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Education / Re: What scholars/educators do you read?
« on: June 10, 2015, 11:40:57 am »
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Frank White
Ken Robinson
Tony Wagner
Derrick Bell
Toni Morrison
Cornel West

hm. Congratulations, and I will spread the word about this blog immediately.

First, my ICMG resources are available to generate this platform as an organization in any region HEF members want to use it.

Second, who on this thread would want to present this information in a public forum to organize local institutions to move forward?

Third, Reg, I can hire you for a keynote in 3-5 cities on this topic for the next year. Would you be interested?

There's more, but I need to hear responses.

All right. I know it will sound weird, but I'll bite...

What could I - a person with no business or organizational background whatsoever - contribute? What concrete actions could I take? Sure, I could go around to various organizations and talk to people, but what could I say to them beyond "Check out this blog"? I feel there needs to be something meatier than a "WE NEED TO DO THIS!" before they'll weigh in.

Of course, having just looked through your website, I suspect you know exactly what needs to happen and are sitting on the idea to see who is going to get down and dirty.

What are you thinking? Traveling symposium? Videos? Conferences? (All wild guesses.)

Not weird at all, Lion.
I'm interested as well.

I already lead the Atlanta chapter of Outdoor Afros and speak on behalf of the Diverse Environmental Leaders Network & Speakers' Bureau (addressing item #9 in the Hudlin Manifesto).  I would be delighted to expand my efforts.
I be even more delighted to see all of us embodying these principles and sharing them with the world.

I stepped out of my comfort zone for this one.  But it had to be done so I did it.  Please click over, read it, and tell me what you think.


Excited about the way the manifesto was curated.

Love Lion's suggestions!
Love it your OPENNESS to implementing the suggestions!

Love it that the manifesto appears to be going viral.

Appreciating the nod to Outdoor Afro (ESPECIALLY your direct response to Rue Mapp, the founder)

Thank you for stepping out of your "comfort zone" and posting this.
It had to be done.
The conversation has started.

Thank you, Reg.
It's brilliant and so are YOU!

« on: April 22, 2015, 01:44:31 pm »
A REALLY hard choice!

I'd choose Belafonte for his passionate civil rights activism and putting his money where his mouth is.
Poitier I'd chose for his timeless......swagger.  He's the consummate actor of ALL time!

On the other hand, Belafonte sings, dances and acts.

Okay, I'd prefer to have dinner with Sidney, but I'll concede most legendary to Harry.

AVN 2016 just landed on my Bucket List.

Is that a compliment...? ???

---or a sneer? :-\

I just joined a group that plans to attend next year.
It should be fun!

Hard Choices / Re: BILLY JOEL or ELTON JOHN
« on: April 21, 2015, 07:44:28 am »
I'll go with EJ. I just like more of his songs and records.


« on: April 21, 2015, 07:43:10 am »
Lenny!  He's the TOTAL package.

Hard Choices / Re: JARVIS or ALFRED
« on: April 21, 2015, 07:42:00 am »
Who is Jarvis?

AVN 2016 just landed on my Bucket List.

Hard Choices / Re: DEBARGE vs THE JACKSONS
« on: April 13, 2015, 06:55:13 pm »
Between the 2...The Jacksons. I do think the DeBarge family is just as, if not more, talented, but the Jackson Family (not counting solo careers) have a lot more memorable, classic songs. A better match up would be, IMHO, between DeBarge and The Sylvers.


Hard Choices / Re: Struggle
« on: April 13, 2015, 06:42:34 pm »
Cash flow, employment and muscle issues.

« on: April 13, 2015, 06:25:59 pm »

Lansdowne Jr. High

MLK Skating Rink

Caseyville Avenue


Hudlin's Huddle / Re: Please Check Out The Reginald Hudlin Story
« on: April 13, 2015, 06:18:08 pm »

Hudlin's Huddle / Re: the New Main Page Is Overstuffed with Good Stuff
« on: April 13, 2015, 06:05:14 pm »
The main page is looking HOT!

Love the clips  (except the NAACP clips did not play all the way thru for me).

Keep'em coming!!

General Discussion / Re: Stephen Hawking's 5 Most Mind-Blowing Quotes
« on: December 22, 2014, 09:22:40 pm »

Ray Kurzweil on Artificial Intelligence: Don't Listen to Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk
The MIT-trained inventor calls AI "the pivotal technology" in human progress.

Kyle Alspach   - Tech Editor

There’s a rift emerging among the members of the tech super-geniuses club. It’s not about matters of human intelligence, though. Physicist Stephen Hawking and Tesla/SpaceX founder Elon Musk have both recently warned that our sci-fi nightmares about artificial intelligence could actually come true in our lifetimes.

Here’s what Musk, for instance, said during a recent stop at MIT:

    I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. Our biggest existential threat is probably that ... There should be some regulatory oversight at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like, he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out.

It’s probably no surprise that Ray Kurzweil, the prolific inventor, MIT-trained artificial intelligence pioneer and author of several books on AI, sees computer intelligence as something pretty far short of demon-summoning.

On Friday, he decided to make his position crystal clear to the world. Kurzweil took to TIME to strike back against the likes of Musk and Hawking—and in Hawking’s case, even took a bit of a swipe, noting that AI is “helping the disabled (including providing Hawking’s voice).”

In short, Kurzweil argued that following ethical guidelines—made possible by strong government and social structures—should ensure that Skynet doesn’t happen:

    Ultimately, the most important approach we can take to keep AI safe is to work on our human governance and social institutions. We are already a human-­machine civilization. The best way to avoid destructive conflict in the future is to continue the advance of our social ideals, which has already greatly reduced violence.

And, Kurzweil argued, we shouldn’t discount the importance of AI in our world—from helping to cure disease and treat disabilities, advance renewable energy and bring education to people around the globe:

    We have the opportunity in the decades ahead to make major strides in addressing the grand challenges of humanity. AI will be the pivotal technology in achieving this progress. We have a moral imperative to realize this promise while controlling the peril.

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