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To Daddy’s Little Princess..

Dear Princess,

I’ve watched you mature into an intelligent beautiful young lady.

I specifically love your determination, ambition, will power, confidence, resourcefulness and desire to be independent.

As your Father, my job is to protect, provide, empower, teach and love you. Your job is to use your God Given – gifts, talents and abilities to help others and be the best version of you.

Remember to always keep your head up Princess, otherwise your Crown will fall. Always be grateful, humble and never allow anything or anyone to make you feel like you’re anything less than a Princess.. until the day you become a Queen.

With that being said.. the assignments I give you will help you discover your God Given – gifts, talents and abilities.

Research each section and Answer the questions associated with them

 

Here are the Rules:

  1. Find at least 5 different sources of information and add the links to your resources at the bottom
  2. Do you a good job. Review it. Do a better job. Review it again. Do your best job

Influential Women (25% of your Grade) – I’m sure you’ll say WOW 🙂

 

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

  1. Where was she born?
  2. How was she born and raised?
  3. Who were her biggest influences?
  4. How has she influenced the world?
  5. Share your favorite YouTube Video of or about her
  6. Which do you admire about her?
  7. Watch a speech and tell me what part of it stood out to you
  8. Which three of her quotes do you like the most?

Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías

  1. Where was she born?
  2. How was she born and raised?
  3. Which do you admire about her?
  4. Who were her biggest influences?
  5. How has she influenced the world?
  6. Share your favorite YouTube Video of or about her
  7. Watch a speech and tell me what part of it stood out to you
  8. Which three of her quotes do you like the most?

 Michelle Obama

  1. Where was she born?
  2. How was she born and raised?
  3. Which do you admire about her?
  4. Who were her biggest influences?
  5. How has she influenced the world?
  6. Share your favorite YouTube Video of or about her
  7. Watch a speech and tell me what part of it stood out to you
  8. Which three of her quotes do you like the most?

Oprah Winfrey

  1. Where was she born?
  2. How was she born and raised?
  3. Which do you admire about her?
  4. Who were her biggest influences?
  5. How has she influenced the world?
  6. Share your favorite YouTube Video of or about her
  7. Watch a speech and tell me what part of it stood out to you
  8. Which three of her quotes do you like the most?

Music (25% of your Grade) – since you love singing and music 🙂

The history of “Soul Music”

  • Where did it start?
  • Why did it start?
  • How has it influenced the world?
  • Find three Soul Musicians and explain
    • Three things you admire about them and why
    • Tell me what they’re passionate about
    • Tell me what they had to overcome in life
    • How they dealt with adversity

Organization Research (25% of your Grade) – since you love helping people 🙂

UNICEF

  • Where did it start?
  • Why did it start?
  • How has it influenced the world?
  • Find three Soul Musicians and explain
    • Three things you admire about them and why
    • Tell me what they’re passionate about
    • Tell me what they had to overcome in life
    • How they dealt with adversity

UNWOMEN

  • Where did it start?
  • Why did it start?
  • How has it influenced the world?
  • Find three Soul Musicians and explain
    • Three things you admire about them and why
    • Tell me what they’re passionate about
    • Tell me what they had to overcome in life
    • How they dealt with adversity

Write a letter to your to Future Self (25% of your Grade)

 

Note: The assignment above is an actual e-mail sent to my 10 year Princess as she sat in the living room watching TV.

During my childhood I’ve received assignments from my Mother and my Aunt Dottie. I remember hating to read, research or do any kind of activity other than playing with my friends. I didn’t consider myself a scholar or an intellectual by any stretch of my imagination. Strangely enough, I can count on one hand the friends that haven’t fell victim to extremely unfortunate circumstances.

If we’ve all come from broken dysfunctional homes and have shared many of the same experiences in an environment that breeds negativity and failure, why am I the Man I am today? Why was I the only black male in my high school graduating class? Why do I have a career in Technology, when I didn’t have a computer in my home growing up? Why were my birthday wishes always the same “I wish to be a Great Man, that changes the world and one day have his own holiday?” How I fathom that thought at a point when I’m sure I had no clue was Greatness was?

The answers are abundantly clear when I reflect on the seeds planted by my Family. My Aunt Dottie and Uncle Jerry were scholars who valued education and held positions within the New York Board of Education. If I’m not mistaken Uncle Jerry was a Superintendent (or similar) and Aunt Dottie was a Valedictorian, turned Principal. I don’t know the story, but they’ve managed to get me into PS 166 – an elementary school located in Manhattan’s upper west side. I remember traveling on the train from one of NYC’s outer boroughs to Manhattan daily from Kindergarten to 3rd grade. At times, traveling by myself on the train when my friend didn’t ride with me. I’m not sure why I didn’t stay at that school, but I was exposed to a premier early education experience which was unknown to anyone in my neighborhood.

Although, the rest of my childhood education was obtained in lower income school districts, I was always in the grades’ gifted class. My grades weren’t good and my report card comments, always read “He’s a smart child, but he doesn’t apply himself in class.” Eventually, my Mother created a weekly evaluation sheet in the back of my notebook and requested weekly feedback from my Teachers (needless to say.. I hated it). My grades and behavior improved slightly as I knew – a bad weekly report wasn’t received well (to put in lightly).

My low grades – caused my Family to request I attend summer and night school every year.. while my Family created a slew educational activities (book reports, essays, etc.) for me to do at home. Throughout high school, I participated in various special programs – taking college courses on site and working after school.

The day of the SAT exam, one of my friends came to get me and I had no clue what he wasn’t talking about. I remember him saying, “we have to go to some other school to take a test”. Obviously, I didn’t prepare for this “test”. Once we arrived at the school, I recall my friends making bets on who was going to get the best grades and that ignited the competitor in me. Strangely enough, I did better than all of my classmates – many of whom were light years ahead of me in school grades. When the time came, I graduated early due to all of the credits received in summer \ night school and was the only Black Male in my graduating class.

Needless to say, a high school diploma is normally the ‘end game’ where I’m from. Expectations of anything more are rarely discussed or experienced. All of my college applications were rejected.. so I figured I was home free. Fortunately, (but unfortunately at the time) I came home one day shortly after graduation to find my bags packed. My Aunt Dottie had a Sorority Sister at a Historically Black College in the South, who happened to be the Dean of Admissions. My life was forever changed..

All of the additional various conversations, educational techniques, relentless tough love and support eventually created the Man I am today. Small changes consistently implemented, produced huge results.

The assignments like the one mentioned above, were seeds. Although, some seeds required more time to flourish than others.. they have and will continue to flourish. The seed planting process for my Princess has been modified slightly. Assignments are tailored to help Her learn about strong, successful, influential Women and how they use their influence to change the world.

Although my Aunt Dottie is resting up in Heaven right now.. I can assure you – Her influence will be felt around the world. With tears running down my eyes.. Auntie.. thank you for loving and believing in me.. I will never let you down..

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By | 2016-12-27T07:00:08+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Thoughts and Opinions|1 Comment

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  1. Venus Watson December 28, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

    What a great way to use your experiences to lead your daughter on a path to greatness! I love this and thank you for sharing ❤️

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