we keep looking around and seeing yet another atrocity and repeating the question "what we gonna do?!". 1) build an educational system that does not blunt or redirect that spark of creativity that is in all African children. a system that seeks out, encourages and nurtures the intellectual genius that is all African children. put more emphasis on cognitive ability rather than the ability to "follow instructions". (that's where our "leaders" went; they were blunted in elementary school!!) to the education professionals here: how does "education" work? how does that "spark of genius" manifest itself? how is it encouraged? what would an appropriate curriculum look like in elementary school? in jr hi/middle school? in high school? what are the techniques for bringing this genius to the fore? they taught me to read using the sounds of the letters; i could read anything just by taking the time to sound the words out one letter at a time, then one syllable at a time, one word at a time. then hook them into sentences. once the sentence flowed, hook it to the preceeding sentences and make some sense out of them. then start over with the next sentence. i love to read!! is that method no longer being used? let's build a curriculum that encourages all the genius of the African mind!! another thought; are there HBCUs that are doing distant learning? would having a space here with connections to distant learning programs (on all levels) be of value to the community (both here and off-line)? 2) turn off the tv. stop encouraging "professional slavery" (fellas could do us more good with a real job rather than a "job" of running up and down with some silly little ball! or pummeling on each other!! and all that "shuckin n jivin" needs to quit too! "entertainment" ... right ...). Inner-attainment is not going to be found via entertainment!! (heck, brother oldsoul used the word and it just resonated. i can "feel" what it means, but spelling out what/how ....) 3) quit destroying our community: it is not their fault that they are out there doing them things!! they are there because our "society" requires them to be. for one thing, it supports the need for "community enforcement". for another, it keeps us divided as we forget that they are our children, brothers, sisters and parents, and go along with the media that tells us to deride them!! and when we do reach out to them; stop trying to force them right back into the mold that created them in the first place!! 4) if the "tools" (business, education, finance) of today are used in the hopes of building a better tomorrow, then when we wake up tomorrow we are gonna find ourselves living today ... all over again ... ad infinitum.