BLOG: OG TOLD ME
Written by Howard School of Communications alum Pendarvis Harshaw, “OG TOLD ME” is a beautiful testament to the real role that black men play in our community. This is the role of educators, motivators, supporters, coaches, fathers to whole neighborhoods. This blog is a tool for youth to connect with the wisdom of their elders in a way that they might not have the foresight to initiate themselves. It creates a bridge over this huge generational gap in communication, by technologically bringing historical conversations between Harshaw and his subjects to youth directly.
This blog means a lot to me for two reasons :
1. My young father always told me that there was great value in the customs of the older generations. The image that they held of themselves was polished, so that they made themselves known to others as one to be taken seriously. I always identified with a feeling of having lost that custom when I observed my generation. It’s great to see OGTOLDME preserving that image, as well as preserving the wisdom that comes from it.
2. When I had the opportunity to meet Harshaw last week, (through Lukas Brekke-Miesner – writer of http://www.38thnotes.com/) he struck me as a responsible journalist off the bat. I normally don’t typecast folks according to their profession immediately, but since our conversation revolved around writing, Howard, and this project of his, I sensed that he was looking to have a strong positive effect on his community, by making the voice of the OG heard.
Please take some time with his blog http://www.ogtoldme.com/, as it is art, and for the sake of its purpose should not be rushed through.