Sunday, June 7, 2015

Juneteenth is my birthday


Fly High

FLY HIGH is a collective kite flying event that celebrates the lives of those lost at the hands of police.  Launched on 150th anniversary of Juneteenth (June 19), a national observance of the last enslaved Africans in Texas receiving the order of emancipation, the intention is to expose community members to the faces and names of the hundreds lost and as an introduction to a fading past-time.

On each white kite, the face and name of someone lost at the hands of police will be affixed.  Participants will then receive support to catch a wind to have the kite rise higher and higher in the sky.  Hundreds of kites will float above the park.

Organized by social architect and Dream Director, Sallomé Hralima, her vision is to see old and young learning how to lift others up - literally and figuratively - providing a powerful visually symbolic reference for all who participate and all who witness it.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

I will be featured in an amazing project highlighting women in education that will launch this year called Why The Sun Rises. I am excited about this project and hope you will support it.

Please visit and follow @whythesunrises_ on twitter, facebook, and instagram to learn more.

"I rise because I have an audacious belief in children and their ability to lead.  Since I can’t fathom just how much the world will change in the next decade, I am committed to reflecting back to children their beauty, their unique and innate contributions to humanity.  I am committed to having them stand confidently next to any leader of any age knowing that their voices and imaginations matter." -Sallomé Hralima

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tobacco, Sugar and other Killers

I have been crying at my desk today. Since 2001 I have been searching for ways to change mindsets. In college it was Black Out days and emails sent from Ghana during September 11th telling my peers never to forget that our country has waged so many wars on so many defenseless. It was writing articles for The Argus about my fear of white men and organizing reparations panels. Out of college, it was rolling through the United States with Youth4Reparations, working to educate young people in high schools and colleges about the issues and working to build our own 100 year plan. In my young adult life it looked like teaching 8-year-olds everything in the 3rd grade curriculum via project-based learning, all through the lense of the African Diaspora (listening to Bob Marley and Nas' "I Can," studying Egypt then visiting the Brooklyn Museum and hearing Tyriek ask the tour guide: "If all of this stuff is here, what's left in Egypt," having them build a Museum in our class of African and African-American scientists and inventors). After that, I sent friends and family to complete the Curriculum for Living at Landmark Education so that we could complete our relationship to the past and create futures that call us powerfully into audacious moments of Now. And today, that looks like living the life of a Social Architect and Chief Dream Director - generating experiences for people to "get their lives." And yet, today, I feel like my work is just beginning. What a time to live in.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What will my legacy be?

Maritza R. Alarcón, Dream Director and dear friend, asked me via Facebook: What do you believe your legacy will be?

My response: To use Jullien Gordon's framing:
1) I will have children and demonstrate the kind of parent one can be to born leaders. 
2) I will have produced media and brands that impact and influence millions of people. 
3) I will have created new career paths and educational institutions that challenge Americans to indulge in their jobs as a reflection of their life's purpose. 
4) I am an organ donor; I want the end of my life to be the beginning of a new life for others or another.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

One Day...

I'll speak at TED Talks, The Feast, Aspen Ideas Festival.


There was this project I was invited to be a part of.  


365 people would share their day with the world and the curators would upload it to the site.  My day was May 14, 2011.  And this is what I shared.

I may just run for Mayor of New York.  I have a campaign strategy that I proved today will win the hearts of the buppies, old ladies, store owners and babies.

Campaign Strategy #1: Be generous.
I wake up with an orange OSHO book on the bureau. I didn’t put it there.  So, being the information whore that I am, I read the first page.  A quote from Socrates strikes me; I tweet a message to the world: “I want to be the kind of person where wherever I move, with whomsoever I move, I am loving. #ReminderfromOsho” 

Campaign Strategy #2: Be accountable and count-on-able.
The practice of self-discipleship begins. Today’s message from the self-love jar: “I bring fabulous things to fruition.”  Perfect. Hit compose on my Gmail account, autofill finishes Frank’s name – my Wealth Building Coach. Subject line, the usual: #ProsperityPowerHour.  I type the four areas – Spiritual, Mental, Material, Physical – and begin my process. 

Campaign Strategy #3: Be empowered.
What can I wear today to make a cynical and resigned New Yorker smile... Rock my crown! Open the door of my building and play “Breath of Fresh Air” – my iPod morning playlist.

Campaign Strategy #4: Be personable.
Step on the train, and what do I find? A little girl is also wearing a golden crown. 
“Look mommy, a Queen.”
“Yes, she’s a Queen and what are you?”
With a toothy grin, she says, “A princess.”
 “Your crown is amazing,” I tell her. “Where’d you get it?”
“Me and mommy made it.”
“You did a great job.”
I spend the train ride with Jasey, her mom and little sister.  Before we step off the G train I tell her, “Jasey, you made my day. If I didn’t do another thing today but have this train ride with you, it may very well have been the best day ever.”

Platform: Crowns, wings, and magic wands for everyone.
Today there were many deep bows, “Birthdays?“, “All hail the Queens!”, and children pointing and yelling out “Look, a King!” I’ve never seen so many smiles in New York City.  Mayor Bloomberg may want to use his one dollar a year salary and invest in a Burger King crown.

(365 exactly)

Sallomé is a Social Architect for PlanIt Brooklyn. She makes living itself an art, by any dreams necessary. Follow her musings @Sallome.