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EDGE-ucational Media Company’s Covid-19 REsponse


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Well how the fuck are you doing right now!?

Covid-19 aka Coronavirus is currently sending an enormous ripple across the globe. Oddly enough, I happen to be living here in what is now considered the American epicenter of the virus, New York City. Brooklyn to be exact.

I’ve been listening intently to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. He has been a steady, transparent, and reassuring figure right now.

Its amazing to know that the last post on this platform, in December 2019, was in a world where I was not sitting here amongst billions of people impacted by the appearance of a new global threat. I could have never imagined there was a “thing” so powerful that is sent shockwaves through the entire planet like this.

I sat and watched, really listened (I have a free subscription to the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal via audible. You should check it out) to the outbreak begin oddly uniquely in China. How back then there were small percentages to the story, usually one sentence or so, to the idea that Corona virus would indeed impact the world. And that American ought to get prepared….

Its amazing to know that in 3 months time or so…. the impact is now being felt more amplified (do we know that? I don’t believe Chinas #’s… just saying) here in the states.

Life has changed. Drastically. The animal piece of me, worked to live in the shock. To realize it. To allow it to stimulate my senses. For the past 2 years or so I’ve been so focused on that for some reason. The ability of my sense’s to pick up messages along different frequencies… My senses told me to feel and receive the different messages sent up into the air. Process them and evaluate what you deem true, what you deem important, what you deem relevant to you in this time of shaking Earth. And now my brain is telling me to reset, to ground, but also be in action of moving my life along and forward in calibration to the shaking ground.

I’ve done a lot of breathing. I’ve fallen victim to a lot of sleeping. To which I lean in to. I’ve been untethered to many avenues in which I received life sustaining funding and income. I’ve been freed.

The response – now – is to germinate the Earth with what it tells me it needs.

I hope you find this message in peace. In a time of protection and personal stability. If not, that is ok too.


Allow your sense’s (sight, smell, taste, feel, hearing, and beyond) to feel the air. Taste it. Take it in. Hear it. Sense it. Feel it above you. As it passes through you and under your feet. And flows past and around your skin. Determine what your body needs. What your human package needs.

Give yourself permission to bring it here. To create it.

Surround yourself with the resources that will make it so.

In response to the Covid-19 interruption of daily living we here at MyEdgeMedia want to encourage you to be safe. Encourage you to stake claim to what you need to thrive. And wish to partner with you in bringing it to fruition!

Stay tuned as we re-calibrate and reconnect a strengthened and more steadfast signal.

We welcome comments and connections below from those interested in bringing their voice back to the Earth.


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African American Scholarships


This is something I saw on facebook and I wanted to share it with people. Don’t let the fact that many of these are national scholarship deter you from applying. You never know what you can get when you take the time to put a nice presentation together. 


Even if you do not have a college-aged child at home, please share this with someone who does, pass this scholarship information on to anyone and everyone that comes to mind. Though there are a number of companies and organizations that have donated monies for scholarships use to African Americans, a great deal of the money is being returned because of a lack of interest.
No one is going to knock on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship. Take the initiative to get your children involved. There is no need for money to be returned to donating companies because we fail to apply for it. Please pass this information on to family members, nieces, nephews, friends with children etc. We must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college student or getting ready to become one , you probably already know how useful additional money can be. Our youth really could use these scholarships. Thanks! (If clicking on the link doesn’t work, copy and paste the URL in your web browser.)Link back to the facebook post here –


3) Student Video Scholarships
4) Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships
5) Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships
6) Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships
8) Gates Millennium Scholarships (major)
10) Sports Scholarships and Internships
11) National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)
12) Saul T. Wilson Scholarships (Veterinary)
13) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
14) FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid Scholarships
15) Presidential Freedom Scholarships
18) Hope Scholarships &Lifetime Credits
19) William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
21) Guaranteed Scholarships
22) BOEING scholarships (soma e HBCU connects)
23) Easley National Scholarship Program
24) Maryland Artists Scholarships
26) Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship (for AA students in South Florida)
27) Historically Black College & University Scholarships
28) Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
29) International Students Scholarships & Aid Help
31) Burger King Scholarship Program
32) Siemens Westinghouse Competition
33) GE and LuLac Scholarship Funds
34) CollegeNet ‘ s Scholarship Database
36) Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways 25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel
37) Scholarship &Financial Aid Help
38) Scholarship Links (Ed Finance Group)
39) FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form &Info)
40) Aid &Resources For Re-Entry Students
41) Scholarships and Fellowships
42) Scholarships for Study in Paralegal Studies
43) HBCU Packard Sit Abroad Scholarships (for study around the world)
44) Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities
45) INROADS internships
46) ACT-SO EUR Olympics of the Mind “A Scholarships
47) Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarships
49) Graduate Fellowships For Minorities Nationwide
51) The Roothbert Scholarship Fund
52) Creative Dreamers Award
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Unpacking my mobile classroom-office-changing room


Back around September I realized I was carrying around a 45 pound book bag with me all over the city. It wasn’t long after that I was determined to show what the hell was in my bag with me all these days. Here is a sneak peak. I took these picture back in January right when after we started Spring Semester grad classes. Throughout the fellowship I’ve seen people get pretty creative with their mobile offices. Here’s what I do…… throw everything in my compartmentalized book bag.

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Umbrella – I rarely check the weather in the morning. I just use this.

Stapler & Scissors – I travel around the school a lot, and there’s never a set place for essential supplies like the stapler or scissors. These actually come in handy for grad school projects  as well. And really just everyday use. These are probably the two most important supplies I have.

5hr Energy – … I keep one of these, Redbulls, or Starbucks shooters on deck at all times!

Colored Pencils/Dry Erase markers – Similar to the stapler/scissors. These are essentials that I’ve pulled out many times during random  impromptu activities in class.

Story Cubes – meh… something I’ve never really used. But they’re supposed to help students come up with ideas for their writing.

Deodorant, aspirin, etc… –  If you follow the blog you know there are many times I’ve had to brush my teeth in the morning at school. Refresh after a long day with some deodorant, blow my nose, or offer my students some tissue, etc… These are really essentials.

Teacher Pencils and Pens – These are my special (expensive) pens that I love writing, grading, and note taking with. However, students never seem to come to class prepared so I always end up handing them out and never get them back.

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Journal 1 & 2 – Places where I store my notes, ideas, sketches, etc… Earlier in the year I used these quite often.

Everything else should be self explanatory.

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Extra school materials – This is where I keep all my extra copies of worksheets, IEP notes and drafts.

Lesson Plans and School materials – Lesson plans and some of my JW/Rewards graded work.

Grad Class Folders – Its been really important to keep the grad materials organized and labeled. We have a lot of additional articles to read, drafts for lesson plans, journals, project plans, and syllabi.

Laptop  and Differentiating Instruction Textbook – Self explanatory

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Workout gear, iPod Shuffle, Earbuds, Grad School Notebook –  here should be self explanatory.

Ripping and running around NYC makes you have to have everything you’ll need throughout the day on you.  I generally leave around 650am-ish on a good day, and don’t get home until  around midnight. There’s no time to run home and grab my workout gear, or switch to my grad school bag after a long day.  I used to hate having to lug this thing around. But I actually think its dope to be carrying around 45 pound all day. I’ve created the image in my head that I’m getting a constant workout.  LoL

Countdown to Spring Break

This is part 2 to Holding up the celestial heavens like Atlas

Spring Break begins March 23, and I can’t even tell you how thirsty I am to get a break from the daily grind for a quick second. Lately the weeks have been increasingly more stressful and difficult. The toll of having two additional classes this trimester has come on strong within the past 2 weeks. I’ve been feeling irritable with my students. I’ve been getting 2/3 hours of sleep. Down from the 4/3 hours I’ve been used to. I know some fellows talk about getting 7 hours of sleep a night… But I’m just categorizing that under the Urban Legendz tab in my brain. I just don’t see how its possible, and kind of refuse to believe the laws of physics would allow such a thing. I need a full order of whatever fellowship steroids they’re on, stat!

Even though I’ve been on the edge, I’ve still learned a few lessons that I hope I can use to my benefit:

  1. Have faith that you will get whatever done, done. Wasting time does not solve problems! You are here for a reason. You can accomplish anything. Period. Don’t let self doubt get in the way of your destiny. This goes for teaching, living life, accomplishing goals, etc… I never would have thought I would have found an apartment this soon, especially given what I have to do this month. Low and behold. I will be moving from Washington Heights/Harlem to Fort Greene, Brooklyn in a few weeks. Its only because I halfway believed it was possible!
  2. ALWAYS push back on students who don’t want to participate in a lesson. Students, specifically teenagers, are naturally wired to dislike things you ask of them. Whether its following a school rule (take off your hat), engaging in a boring lesson (taking notes off of a powerpoint), engaging in a fun lesson (a game/activity you created to engage this specific student’s talents), watching their language (talking about strippers in class). It may seem easier to give up after the first few encounters with a stoney class full of students. But I find that anytime I try again, that next time, in perhaps a softer or less direct tone, students usually fall for the okey doke and start to do their work. Or at least answer the question on the board. That’s really all you need to get the momentum going back in a positive direction in class.
  3. Show your controlled frustration in class. My kids are my everything right now. But, they drive me crazy regularly. They’re angels maybe 3/5 of the week. The other 2/5 they’re a disrespectful, vulgar, impulsive, self sabotage, excitable, rambunctious crew. Sometimes they just drive me to throw my hands up to the sky, step back into a silent meditation at the front of a class, wail in frustration, growl in anger type of stunts. The expressions are always controlled as to not get out of hand. But real enough to show them that they’re being ridiculous and its disappointing me, and making me get upset. It doesn’t always work in the moment. But it does show them that I’m human. And their actions affect me and everyone in the class when they’re not helping to create a focused learning environment.
  4. When a student says “Forget them, they’re not paying attention, we’re trying to learn.” Believe her. Again. Don’t focus on students who aren’t engaging. Get them to be quiet and keep it moving for those that actually are trying to learn. (Work in progress)
  5. Don’t punish your engaged students by giving too much of time to your disengaged students. I took my students on a tour of Long Island University a few weeks ago. The day we were to go most students still had not turned in their permission slips. In an effort to “punish” them I was going to stay at school to make sure they didn’t enjoy a free period and focused on their work. Letting the other students attend the tour with their chaperone. Thankfully a fellow teacher shared that the students who had been on point should enjoy the experience of going on the tour with their teacher. And not have to just go with a chaperone. {In hindsight I really don’t know where my logic was in this situation.}
  6. Speak your mind. – Period. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind to your co workers or students. If your thoughts/ideas/observations come from love. Then they should be able to handle what you really think. At all times.
  7. Identify, develop, and demand your students be leaders in the classroom. Its how I’m planning on pushing many of the young black men in my classes to do more than the status quo. I want to test them in a way. Of course I need to build the necessary supports into the class and our check ins to make sure they feel strong enough to lead by setting the example, and not lead by following the example.
  8. Have students explain concepts to their peers in class. Interestingly enough some of the students who struggle on assessments can actually explain and remember concepts quite well in class. Use them to reinforce notes and theories in class. *Figure out a way to get students to translate knowledge in written form*
  9. Learn how to get quality one on one check ins with all students. Somehow you have to maximize the 30 – 120 seconds you get with each individual student during each lesson. I dont know if students get jealous, have no respect for shared time, or what. But my students dont really understand the concept that everyone needs equal time with the teacher to help with understanding concepts and independent work. Its a huge problem that has me frantically working around classrooms trying to get to each student. My one on one student time isn’t anywhere near as effective as I would like it to be. Work in progress.

Found: Inspiration in my own backyard

Egomeli Hormeku

I want my classroom to be a factory that pushes out versions of Egomeli Hormeku. He’s an amazing example of what all of my students can become for themselves, their families, for the country, and really the world as well. It’s almost too good to be true to have an image like this to share with my students. Not only do I hope Egomeli inspires their own desire to impress and be great, but it’s a huge help to me as well.

Egomeli has accomplished so many things I’ve wanted to do with my own life. At first it was shocking and kind of disappointing to realize that I wouldn’t be the first on this journey. But, now I realize how empowering this is. It’s one of many recent experiences that has shown me that I’m headed in the right direction. But by far the most beneficial because I feel like its given me a tangible model I can run after.

This is major, and I need and will make this happen for myself and my students! The article summed up how I feel so beautifully.

Maybe we all have our own sweet spot to share with the world, he thought. And yet, it was more than just an inspiration. It was confidence and a challenge to continue to impress.

Check out the article here:

Meet Egomeli Hormeku, Brooklyn’s Newest and Coolest All-Around Entrepreneur

A few blocks east of New York City’s Central Park, located right across the street from Bloomingdale’s, is perhaps the sweetest of all shops in the city: Dylan’s Candy Bar, an up-market candy store carrying more than 5,000 kinds of candy, apparel, and beauty products. It’s a glamorous take on Willy Wonka, and it’s owned by Dylan Lauren, daughter of iconic clothes maker Ralph Lauren, so you know there’s good entrepreneurial blood pumping through the arteries of this business, even if it is a dentist’s nightmare.

Brooklyn native Egomeli Hormeku found himself at Dylan’s Candy Bar as a teen a few years after the store opened in 2001. He wore a white button down, a navy blazer complete with a pocket square made of old material, a pair of jeans and penny loafers with a penny in each one. The littlest details turn the most heads. In this case, Hormeku turned the head of Ralph Lauren himself.

“You’re the man,” Hormeku told Lauren, a product of the Bronx, as they greeted one another.

“No, I’m not,” Lauren rebutted. “You are. And you’re dressed very nice.”

What a compliment for the teen. There, in the flagship Dylan’s Candy Bar store, Hormeku was inspired. Maybe we all have our own sweet spot to share with the world, he thought. And yet, it was more than just an inspiration. It was confidence and a challenge to continue to impress. Dylan Lauren went on to grace the cover of FORBES on the May 23, 2011, issue, 10 years after she made her fascination with art, fashion and pop culture a reality. Her father watched his fortune continue to grow into a new decade and he is now the richest man in fashion.

As for Hormeku, since that handshake he has earned a Political Science and Physiological Sciences double major in three years from the University of Arizona, aims to practice Fashion Intellectual Property Law in NYC and change the way people see living. At just 25, he has founded The Hormeku Group — an umbrella for a clothing line, an original rosé brand, a luxury cigar line and a book. And he’s doing it all with the coolest demeanor imaginable.


Ego, as his friends call him, is leaning back on a round stool with a glass of champagne at Ken and Cook in New York City’s Lower East Side on a crisp December night. From under his woven cap, he’s peering toward the pressed-tin ceiling of the dimly-lit bar. Strategy is burning in his eyes.

“You know those kids shooting jumpers way after the sun’s gone down, when they know nobody is watching anymore?” he says. “I feel like that’s me. I want to be the No. 1 draft pick. I want perfection.”

Ego was raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The area was a breeding ground for crime in the late 1980s to early ’90s, and the reputation only altered slightly into the new century. But even though the area remained a rough one, and is a region in which gentrification never really happened like other parts of the borough, those who live there grow up strong and stay strong, even if only out of necessity. “Never ran, never will,” is still the slogan of the area.

“There’s a lot of good people there, and people can see it if they are aware,” he says.

Ego’s parents made sure their son’s motives always remained positive. Gloria Obuobi, an OB/GYN registered nurse at Kings County Hospital Center, and Kofi Hormeku, a retired case worker for NYC Human Resources Administration, gave him the you-can-do-anything-in-the-world-you-want mentality. He took that motivation and ran with it. In undergrad, he was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and was a DJ at parties on campus. Between classes he’d often re-read his favorite book, The Great Gatsby, or flip through a GQ — which is ironic because not too long ago he bumped into GQ’s creative director, Jim Moore, while almost all of what he wore at the time was from his own Nothing Nice New York clothing line.

“He smiled and told me I knew what I was doing,” Hormeku says of Moore. “That added fuel to the fire.”

While in school, he teamed up with a few friends and wrote The Nerdy McFly Manifesto, a book containing 101 rules for young men on how to create a balance between smart and cool — James Dean meets Steve Urkel. This eventually turned into Hope this Helps, a book tackling demeanor, comportment, contemporary chivalry, chances, choices and education. It was the first idea to see real creation under The Hormeku Group umbrella. From there, he expanded on the creation of other ideas and products.

Constant meetings and construction on the foundation of his business mold the beginning of perfection. Late nights add detail. Ego knows the Lauren family had a clear vision when they started their own respective businesses. He has his own vision, too. When he launches his own flagship store in Brooklyn — he’s aiming for Summer 2013 — one wall will boast a mural of Brooklyn icons. He’s thinking along the lines of maybe Mike Tyson, Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls, Spike Lee, The Three Stooges.

In this store he will sell merchandise from his multiple brands, all geared toward sophisticated men who want to live well and live comfortably. His clothing line, Nothing Nice New York, combines both urban wear and custom tailored suits and ties. All articles of clothing have been designed by Ego, and there’s nothing he wouldn’t wear himself.

Then there’s Vida Chocolate Cigars and  Steel Rosé, both of which were designed for individuals who don’t just live for the moment — they define it.

Until his flagship store is erected, all of his products are available online. Custom deals are also being pieced together more frequently. A woman once complimented him on his Nothing Nice tie and loved the smell of cigars. That led to three wholesale orders out of the country to sell his products in international stores — two boutiques in Canada and a pop-up shop in France.

“It’s a wild ride,” he says. “One day I can wake up and sell a few thousand dollars in cigars. The next I might only sell a tie but make someone look and feel like a million bucks. As long as I over-deliver every time. Every day is different but it gets better.”

And it gets better every day. Clubs nationwide are starting to pay attention, some paying Ego to provide hundreds of bottles of Steel Rosé at a time for events. Football legend Emmitt Smith showed up to an after party for The Hormeku Group in New York City’s Meatpacking District. Rihanna once complimented the mogul-in-the-making in SOHO before turning Da Silvano into a frenzy.


There’s something about people who were born and raised in the New York City area that characterizes no one else. They seem to be tougher than everyone else — more driven. And yet, the most successful are cool and poised. They stay low and keep firing toward their targets. And they’re always chasing something or someone.

“I’m chasing Ego,” he says. “If I exceed my own expectations, then I’ll do the same for other people.”

It’s getting late at Ken and Cook. As he readies to leave, Ego recognizes a bartender named Jamie who served him his first-ever drink in Brooklyn years ago, a testament to his extreme attention to detail, and walks out into the cold. It’s going to be a long night — another one.

“Love keeps me up,” he says. “Loving what I do keeps me up. Dreams keep me up. Knowing that dreaming isn’t enough keeps me up. Knowing a little more work is the difference between good and legendary keeps me up at night.”

Ego heads back home to Brooklyn to continue development of The Hormeku Group conglomerate,, and a sweet shop of his own. You might say he is the next Jay-Z. You could go as far as to say he could quite possibly be the next Bernard Arnault. There may not be a limit. But for now, he’s making a lane of his own and everyone is invited on for the ride.


Also, check Egomeli out at his website. Homie is pretty sick with it:

Gargantuan Wipe-Board


I absolutely should not be laying down right now. I have a million things to get done this weekend. And I convinced myself for the 4th weekend in a row that this was going to be the time I get my shit together and catch up to life.

Picture it, I’m in a sprint for my life. Life has pushed a solid 20 meters ahead of me. I’m holding on to a steady pace, but graining absolutely zero ground. I’m at the pivotal point in the race where I see I’m giving maximum effort and it’s just not catching up to this kat out in front of me. No matter how much I open up my stride, switch my breathing technique, pump my arms, flex my ankles, play the curves, or copy his stride pattern in the hopes of slowly eating up ground until I can get in close enough contact to kick for the end of the race.

So little energy, yet so much to do/accomplish. I’m hoping I can get all of these stuff done this weekend. I’ll check back in later to ive you an update.

Obviously I’m the American Women, and life is the genetically engineered Soviet Cyborg.

The To Do List Reads:

  1. NYC Clothes Donation

  2. Chicago Volunteering

  3. Floor (Clean that shit, its been dirty forever)

  4. 856 Cognitive Strategy (Grad School assignment I agreed to revise to get a better grade. I was light weight furious at receiving an 8 out of 10 early in the semester)

  5. Off and Running (Documentary Review and Worksheet creation)

  6. IEP’s (1 and 2 months late)

  7. Conventions (English Assignment to test students knowledge and understanding fo correct apostrophe usage)

  8. iZone (School Development Committee) Response Questions and Reflect Assignment for classrooms

  9. Create Character Map Activity (Grad School Assignment, and hopeful grading opportunity to test students understanding of House on Mango Street stories)

  10. Take out the trash in my room that’s been growing for about 3 weeks

  11. BLOG (If I didn’t write it on there I knew I wouldn’t even think about making time for it)

  12. 885C Reflection Activity (mysterious course reflection involving review, analysis, and critique of my semester in graduate school, and progress as a teacher.)

  13. Student Raffle Ticket Christmas presents (We were supposed to have a raffle in my Just Words class, little did anyone know we all would be broken up come the second trimester. We decided that 3 gift cards for 15 each would be the prizes. I’ve decide to get the whole class 10$ gift cards)

  14. 856 Performance Based Assessment (another grad school assignment that I need to think about, begin, and complete)

  15. 856 Curriculum Unit (ditto)

  16. DIG/IT Grading Chart (Classwide, and Student Specific assignment completion charts)

  17. Respond to a million (Emails)

  18. 8 Student’s names that I feel I should check in with next week. 

*All of this, give or take the grad assignments, should be done by the beginning of the school day on Monday. Let’s see how far I get.*