Last Thursday, the leadership development presentations included Mulan and Hercules. We discussed the leadership behaviors exhibited by the characters. Mulan risked her life for her father’s sake. She pretended to be a man to fight on her father’s behalf. She did not allow her gender to define or delegate her capabilities. She cut her hair and put on her father’s armor showing her preparation and determination. Mulan defied the societal norms of the women at the time. Women were expected to tend the house through cooking and cleaning. She decided to put herself on the frontline to help her injured…


After Tuesday’s class, my group worked on our project highlighting the leadership development of Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole. We brainstormed this idea about what feels like a month ago when Dr. S assigned up groups and put us in breakout rooms. We thought about people in the music industry that we felt exhibited leadership.

I immediately thought about the psychological debate of nature versus nurture in regards to our project. Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole both overcame their feasible route of becoming involved with the street life or violence. In neighborhoods like their own, the susceptibility of these young black…


Last Sunday, the 8th of November, I decided to open the email Dr. Sandridge sent and viewed the first two groups’s presentation. I watched and listened to Tupac on Youtube. I also watched The Princess and the Frog in preparation for the second groups

Tupac Shakur “Changes”

On Monday, the 9th of November, I decided to take notes of why I believed Tupac was a trailblazer in the music industry. He advocated in a time where he understood that he was working for the same white people that he was singing about.

On Tuesday, the 10th of November, we discussed…


On Thursday, October 29th, we began to wrap up our discussion about Moana. We had a special visitor to our class, the owner of Baddies with Businesses, Ms. Malliron. She discussed the tea on being a business owner and a leader in general. Her advice was very informative on emphasizing self-care and acting upon ambition. Her work was inspiring to hear about and made me want to listen to her podcast sometime ! I love seeing Black women such as Ms. Malliron flourish and help others in a world where we receive so much disrespect.

On Friday, October 30th, I…


Last Thursday, the 22nd of October, we concluded our discussion of Ida B. Wells on The Requisites of True Leadership. In breakout rooms, we discussed planning for more philanthropia in ourselves and the world. My group discussed curiosity and interest in human writ large: studying the languages, cultures, history, and experiences of human beings stretching back 300k years. We said as individuals, we can cultivate ourselves to be open-minded and embrace other languages. Although this is not an easy task, we can use the virtue of perseverance to learn languages. The same way others make it a task to learn…


Last Thursday on the 15th of October, class began in an eventful way to say the least. We discussed collectively how we were tired and felt as if the semester was dragging on. Dr. Sandridge played I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers. We discussed music being a vessel for leadership. It can be a motivation or expressed through the lyrics. We also discussed television shows for a bit such as: The Office, Living Single, and others.

On Friday, the 16th of October, I reviewed the assignment or exercise for the following chapter.

  • What behaviors does your subject engage…

Last Thursday on October 8th, we continued our discussion on The Normal Heart. After our quiz, we went into our breakout rooms and conversed about our names. My group had a very funny and enlightening conversation about our names. I said I like my name, Nia, and would not change it. I always liked my name, but wished it was longer. When I understood the meaning of my names as I got older, I appreciated it more. My name is Swahilian for “purpose” and is a principle of Kwanzaa. It is the 5th day and focuses on building our community…


Last Thursday, the 1st of October, we continued our discussion on Zoom as a class of El Muerto after submitting our quiz. We had a thorough and interesting conference about motivations that inspire us to engage in leadership activity. My group discussed the various motivations and I stated that I align with a sense of duty or moral obligation, nurturing concern, and love for humanity. I feel obligated to my parents and ancestors to be a living proof of their wildest dreams. My great-grandparents were slaves from the island of Jamaica that had to work on plantations that they later…


Last Thursday, the 24th of September, we gathered on Zoom for class as scheduled. We continued our discussion on Philocetes. The main theme we discussed was dehumanization. Philocetes was dehumanized by the Greeks for the purpose of winning a war. The war was more important than his health to them. He was suffering from a snakebite and abandoned on a deserted island, Lemnos. Odysseus and the Greeks came back and were only interested in his bows and arrows. They used Neoptolemus to lie and the tactic of the ends justifying the means. Odysseus claimed he was doing this to win…


On Thursday, the 17th, we continued our discussion on the Lysistrata. We talked about the groups and communities where we could be showing better leadership. The ways we discussed consisted of local ways such as: family, friends, co-workers, teams, neighbors, classes, church, school, clubs, social communities, political organizations, and community service organizations. This reminded me that we do not need to take on big roles to demonstrate our leadership, we can exhibit it in small ways starting with the people around us. In our breakout groups on Zoom, we reflected on our education and the Lysistrata Academy. My group worked…

Nia Johnson

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