Soul Children 2.0:
Reflections of an AfroDigital
Writing Teacher

Carmen Kynard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
John...
These are nine, circular stories from 2.1 to 2.9. My numbering
here is more of a wordplay and an inquiry than a numeric
or...
Soul Children 2.1
Narrative I:

“Most of My
Heroes Don’t
Appear on No
Stamp”
Soul Children 2.2
Narrative II:

“Mama Gave
Birth
to the
Soul
Children”
Soul Children 2.3
Narrative III:

“Knowledge
of Myself
Makes Me a
Poor
Righteous
Teacher”
Soul Children 2.3
For more on digication, go to: http://digication.com

Khaleela’s E-Portfolio
“I chose these colors to ha...
Soul Children 2.3
For more on digication, go to: http://digication.com

Angelo’s E-Portfolio
“I credit my father and Johnn...
Soul Children 2.4
Narrative IV:

“Cuz My
Computer
Love is the
Truth Dot
Com”
Cover Design of a Graphic Novel by Celeste Mc...
Soul Children 2.5
Narrative V:

“You Cannot
Hate On Me
Cuz My Mind
is Free”
Soul Children 2.6
Narrative VI:

“So Swift
You Miss
This Lyrical
Fitness”
Soul Children 2.7
Narrative VII:

“She's Somebody's
Baby/ She's
Somebody's
Sister/She's
Somebody's
Mama”
Soul Children 2.7

Believe… Your words have power
(Rosibel)

Chasing Dreams
(Margie)
Soul Children 2.7

One Step at a Time
(Kayla)

Ferocity
(Gianni)
Soul Children 2.8

Narrative VIII:

“Love Is All
Around”
Soul Children 2.9
Narrative IX:

“Let's Get It Crunk”
Idon`t have the skills to make the predictions about the
holograms a...
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Soul Children 2.0: Visual Guide to the Nine Narratives

  1. 1. Soul Children 2.0: Reflections of an AfroDigital Writing Teacher Carmen Kynard, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) http://carmenkynard.org
  2. 2. These are nine, circular stories from 2.1 to 2.9. My numbering here is more of a wordplay and an inquiry than a numeric ordering. I am playing with the notion of web 2.0 technologies. The images/slides here are intended as a reminder and guide into these nine stories. I will try to move us visually into each story that I am able to embed right onto my website. Each narrative is grounded from who I call Soul Children 2.0 and the lesson(s) that I have learned from them. This will not be a pre-performed, pre-rehearsed performance but a set of narratives that invite you to look at my teaching and to also look at your own at the same time.
  3. 3. Soul Children 2.1 Narrative I: “Most of My Heroes Don’t Appear on No Stamp”
  4. 4. Soul Children 2.2 Narrative II: “Mama Gave Birth to the Soul Children”
  5. 5. Soul Children 2.3 Narrative III: “Knowledge of Myself Makes Me a Poor Righteous Teacher”
  6. 6. Soul Children 2.3 For more on digication, go to: http://digication.com Khaleela’s E-Portfolio “I chose these colors to have my where-IAm-From be known, to convey the pride I have in my nation. Throughout my eportfolio, you will also realize that I always include scenarios from my Jamaican parents and my country… I have the black for my background border, the green for my main page color and the gold as borders. This was done on purpose: the back is in the black to show that the hardships are in the past; the green is on the front to show that the land and the future are ahead. The gold borders remind me of the sparkles of the sun shining. And, lastly, my banner says "Out Of Many One People”--- this is the motto for Jamaica. It means that even though we have many different races and backgrounds, we are still all one people!”
  7. 7. Soul Children 2.3 For more on digication, go to: http://digication.com Angelo’s E-Portfolio “I credit my father and Johnny Cash for helping me find myself as a writer…I used to hate essays and it would just so happen that my English teacher didn’t... My dilemma was putting myself in the writing… My dad knew I had to write an essay so he asked me how it was going. I informed him of my dilemma and the conversation led to me asking who his hero was? When he said Johnny Cash, it surprised me. I had never heard of him before and I didn’t take much consideration into him being a real hero…If this guy could turn his life around by finding himself, I sure as hell could put myself in my writing. It took me getting inspired by Cash’s story of personal growth to personally grow as a writer.”
  8. 8. Soul Children 2.4 Narrative IV: “Cuz My Computer Love is the Truth Dot Com” Cover Design of a Graphic Novel by Celeste McCaw (sophomore)
  9. 9. Soul Children 2.5 Narrative V: “You Cannot Hate On Me Cuz My Mind is Free”
  10. 10. Soul Children 2.6 Narrative VI: “So Swift You Miss This Lyrical Fitness”
  11. 11. Soul Children 2.7 Narrative VII: “She's Somebody's Baby/ She's Somebody's Sister/She's Somebody's Mama”
  12. 12. Soul Children 2.7 Believe… Your words have power (Rosibel) Chasing Dreams (Margie)
  13. 13. Soul Children 2.7 One Step at a Time (Kayla) Ferocity (Gianni)
  14. 14. Soul Children 2.8 Narrative VIII: “Love Is All Around”
  15. 15. Soul Children 2.9 Narrative IX: “Let's Get It Crunk” Idon`t have the skills to make the predictions about the holograms and second life vPortfoliosthat our nearby-future students will be designing and composing. I only know two things. First, the college students who I see are equipped to not only handle it, but lead the way, for designing/thinking in AfroDigital, cultural-digital, and soul-sustaining ways. Second, the college faculty who continue to deny students these opportunities will be merely using technology to sustain a new but same-ol’ stunningly unequal system. I intend to stick with that first scenario and explore as many possibilities as I can.

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