Last week, I had the opportunity to visit two schools, Behrman Elementary and St. Mary’s Academy. These visits were both very special to me. I was invited to read to the students at St. Mary’s by Mrs. Beemis, my pre-k teacher at St. Leo the Great, who also served as my barber at the time. Mrs. Beemis taught my sister and all of my cousins who went through St. Leo, so it was nice to be able to show her how much her hard work paid off. She has been a long time friend of our family and she obviously did a GREAT job teaching me my ABC’s and 123′s… (I still know them all)
On Thursday, I visited Behrman Elementary and was invited to come out to read by Brother Roscoe. If you’ve attended a school in New Orleans in the last 10 – 15 years, then you’ve probably seen Brother Roscoe in action. Mr. Roscoe Reddix Jr. is an accomplished story teller and theater teacher. He also develops and leads professional development workshops for both artists and educators in Louisiana and throughout the Young Audiences network. Among other things at YA, Brother Roscoe was instrumental in bringing me on board to be apart of the Young Audiences team. I’m happy to play my part. During my visit Behrman Elementary, the kids performed songs, danced and even did a puppet show before I went on to read The Little Who Dat, Who Didn’t and Snowballs for All.
I haven’t been doing as many readings lately because I am in the process of starting a new business, FundDat – A reward-based, crowdfunding platform for projects created in New Orleans and projects created all around the world about New Orleans!
Don’t worry, I have new book coming out soon… It’s called… A Thorn in my Horn!
This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in Start Up Weekend New Orleans. My team worked very hard and we came in 3rd place.
Last Friday, everyone at Start Up Weekend had the opportunity to pitch an idea that they wanted to work on over the next three days. On Friday, I pitched FundDat, a reward based, crowdfunding platform that focuses on projects created in New Orleans and projects created all around the world about New Orleans. Eight of the top ideas were chosen and teams formed around each of these ideas. From there the teams worked non-stop to create their business model, complete customer validation and return on Sunday with their minimum viable product. I had a great time and I was blessed to have such a great team. We laughed, we cried and we worked hard. Although we didn’t take home the top prize, I’m confident that FundDat will help our entrepreneurial community grow and help lots of people with ideas bring them to life. Stay tuned for more info about Fund Dat. I’m excited to see where the future will take us. If you want to follow me on this journey please like our Facebook page here.
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Sorry for the late post but I’ve been a little busy lately.. So here we go!!!
Last week I had the opportunity to visit Jackson, MS and a few of it’s schools. I also had a book signing at Lemuria Books to finish up my trip. During my trip, I visited New Woodville Heights Elementary, Jerusalem Christian Academy, Treasure Chest Learning Center, Lester Elementary and the Pointdexter After School Club. At each of these schools I was able to read and speak to their students. The kids at the schools were all very nice and I couldn’t help but laugh a little bit at their accents. I’m sure they were laughing at mine as well. I had a great time and I even received a gift from some of the kids that were there!
The one place that stood out to me was the Pointdexter After School Club. My friend Stephen Brown brought me over to visit and told me a little about the club. A while back, the owner, Brad Pigott, bought a house in the middle of a neighborhood in Jackson and invited a nearby school to allow some of their kids to join. Mr. Pigott takes the kids on field trips and offers them opportunities to experience things they otherwise wouldn’t. I had the pleasure of meeting him and he is one of those people who is too nice for words. So I’ll simply say thank you to him for his efforts for the students of Jackson! He even bought some books for the kids at the club. A decent fellow!
I hope to visit Jackson again soon and have the opportunity to meet with more students. Next time I’d like to visit Jackson State University and speak to students & professors there. To see more pictures from my trip visit my Facebook page here.
One of the parents took this video of me while reading… Enjoy
Until next time….