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In a world where there is little children’s programming targeted at families of African ancestry, there is now an animated series coming out of Nigeria which is positioning itself to change the game.

“Bino and Fino” is a Nigerian-produced show that explores the continent of Africa from an African perspective while at the same time teaching children about science, history, culture and geography. The show, which was initially created in 2010 recently released the trailer for their international debut.

Bino and Fino is being aired across the UK, Nigeria, and South Africa, and can be watched online on Rainbowme, AfroLand TV as well as on YouTube. The show features a Nigerian family played by Nigerian voice actors and is full of culture.

Please share this with anyone who has or teaches young children, this is great educational material.

Click here to watch the trailer and then click on the arrows below to watch their episode on Nigerian Independence Day, cooking, dancing “Azonto”, and counting to 10 in Igbo.

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Greek Hacks for LinkedIn: How to Leverage your Black Greek Experience in Undergrad to get a J.O.B.

In undergrad it can be difficult to apply for jobs and internships with limited or no experience—but not for Black greeks because Black greeks have a secret weapon up their sleeves and that’s Black greekdom. Black greekdom teaches you everything from how to collaborate to how to stay calm under pressure, how to plan events and manage projects to how to write a great grant letter. Black greekdom teaches you flexibility, time management, leadership and budgeting, branding, team work, decision making and marketing. Yes, greekdom teaches you and gives you many opportunities to not only learn but apply many transferable skills that will add value to employers low and high. In this Greek Hack series, undergrads will learn tips, tricks and tidbits to leverage their greekness to get a J.O.B. starting with LinkedIn.

Greek Hacks for LinkedIn: Most undergrads use every social media platform but LinkedIn—they think it’s something us old folks use not knowing that it’s a much-used recruitment tool. That’s right. More than 80% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates for jobs and some research states that more than 90% do! So the moral of today is to get on so you can play.

An all-star LinkedIn profile needs to have the following things: a professional headshot, education, experiences, endorsements and volunteering but most importantly it needs to have a compelling summary. So what is a compelling summary? Well, a compelling summary should have four crucial parts: a hook, value, personality and an invitation to speak. And with a few twists and tweaks, you can have a LinkedIn profile that recruiters seek.

  • Step 1: Do not start your LinkedIn profile with as a sophomore studying ABC at XYZ University I blah blah blah. I repeat…please do not start your LinkedIn summary this way. Start your LinkedIn summary with a hook, an attention grabber and something that is going to make a recruiter want to stop and read.  

 

  • Step 2: Add value. The summary is not a space for you to regurgitate your resume. The summary is a space for you to show value. How are you different, what makes you unique, what value can you bring to the table and how are you capable?

 

  • Step 3: Show personality. Personality is the new professionalism and personality is something recruiters seek. It’s all about the fit and your LinkedIn summary can show a recruiter that you’re a good fit if you add some personality to it.

 

  • Step 4: invite recruiters to speak. Every LinkedIn summary should close with an invitation to speak, an invitation to have coffee or an invitation to be reached.

 

  • Bonus: use keywords. The more keywords you use in your LinkedIn summary the more searchable you become. So use half a dozen and have some search engine fun. Note: if you have more than two paragraphs in your LinkedIn summary, which I highly encourage you not to do but if you choose, place your keywords in the middle paragraph because most recruiters will only skim your first and last paragraphs.  

Get it, got it, good…piece of cake, piece of pie and here are a few examples to get you flying high.

Example #1 | As the youngest chapter president in the history of my sorority, I have learned the art of personality and people management—an art that will prove valuable in the management trainee internship that I seek. My sorority has also provided me with ample opportunities to create and manage budgets, get results with limited resources, work on teams and make decisions during ambiguity. All of which are much used job functions of any management trainee position.

In addition, the network of sorority sisters that I know and have access to can become a talent pipeline for you (my future employer). In short, I say all of this to say, if you are interested in a results-driven collaborator that wants to see her team, her company and her community succeed—let’s grab coffee.

My Skills and Expertise:

    • Management
    • Staff Training
    • Strong Communication
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Innovative Thinking

Example #2 | My fraternity taught me many life-lessons but one comes to mind and that one lesson is, “excuses build monuments of nothingness.” As a sophomore in engineering, I seek an engineering fellowship that will allow me to build monuments of greatness. Monuments that I have been doodling, drawing and creating since childhood and monuments that my fraternity has prepared me to build.

SKILLS: STEM/Strong Analytical Mind/Grant Writing/Attention to Detail/Project Management Experience/Desire to Learn/Communication and Collaboration

Engineers need creativity, they need entrepreneurial spirts and they need project management skills and I have all three. In my fraternity, I oversee our marketing efforts, events and community service and have raised more than $20,000 from grants, $15,000 from event entry fees and $10,000 from donations for my community. This requires effective time-management, a solutions-oriented mindset, innovation, persuasion, and flexibility to pursue plan C when A and B are no longer options. Thanks for reading and if you are looking for a driven problem-solver that works well under pressure—let’s speak.

Be on the lookout for more Greek Hack articles coming soon to a Watch The Yard post near you. Everything from Greek Hacks for Cover Letters to Greek Hacks for Interviewing, Greek Hacks for Networking and everything in between. 

About Keisha Mabry: Keisha Mabry is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also an author, speaker and socialentrepreneur who has been featured on NPR, the Nine Network, Fox 2, Next Step U, The Business Journal, TED, Blavity and HuffPost for her work in personal branding and networking. In addition, Keisha is a lecturer at Washington University and her new book Hey Friend: 100 Ways to Connect with 100 People in 100 Days is a movement to make the world friendly again—or at the very least friendlier than it’s ever been. Learn more about this fearlessly free human being at www.keishamabry.com

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An Introverts Guide to Networking – Six Simple Steps

The following was written by author, speaker and social entrepreneur Keisha Mabry, a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc.

Hey, Friends. Let me start by first clearing the air. Yes. I am clearing the air and going on record to say — clears throat — NO ONE LIKES TO NETWORK! And I do mean no one. No one and nobody likes to do this because networking is a business card exchange, it’s transactional, it’s take-take-take, it’s quantity not quality and it’s cold and surface. So whether you are an extrovert or an introvert—no one likes to network.

So now that we are on the same page, let me continue by saying that this is not a guide to networking. I know I kind of lied to get you to read this, but if I were to title this article the introvert’s guide to connecting you would be confused. Very, very confused because no one refers to networking as connecting. No one and no body. Everyone refers to it as networking but there’s a difference. A BIG difference.

Connecting is story sharing, it’s people caring, it’s relational and reciprocal, it’s give-give-give, it’s quality not quantity, it’s warm and deep and most importantly it’s way different than networking. It’s different and I want you to walk away from this article knowing the difference and knowing that you do not have to be an extrovert like me to connect with peeps. So let’s get ready, let’s get set and let’s connect.

Ps…the tips below are for those wanting to connect and build genuine, authentic relationships with people not those wanting to network for the sake of using people When you connect and build your network prior to needing people your network and support system will be there when you are in need. Capisce?

 

  1. Have One-on-Ones. Often times extroverts, like me, are led to believe that introverts don’t like to connect and meet peeps – but they do. They just tend to prefer to do this one-on-one and not in groups. So my advice to you is to connect one-on-one. Meet people for coffee, lunch, dinner or brunch to chit and chat. Matter of fact, I do this all the time – like weekly – and it’s fairly easy. I start with the people I know, professionally and personally, and then I ask the people I know to recommend other folk. And just like that my connections grow and grow and grow. Now I am up to grabbing coffee or tea with one new person a week. So try it and see and meet, meet, meet.
  2. Volunteering is a great way to connect with people, and when I say volunteer I don’t just mean what you typically hear when you hear the word volunteer. When most people hear volunteer they think nonprofit and philanthropic—and although they could always use our time, talents and treasures—there’s plenty of other organizations and associations that could use these things too. There’s boards, camps, clubs, churches, clients, cohorts, colleges, committees, conferences, events, family, friends, fellowships, fraternities, sororities, hobbies, masterminds, military, professional, sports, travel and work groups to name a few. And there are so many things you can volunteer to do. You can volunteer to take the lead on something or volunteer to do the thing no one else wants to do. This will give you quick exposure too and another opportunity to meet folks that are new.
  3. Mentor and be Mentored. When people hear the word mentor, they get scared. Not because they don’t care but because of the time they have to spare. Mentor has become synonymous with time commitment and for this reason, many people are starting to resent it. But mentorship can be whatever two peeps decide it should be. It can be a check-in here or a cup of coffee there. It can be a weekly, monthly or even quarterly frequency. Again, it can be anything two peeps decide it should be. So call it something else if you want, pick your frequency and get to mentoring. You can mentor someone you know or someone new and you can even mentor someone that works with you. And while mentoring, you should be mentored too. So just do it. No more excuses and no more shooting mentorship the deuces. Just do it.
  4. Become a SME. It’s important to note that connecting isn’t always about you being proactive to meet peeps—connecting is also about you creating opportunities for folks to meet thee. And one way to do that is to become a SME. A SME is a subject matter expert and it’s something you should strive to be. Being a SME is a great way to meet peeps because when you are a SME people seek you out for your expertise. I’ve always been known for my connecting and socializing expertise, so when people seek resources, places to be and people to see—they seek me. What subject, what matter and what expertise can you share with the world? Coaching, investing, exercising, training—the list goes on and on and on. So identify it, certify it and don’t be quiet about it because the more you spread the news the more you will be introduced.
  5. Drop A Line. Make a new friend by dropping a line from time to time. I drop lines when people get promotions, when people get awards, when people graduate, when people join boards, when people get married and when people expand their family. If I don’t personally know the person, I drop lines via social media. If I personally know the person, I drop lines via email, text, phone calls, cards and sticky notes. But regardless of the medium, the message is always the same—congrats on such and such. And like dropping lines, you should also drop knowledge from time to time, like articles, resources, information and sources, because everyone has goals they are trying to reach and you can meet new peeps by helping them achieve.
  6. Be A Connector. Be a connector. Be a person that introduces people to other people. A person that introduces others to others that others should meet, and sooner than later people will return the favor. That’s it. This way is that simple and that quick.

Well, introverted friends, we have come to the end, BUT there’s a lot more where the above came from in my new book Hey Friend: 100 Ways to Connect with 100 People in 100 Days. It’s a must-read, a fun read and the ultimate guide to meeting peeps. Much luck on your connection journeys and don’t take it too seriously. Navigating an extroverted world as an introvert may sound like a lot but it can be done. Just breath, relax and have some fun!

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About Keisha Mabry: Keisha Mabry is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also an author, speaker and social entrepreneur on a mission to change the world one connection at a time by changing trajectories and changing minds. Her new book Hey Friend: 100 Ways to Connect with 100 People in 100 Days is a movement to make the world friendly again or at the very least friendlier than it’s ever been. It’s a must-read, a fun read and the ultimate guide to meeting new peeps. Learn more about this fearlessly free human being on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at www.keishamabry.com

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Networking Pro Reveals 6 Innovative Tricks for Networking at Conferences

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Hey Friends. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is not HOV – it’s Keisha Mabry and I absolutely love networking. But my networking is not your typical networking. My networking is transitional not transactional, it’s about the person not the profession, it’s about the who not the do. Who people are – their hopes, dreams, passions and hobbies – not what they do from 9 to 5 just to stay alive. It’s friendworking, and I’ve been using friendworking for 10 years to meet everyone and everybody from my bae to Issa Rae.

Today, I’m going to share my top six ways to meet and greet peeps at conferences. Why conferences? Because it’s conference season and no matter how you cut or slice the piece of cake, pizza or pie everyone has had to do a little conference networking from time to time. So let’s get ready, let’s get set and let’s conference connect.

1. Volunteer. Not only does it take a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to pull off a conference. A vast village of organizers, speakers, teachers, mentors, advocates, sponsors and volunteers. And for being a part of this vast village one receives benefits and the benefits or a volunteer are legit! Very legit. Volunteers get free entry and access to very important peeps. Very important VIP peeps. Me personally, I’ve volunteered at everything from the NAACP to the Urban League, and by volunteering I’ve always been placed up close and personal with the VIP peeps I want to meet.

2. Connect with People Ahead of Time. My goal for every conference is to buy or get the guest list ahead of time. Like way ahead of time. Like three to four weeks if I can. Then I pre-plan by calling and emailing all of the attendees I want to connect with in advance. Then I wait. I wait for the calls and emails to trickle in. Some call and email me back instantly while others take their sweet precious time. Then there are folks that totally decline my invitation to meet. But for every no there’s always a yes so call, call, call, email, email, email, and connect, connect, connect.

3. Meet People in Lines. There are dozens of lines at conferences: breakfast lines, lunch lines, dinner lines and brunch lines. Then there’s the break lines, snack lines, getting in the door to workshop lines, shuttle lines and happy hour bar hop lines. There are dozens of lines and while in line I make good use of my time. I make good use of my time by saying hello to everyone standing or sitting next to me. Everyone and everybody.

Hello is a simple word with five letters but infinite power. However, we pass people on a daily basis without saying anything. Nothing. Not one thing. We pass people on a daily basis without saying a simple hello. On planes. On trains. In lines. And while we dine. We say nothing but we should. We should say something. We should say hello because a simple hello can lead to a million things, thangs and everything in between.

4. Arrive Early and Sit in the V. Not sure if you know about the V. But when I was in college, many professors would tell me that they teach and speak to the V of the classroom. Well my friends — conference speakers do the same. Imagine a room. Now imagine the professor’s or speaker’s point of view. Picture a V with the professor or speaker standing at the open end of the V and her/his vantage point ending in the back of the room where the two ends meet. That’s the V and that’s the area of the room most professors and speakers draw their attention to and speak to.

So — I always sit in the V and by sitting in the V it makes it easier for me to meet and greet with peeps — especially the speakers during their speech. It makes it easier because the speaker makes eye contact with the people in the V multiple times during her/his speech. They make eye contact and the eye contact makes it easier for you to connect, and easier for you to volunteer to speak so SIT IN THE V.

5. Ask Questions and Volunteer to Speak. I always ask questions and you should too. And when I say always I mean ALWAYS! At workshops. At conferences. At speaker series and professional development sessions. At every event, meeting and lesson. If there’s a Q&A—I have a question. By asking questions, not only do you make yourself memorable to the speaker, you also make yourself memorable to other attendees at the conference. But here’s the key…when you ask your question make sure you do the two following things:

Stand up and speak – don’t ask your question sitting down. Stand up with confidence and ask your question loud and proud.

Introduce yourself before asking your question. You now have the floor so take advantage and let everyone know who you are, what you do and how they can get ahold of you. I usually say. “Hey friends. My name is Keisha Mabry and I have a platform called Hey Friend that helps people build genuine, authentic relationships. You can learn more about me at keishamabry.com and you can find my book Hey Friend on Amazon.” And just like that I’ve made hundreds of connects.

6. Take Selfies — Lots and Lots of Selfies. When I was in graduate school and undergraduate school, all of my mentors would say the same thing. “Don’t forget your business cards,” they would say. “Business cards save the day because business cards will help you stay connected to all of the peeps that pass your way.” But business cards didn’t always work that way.

The older I got and the more conferences I attended – the less and less I became dependent on business cards. Most would end up in a pile on my desk, in a pile in my car, in a pile in my purse or washed and dryed away with dirt from the pants I work a few weeks before. No friends. Business cards were no longer working for me so instead I turned to selfies.

Selfies allowed me to take pictures of the peeps I would meet and tag them instantly. It was a friendworker’s dream come true. I could use social media as a reminder of the peeps I would meet, and not just a reminder for me but a reminder for the peeps. It also put a face with a name which isn’t always the case with business cards. Some people have their pictures on their cards but a vast majority of people do not. And last but certainly not least, selfies aided in follow-up emailing. People don’t always remember your name but they usually remember your face, and by simply uploading the selfie with me and the peeps I would meet, I noticed that the response rate of my follow-up emailing increased drastically. So use selfies friends! Use selfies!!!

About Keisha Mabry: Keisha Mabry is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also an author, speaker and social entrepreneur on a mission to change the world one connection at a time by changing trajectories and changing minds. Her new book Hey Friend: 100 Ways to Connect with 100 People in 100 Days is a movement to make the world friendly again or at the very least friendlier than it’s ever been. It’s a must-read, a fun read and the ultimate guide to meeting new peeps. Learn more about this fearlessly free human being on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and at www.keishamabry.com

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