BALANCE. HARMONY. RECIPROCITY. Yesterday I was paid a visit by a former student, Brandon Frame. Mr. Frame, as he is called by his students, was a student of mine at Morehouse. For the last two years he’s been teaching and now administering in both private and public schools. When I met Brandon he was a business major headed to climb the corporate ladder. He was destined to be on the top floor of some major company that paid him well to reach a solid bottom line. He was groomed for the corner office. He was trained to be a Morehouse Man. Brandon decided to take my class during the last semester of his senior year at Morehouse. He and Zaneta were in the same class. He was a good student who took well to the ideas about hip-hop as more of a practice – a way of life – and less about the music it produced. He moderated panels for the hip-hop conference we had that year, and exemplified a confidence about the material that I did not know would cause him to move out of traditional corporate business into the business of education.
Brandon has remained in contact with me since we met back in 2008. He reads the DDR each day. An avid social media junkie, he is constantly posting the DDR and other positive news to Twitter and Facebook. And I recently learned that he sat on a panel with NYU’s Martha Diaz about the links between hip-hop and education. When asked how he got into it he said it was a professor named Dr. Joycelyn Wilson he had at Morehouse that provided him with the tools to open his eyes to his true destiny. When I saw Brandon yesterday walk into my office in his forest green suit exuding the smile of someone confident with his path, I knew that I was in the right place at the right time doing the right time.
The DDR: Two things this morning: PAY IT FORWARD TO THE NEXT PERSON. Brandon is one of many students that I’ve had over the years. I’ve stood before audiences of hundreds of young minds over the last 15 years. It’s an honor and it’s humbling because YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S LISTENING, WATCHING, AND SOAKING IN what we let come out of our mouths. There is life and death in the tongue. That’s powerful!! So make sure you keep planting seeds of encouragement in your friends, family, colleagues, and students. Here was a young man who thought he was headed down a certain road. Somehow someway he fell into his destiny by something he HEARD in a classroom.