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. […]
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 have worked in the field of cultural competency, diversity education, and teaching black & brown boys for decades. Every seven years or so, there is new terminology that develops that seeks to better encapsulate the work that so many of us are passionately engaged in on a daily basis. From cultural competency and culturally […]
Over the years, I have constantly heard people in the black community use the term “Hotep brother.” It has permeated our music, literature, television shows, and more. There are several definitions of this term, but I think Damon Young captures it best in his article on The Root. He states that signs of Hotep brothers include: […]
This is my 8thalbum 7 years since the last Had a lot on my mind let a lot of stuff pass Chose to focus on my kids, enjoy being a father Watched too many brothers & sisters on tv get slaughtered Hot and bothered, why they use us as fodder Mothers, fathers, aunts & uncles, […]
I read a quotation that you cannot control what happened in the past, but you can control the future. I would say at the very least you can planfor the future. What happens in the past is over. As Willie Jolley said, use your past as a place of reference, not a place of residence. […]
Let’s talk about that diet family! Some people say, you are what you eat or you eat what you are. Look, track star Carl Lewis said you cannot outrun your diet. You have to remember that we can work out and do all the things that want to do in terms of getting in shape, […]
According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), “job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and…it has escalated progressively over the past few decades.” Despite all of the technological advances that were supposed to make life and work easier, we as a society find ourselves more burnt out […]
You can listen and download the song for free here: We’re the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow Tired of the deaths, funerals, and sorrow We’re takin’ a stand so you understand We’re marchin for our lives and the future of our land Time to march for our lives time to march for […]
Motivational speakers are supposed to be objective. We are supposed to speak about how there is always a window opening when a door closes. We are supposed to speak matter-of-factly that life doesn’t care about our excuses, only our results. We are expected to be apolitical and focus on the […]
The chosen few are the few who chose To step up and open doors tightly closed So you call yourself a leader, but what does that mean? Getting green, turning green, badly running your team? Sadly killing the dreams of a hopeful teen? Madly willing your ideas, not even listening? Does it mean you celebrate […]
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