In the Grander Scheme of Things

My insights on life within the context of culture, politics, and popular trends.
Detroit fights on. #bornandraised

Detroit fights on. #bornandraised

Much of these gap correlates with income.

Much of these gap correlates with income.

Theotis Beasley: A Lesson in Practice Makes Perfect

Theotis Beasley grew up poor, dark, black, single parented, and in the dangerous Southern California city of Inglewood. But none of that is as important as his love for skateboarding. In fact, he devoted himself so much to the sport that he has become one of the best and a young icon.

Faithful to his New Love

Love is very much an action oriented emotion. St. Thomas Aquinas stated that “To Love is to will the good of another.” And love Theotis did.

Theotis, with the support of his hard-working mother in Inglewood and an older cousin, got into skating at the age of 11. He fell in love with the sport and skated as much as he possibly could. While others were getting locked into violent street gangs, Theotis remained faithful to his love and racked up valuable hours honing his new craft.

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The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.

—Steve Jobs

Cool Video Made by Citizen School apprenticeship participants at the Bronx Writing Academy. Apprenticeship was taught by volunteers from Young & Rubicam

The Digital Divide and a Hyper-Meritocracy

In the fall of 2012, I’m in a computer lab with a group of lively 6th graders in East Harlem. In trying to get students to incorporate social media plugins into their blogs, I realized all social media is blocked by the New York Board of Education.

I then asked myself, “many of my students have already told me that they lack regular internet access at home and seldom make it to their local library on weekends. I wonder many obstacles how 6th graders down at The Browning School in the Upper East Side would face in completing such a simple task, where tuition is $41k/year?”

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Press forward at all times, climbing forward toward that higher ground of the harmonious society that shapes the laws of man to the laws of God.

—Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Former NY Congressman and Colgate alum


Cool video that focuses on the strides female business leaders and thinkers are making in Detroit.

Once you free your mind of a [concept] and of being correct you can do whatever you want to do. Nobody told me what to do. There was no preconception of ‘what to do’

—Giorgio Moroder, 2013 monologue from “Random Access Memories” (via hindsitemetrics)