BMESTalk is “a space and place to stretch your soul.” These words were spoken by J. Tristan Hall, a Black male Assistant Principal based in Philadelphia, during a BMESTalk Happy Hour last December. J. Tristan’s comments are an indicator that BMEsTalk is living up to its vision statement – to inspire Black Male Educators to[…]
By Natasha Harrison advocacy, Community Engagement, Culture Transformation, Justice, Racial Equity, Strategy Dec 24, 2020
Racial equity must involve the most impacted in the creation and implementation of policies and practices. #CBV was encouraged by the inspiring models of grantmaking led by community members. They are challenging the narrative about who is really positioned to transform communities. We highlight the amazing work from: THRIVE Thomasville Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund[…]
By Natasha Harrison self care Dec 23, 2020
CBV is a growing cooperative of 12 active consultants that center the Akan Adinkra symbol, boa me na me mmoa wo, which means “Help me and let me help you.” It is a symbol of cooperation and interdependence. On May 4, 2020, #CBVCEO Natasha Harrison found herself in the ICU. The love and prayers of[…]
In this video, Ayodele Harrison, Senior Partner of CBV and Director of BMEsTalk, shares his gratitude for his team of BMEsTalk CHAT moderators. Andre Daughty and Darryl Diggs, 2 of the 5 moderators, then describe how their experience as chat moderators have positively impacted them personally and professionally. What are you grateful for in 2020?
During a recent recording of the podcast, The Rewind presented by BMEsTalk, our Senior Partner of Education, Ayodele Harrison, took a moment to express his gratitude for the 5 Black Male Educators who helped to take the work of BMEsTalk to the next level. The two BMEs on the recording, Andre Daughty and Dr. Darryl[…]
By Natasha Harrison Community Engagement, Culture Transformation, gratitude, self care Dec 21, 2020
CBV has declared December 2020 as the Month of Gratitude! During a recent project meeting, cooperative members expressed what they are grateful for in 2020. What are you grateful for in 2020?
In this short piece, J. Tristan Hall shares his gratitude for having a Black Male Educator affinity space. Mr. Hall is an Assistant Principal based in Philadelphia, PA. He has been connected to the #BMEsTalk community for over 3 years.
By Natasha Harrison Community Engagement, COVID-19, DEI, gratitude, Racial Equity, self care Nov 30, 2020
CommunityBuild Ventures is proclaiming December as the Month of Gratitude! Our practice of Brave Space Building uses gratitude as an important building block to help participants be their most authentic selves. It invites hopefulness and opens the door to infinite possibilities. We are so grateful for what this year has taught us about resiliency, love[…]
In a fight for more equitable treatment of their children in schools, Black parents/caregivers’ complaints are being dismissed as illogical and irrational. This is not true for all schools but the very fact that it reigns true in some is too much. Our educational systems need to be “fixed”, some even suggesting that they should[…]
The process of remedying and reversing the equity challenges present within schools goes beyond the outlandish policies of leaders or the efforts of administrators. All stakeholders involved in education have a role to play. In this article, we shall discuss what we as individuals can do to improve our schools’ quality, fairness, and inclusion. As[…]