Category Archives: Africa

Teach Kids About Africa As If Our Lives Depend Upon It – And Maybe They Do

On top of the sheer panic unleashed by the spread of the Ebola virus from West Africa, an astonishing amount of ignorance has reared its ugly head. As some have commented, this ignorance may be more dangerous to millions of people than the actual virus, and the unfamiliarity could even make matters worse, by focusing…

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Talking to My Ten-Year Old About the Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls – #BringBackOurGirls

Beyond our usual “what’s the best thing that happened to you today” conversation at dinnertime, we’ve added some social media sharing  – talking about a video or story that’s gone viral that day. Our first time watching Pharrell’s “Happy” or Kid President’s Pep Talk came after a dinner conversation. It’s a great way to share…

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Raising Global Citizens (and Consumers) So K'Naan Doesn't Need to Censor His Better Self

I’m struck by the recent op-ed by rapper-poet-pop star K’naan in the NY Times, “Censoring Myself for Success,” found here.  It made me sad – but wasn’t surprising – to read how music industry executives wanted him to water down his message and fascinating life story growing up in war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, so that his…

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