the country and across town. Plus every nine weeks, all students must demonstrate to the community what they are learning in school via local face-2-face presentations. The must show what they know, not what grade the earned. They must take the criticism and the praises. We are preparing students to serve and lift our community, instead of joining others to exploit our community.

If you can't see the one above, try this YouTube version:

In this video - big ups to Allie from NY, Sol from Cincinnati,Tiye from Tuskegee, Yemazen from Dayton, and Farasha from Atlanta Metro. Got a middle of high school student that you want to get an education of excellence and service to our community first?
Regardless of what state you are in, we can help. You know people in your network who are looking for an alternative to the failing systems to which we subject our children and families. Check us out or contact Afiya Madzimoyo ( or @ 404.532.5588

Please pass it on.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Authenticity > Authorship > Authority

Want to take charge of your life? Throw out the ghostwriter. Here's an AYA  maxim: Authenticity > Authorship > Authority.  When we are emotionally authentic, we are writing, creating the story of our lives and relationships. When we write/create the story, then we become the authorities in and over our lives.

On the other hand, when we are emotionally inauthentic, (numb to what we are feeling - all of what we're feeling, or when we're not true to what we're feeling) the story of our lives and relationships (intimate, familial, organizational, or business) is being written and directed by the ghostwriter - the person or group that has written, and implanted the "script" for our inauthenticity. 

  • Who's writing your story, pullin' your relationship strings. 
  • Why, when closest to success, does our communication turn to conflict, and trust erodes or explodes?

It's the ghostwriter.

You've heard it before - "change your communication; change your life!"  You try.

Still the same patterns return. It's the ghostwriter hiding, secretly influencing, shading, directing, controlling. 

We look under our words - maybe we change them. Not there. Hmm... We examine our non-verbals, maybe we change some of them too. Not there.

The root of both our verbal and non verbal expression are our emotions. Ahh... see there. You have to look closely-very closely because the ghostwriter hides there - pretending, substituting, morphing, amplifying, confounding, falsifying the messages our emotions send. 

He hides in the very place where he told you not to look, a place he told you to suppress. 

There in your well of emotions, undetected, the ghostwriter rules and predictably orchestrates our words and actions against our best interest.    

You've heard the expression: 

"I was so mad that I could cry!" Typically, it's a woman's voice saying those words. It's the ghostwriter directing. Nothing in a woman's DNA causes her to have a "crying" emotional response to "anger." It's the ghostwriter.

And just why does a "hurt" brother hurt others" when you'd think that being "hurt" would increase his sensitivity?" It's the ghostwriter.

And just why is it that we "feel" better when we shop at some expensive White establishment, and As Amos N. Wilson noted "feel" cheated each time we shop with a Black person?" It's the ghostwriter. Of course, you could blame yourself, but that's another alien script. We'll get to that one later. One at a time, please! 

Oppression - the ghost writer - is the work of generations-old psychic, social and physical brutality that has scripted our learned emotional responses. It's also new. In our new found "freedom" to copy Europeans and embrace their way, we openly invite inauthenticity as the standard. It is their standard. So when we measure our success on how much of their standard we've achieved (actually, devolved to), we embrace the ghostwriter. The result from the old or the new practice is the same. We are often not authentic with ourselves or each other- even when we tryin' to be. 

"Keepin' it 100,” “Keep it real” reveals our value and quest for authenticity. Sadly, these sayings have also become an excuse for abuse - playing the wrong chords, only painting with the boldest colors, the loudest notes, ignoring the black notes on the piano and the others emotional tones that give meaning and context to the communication.

Falsified Emotions:

Being emotionally authentic is not just a simply a moral choice, not just a character thing. Our emotional responses have been falsified, scripted by oppression to they serve the oppressor's bidding by inducing intra-psychic and interpersonal conflict between us. 

With Love:

Sometimes the deadly ghostwriter entered by hitching a ride on my father's love, or my mother's milk, or other act of love from my family or community. This makes is harder to find. It takes even more skill to keep the love and while giving dumping the devilish ghostwriter.

A very slick system - is this injected oppression.

No worries, you have some powerful allies. “When the syndrome is around, don’t let you guard down, all you got to do is to call on the funk.” Some missed it, we didn’t! And we’ll make sure you don’t either. The syndrome is the ghostwriter - oppression. The “funk” is your culture. Don’t just play it, let it guide your actions. “Sir nosed devoid of funk” doesn’t stand a chance.

Don’t worry, we make it plain. Getting rid of the ghostwriter by practicing emotional authenticity is a key skill we introduce in our Taste of  Warriors -Healers-Builders” workshops and full WHB retreats. This summer we've changed it recently to include what we've learned from the artists.

Circle of Culture:

Our cultural creations can lead us through. The “Circle of Culture” has been a healing, building and conduit for resistance since before the ghostwriters were ghost. Before their brutality was injected in our psyches. When the whip was their pen and our blood was their ink. 

Even then, especially then - our memory, our music, our languages and dialect, our singing, dancing and art were doors to the safe haven of authenticity - to our reality; not that imposed by the barbarians who most wanted our spirit. 

Our artist knew and still know that...

Emotion has tone.
Emotion has intensity.
Emotion has duration.
Emotion has volume.
Emotion has color. 
Emotion has shades. 

At some level we all know it. In our hands this emotional proficiency is powerfully healing and communicative. In the ghostwriter's hands they are deadly. Even artist, when not performing, too often betray their gift and surrender to the ghostwriter in organizational and relationship communication.

Any wonder we can't build or sustain our unions. Trying to communicate with with the ghostwriter holding the Cue-cards guarantees inauthentic communication and dooms trust-building internally and externally. 

Maybe we should sing our responses to each other.  

Stevie Wonder asks:

If it's special
Then with it why aren't we as careful
As making sure we dress in style
Posing pictures with a smile
Keeping danger from a child"

Trust. We all know that it's special. It’s the key to every success. Give the ghostwriter the boot, nurture emotional authenticity and trust. 

Trust. Earn it; you can’t demand it. 
Trust. Restore it; it will be one of the greatest accomplishments of your life.
Trust. Grow it even in the hostile oppressive environment that induces distrust in ourselves and each other. Nirvana! 

James Ingram’s "Just Once" said it best: "I know we can through it, if we can just get to it."

Come, using the Circle of Culture, we'll help you find the ghostwriter, and get him out of the way, so we can get to it, so you can take charge of your life, so you can author your relationships in your life, so that you become the authority in your own life’s story!   

Have a taste - A Taste of WHB. That’s followed by brothers only and sisters only sessions this summer on WHB Super Saturdays in Cincinnati, DC, ATL, Chicago. 

PS: There's another kind of inauthenticity that we get to as well. It's the "alien" River of Touches. We use Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Mausiki Scales​, Gregory Porter, and Marvin Sapp to help get to that and through that!


Here's some music: 
James Ingram:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cincinnati's Araminta + Warriors-Healers-Builder Juneteenth Celebration

Some are elated, some irritated, some outright insulted about the announced Tubman/Jackson $20. Regardless of your position, we have an obligation to control the narrative. The power is in the story! Will her image evoke our commitment to collective freedom? Will it inspire us to heal, build & fight against real oppression today, or induce us to bask in the illusion of inclusion? It’s really up to us.

  • Come. Learn.  Join the national movement to tell her story from the inside-out!

  • Did you know her first attempted escape was with her two brothers?
  • Did you even know that she was from a revolutionary family? 
  • What about her 4-staged spiritual development that supported her revolutionary work? We’ll look at her story through the eyes of AYA’s WHB model. We’ll especially lean on the new SIO model. So we learn to tell her story and OurStory from the inside-out, to flip-the script!


Araminta - WHB Storyteller Certification Begining Training 
1Seymore Nature Preserve Amphitheater
Must have attended Friday night’s session!

You are your children's first teacher and learning director.

Others may help, but you are the director. Come, lean about key elements for your children's learning and about the power of Afrikan centered learning approach regardless of the subject and regardless of your children's ages. Learn about the AYA Way and how you can apply it at home, at school, whenever. Also learn about AYA's full time, part-time, and supplemental educational programs.

Of course, teaching isn't just academic. It's also social responsibility, leadership and personal development. Come and be introduced to our WHB personal and leadership development model.

  • African-Centered Education & Home Schooling - The AYA Way

    • Warriors-Healers-Builders (Free Intro)Personal & Leadership Development

    4- Hour Workshop - BN7
    When you want to go past an introduction to actual skill-building, sign up for the Taste of WHB. Not as intensive as a weekend retreat, and enough time for you to actually learn to used some of the tools for fighting oppression, healing our wounds and family wounds, and building trust so that we can build strong families and organizations. We call this tool set the Blacknificent Seven: 3 skills and 4 steps to help you a more effective communicator and relationship builder.

    Why WHB?

    Warriors: We must become better warriors - challenging the People, Policies &Practices  that aggress upon our families, our people and our community
    Healers: Our people have and continue to be wounded by European domination and other forms of oppression that create conflicts which wreck family, personal, and other relationships. We must heal ourselves
    Builders: While we fight and heal, we are also obligated to build. We must build: Families | Organizations |Businesses | Institutions.
    • Warriors-Healers-Builders (4-hr. Workshop) Personal and Leadership Development (Skill-Building)The Lions Den Cultural Center - 7617 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH

    • WHB Sisters Only - Afiya Madzimoyo
      Healing and Building for Warriors

  • WHB Brothers Only - Wekesa Madzimoyo
  • Healing and Building for Warriors


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    Friday, May 6, 2016

    Circle of Culture End of School Concert and Fundraiser

    Circle of Culture Concert

    Help us end the school year with a bang. Help us prepare for next year and provide scholarships to families for our full-day and weekend support African-Centered educational programs. 

    Tickets Here:
    2015-2016 banner w students wekesa afiyaAYA doesn't only support our youth, it supports the community in a number of ways.
    Relationship Counseling
    Healing Oppressions Wounds Retreats
    Uhuru Esusu - Home-Buying Collective
    and more...
    wekesa and afiya by mama ayo  1 Rarely do we ask. We're asking now, not because we're about to close or are over our heads in debt.
    We're asking so we can expand, can grow, can offer more services to more of our community at a time when our community is being squeezed. It's also the time when our community needs us the most.
    But you know we can take without giving. You and the community will have a wonderful time. All the way from Philly, Kala Jojo is a Black Community Treasure. This is the brother that I learned to tell Sundiata from. He's the truf! Through in some powerful AYA students performing, plus a few guests or two and you will want to stay all night! Trust me. We 'gon through down!
    Get your tickets! HERE
    Please support our current co-sponsors. See flyer.

    Event Co-sponsorships needed and welcomed; call us. Call us. If you want to volunteer, call us. If you have questions, call us.

    404.532.9958 -
    404. 201 .2356 -
    Save the date!  Get your tickets! HERE  Sponsor a student or family!
    AYA Educational Institute presents our first annual
    Circle of Culture Concert and Fundraiser.