Launch Party

On Friday, June 9th, World Rhythm Academy threw a launch party at 3 Black Cats Cafe in Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY. It was well attended by our musician friends who brought their instruments and jammed with us. The goal was to let the community know that we are here and eager to provide opportunities to enjoy…

Water Crisis in Africa

With the ongoing drought affecting East African countries and livelihoods, water continues to be a major concern. I created a short video, entitled ‘Water Crisis in Africa‘ with CES Graphic Media and Ronnie Burrage to bring attention to the issue.

Ride to Entoto: Women & Fuelwood

I recently stumbled upon an article from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, written by one of my most idolized, favorite policy-focused scholars, Calestous Juma. In this article, Juma touches on the fact that in Uganda, women are doing all the work. According to a study on Africa, “Women hauled more…

A Graveyard Meditation Moment

Yesterday, I woke up early to take a morning walk. Purely for exercise. My plan was to walk every morning while listening to inspirational music or NPR’s Morning Edition from my phone. My intensions were laid to rest, however, as something very mysterious happened along the way a few blocks from my home. So I’m strolling along getting into a…

What in the world is Yik Yak?

Last week at Penn State University, numerous black student groups came together to organize a week of “die in” peaceful protests to make a statement about the Michael Brown non-indictment decision and later the Eric Garner non-indictment decision. The first day of protests took place in the HUB-Robeson center. The passionate students dropped down in the…

CarbonEARTH Goes International

I am the program manager for the CarbonEARTH program places graduate fellows (scientists) in K-12 classrooms to enhance science communication. This program, funded by NSF, benefits the graduate student, the classroom teacher, the students and the general public as a whole as it aims to break down complex carbon-related themes into easy to understand inquiry-based…

Mashavu Telemedicine in Kenya

This is the very first video I created back in 2009 for a telemedicine project I worked on at Penn State. Yes, I know…it’s pretty cheezy with the Dougie Houser MD music and flying text and so forth. Nevertheless, I was the “health policy expert”.  It’s good to know that the Mashavu venture is still…

My son in East Africa. What an Experience!!!

I was fortunate to have my 11 year old son, Farris, tag along with me during the first phase of my dissertation research in Ethiopia and Djibouti. The experience was amazing for both of us. We bonded and Farris amazed his teachers this past year with his ability to tie classroom topics to broader global…

Ethiopian Women and Fuelwood

My Ride to Entoto I just stumbled upon an article from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, written by one of my most idolized, favorite policy-focused scholars, Calestous Juma. In this article, Juma touches on the fact that in Uganda, women are doing all the work. “According to a study…

East African Fieldwork – Recovery Mode

I just returned from an exhausting field research experience in Ethiopia and Djibouti where I conducted numerous interviews with cattle herders (pastoralists) and livestock “experts”. Traveling by car from the energetic Addis Ababa to the colorfully laid back city of Moyale in the southern region of Ethiopia and back up to the feedlots of Adama…