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Vote or Die

 

In West Philadelphia, born and raised! As his childhood neighbor, Will Smith was cultivating his rapping skills, Will Mega was honing his own skills as a future political leader. His interest in politics peaked at the age of 12 when he passed out e-day ballots at a polling place on a West Philly Street corner. As a campaign volunteer in the 52nd ward for Philadelphia’s first black mayor Wilson Goode Jr., he was destined to become a politico in his own right. While still a high school student, Will Mega was recruited to mobilize young people in West Philly for PA State Senator Vincent Hughes. He went on to use these skills he developed in blue-collar Philadelphia, the last bastion of United States ward politics, to organize the black student body at West Chester University, PA. In 2001 Mega co-founded of the National Political Hip Hop Convention alongside Ras Baraka and young activist and politicos from across the country, which has attracted thousands of young people to get politically engaged. Later he leveraged his political and entertainment relationships to partner with P. Diddy’s (Sean Combs) “Citizen Change - Vote or Die” campaign. He organized over 10,000 college students in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh during the 2004 Presidential election to get young people to registered get out and vote. As a result of his efforts, he was awarded the Voice and Opportunity through Elections Community Service Award from IBEW Local 98 and Galaxy Enterprises in 2004. Later he served as Chief of Staff for a PA State House Representative Kenyatta Johnson. He has run successful campaigns for several Philadelphia and Pennsylvania politicians. His master’s thesis was written on voter registration and mobilization of people aged 18-35. Students will walk away inspired to take political action.

 

Learning Outcomes Include
1. Race Conscious Politics.
2. How to create effective voter registration drives.
3. How to mobilize the college students and Millennial's to swing elections.
4. Ways to unite with other disenfranchised voter blocks.
5. The Barack Strategy.

A Revolutionary’s Journey Through Reality TV, Race, Religion, and Politics.


Will Mega shares his compelling story through what he calls his revolutionary rites of passage beginning as a well-connected freshman at West Chester University where he would become the
majority white institution’s first black homecoming king to leading fellow students as an organizer in the Black Student Union.  His unique combination of experiences as a torn college athlete, an
intellect, and activist shaped his character, personality and in-your face politics that would make him the Big Brother housemate that America loved to hate and later, a lead contender for public office. He credits black liberation theology as the spiritual foundation for the fire inside his bones and the compass that continues to guide him through his journey.


Learning Outcomes include

1.  Knowing Thy Self is the compass. 
2. Choosing the right mate for your future.
3. How to leverage your personal, student and political power.
4. Students will better be able to decipher the portrayal of race in media.

Black History Month: 28 days Could Never Be Enough

Like so many young black men in search of their identity like a fly in abig bowl of buttermilk, one can only wonder why they are lost. While book reports on Harriet Tubman and Matthew Henson sparked his interest in black history, and a Budweiser series of African Kings and Queens posters on neighbors walls shook his curiosity will Mega was still lost. Growing up in the black community in the 1980’s under the government orchestrated attack of the black community masked by Oliver North’s documented and Contra’s crack cocaine war on black people he still saw the light; his third eye was still “cracked” open. Yet, somehow in the midst of a society that demonizes black folks and barely acknowledges us in her public school history books the hip-hop conscious lyrics of the likes of Public Enemy, X-Clan, KRS 1 and Rakim did more than peeking his interest, it WOKE him up. It cracked the door open for his only black male teacher from grades K-12 to push him to critically think about who he was as a black man, and the responsibility it came with being a man. By the time he got to
college, he was woke as a result of reading multiple black history and fiction books from Hakim’s bookstore in West Philly. He was influenced by the likes of black scholars and activists like Julani Ghana, Naim Akbar, Sistah Souljah, Haki Mahabudtki, Rev. Dr. Ishakamusi Barashango, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, and Ava Muhammad. This quest to know himself, and make a difference on campus and in the world led me to host on-campus seminars, voter registration drives, student protest and I even was elected the first black homecoming king in the history of West Chester University. He even entered a partnership with a black-owned black store and became an on-campus black book sales distributor. Yet there was there was a constant yearning for a brotherhood of which he sought to fulfill through pledging a fraternity and seeking brotherhood through political and religious organizations. He has taught free grassroots Self-Help and Black Liberation Community Empowerment Classes in the black community for over a decade. Today, he serves as a Dean of Students at a prominent African centered high school wherein part he is responsible for maintaining and sustaining the rich African centered culture, history and the African centered pedagogy of the
institution. Through both formal education and personal study, cultural commitment, political and community activism, he is steeped in the principals of black empowerment, Maat’ and the NGUZO
SABA.


Learning Outcomes
1. Students be able to better determine how to identify with self
and kind and connect with their illustrious ancient African history.
2. Students will be able to discern between nationality, race and cultural nuisances. 
3. Students will be able to bridge the gap between black history and African American history.
4. Students will be able to Sankofa themselves - Look in their past for guidance for their future.
5. Students will be able to identify and become familiar with some of the greatest black people in the history of the planet and become familiar with and motivated by their illustrious contributions.

Money. Power. Respect.

As a freshman at West Chester University, PA Will was clueless about how to manage money. He knew nothing about the power of credit and as a result, He fell victim like many college students to signing a credit card with a high-interest rate and failing to keep up my payments. Fortunately, after ruining his credit, he learned the keys to avoiding credit pitfalls, the rules to establishing good credit and tricks to cleaning up bad credit reports. The discipline and money management principals Will Mega developed as a result of building good credit transformed his mind and propelled his entrepreneurial spirit into building his first successful LLC. He soon realized how influential people could be in the political world and became a kingmaker.
 

Learning Outcomes Include
1.Students will learn the hidden truth about how black wealth is built and sustained.

2 Students will be able to prevent early money mistakes and learn the power of credit.
3. Students will be able to learn how to use the constitution to their advantage
4.Students will be able to better mobilize voter blocks.
5. Students will be able to gain a better understanding of honor and the recognition of persons worth.

The Role and Responsibility of the Black Student

Black Students have always led the movement for change in America. Being “woke” implies that there are people who are “asleep”. On college campuses all over the United States and even around the world there are black students who are asleep as it relates to their history, culture, the science of politics, economics, religion, their past, present and future and what must be done to advance themselves collectively as a people. The phenomenon of being woke is a cultural push to challenge problematic norms, systemic injustices, and the overall status quo through complete awareness. Being woke refers to a person being aware of the theoretical ins and outs of the world they inhabit. Woke(ness) provides us with a basic understanding of the why and how come aspect of societies’ social and systemic functions. The phrase itself is an encouragement for people to wake up and question dogmatic social norms. It requires an active process of deprogramming social conditionings focusing on consistent efforts to challenge the universal infractions we are all subjected to. The most “woke” among us are those that realize that awareness is not a destination, but rather a journey—a process of awakening, if you will. Many millennial black students are coming into social, spiritual, cultural and political consciousness against a repressive system while attempting to figure out where they fit into the big bowl of acceptable American society. Black students persistently struggle with the double consciousness that DuBois describes in that achievement is lauded while at the same time the struggle to resist systemic oppression is imperative to for the Black collective well-being. Boycotts by athletes, building occupations, and resignation demands — all to force change for students of color — are not new acts. Black Lives Matter has found a place on campuses like the University of Missouri, Yale, Princeton and the historically black Howard University let all in the same way that the civil rights and black power movements once did. This lecture brings this paradox into focus and calls on personal experience while negotiating with this struggle as a meansto enlighten the listener.


Learning Outcomes Include
1. Students will become familiar with some of the most important black student movements and students leaders in history.
2. The 3 questions black students must ask themselves daily.
3. Understanding Trump, Black Lives Matter, The Alt Right and Colin Kaepernick.
4. How to make your major, make YOU MAJOR
5. Don’t get played, get paid.
6. How to wake and mobilize the masses of young black people to vote.
7. Ways black students can spark the movement to end police brutality.

The Story of Black Greek Lettered Organizations, Masons, OESand Secret Societies; Illuminati or Nah?

When discussing African American College founded Fraternities and Sororities one must consider the history that explores the rich past and bright future of the nine Black Greek-Letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. In the long tradition of African American benevolent and secret societies, intercollegiate African American fraternities and sororities have strong traditions of fostering brotherhood and sisterhood among their members, exerting considerable influence in the African American community, and being on the forefront of civic action, community service, and philanthropy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Toni Morrison, Arthur Ashe, Colin Kaepernick, Zore Neal Hurston, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Carol Moseley Braun, Bill Cosby, Sarah Vaughan, George Washington Carver, Hattie McDaniel, Bobby Rush, Huey P.  Newton, Kwame Nkrumah, Nikki Giovannni, Cheryl Underwood and Alicia Keys are among the many trailblazing and world-impacting members of these organizations. The role of black fraternities and sororities serve as some of the best and brightest among black leadership in the United States and abroad. The history of African American Fraternities and Sororities in context, there is a common attempt to link them to other movements and organizations that predated them and tying their history to one of the most important eras of United States history—the Civil Rights struggle, in particularly Prince Hall Masonry. Many only know of black fraternities and sororities through the eyes of filmmakers like Spike Lee who produced the 1998 film School Daze, or by watching the 2017 film Burning Sands. These films give a small peek into the complexities of on-campus BGLO life and a unique yet realistic perspective on the initiation process of African American fraternities and sororities as a central theme. The intercollegiate African American fraternity and sorority movement has been in existence for over 115 years. Yet, to date, little scholarly attention has been paid to these organizations and the men and women who founded and perpetuated them and in particular to the possible relationship between them and Prince Hall Masonry. At the turn of the 21st Century, many accusations by conspiracy theorist asserted that not only is there some sort diabolical plot and unethical relationship between African American Fraternities, Sororities and Prince Hall Masonry and the “Illuminati." For those who don’t know—or at least those who don’t buy into conspiracies – theorists have long proposed that a secret organization of elites called the “Illuminati” (enlightened ones) run the world and rig everything from presidential elections to stock prices to MTV VMA winners. The Illuminati, it’s said, also worships Satan and promotes evil all over the earth and has full control over the masses of people. Will Mega, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated dwells into the myths, mysteries and facts that surround these alluring organizations. 

 

Learning Outcomes Include
1. How to discover the truths and uncover the lies about Black Greek Lettered Organizations.
2. How to determine if “Greek Life” is for you.

3. How BGLO’s and other secret societies are connected.
4. How BGLO’s and Prince Hall Masons are rooted in Africa.
5. More importantly, learn the benefits and possible setbacks of joining a traditionally black fraternity or sorority.