• Moving from Facebook to...well...Facebook. The Shift from Profile Page to...that other Page. (PHOTOS)

    My FACEBOOK POST earlier today:

    Hey everyone!! Thank you for joining me here and my newly updated website: www.TDVisDivaBlue.com!! I've long reach the max 5000 "friends" on my personal page and created this page a couple years ago. I think it's high time I give my attention HERE and reduce my "stuff" on my personal page, well, because I want to grow. I want to grow my brand and I want to grow my opportunities.

    Is that wrong to say?
    Is that selfish?

    I've been an educator for over 20 years and I love it. I LOVE being a teacher!! I'm missing another part of myself, though: that voice that screams WRITE! CREATE! EXPRESS!

    This is where I'm going to be doing MORE of that...not my personal page. In fact, I'm going to downsize my personal page and move my main thrust of FB activity here. The "pages" platform gives me a greater reach and I want to reach...THE WORLD!! I want to network and WORK with others to try to bring about the change I want to see in this world. I believe I can be a part of change...I believe that. I believe I can CREATE change.

    I have learned SO much from my students over the years, but in this last semester, I have been TRANSFORMED by my students at both Prince George's Community College and at the University of Virginia. Let me share with you how a bunch of millennials gave me a new perspective on life. It's a story in three parts.

    Part One: I teach Introduction to Public Speaking at PGCC. This is a course I have taught, lived and breath since the 90's. This semester, however, I was given an opportunity to speak at an event in San Francisco that shook me at my core...and took me well outside of my comfort zone as a speaker. I was to give an "Ignite Talk" at the Lesbians Who Tech​ Summit and while I was confident in my speaking abilities, I had NO IDEA what an "Ignite Talk" was! Well, as it turns out, it's 5 minutes of "spit yo sh!t out" with slides that change every 15 seconds, whether you like it or not! I thought I was going to pass out! The prep work leading up to the summit was so anxiety ridden that I thought about backing out...a few times. My students wouldn't let me. They became my coaches and my cheerleaders. They watched the livestream of the event and supported me throughout the entire ordeal...lol. It was an amazing feeling to get back what I HOPE I've given for the last 20 years.

    Part Two: I also teach an Intro to Film class at PGCC. This was my first semester teaching this course at PGCC though I've taught it frequently over the last 10 years at a few different places. This time, for the first time, the room was filled with BLACK filmmakers...and THAT was different. I hadn't the opportunity, in a school setting, to work with and educate aspiring filmmakers who wanted to tell stories of what OUR lives had endured. I don't have much to say here except, they certainly charged MY battery for storytelling because my spirit...my history...my heart needed a reminder that while in the darkness of brutality and injustice, our light will always be fueled by art and the humanities.

    Part Three: I was granted the most extraordinary opportunity...to go home. This semester, through the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, I taught a class I created: "From the Drinking Gourd to #BlackTwitter: Social Communication for Social Change". This opportunity changed my life. This course and my 28 brilliant students, spent 15 weeks discussing the history and evolution of social communication, social media, social networking and social change. We spoke of slavery and the freedom of a people; the civil right movement and the freedom of a people; the birth of Hip Hop and the freedom of a people; and cyber activism...and the freedom of a people. All the discussions of Selma and Ferguson were mind bending and stretching...until the conversation moved to Grounds and became mind-boggling.

    My students went from discussing the theoretical to applying all of our studies as...a practicum! The beating and false arrest of UVA student, Martese Johnson, became the lab for our class and my students demonstrated that that this world will be in great hands, if left to them.

    My #SC4SCUVA student Krystal Okonkwo is standing strong, front and center with the yellow purse!
    We finished a class and forged a family.

    This is what I'll be bringing to THIS forum more than my other page. I do hope you join me. I hope we grow. We can change the world. Together.

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