In Don’t Drop the Mic, renowned pastor, orator, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Bishop T. D. Jakes puts a new spin on the notion of the boastful dropping of the mic—a show of triumph over a well delivered speech or performance. As he notes in his introduction, “The Voice of Hope,”
Thinking of my overall concept for this book, I was taken by the duality and paradox of what it means to “drop the mic.” On the one hand, having a mic-drop moment conveys the powerful, resonant impact virtually every communicator desires to have with his or her audience. While you may not literally drop the mic after you speak at the city council meeting, school fundraiser, board of director’s retreat, or church event, you definitely want to make the most of those opportunities when you’re required to impart a message. You want to leave listeners impressed and inspired, informed and intrigued by what you have shared. On the other hand, dropping the mic can also mean fumbling those same opportunities, either out of fear, a lack of experience, unfamiliarity with your audience, a lack of preparation, or other barriers…
And so, after many requests “for advice, counsel, and wisdom on how to communicate effectively,” and at the urging of his friend Dr. Frank Thomas, a seminary professor and pastor, Bishop Jakes—a passionate, soul-stirring, highly sought-after ace communicator who regularly addresses a variety of audiences—shares his expertise to guide readers in developing and honing their own skills:
My desire is to help you make the most of your mic, whatever it may be, and connect with those receiving your message. Along the way I hope you will realize the unparalleled power of successful communication even as you practice it more productively, passionately, and potently.
Expounding on the power of words, as evidenced during the ongoing global pandemic and the frenzy of social and political upheavals that have caused us to quake at our core, Bishop Jakes asserts, “Communication is as vital to human existence as air, water, food, and shelter…As long as we can speak, we have hope.” Whatever our mode of communication, we are asked not to muffle the message we have been chosen to deliver. Rather, Bishop Jakes entreats us to hold onto the mic when given the opportunity to speak out—and to keep speaking until our message is heard: “Accept the mic on the platform you’ve been given,” he urges. “Your voice is needed. Don’t drop the mic!”
In keeping with an effective guide and teaching tool, the structure of the book is clear and precise. Each of its five captioned parts includes an introduction that leads into the section’s three chapters. And each chapter has an opening quote from the likes of Alice Walker, Aristotle, Maya Angelou, Mark Twain, Bruce Springsteen, and Stephen Covey. Throughout parts 1-4, Bishop Jakes shares the influences and the experiences (good and bad) that have made him the prolific speaker he is today.
From award-winning and bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age survival tale exploring issues of race, class, and climate change.
Addy is haunted by the tragic fire that killed her parents, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother. Now, years later, Addy’s grandmother has enrolled her in a summer wilderness program. There, Addy joins five other Black city kids—each with their own troubles—to spend a summer out west.
Deep in the forest the kids learn new (and to them) strange skills: camping, hiking, rock climbing, and how to start and safely put out campfires. Most important, they learn to depend upon each other for companionship and survival.
But then comes a devastating forest fire…
Addy is face-to-face with her destiny and haunting past. Developing her courage and resiliency against the raging fire, it’s up to Addy to lead her friends to safety. Not all are saved. But remembering her origins and grandmother’s teachings, she’s able to use street smarts, wilderness skills, and her spiritual intuition to survive.
YouthBuild Job Training Program Accepting New Applications Now
CRT is accepting applications for our YouthBuild job training program. We are seeking young adults 18 – 24 from Hartford and East Hartford who want to earn while you learn! Weekly stipend paid! No HS diploma needed – we’ll help you get your GED! Opportunities available in Construction, CNA or Medical Assistant, and Security Guards.
A Hartford Healthcare program will provide hands-on learning for Hartford Public High School students interested in health careers
HARTFORD — A new program at Hartford Public High School will provide students with hands-on experience as they learn about health care careers.
The initiative, sponsored by Hartford HealthCare, will provide students with a career-focused education experience, combining classroom instruction with work-based learning — such as worksite tours, internships, job shadowing opportunities — according to Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez.
The Hartford schools announced the new Allied Health Pathway at Hartford Public High School at a press conference Wednesday morning.
“This program will help train, develop, and prepare more people to work in the front lines of health care and as we saw in the pandemic, it’s essential,” Hartford HealthCare President and CEO Jeff Flaks said. “So, we’re going to help build the workforce of the future.”
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Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can now reserve up to 2 free tickets to plays at Hartford Stage as part of our new partnership. Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. Patrons can check online to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven Library locations. Once you have reserved the tickets at a Library branch, you must confirm the seats by calling the box office at Hartford Stage, 860-527-5151.
Hartford Public Library Launching Racial and Social Justice Themed Book Clubs
HARTFORD – Hartford Public Library is launching two book clubs wrestling with the topics of anti-racism and social justice.
The first, called The Awakening Book Club, will start on August 13 at 6 pm. The club is targeted for young adults ages 13 to 25. Click here to sign up: bit.ly/TheAwakeningBookClub
The club hopes to create a safe and open space for young adults to connect around a good book. The biweekly discussion series will center on a book of the month that prompts much needed conversation about past and present racial injustices. Not an avid reader? Come and hear what others have to say about this important dialogue.
“Connecting around a good book is one of the most meaningful ways to learn more about ourselves, each other and the world we live in. We want to inspire, engage and empower our young people to be thought leaders and decision makers. The future of our society is in their hands – and sharing ideas from great works of literature and non-fiction paves the way for them to form their own ideas about the world and form relationships with others that will last a lifetime,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, HPL’s president and CEO.
Liz Castle, programming manager for the library, said that the book club was a result of a meeting with young local organizers in early June. “We basically asked them how we can support them as a library. They told us the most useful thing we could do is to help them connect with other young people, reading books, discussing books and how literature can help inform how they move forward with their social justice work,” Castle said.
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The Farmers Market is a place where corporate employees venture into the Frog Hollow neighborhood, where seniors and SNAP recipients stretch their food dollars, and where communities co-mingle. The Market is situated on the green, adjacent to Firebox Restaurant on Broad Street. It is open June through October, on Thursdays from 11AM until 2PM.