New month greetings Glocal Citizens!
February in North America marks Black History Month [https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month] and my guest comes to us from a bedrock city in the story of migration and activism in black history by way of his own family's journey from in his native Cape Verde. Temosticles "Tem Blessed" Ferreira is a multi-talented keynote speaker astounding audiences with his unique blend of poetry, hip-hop music, and relevant social messages. He has spoken at many prestigious universities including Harvard University, Brown University and UMass Amherst and he has shared the stage with recording artists Common, KRS-1, and Ludacris. From large audiences at city-wide earth day festivals, to more intimate settings including classrooms and school assemblies, his word inspire people, particularly youth, with powerful messages focused on personal transformation, critical thinking, global responsibility and how young people can use their voices to be leaders in their communities.
Merging his talents as a hip-hop artist and passions as an environmental justice activist he has recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign enabling him to publish his stunning 252 page YA (young audiences) graphic novel, Planeta Blu - Rise of Agoo. He wrote this story to inspire the next generation of youth of color. As an African American born in west Africa, he was called to write this book to create a world where a strong, young black woman would be the hero and that other youth of color could see themselves in the same heroic, positive light.
This is another lively two-part interview so be sure to tune in x2 for insights into how this justice entrepreneur is re[presenting] superheroes of yesterday and today for a more sustainable tomorrow.
What's Tem reading?
Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
The Art of Living by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz
Beyond Fear: A Toltec Guide to Freedom and Joy, The Teachings of Don Miguel Ruiz by Miguel Ruiz
Books by Ram Dass
Spawn Comic Series
Other topics of interest:
Van Jones' Dream Corps
Knoll Farm and Peter Forbes
Historic New Bedford
Cape Verdean Americans
Revolution Leader Amílcar Cabral
Portuguese Dictator DiAntonio de Oli veira Salazar
Dark Horse Comics
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