Motivated Mindsets In Africa… Youth Outreach



Motivated Mindsets In Africa was first introduced to CYGM via their introductory blog, linked here:

To recap:

Motivated Mindsets In Africa is an organization in Mathare (Nairobi), Kenya that creates programs which promote talent, education, entrepreneurship and empowerment.  It’s a group comprised of both the young and old members of the society who are driven by their dreams, passion and talent to make a positive impact on the society.  It was born by the urge to give back to the society with what we have at hand in the present moment.


Our vision is to identify and nurture potential talent & skills through activating young minds to touch lives with opportunities.” -Motivated Mindsets In Africa


Motivated Mindsets In Africa (MMIA) has been very active during these challenging times.  The best way to highlight their conscious activity is through pictures & videos… featured below.  If these images inspire you to reach out, support, collaborate or learn more, please visit their website:


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Introducing filmmaker… Tchayé Okoudjou (CYGM) [BENIN]


Hello CYGM…

Introducing filmmaker Tchayé Okoudjou (Akotchayé Yves Jocelin)… a passionate Beninese (Cotonou) filmmaker, and collector & reseller of rare groove African records.

Upon working hard to support & encourage his Nigerian colleague, who founded the annual WAMMA Festival (West African Music & Movie Awards) for West Africa, Tchayé was appointed festival “Director”, representing Benin and the other Francophone countries at the festival.


If they Red-bellied monkeys go extinct… it is not only Benin’s loss; but humanity’s loss as well.” -Tchayé Okoudjou

Tchayé is focused on producing an upcoming documentary about an endemic endangered species in Benin, which is the Red-bellied monkey.  The objective of this film is to inform the population about this endangerment and to find a solution to save these precious animals.

Our mothers play an invaluable role and have a special place in the life of each family.” -Tchayé Okoudjou

Other upcoming projects are two fictional film scenarios, one of which serves to promote women; in particular Mothers.  The second is a fictional scenario to show African cybercrime mixed with negative African tradition, in order to inform the public… to “no longer be ripped off”.


Bonjour CYGM…
Présentation du cinéaste Tchayé Okoudjou (Akotchayé Yves Jocelin)… cinéaste béninois passionné (Cotonou), collectionneur et revendeur de disques africains groove rares.
Après avoir travaillé dur pour soutenir et encourager son collègue nigérian, qui a fondé le Festival annuel WAMMA (West African Music & Movie Awards) pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest, Tchayé a été nommé «directeur» du festival, représentant le Bénin et les autres pays francophones au festival.

“Si ces singes à ventre rouge s’éteignent… ce n’est pas seulement la perte du Bénin, mais aussi celle de l’humanité.” -Tchayé Okoudjou

Tchayé se concentre sur la production d’un prochain documentaire sur une espèce endémique en danger au Bénin, le singe à ventre rouge. L’objectif de ce film est d’informer la population sur cette mise en danger et de trouver une solution pour sauver ces précieux animaux.

“Nos mères jouent un rôle inestimable et occupent une place particulière dans la vie de chaque famille.” -Tchayé Okoudjou

D’autres projets à venir sont deux scénarios de films de fiction, dont l’un sert à promouvoir les femmes; en particulier les mères. Le second est un scénario fictif pour montrer la cybercriminalité africaine mêlée à une tradition africaine négative, afin d’informer le public… de «ne plus se faire arnaquer».


Hola CYGM…
Presentamos al cineasta Tchayé Okoudjou (Akotchayé Yves Jocelin)… un cineasta apasionado de Benin (Cotonou), y coleccionista y revendedor de discos africanos raros.
Después de trabajar duro para apoyar y alentar a su colega nigeriano, que fundó el Festival anual WAMMA (Premios de Música y Cine de África Occidental) para África Occidental, Tchayé fue nombrado “Director” del festival, en representación de Benin y los otros países francófonos en el festival.

“Si los monos de vientre rojo se extinguen … no solo es la pérdida de Benin, sino también la pérdida de la humanidad “. -Tchayé Okoudjou

Tchayé se centra en producir un documental próximo sobre una especie endémica en peligro de extinción en Benin, que es el mono de vientre rojo. El objetivo de esta película es informar a la población sobre este peligro y encontrar una solución para salvar a estos preciosos animales.

“Nuestras madres juegan un papel invaluable y tienen un lugar especial en la vida de cada familia ”. -Tchayé Okoudjou

Otros proyectos próximos son dos escenarios cinematográficos de ficción, uno de los cuales sirve para promover a la mujer; en particular Madres. El segundo es un escenario ficticio para mostrar la ciberdelincuencia africana mezclada con la tradición africana negativa, con el fin de informar al público … que “ya no sea estafado”.


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The latest hits!  The newest sound!

Champeta Classics meet modern DJ technology…


(Loko Cua Cua Champetuo & Mackboogaloo)

Promoting Afro-Latino Unity via CHAMPETA youth culture!



¡Los últimos éxitos! ¡El sonido más nuevo!

Champeta Classics se une a la moderna tecnología de DJ…


(Loko Cua Cua Champetuo y Mackboogaloo)

¡Promoviendo la unidad afrolatina a través de la cultura juvenil CHAMPETA!


Background: Picos (sound systems) are vital communal social settings for CHAMPETA culture that is popular on the main coastal cities of Barranquilla, Cartagena and Santa MartaJamaican-inspired handmade & brightly-colored speaker structures appeared in Colombia in the 50’s.  When African & Caribbean music swept through the region during the 70’s & 80’s, the picos played a vital role in building a collective Afro-Latino identity for these coastal people of mixed ancestry.  Music imports arrived to the Atlantic Coast via visiting sailors from overseas. They exchanged & traded records to the local pico owners who especially prided themselves upon possessing exclusive “rare” records from the African continent that they could highlight at their CHAMPETA parties. 


Antecedentes: Los picos (sistemas de sonido) son entornos sociales comunales vitales para la cultura CHAMPETA que es popular en las principales ciudades costeras de Barranquilla, Cartagena y Santa Marta. Estructuras de altavoces de colores brillantes y hechas a mano de inspiración jamaicana aparecieron en Colombia en los años 50. Cuando la música africana y caribeña se extendió por la región durante los años 70 y 80, los picos jugaron un papel vital en la construcción de una identidad afrolatina colectiva para esta gente costera de ascendencia mixta. Las importaciones de música llegaron a la costa atlántica a través de los marineros visitantes del extranjero. Intercambiaron e intercambiaron registros con los propietarios de pico locales que se enorgullecían especialmente de poseer registros exclusivos “raros” del continente africano que podían destacar en sus fiestas CHAMPETA.



LOKO CUA CUA CHAMPETUO is a DJ/music producer representing the CHAMPETA pikotera (sound system) culture of Afro-Colombians in Santa Marta.

LOKO CUA CUA CHAMPETUO is a part of the Santa Marta ULTIMO HIT family (DJ crew), and former administrator for the ULTIMO HIT pico, which was built in 1966 by the hands of its original owner, Oscar Osorio Fula.  This is the oldest pico in the city!  Ultimo Hit always delivers the “latest hits” and musical revelation (truth) without comparison.


Introducing… Motivated Mindsets In Africa (CYGM)

“We amplify young people’s voices and talents through Art and Cultural expression.  We work with the vulnerable and marginalized members of the society in the poor urban (slum) settlements.” -Motivated Mindsets in Africa


Motivated Mindsets In Africa is an organization in Mathare (Nairobi), Kenya that creates programs which promote talent, education, entrepreneurship and empowerment.  It’s a group comprised of both the young and old members of the society who are driven by their dreams, passion and talent to make a positive impact on the society.  It was born by the urge to give back to the society with what we have at hand in the present moment.

Our vision is to identify and nurture potential talent & skills through activating young minds to touch lives with opportunities.


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In honor of Tonanzin


Note: December 12th is Tonanzin Day, which has now passed, yet any day is an opportunity to honor the Great Mother and the ancient wisdom of the Feminine.

Happy Tonanzin Day!!!

Here comes the day of Tonanzin! And makes my heart bloom… The time of the Great Mother… We just finished recording the story of Tonanzin in our radio talk “Ancient Wisdom of the Feminine”  posted above.

The Love that she is, is in you and all around you…

The Love that she is, is always inside of you

The is the Path and the walker and her  ways are so unique, as unique as you

She is calling you back to your original vibration, she is calling you back to the World of the Enchanted flower! The  realm of beauty, the realm of peace…

She told you.. Don’t you know that I am your Mother?

Maybe you didn’t know, maybe you did and you forgot… maybe you know!

Her relationship with you is so personal, so unique, that no one can take that away, no one can make the connection for you… only you can do it…

It has been such a prevalent message about merging your divinity with your humanness… for human beings are divine by nature, are divine in there original vibration, honoring her, is honoring the divinity in you… for so is the Mother, so is the daughter…! We listen!


-Magdala Ramirez



Note: We are open in our school online for registration for the next trimester, starts in December 21, in our school, we make spiritual work, is the time to know yourself and remember who you are and why you are here, awakening the skills and wisdom that resides inside of yourself, for the only one that you need to reach is you! Go to  for more info and send me an email.



Eschecagou: Short film for Indigenous Peoples’ Day


Note: Original video sourced from Vimeo:

To support and learn more, please visit…

American Indian Center

Chi-Nations Youth Council

Open the Circle

Dancers featured: Winfield R Woundedeye, Asya St. Germaine, Jemal Delacruz, Lucky, Diamond Hardiman, Bulb Eralife, Brandon K Calhoun, Stix and Chemstiry, Skinny Boa, Sean Shahkarami, Ladybug, AG and Terrondy.

Music & Sound: DJ Earl, DJ Lucky, Michael Beharie, H. Yoshimura

Film crew: Jemal Delacruz, Wills Glasspiegel, Polarbear Red Filmz, Lucky Teklife, Tipa Limson, Frankie Pedersen, Hilary Frances

Produced by: Brandon K Calhoun, The Era Footwork Crew, Open The Circle

Special thanks: Chi-Nations Youth Council, American Indian Center – Chicago David Chavez

A film by Jemal Delacruz & Wills Glasspiegel





Elder John Pappan (Omaha/Pawnee) (CYGM) was raised by his parents, uncles and aunts to be of service to his people.  Many of his relatives are spiritual leaders & healers.  He has a vision for the “Big Elk Native American Center” that will be of great benefit to the youth & elders in the community.


Prayers always help with those who believe in me, and the cause we will be successful. Aho! -John Pappan (Omaha/Pawnee)


John Pappan, Director for Big Elk



Our mission is to promote equity & access for the Native American community in the Omaha, Nebraska area by providing advocacy & support.


We were hit by sickness & family emergencies of our board & volunteers, then the covid crisis further hit us and our new Native non-profit organization.  We welcome any donations which are tax deductible for our determined rise from this delay to launching a successful native grassroots organization.

Use paypal to send funds to director John Pappan.


The center is named after honored & respected Omaha Chief Big Elk (Onpa-tonga), this organization will serve the needs of our diverse native inter-tribal community in the Omaha metro area.



“I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.”

“And I saw that it was holy.”

-From “Black Elk Speaks” (as told to John Neihardt)


A gathering lineage of great importance to inter-tribal unity consciousness is the “Spiritual Unity of Tribes” gatherings, founded by Tlingit elder, James Wilbur Walton (Khaalaaxh), who was a leader of the Kaagwaantaan Wolf House of Sitka.



In 1953, James read the book “Black Elk Speaks”.  He was so taken by the teachings of unity of all peoples and by Black Elk’s vision, as it was relayed in the book, that he went to the Sacred Black Hills, in South Dakota, to find the family of Black Elk and to determine if the book had accurately portrayed Black Elk’s vision.

Henry Black Elk, the grandson of Black Elk met with James and confirmed Black Elk’s vision.  From that time on, James dedicated his life to bringing about a rebirth of traditional indigenous teachings in order to affect the health of his people and in order to help bring Black Elk’s vision into reality.

In the early 1980s, James traveled across the United States, talking to elders and spiritual leaders of many tribes to learn more about the spiritual prophesies and to garner a better understanding of the meaning behind those teachings.  Whenever he spoke with elders he sought permission to begin holding sacred gatherings.

In 1988, James consulted with the Cree Elders (Saulteaux) on the Pasqua Reserve in Saskatchewan, Canada, including the family of James Iron Eagle and his son Harvey Iron Eagle.  He spoke with them regarding the many prophecies of the indigenous people and the time of their fulfillment.  It was Grandmother Iron Eagle who was the first in this family discussion to recognize that “the time had come”.

It was initially believed that only the medicine people and the elders would gather together to consult, and then teach and lead others. But Grandmother Iron Eagle and other elders on the Pasqua Reserve felt there wasn’t much time remaining; that there had to be Gatherings “now”. Understanding must be given to all mankind, and as many as possible must be included.  The elders said things must be done “in a good way” so that the prophecies could be fulfilled as they had been revealed.

The guidance of the elders was followed and the first Spiritual Unity of Tribes gathering was held on the Pasqua Reserve, outside of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1989.  As of 2016, there have been hundreds of Spiritual Unity Gatherings held worldwide, including two in Siberia, several in Alaska and 17 in Australia.



BIKBAYE- Seeking synergy in both wellness & art (NYC Winter Jazz Festival 2019)


Mental, Spiritual and Physical Wellness
is more than a notion…
it is a state of being… of balance…
not easy to attain… but worth striving for daily…
peace to all who display a triumphant face while silently screaming for help on the inside…
so much brilliance and creativity…
of which most the world will never get to see… untapped potential… creates a mediocre society… 
nothing mediocre about your purpose… strength is not measured by how much you can handle on your own…
it’s how much we can handle together… always… peace!