The UPstander's Podcast with Dr. Omekongo

Dr. Omekongo Dibinga

An UPstander is someone who sees something and takes a stand. Here we will explore issues relating to social justice. Some posts will be motivational, some educational. Some times I may drop a rhyme or poem! The goal is to share stories and opinions that help us build a human family. Share your thoughts and share with others!

151. New song! "Yeezus ain't Jesus and Kyrie ain't King!"
07-11-2022
151. New song! "Yeezus ain't Jesus and Kyrie ain't King!"
Wrote this song called “Yeezus ain’t Jesus and Kyrie ain’t King.” Would love your thoughts! I think people falsely make @kyrieirving & @kanyewest to be in the same boat on #antisemitism & #antiblackness. That’s not accurate and I break it down in this song as well. Nuance matters and just because they’re both Black men doesn’t mean they should be lumped together, especially if Jeff Bezos will get no attention for still keeping those products Kyrie tweeted on @amazon The lyrics are also below if you prefer to just read it. #kyrieirving #kyrieirving #kanyewest #kanye #ye Yeezus ain’t Jesus and Kyrie ain’t King Listen to me close and the words that I sing Now Kanye & Kyrie, it ain’t the same ordeal It’s the reaction to the two that we gotta keep real Here’s the deal, Kanye ain’t being crucified Heard someone I love say that, I damn near cried Real talk, just because he made jesus walks Don’t mean ye walks on water, this is all his fault Thought he could say what he wants cause he got some chedda But billions can’t buy class, brother shoulda known betta Goin death con 3 on jew communities? Cool to be antisemitic cause you got money? Then you dis George Floyd may he rest in peace said BLM’s a scam and on YOUR neck is a knee? Y’all say I’m on the bandwagon? I’m a make it clear I been criticizing Ye for at least 7 years I played Kanye all day, gave the bro top clout Though I got a PhD I rocked with “College Dropout” But then you rolled with Trump gave the MAGAs voice Dissed Harriet, said slavery was a choice Then you disrespect Kwanzaa, and if that didn’t hurt You go to Paris with Candace in White Lives Matter shirts So I ain’t with Ye no more, cause this point is true Kanye was anti-Black before anti-Jew Y’all wanna ride with Kanye you showin’ your colors But for me you practice hate I can’t mess with you brother Now Kyrie is different though his tweet wasn’t cool And he doubled down in anger tried to take folks to school But Kyrie loves Black folks shown a lot of support For Black people all day on and off the court Paid WNBA salaries gave to charities Bought the Floyd fam a home after their tragedy Supported Moms of Black Boys for social change And so many more things there’s a helluva range The mistake Kyrie made with our Jew family He denied them the respect he wants for Black folks see So for those who compare him to MLK Kyrie’s nobody’s martyr though he called for change I don’t think he hates Jews but he made a mistake Because his tweet played into this climate of hate He shoulda recognized that way before the suspension Before the Nike deal got trashed, before all this attention He and Kanye are different but before I go on The book he tweeted is a bestseller on Amazon Spent this song callin’ out Ye and Kyrie both But the one who’s profiting from this is jeff Bezos So let’s condemn all hate and call out everyone And end anti-Blackness and anti-Semitism Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
150. Kanye, Kyrie, & Amazon: Hypocrisy & Hope
04-11-2022
150. Kanye, Kyrie, & Amazon: Hypocrisy & Hope
I stand with everyone who is fighting anti-semitism and being an UPstander and not a bystander. We cannot condemn Kanye and Kyrie without also speaking to the industries and companies that have also promoted either anti-semitism and and anti-Blackness. STAY CONNECTED: Instagram | | | | Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross cultural communication at American University. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described byEssence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com. Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio fromCNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of Americain millions of homes in over 150 countries.He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct youth leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to leadership and youth student conferences across the country.Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, Emmanuelle Chriqui, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers. Internationally, he has shared his work in over 20 countries on 3 continents. Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. Heearned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and Jay-Z. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.He has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over100,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo. Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Lifehas received praise from great motivational speakers such as Willie Jolley.His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students. For more information, please visit www.upstanderinternational.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
148. Jane Elliott responds my question on The Little Mermaid controversy
11-10-2022
148. Jane Elliott responds my question on The Little Mermaid controversy
I asked legendary educator and antiracist activist Jane Elliott on the Roland Martin show about her thoughts on The Little Mermaid controversy. She drops some wisdom! #rolandmartin #RolandMartinUnfiltered STAY CONNECTED: Instagram | | | | Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross cultural communication at American University. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described byEssence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com. Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio fromCNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of Americain millions of homes in over 150 countries.He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct youth leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to leadership and youth student conferences across the country.Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, Emmanuelle Chriqui, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers. Internationally, he has shared his work in over 20 countries on 3 continents. Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. Heearned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and Jay-Z. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.He has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over100,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo. Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Lifehas received praise from great motivational speakers such as Willie Jolley.His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students. For more information, please visit www.upstanderinternational.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
147. My Interview on Fox 5 News on Abortion, Inflation, and Immigration
20-09-2022
147. My Interview on Fox 5 News on Abortion, Inflation, and Immigration
I appeared on Fox 5 with republican strategist Andrew King to discuss the midterm elections on "On the Hill" with host Tom Fitzgerald. STAY CONNECTED: Instagram | | | | Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross cultural communication at American University. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described byEssence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com. Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio fromCNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of Americain millions of homes in over 150 countries.He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct youth leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to leadership and youth student conferences across the country.Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, Emmanuelle Chriqui, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers. Internationally, he has shared his work in over 20 countries on 3 continents. Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. Heearned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and Jay-Z. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.He has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over100,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo. Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Lifehas received praise from great motivational speakers such as Willie Jolley.His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students. For more information, please visit www.upstanderinternational.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
146. The Hypocrisy of the Black Little Mermaid Backlash
16-09-2022
146. The Hypocrisy of the Black Little Mermaid Backlash
Sharing my thoughts on the ignorance, hate, racism, and hypocrisy to "The Little Mermaid" being played by a black woman. It is truly an opportunity to reflect on white portrayals of nonwhite people in film historically as well as an opportunity to reflect on creating a society where everybody can be celebrated and not tolerated! Let's GO! #littlemermaid #hallebailey #disney #diversity #equity #diversityequityinclusion #upstander STAY CONNECTED: Instagram | | | | Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross cultural communication at American University. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described byEssence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com. Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio fromCNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of Americain millions of homes in over 150 countries.He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct youth leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to leadership and youth student conferences across the country.Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, Emmanuelle Chriqui, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers. Internationally, he has shared his work in over 20 countries on 3 continents. Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. Heearned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and Jay-Z. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.He has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over100,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo. Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Lifehas received praise from great motivational speakers such as Willie Jolley.His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students. For more information, please visit www.upstanderinternational.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
144. The Stereotype Project Founders Join the Upstander's Podcast!
23-08-2022
144. The Stereotype Project Founders Join the Upstander's Podcast!
I was honored to sit down with the founders of The Stereotype Project, Gian Franco and Liz Kim. The Stereotype Project seeks to deconstruct the way we learn about people and cultures while highlighting the gaps and illuminating limited and biased representations of social groups in the media. Learn more about them at CONNECTED: Instagram | | | | Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross cultural communication at American University. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described byEssence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com. Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio fromCNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of Americain millions of homes in over 150 countries.He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct youth leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to leadership and youth student conferences across the country.Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, Emmanuelle Chriqui, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers. Internationally, he has shared his work in over 20 countries on 3 continents. Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. Heearned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and Jay-Z. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.He has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over100,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo. Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Lifehas received praise from great motivational speakers such as Willie Jolley.His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students. For more information, please visit www.upstanderinternational.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
143. Discussing the Future of Democracy with Farajii on "The Culture"
18-08-2022
143. Discussing the Future of Democracy with Farajii on "The Culture"
I was so honored to sit down with Farajii on "The Culture" on Roland Martin's Black Star Network. Roland is really bringing great shows and content to the world and I was honored to be on this show. You can also catch me on Monday nights on #rolandmartinunfiltered. Let's GO! STAY CONNECTED: Instagram | | | | Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross cultural communication at American University. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described byEssence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com. Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio fromCNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of Americain millions of homes in over 150 countries.He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct youth leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to leadership and youth student conferences across the country.Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, Emmanuelle Chriqui, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers. Internationally, he has shared his work in over 20 countries on 3 continents. Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. Heearned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and Jay-Z. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.He has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over100,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo. Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Lifehas received praise from great motivational speakers such as Willie Jolley.His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students. For more information, please visit www.upstanderinternational.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
142. Bullies (hip-hop song)
10-08-2022
142. Bullies (hip-hop song)
In this song, I share 3 different perspectives on bullying. This song can be found on all digital platforms and comes from my album, "What our freedom sounds like" - I. I just don’t feel nothing anymore School just used to be a bore but now I abhor It, wanna quit I just can’t take it Used to front like I was happy now I can’t fake it Hundreds of kids at my school but I’m alone Bystanders standin by like talkin’ on phones Math teacher wants to help but her hands are tied She can handles squares and tris but can’t deal with bi Wonder why I can’t cry like I did last year Live in fear when ears hear being called a “queer” Queer enough that’s the nicest thing I’ve heard all day Folks come up with the meanest ways to call me gay G-a-g-a sang today “I was born this way” But now I wanna die being torn this way Counselors and principals—no principles Hung me out to hang myself I’m invisible  II. I know you think I don’t see you but my hands are tied I’m running this school but school’s runnin me I tried I got teachers wanna help but they need training But the district cut the budget I keep complaining Hard to watch what you’re going through it hurts to see Cause when I was young kids used to pick on me That’s really why I went into education To build a place where students could have safe haven For their dreams but it seems that you’re caught in the seems You have no idea how much I want to intervene But I got parents that’ll say that I’m pro-gay rights Church groups that’ll call me the antichrist Damn I’ll be damned if I plug this dam But behind the scenes I swear I’m gonna do what I can If you could just hold on for just one more day I’ll do my best to make you feel you belong OK?  III. Got this kid at this school that I punched in the face Didn’t do me no wrong, he was just in my space Teacher didn’t care, didn’t gimme detention Kinda crazy cause really I just want some attention When I’m smackin’ up a kid I’m on top of the world When I stop I’m nobody, the boys and girls Don’t pay me no mind unless I’m spendin my time Callin’ kids names and playing tricks on their mind But does anyone wonder why I act this way? Just saw my dad punch my mom in her chest today Happened right on the street and no one said a word Guess hittin on people is just how you get heard So I’m a keep hittin ‘em til folks are hearin’ I’m Looking for some guidance, an intervention sign If you could just hear me when all the kids fear me Maybe I’ll stop bullying and see my life more clearly STAY CONNECTED: Instagram | | | | more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
139. Pt. 2: Heated Black Lives Matter debate on i24 News
15-07-2022
139. Pt. 2: Heated Black Lives Matter debate on i24 News
Pt. 2! Sat down with former federal agent David Katz and former chairman for Fulton County Georgia Dr. John Eaves to discuss Black Lives Matter and police violence in America. This is part 1 of 2. Part 2 will be shared later this week! STAY CONNECTED: Instagram | | | | Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross cultural communication at American University. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described byEssence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com. Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio fromCNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of Americain millions of homes in over 150 countries.He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct youth leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to leadership and youth student conferences across the country.Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, Emmanuelle Chriqui, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers. Internationally, he has shared his work in over 20 countries on 3 continents. Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. Heearned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and Jay-Z. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.He has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over100,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo. Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Lifehas received praise from great motivational speakers such as Willie Jolley.His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students. For more information, please visit www.upstanderinternational.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
136. EVERYday is Father's Day! (hip-hop track)
19-06-2022
136. EVERYday is Father's Day! (hip-hop track)
Lyrics Happy Father’s Day to real dads out there Ain’t no one built like you, no one compares Stand proud of who you are for the world to see But most importantly stand proud for your whole family Happy father’s day to real dads out there Ain’t no one built like you no one compares Stand proud of who you are for the world to see But most importantly stand proud for your whole family! Just a little something for the dads, I see you Just know that no one else can ever be you Only time you’re discussed is when it’s to demean you I see through media views that’ll leave you Feelin’ you ain’t worth a damn, yo I believe you For y’all who doubt don’t let the media deceive you Only talk about our absence but those of us there It’s like we’re Homer Simpson, yeah it’s time to compare Cause is it just me? Am I buggin’ because The strong men on tv are the uncle or cuz? I mean is it really me? Am I goin’ buckwild To see how they make us look like an extra child? And no shade to the moms, you deserve all the praises I’m just brining up some issues that fatherhood raises All praises due to real dads out there Hope the world sees that we got a story to share Happy Father’s Day to real dads out there Ain’t no one built like you, no one compares Stand proud of who you are for the world to see But most importantly stand proud for your whole family Happy father’s day to real dads out there Ain’t no one built like you no one compares Stand proud of who you are for the world to see But most importantly stand proud for your whole family! Now dads I know it’s tough when you take your kids To afterschool activities then back to your crib Know it’s tough when with your kid standin’ right there And teachers tell ‘em “talk to mom” like you ain’t right there! Know it’s hard when you decide to be the stay-at-home dad And the world sees you as weak or part of a fad Paid paternity leave ain’t here federally But we do what’s best for the fam, it’s necessary But in times like these I acknowledge your worth The world’s better with good dads walkin’ this earth So dads do your thing like you were meant to do Don’t worry about haters know your kids need you And if you ain’t seen ‘em in a while time to reach out too It ain’t never too late to tell em “I love you.” And if you got ‘em next to you just hug ‘em too And Let ‘em know nothing will ever come between you Happy Father’s Day to real dads out there Ain’t no one built like you, no one compares Stand proud of who you are for the world to see But most importantly stand proud for your whole family Happy father’s day to real dads out there Ain’t no one built like you no one compares Stand proud of who you are for the world to see But most importantly stand proud for your whole family! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
135. My Father's Day Interview on "The Special Report" with Areva Martin
17-06-2022
135. My Father's Day Interview on "The Special Report" with Areva Martin
I sat down with Areva Martin on "The Special Report" with Areva Martin to talk about Father's Day. I believe that we don't celebrate fathers enough so I was happy to be part of this interview. STAY CONNECTED: Instagram | | | | Omékongo Dibinga is the UPstander. His life’s mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. He is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, TV talk show host, rapper, and professor of cross cultural communication at American University. His Urban Music Award winning work has best been described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described byEssence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 international recipients out of 750,000 to win the first ever “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” He has received over 1,000,000 views on CNN.com. Omékongo’s writings and performances have appeared in O Magazine, as well as on TV and radio fromCNN, BET, and the BBC to NPR, Music Choice, and Voice of Americain millions of homes in over 150 countries.He has also written songs for major motion pictures as well as organizations such as NASA and the Enough! Project. He has spoken before the United Nations, partners with the State Department to conduct youth leadership trainings overseas, and speaks to leadership and youth student conferences across the country.Omékongo’s music and writings have appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, OutKast, Sonia Sanchez, Dennis Brutus, Emmanuelle Chriqui, The Last Poets, and NFL great Aaron Rodgers. Internationally, he has shared his work in over 20 countries on 3 continents. Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School, where he earned his M.A. in Law & Diplomacy. Heearned his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at The University of Maryland (UMD) where his dissertation centered on the global hip-hop phenomenon and Jay-Z. At UMD, he also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.” He worked for four years as the lead Teaching Assistant to Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at Georgetown University. He provides leadership, educational and diversity empowerment as a consultant and motivational speaker for organizations, associations and institutions.He has featured/lectured nationwide in venues from TEDx and Harvard to Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit and the Nuyorican Poets Café. His rap mixtape series “Bootleg” promotes positive hip-hop with remixes of songs by Tupac, Notorious BIG, Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and others. His 1,000,000 Youth Campaign has directly impacted over100,000 youth across the globe to date. He has also partnered with Intel on its campaign to make their computer processors free of minerals that come from the war in the Congo. Omékongo has published and produced 7 books, 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, and one independent DVD. His motivational book G.R.O.W. Towards Your Greatness! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Lifehas received praise from great motivational speakers such as Willie Jolley.His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life balance book for students. For more information, please visit www.upstanderinternational.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
134. 10 Days in America (Be the Change) - Hip-hop song
31-05-2022
134. 10 Days in America (Be the Change) - Hip-hop song
I wrote this song to pay tribute to those slain in #uvalde, #buffalo, & #lagunawoods and to call YOU to action! She woke up that morning with love in her heart To see her husband in a nursing home to check on his heart he went to grab snacks before the movie night start he guarded that store to make sure that trouble was blocked she moved to buffalo to take care of her bro she fed people down on their luck who might’ve been po beat aneurysms and cancer in her 65 years he went to get a birthday cake for his son of 3 years she fought to get guns off these violent streets he drove taxis to help people leaving Tops Mart see she was the life of the party brought the family together she was the substitute who will be substituted never he was a Taiwanese father of 4 in southern cali Way too many others in this song to try to tally This is everyday America, gets worse everyday With nra, apathy, and politics in the way. You gotta be the change you seek, you gotta speak You gotta stand up for the future of our babies If change is meant to be, it’s up to you and me So what you gonna do to fight and save this country? Their lives were robbed at Robb on a day of joy A beautiful day at Uvalde for the girls and boys A day of honor rolls for great kids on a roll Looking forward to summertime, such beautiful souls Stellar grades and good citizenship awards They loved video games and burning up dance floors He loved catching footballs thrown far and near They were saving up so she could go to Disney next year Her pictures said a thousand words but she’ll never speak again They were cousins who were also probably best friends She was so fast in races, friends couldn’t keep up They taught for over 20 years teaching kids to look up At a brighter future and to face it with grace Taught those kids to always have a smile on their face America weeps for those slain but it can’t be in vein After our tears we gotta fight so there’s no future pain You gotta be the change you seek, you gotta speak You gotta stand up for the future of our babies If change is meant to be, it’s up to you and me So what you gonna do to fight and save this country? A baby formula shortage, babies crying “feed us” But some politicians only care about the fetus They’d rather keep the guns but ban abortion They’d rather ban books before they ban a gun They found money for Ukraine as we wanted them too But where’s the money for our roads, summer jobs and schools? Gotta vote more into office who will fight for our babies Gotta target sponsors who sponsor hate on tv Gotta fight for the truth to be taught in our schools Gotta stop blaming mental health and not provide the tools Gotta challenge our neighbors when we hear ignorance You might think that act is small but it’s significant If you don’t stand up to hate, don’t stand up to violence Then you’re almost just as guilty because of your silence 10 days in America’s any day of the week But together we can change this if we’re strong never weak! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices