For over a decade, I have worked with private, public, and charter schools across this nation on issues relating to diversity, culturally relevant instruction, and student leadership. The work I do takes different forms in different schools. In some schools, I am brought in to work with faculty on ways they can reach their more disenfranchised […]
About Dr. Omekongo Dibinga
Dr. Omékongo Dibinga is a motivational speaker, TV talk show host, trilingual poet, rapper, and professor of Crosscultural Communication at American University. His writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio from CNN and TEDx to The BBC and NPR. He’s written songs for major motion pictures and organizations such as NASA. He has spoken before the United Nations and partners with the State Department to conduct leadership trainings overseas. He has shared his work in 25 countries. Omékongo provides leadership, and diversity & inclusion consulting for organizations. For more, please visit www.upstanderinternational.com.
Entries by Dr. Omekongo Dibinga
I was moved by the powerful article written by The Atlantic’s Jemele Hill entitled “Jay-Z Helped the NFL Banish Colin Kaepernick.” I felt that she captured multiple sides of the debate while firmly stating why she believes this deal with the NFL will be a bad look for JAY Z and many within the black […]
I have worked with both the Trump and Obama administrations during my career as a diversity & inclusion practitioner, so I have inside experience on how both administrations work. I have been critical of both administrations for different reasons. From corporations to schools, I have also worked with organizations dealing with the challenges the election […]
We got a president that wants to be king A media that obsesses on the pettiest things A republican party that will do anything That the President says man, he’s pulling their strings Well he ain’t pullin mine I’ll say what’s on my mind While Pelosi seems scared to charge Trump with high crimes And […]
I felt so inspired by what my teacher said, Said I’d either be dead or be a reefer head Not sure if that’s how adults should speak ta kids Especially when the only thing I did was speak in class JAY Z, So Ambitious (Blueprint 3, 2009) There are many reasons why I decided to write […]
They say greatness is a choice but what have you chosen? You’ve been frozen in time and broken in mind For too long the same song playing in your head Living in breath but better off dead But who said you didn’t have the power? Who said this is not your hour? You’ve been showered […]
This week, First Lady, Melania Trump is celebrating the one year anniversary of her Be Best campaign, an initiative designed to focus on overall wellbeing for young people, help end the opioid epidemic, and stop social media bullying. It’s so easy to talk about the fact that the third aspect of it, ending social media […]
Across the country, people have been engaging in intense debates about the 11 year old student Jabari Talbot in Florida who was arrested for not saluting the standing up during the Pledge of Allegiance. Of course, there are lots of debates going on about what actually led to the arrest. People are saying he wasn’t […]
The learning burn Preserve flows like an urn Other folks had their shot, it’s my turn Classic Mobb Deep, my mob deep and we creep Straight from the streets of the hood in Southeast DC, home of the sloppy dreams Where the words “#allcaps” don’t represent a hockey team Grand Washington Wizard occupies 16 Still […]
Acclaimed lawyer and talk show host Laura Coates touched all of our hearts with her frustrations over raising her children to be proud of their blackness. Before she even broke into tears, I was right there with her. My wife Kendra and I are raising 3 children; 12 and 10-year-old daughters and a 3-year-old son. […]
- 3 & 1/2 ways private & wealthier public schools can attract black teachers
- Beyond Kaepernick and Kneeling: Why JAY Z’s NFL Deal Could be Good for the Black Community
- Workplace Issues Under Trump? Here are 3 ways To Handle It!
- The Case For Impeachment (Lyrics)
- JAY Z Is A Billionaire. What Will Black Boys In YOUR School TODAY Be Tomorrow?
- G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness!
- Melania Trump’s Be Best program is a farce for marginalized youth
- Educators Weaponizing Authority: Jabari Talbot Arrest and the School to Prison Pipeline
- A freestyle rhyme on #timesup, #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, water, and more!