Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cosmic Afrika - Then and Now - The Astronomy Course

Cosmic Afrika I & II -  
Astrophysicist,
 Claudia Alexande
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Astronomy Then and Now!
These are the featured science courses this semester. Mama Erica and Baba Balogun will teach the middle and high school sections of this course- respectively. 


The Pyramids
As above, so below
Afrikans invented clock time. Afrikan time is cosmic people's time (CPT). This course starts where time began - with us. The way we counted time was based on the cosmos - the movement of the "heavenly" bodies. Major calendar today is based on our star charts. Did you know that in ancient KMT (Egypt), we had identified over 43 constellations. Our mantra was "As above, so below." 


The Dogon
A seed is a star, a star is a seed! 
 Students will observe and photograph the night sky in search of constellations themselves. They will have to walk a mile in our ancestor's astronomical sandals including understanding 

  • amplitude 
  • azimuth 
  • declination 
  • celestial equator 
  • ecliptic 
  • South Afrikan,
    Astrophysicist, Thebe Mudepe
  • and much more. 


Of course we won't stay in KMT, we'll follow the Dogon to Sirus, and visit Namortunga II and the Turkana people of northern Kenya. 

Since we invented clock time, we'll do some time travel from the past to the present to meet up with -

  •  South Afrikan astrophysicist Thebe Medup
  •  Black Hole astrophysicist -Neil DeGrass Tyson 
  • Cultural astronomer, Jarita Holbrook 
  • Geophysicist, Claudia Alexander
  • and more...


Students will be introduced to the vocabulary, and the science of astronomy, and the intersections of astronomy with architecture (see Forms Follows Function), religion, culture, and mathematics. In the math classes, they will be charged with measuring the universe. 

New Course Descriptions

We're excited about some new classes for 2015-2016 with compliment our standard math, science, language arts and history curriculum.


Cosmic Afrika I & II -  Black Astronomy Then and Now! (aka CPT - Cosmic Peoples Time )
These are the featured science courses this semester. Mama Erica and Baba Balogun will teach the middle and high school sections of this course- respectively. Afrikans invented clock time. Afrikan time is cosmic people's time. This course starts where time began - with us. The way we counted time was based on the cosmos - the movement of the "heavenly" bodies. Major calendar today is based on our star charts. Did you know that in ancient KMT (Egypt), we had identified over 43 constellations. Students will observe and photograph the night sky in search of constellations themselves. They will have to walk a mile in our ancestor's astronomical sandals including understanding amplitude, azimuth, declination, celestial equator, ecliptic and much more. Of course we won't stay in KMT, we'll follow the Dogon to Sirus, and visit Namortunga II and the Turkana people of northern Kenya. Since we invented clock time, we'll do some time travel from the past to the present to meet up with South Afrikan astrophysicist Thebe Medupe, Black Hole astrophysicist -Neil DeGrass Tyson, and 10 other Black astrophysicist including sisters - Dr. Jarita Holbrook and Claudia Alexander. Students will be introduced to the vocabulary, and the science of astronomy, and the intersections of astronomy with architecture (see Forms Follows Function), religion, culture, and mathematics. In the math classes, they will be charged with measuring the universe.
 Form Follows Function: Finding Imhotep’s Father (Black Architecture)
Students will feast on the designs of the first architects from the heralded ancient pyramids and temples of Nubia and Kemet (Egypt), to the Great Wall of Zimbabwe to the often overlooked and maligned “hut.” While they’ll learn history and culture, this is an architecture class. They’ll enter the mind of the architect: part artist, part engineer, part chemist, part physicist, part psychologist, part sociologist and part environmentalist. After exploring the mind of the architect, the students are asked to practice some of the skills of the architects: designing, drawing, writing, speaking, calculating and managing. It's a lot, and it’s a two semester course. 
See more: http://goo.gl/oZBECi

 Goal Setting | Motivation | Performance  (Guardian Force Class)
Everybody says set goals, and everyone does set goals, and even otherwise successful adults still struggle with this one. AYA  and Bennett College graduate, Ife Madzimoyo, will guide students to goals setting methods that will link to their motivation, and increase performance.
 The Geo-Math Mix: Foundational Math and Intro. Geometry (Projects)
You know the problems our students have with "higher" maths, is that they've been alienated from the subject and have week math foundations. Some of that alienation is generations old. Mama Afiya seeks to heal that alienation, and to create a very strong math foundation - mental math facts, multiplication tables, division, fractions, decimals, percents, etc. It's not about grades, it's about performance - faster, and faster performance. It's also about connection. She's determined to transfer her love of numbers and calculating to each student. This year she includes introductory geometry activities - angles,  triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, solids, and number symmetry. Each student will learn by doing. Learning Across the Curriculum: Students in the class will use their skills to help them chart the universe in astronomy class (see Cosmic Afrika) and calculate pixel sizes for their digital photography class (see Imagine-A-Nation).
Afrikan Dance: The Music, the Moves, the Locations (Guardian Force)
AYA student and Howard University Graduate, Nilajah (Kristina) Banks will share her love and knowledge of Afrikan dance in hopes that students - male and female with engage themselves and support in their local African dance movements. Using video and audio clips, students will learn the music, the moves and the history and origins of different Afrikan dances.
 The Economic Conundrum ( Their Attack,  Our Defense, Our  Money for WHB)

The Spell of Afrika (Intro to Ideological Origins of Black Nationalism)
 Passing the Torch - Youth Organizing for Power
 Raspberry Pi, Robotics, and Computer Programming (+ Competition)
 Image-A-Nation Photography Projects: Community Media (+ Competition)
 Argumentation and Falsification (Debate Plus Amos N. Wilson)
 Haiti - From the Bottom Up
Continued - Aquaponics (Urban Farming)

How: 
•Live Web-Conference-Based 
•Local and National Peers
•Live Peers and Instructors•Local Face-2-Face Clusters

Learn more about these courses at our web-conference open house. Get details. Meet Instructors.
 Online Open House Each
   Sun. July-September
   6:00 PM-7:30PM  (EST)

213-416-1560 Attendee Code: 277 6739#

Monday, July 27, 2015

Form Follows Function: Finding Imhotep's Father - The Course


Where did they hide his body?


They have even been able to hide is name. To steal the father is to cripple the son, and us.  We must find him. There are those who are seeking to turn the son against his father's teachings. The results will be catastrophic.

"Forms follows function" is not just an architectural maxim, Since before the time of Imhotep's father it has guided human creation. It can only be determined in community, with community. To turn it on it's head  - function following form  - is hedonistic. Imhotep together with his father can turn the world right-side up again.

Join this unique architecture course in search of the mind and the skills of the architects who will help Imhotep and his father turn the world right-side up again.

Nana Baffour
Asa G. Hilliard III
 The course title comes from Nana Baffour (Asa G. Hilliard III) who taught us years ago that “form follows function, and that beauty follows form.”Architects Sister Ese (Justein Futurell) and Baba Yohance (Bediako Darrell Mitchell) will teach the combo - high school and adult learner course called

Form Follows Function: Finding Imhotep's Father



Students will feast on the designs of the first architects from the heralded ancient pyramids and temples of Nubia and Kemet, to the Great Wall of Zimbabwe to the often overlooked and maligned “hut.”

While they’ll learn history and culture, this is an architecture class. They’ll enter the mind of the architect: part artist, part engineer, part chemist, part physicist, part psychologist, part sociologist and part environmentalist.

They’ll travel from Kemet, Nubia and Zimbawe, to the recursive fractal villages in Mali, to the Sirius people - the Dogon, to community design in Iqique, Chile, to sustainable buildings in Bali, Indonesia and also in Gando, Burkina Faso.


The architect who returned home to Gando brought me to tears. Growing up, the villagers would pool their pennies to send him miles away to another village so he could go to school. They pinned their hopes on him. He studied in the dimly lit primary and secondary classrooms far away from his family. His efforts snared him a scholarship to go to Germany to study architecture.

Gando - Community Building
Alienation more than loneliness was the subtle death-trap that he faced in every text book, every lecture. Unwittingly or not, his architectural training sought to develop in him a mindset to value and serve aliens. Fortunately, those hope-filled pennies kept him “clothed in his right mind.”

 They anchored him to his culture and his people, and to the search for Imhotep's father's wisdom - form follows function. Grown up and certified, he returned to Gando - still poor with no schools, no electricity, etc. No matter, he showed his people the richness of the material all around them. With them - the people and the local materials - he began to build, and you should see what they’ve built. Of course, when you enroll, you will see.

Nubian Pyramids
For many that would be enough; not! This is AYA Educational Institute.

After exploring the mind of the architect, the students are asked to practice some of the skills of the architects: designing, drawing, writing, speaking, calculating and managing. It's a lot, and it’s a two semester course.

When they are well into the course, another professional Mama Tayani Suma will help them understand the funding and contracting needed to transform plans into places that you can actually sleep, play and work in.

It is a wonderful quest. 

Raise your hand if you want to go. Oh, that’s right, class hasn’t started yet. Worried about not being able to make it? The class is taught via our live web-conference platform, so you can attend from wherever you can get an internet connection. You’ll need a headset, web cam and a watch. No recorded sessions here. You log in on time and you’ll see your fellow students, and they see and hear you. The learning is in the interaction!

Join us. Sign up for this intellectual quest.

Ptah-Hotep
Need more information? Great. Contact Mama Afiya @ 404. 532.9958 or afiyao@gmail.com. You can join us for our OPEN HOUSE on Sundays @ 6pm EST. www.anymeeting.com/ayateach

One more sweet thing that I just have to tell you:  Our high school students who take this course will also be taking our Cosmic Afrika Astronomy classes. Cosmic Peoples Time! The budding architects will be amazed at how our reverence for and knowledge of the stars guided our building. You will too. Who knows we just may find Imhotep's father there in the cosmos. Some say it may even be Ptah-Hotep himself.

I get excited just writing about it. Man, can I take this course? Hey call the number above, come to the OPEN HOUSE and stay tuned to our blog: http://ayaeducation.blogspot.com

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Call in Black!


I love this "Call in Black" video.Yes, today would be a great day to "call in Black." If you can't, or even after you do, then make the Black Call. Call to our fighting, healing, building ancestors, songs, stories, so they can go with you. This is not the time to surrender or shrink.

This brutality is not new. It's allowing us to see what's been happening for decades - hidden by projections of progress and our delusions to match. We are only shedding the illusions and delusion that have kept us from touching the ordinary reality of our existence in America, and that have kept us from touching the old Afrikan, and Afrikan power within.

Feel deeply - anger, sadness, even fear. Let our tears water continue to wash away the illusions and delusions - though horrors we'll see. Let our tears water the ancient seeds of resistance and hope in us. Follow the anger and fear to their natural conclusions - power. Then you'll know what to do and when.


I'll remind you that you are not alone, have never been alone, and will never be alone. I'll remind you that we will get through this not by delusions that we are the problem, that God will change their hearts, or that God will move them out of the way. We'll get through this by realizing that God (however conceived) sent us to make a way out of no way - fighting, healing, building - like our ancestors before us.

Revolt aboard the Creole Oct. 27 1841
Our actions to make this way out of no way is the evocation that will bring ancestors, culture and Spirit. This is Black Call. Let's make it.







Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Courses for 2015-2016

We're excited about some new classes for 2015-2016 with compliment our standard math, science, language arts and history curriculum.


Cosmic Afrika - Black Astronomy Then and Now!
Form Follows Function: Finding Imhotep’s Father (Black Architecture)
Goal Setting | Motivation | Performance
The Geo-Math Mix: Foundational Math and Intro. Geometry (Projects)
Afrikan Dance: The Music, the Moves, the Locations
The Economic Conundrum ( Their Attack,  Our Defense, Our  Money for WHB)
The Spell of Afrika (Intro to Ideological Origins of Black Nationalism)
Passing the Torch - Youth Organizing for Power
Raspberry Pi, Robotics, and Computer Programming (+ Competition)
 Image-A-Nation Photography Projects: Community Media (+ Competition)
Argumentation and Falsification (Debate Plus Amos N. Wilson)
 Haiti - From the Bottom Up
Continued - Aquaponics (Urban Farming)

How: 
•Live Web-Conference-Based 
•Local and National Peers
•Live Peers and Instructors•Local Face-2-Face Clusters

Learn more about these courses at our web-conference open house. Get details. Meet Instructors.
 Online Open House Each
   Sun. July-September
   6:00 PM-7:30PM  (EST)

213-416-1560 Attendee Code: 277 6739#

Healing Alienation! Open House

Middle School & High School Full and Part-Time 

National Afrikan-Centered  Home-School Education


Foundational Courses (For a Strong Academic Base)
Advanced Academic Courses (So They Can Compete)
STEM Projects (Science, Tech…Agricultural, Apps, Business  Preparation)
SAT / ACT  / Advanced Placement  (College Preparation)
Warrior-Healer-Builder Courses (Them Learning to Serving Us First)
Healing alienation! Our students have become alienated from academics, from our culture, from our people. They are alienated from their genius and power.  At AYA we teach each subject to heal that alienation!

Live Web-Conference-Based Classes 
•Local and National Peers
•Live Peers and Instructors•Local Face-2-Face Clusters

Online Open House 
Sundays. July - Sept 
6:00-7:30PM (EST)
Link: anymeeting.com/ayateach
Phone: 213-416-1560 Attendee Code:
277 6739#


Monday, July 13, 2015

Before you...


 © By Wekesa O. Madzimoyo, 2015

Sister Grace, I'm so glad you posted this. Ras asked me last week to further explain why I objected to his blaming "emotionalism" for creating whatever problem he was referring to. This post, might just help me. So, here goes.

As I read the "Before you react, think" line from the meme, I realized something that I've been missing for so long. It's that most people assume that “react” and “reaction” is all or mostly emotional. What just came together for me is that when our thinking has been conditioned or programmed, that thinking guides our reaction- even over  emotional guidance to the contrary.

For example ringing Pavlov's bell, automatically gets the dog thinking food, seeing food and salivating. Similarly, whenever White folks shoot us in our churches, our reaction is guided by the thinking which they have programmed and seared into us. And that is to forgive them when they kill or hurt us. We're conditioned to cognitively minimize it, to think of it and see it "an isolated incident," "a subdued threat," etc. We’re also conditioned to think about “forgiving” them as “the right thing to do, " not forgiving them as the cause of internal anguish and personal, if
not spiritual retardation.

Such immediate "forgiving" reaction goes against our natural emotional reaction and against unfettered critical thinking - which would direct us to RUN (get to a safe place) and/or to STRIKE BACK until WE decided the threat was subdued, and until we're sure that the assault wouldn’t happen again. Then and only then would we contemplate what other kind of future relationship we'd want with the assailant, if they survived our counter. Only then - in a safe place - after having secured our future could we contemplate our relationship with ourselves and reflect on what internal thoughts or feelings may or may not be holding us back, etc. 

That's the natural emotional fight or flight response. Instead, we react as we've been conditioned - to forgive them and/or to denounce symbols, when the bullets are still flying, when churches are still burning, and when WE have not secured our safety. 

Some may disagree with my observation that the bullets are still flying. To understand how I could say the bullets are still flying even after the lone assailant was taken into custody, imagine this: 

A man, part of a gang of five men who are known for attacking and raping women, attacks  a lone woman as she is walking home. He beats and violently rapes her. The other four see him, and decide to leave her to him. Sadistically satisfied, the rapist leaves her for dead. Cold, bloody, naked, somehow she regains consciousness. She survives, escapes, and alerts the police. The police search for and arrest the assailant. The four others remain at large. Is she likely to feel safe? Would you trust her thinking, if she insisted that there was no problem and that she was going to walk home alone again without any protection? Would you advise her to forgive this man - her assailant before she feels safe? 

We’ll do you, your daughters, or your sons feel safe from White oppression and aggression? I don’t.
 Dylann’s brothers and sisters- some from different economic stations, different political affiliations, some with different dialects, degrees and uniforms - are still at large and still assaulting.

I also was struck by another powerful line in your post that is actually related to the first: “Before you pray, forgive.” Wouldn’t that depend on what you’re praying for?

When the bullets are still flying isn’t it emotionally and cognitively natural to pray: “God, damn them!”  Isn’t it natural to invoke the power of God to help you, or to intervene on your behalf to stop the assailants - even it means killing them? Our emotions and our free-thinking would have us pray for our own survival and that of our loves ones, first. 

If we didn’t forgive them, and prayed for the assailants to be damned (stopped, condemned, etc.) would we become too revolting for God? Hmm. Now, that would be a piece of programmed thinking, don't you think? 

Grace, I know you don't think, condone or promote these kinds of ideas. When it’s laid bear, most of us don’t. Still, here they are - hidden messages in the meme of wise warnings. They trigger our programmed thinking, the injected mental manipulation which causes us to react, and to override emotions which takes all the blame. 

It’s like a magician’s redirection.


I hadn’t thought of it before: blaming the emotions is a neat way to distract our attention away from oppressive cognitive programming. Hidden in plane sight! No one looks there. When our actions generate a negative result, it’s got to be the emotions, right?

Sorry, I digress. Let’s get back to God.

So, when my daughters are still being abused by police at the pool side, and my sons are being dragged out of police cars and beaten, if I pray that God, damns them and gives me the strength to damn them instead of forgiving them, I'm to decide that I'm spiritually unworthy? Did I get the right?

If so, then Spirit must NOT love me or my children, at least not as much as Spirit loves and wants me to take care of the assailants. Is that what Baba John Henrik Clarke meant when he said: White oppression has taught us we are “Outside of God’s grace.”

Could we be trying to show ourselves spiritually worthy to a White “Son of God?” Could that be some of the programmed thinking that guided our forgiving reactions to the SC massacre, or am I taking this programmed thinking thing too far?

There is a simple test that might help us answer the question.

Here it is: Would Black people had have different reaction if the assailant was Black and the rest of his “gang” were still at large? 
What do you think? 

Would the Black community so quickly forgive, or propose going after the Black gang’s symbols before going after the gang? 

One more scenario. The Black assailant is now killing the young and the elderly, killing three pastors, and a White state senator - nine in all. Same questions. Would the Black community so quickly forgive, or propose going after the Black gang’s symbols before going after the gang? 

What were your answers - your first answers? No, not how the White community would react. We know all too well what their response would be. What does your experience tell you about the likely Black community’s responses?

If your answers vary from our responses to the Dylann Roof SC massacre, then maybe Christopher Nolan’s Inception is an example of art imitating life. Brother Hunter Adams first alerted me to the movie at an ABPSY conference. Remember in the movie Leonardo Decaprio’s character, Cobb is being hired by a rich energy magnate to invade a competitor’s son’s mind via his dreams to get him to voluntarily destroy his father’s empire and his own inheritance. The strategy is to plant an alien idea, or thought. Describing the gravity of the task, Cobb says: 

..."The seed that we plant into this man’s mind will grown into and idea. This idea will define him. It may come to change everything about him.”   

It was just a movie, right? Or could it really be that our reactions are guided by implanted thoughts injected deep by psychic and physical abuse? Could it be that these injected thoughts override our sane, emotional, life-saving responses which evolved over hundreds of thousands of years? Can I say sane and emotion in the same sentence?

The truth is that feeling vs. Thinking is a false dichotomy, even when relayed in a form that passes for wisdom - “Before you react, think.” We can't separate them. We "feel-think" and “think-feel.”  Neurologist have know it for decades. Afrikans have known it thousands of years before the birth or Christ, Muhammad, and Buddha . That neurologist are catching up won’t stop the propaganda. The false dichotomy is too valuable to the oppressive machine.

While both our thinking and feelings have been conditioned by our experience, in this oppressive environment, both have also been intentionally programmed by Europeans to prompt or extinguish certain reactions - like Pavlov’s dogs. 

You didn’t think he’d stop at dogs did you? 

Oppressors like to engineer compliance to and reverence for them. 

What do you think a White Jesus and Angel’s food cake is for? 
Why up the huge bounty on Assatua Shakur’s head. Interestingly, they haven’t forgiven her after all these years. 

Oppressors like to extinguish reactions of resentment and resistance.

Why do you think they promote the “turn the other cheek” version of Martin Luther King?
Why not this version?
“if you’ve not found something you’re willing to die for, you’re not fit to live.  “...There comes a time when we must take a position that’s neither safe, politic or popular...”  
“You may be 39 as I happen to be an a great opportunity comes your way to take a stand for truth, justice, and something right. And you refused to do it, because you’re afraid that your house may be bomb or you may be stabbed as I was. We’ll you may go on and live until you’re 90, but the cessation of breathing in your life is merely a belated announcement, you died when you refused to stand for truth and justice.”

Brother Amos N. Wilson once said: “It’s a very slick system.” Check it out. 
The false thinking-over feeling dichotomy says my emotions can’t be trusted and continues the “blame game” that I referenced earlier. 

Satisfied that we have a explanation for our negative results, we don’t examine the programmed thinking or falsified emotions. After all, why go through the trouble of learning the program, de-programming and then re-programming when we only have to think before we react? Simple.

I know. I know. We are sometimes “too emotional,” right? Ras asks “aren’t our battered families are the living proof of that?” Not exactly. 

It is like we are possessed. Our bodies are acting, but we’re not “clothed in our right minds,” as my Grandmother used to say. 

Our battering, abandoning, and angry reactions are the result of carefully crafted falsified emotions and programmed thinking. Think about it. The same Pavlov-like program that causes us to react to White abuse by forgiving, also programs us react to ourselves and each other with disdain, damnation, and violence. 

I can hear Malcolm X asking: "Who taught you to hate yourself?"

Excuse? Not hardly, we have to talk about, heal, and fix the battered relationships, suicides, surrender, violence issues that plague us. Ironically, pseudo wisdom like “Before you react, think” blocks the real fix which is to learn to be guided by our authentic feelings and thoughts. 

This is exactly why I make such a fuss about about this emotion vs. thinking stuff, if we don’t get to our authentic feelings and thoughts, our oppressors direct our families and our relationships through us. To help us get to our authentic thoughts and feelings AYA Educational Institute has created tools like “FAM” and the “River of Touches.” More on that later, we not ready for solutions just yet.

Falsified emotions serve another slick purpose - to make alien ideas seem self-generated. Stay with me Grace. In a slick system of oppression, freedom is in the details. The movie Inception may help us again. This time Tom Hardy’s character Eames is planning with the invasion team on how to make the alien seed-idea stick. The team reasons that the mind will naturally attack an alien, harmful idea, like your nose recoils from something rotten that will be harmful to your body. To avoid rejection, they decide to use the emotions generated by the son’s estranged relationship with his father as the path way. One more thing is needed Aames adds:
“It has to seem self-generated. That’s the only way the idea will stick.”

Think of this: I come to an intersection with a stop sign, and I’ve been taught to read the red octagonal sign and the letters S-T-O-P to mean GO. So, I go. Our course, I’m likely to be hurt or to hurt someone else. The result - if I survive the crash - is that I won’t trust that sign anymore, right? I have my evidence - my hurting body - to confirm that the red and white GO signs mean trouble. It’s my decision. It has become my own idea.

When I mis-read emotions, or more accurately, read false ones, I hurt the ones I love, or we hurt each other. What conclusion can I come to except that I cannot trust the sign - my emotions. The problem with trying to run away from the false emotion is that I also I run away from the authentic ones. 

Now, that’s a problem because emotional authenticity -the basis of real connection - is the best check to errant thinking. It’s the best defense against the threat of injected programmed ideas. Without it there is no de-programming and re-programming.

Grace, you may be thinking that I’ve really lost it. Emotions checking thinking? I know, I too have been taught the exact opposite - thinking checks errant emotions. I told you it was a slick system. Everything is upside down and inside out. Strange but true - here’s what the latest research on emotions and cognition says: “Without emotion you don’t care, and you don’t think.” 

So, without emotional authenticity and real connection (caring), we’re left to rely on the unchecked Pavlov-like conditioned thinking which guides me to serve aliens (oppressors) at my expense. 

Convinced that they are destructive, I’m so busy suppressing the emotions, I don’t learn to read them correctly - the authentic ones, and I’m so busy blaming my emotions for errant behaviors, I don’t correct the cognitive programming or programmer. Hence, I forgive when I should damn, and I damn when I should forgive. I’m follow the thinking, feeling, and behavioral 'script' that serves our oppressors.

Sister, there is a way out, a way home.  Though it is outside of the scope of this article to detail it here, you taken the first step by becoming aware of the problem. The rest is summarized in what every generation of Black people value - Keepin it real! Keepin it 100%. Instead of suppressing your emotions use them to help you move and accomplish what you have decided it’s best. Now, be careful that your decisions are yours. To avoid some programmed decisions, ask yourself Marimba Ani’s question: “is it good for Afrikan people?” Value and combine your authentic thinking and authentic emotions, and  use them both equally everyday. 

Now since you like memes, I have some one suggestion and 3 rewrites for your next one. Suggestion:
Next time, choose a Black underlying image; race does matter.
Rewrites:
When something happens, react with authentic feelings and thoughts. (Deprogram and reprogram, so you’ll be ready.)
When you need to pray, pray.
When you need to forgive, forgive.
When you need to fight, fight.

If you’d like to know more about one option for how to de-program and re-program our thinking and our emotions, so that we can solve our problems and lift the entire world in the process, then check out www.ayaed.com. 

Without dogma, without requiring name changes, or family estrangement, they offer training to help individuals families and organizations attain the skills to: 
Crack the codes
Circle the lines, and 
Solve the riddles of oppression. 
Those mysterious skills help attendees produce authentic warriors who defend us, healers who actually help us heal from oppression’s wounds, and builders of strong families, schools, organizations, and institutions.  
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Author: Wekesa Madzimoyo (wekesa@gmail.com)
Wekesa O. Madzimoyo is the director of and writes for AYA Educational Institute. www.ayaed.com. AYA researches areas of communication, conflict resolution, and the dynamics of oppression. It develops programs to implement its findings, and provides consultation and training to those wanting to address these issues.