Antonio Maurice Daniels

Revolutionary Paideia’s Focus and Objective

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Revolutionary Paideia’s is focused on the foremost postmodern issues and problems facing those situated in America and across the globe.  Instead of shying away from controversy, Revolutionary Paideia engages controversy and looks to stimulate important discourses that emerge from controversy.  Specifically, what’s this site focused on?  It’s focused on the trending and not-so-trending controversies.  Although many writers seek to find their niche, Revolutionary Paideia has resisted becoming just another “niche site.”

This site largely features pieces on education, popular culture, black culture, sports, current events and personal development, with a special concern for helping individuals learn to be themselves.  While the aforementioned topics are the most covered topics on this site, Revolutionary Paideia refuses to classify itself as being this or that or being a part of a certain niche community.  Revolutionary Paideia does demonstrate a strong concern for issues and problems related to and impacting Black people, but it would be improper to label this site as a Black culture blog.  How would you properly label this blog?  It’s a cultural commentary blog.  It’s focused on providing smart commentary on pressing and interesting issues of our postmodern period.

What’s the primary objective of Revolutionary Paideia?  This blog longs for people across America and the globe to have a renewed interest in inquiry, ideas and debate.  We need more genuine spaces that give people an equal voice and the liberty to express themselves as they please.  Revolutionary Paideia is place where innovative ideas can be explored and those who offer those ideas can receive insightful feedback.  We become a better country and better world when we permit our ideas to lead us to solutions to many of our complex problems.  This blog is unafraid to engage people on issues that many, if not most, try to avoid, including race, religion, class and sexuality.  If you would like to have serious discourses about those aforementioned issues and many other controversial topics, then you’ve found the right place.

Revolutionary Paideia is a space where you can even feel free to request that certain topics, challenges and/or problems are addressed.  Many of the pieces that appear on this site are products of requests by readers. Never feel that your suggestions will be shot down.  All of your suggestions will be seriously considered. Readers, therefore, play a significant role in helping to shape what appears on the blog.  One of the greatest ways to demonstrate to readers that they matter is to allow them to see their ideas and feedback come to fruition on your site.

Revolutionary Paideia is truly appreciative of how its many readers have contributed immensely to the site’s success over the last four and a half years.

This site strives to meet the needs of real people.  If you’re struggling with challenges and problems that have gone unmet, this site wants to research and develop the solutions you need.  Don’t have any fear about asking for help here.

Revolutionary Paideia wants to empower you to find your voice, express your ideas, and be yourself.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

SoulTrain.com Feature on Tamela Mann

Tamela MannAcclaimed gospel music artist and actress Tamela Mann has the number one gospel music single, “Take Me to the King,” which is from her latest album Best Days (2012).  She’s known by many for her role as Cora Simmons in several of Tyler Perry’s plays, including I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Madea’s Family ReunionMadea’s Class Reunion, Meet the Browns and What’s Done in the Dark.  Mann was an actress in Kingdom Come and Diary of a Mad Black Woman.  She first began singing in her church’s adult choir at the age of 12, and she often performed solos.  Her professional singing career began with the renowned gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family.  She has collaborated with many diverse artists, including Bono, Mary J. Blige, Al Green, Yolanda Adams, Celine Dion, R. Kelly and Fred Hammond, and is married to David Mann, most known for his role as Deacon Leroy Brown in several of Tyler Perry’s plays. Read the full article here: SoulTrain.com

Share, “Like,” and comment on this article from the SoulTrain.com website here: Tamela Mann: A Leading Lady in Gospel Music.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Revolutionary Paideia’s Third Blogoversary

Blogoversary

It’s my blogoversary!  I have officially been blogging for three years now.  Since I began blogging on February 14, 2010, it’s easy for me to remember the anniversary of Revolutionary Paideia—it’s on Valentine’s Day.  Revolutionary Paideia has been tremendously successful in its three years of existence.  I’ve been able to amass an unbelievable number of readers.  Even early on in this blog’s history, WordPress named it “One of the Fastest Growing Blogs.”  WordPress only gives this distinction to the top blogs that are attracting the most readers.  I’m thankful to my readers for making the success of Revolutionary Paideia possible.  If it was not for you, Revolutionary Paideia would be just one of the numerous blogs that has no readers or very few readers.

This blog has added to my success and has enabled me to create valuable new friendships and alliances.

For those who are unfamiliar with this blog, it’s a cultural commentary blog offering frequently published pieces on many diverse topics, including education, sports, literature, film, music, black culture, popular culture, self-help, and etc.  I post pieces 4 to 5 times a week.  For some of the other online publications I write for, take a look at my “Portfolio” page.

I want to thank one of my best friends, Santresa L. Glass, the person who gave me passionate pushes to go ahead and begin blogging.  I had expressed to her my desire to start blogging, but I was striving for everything to be perfect before I would begin.  Santresa would not settle for this.  She persistently insisted I begin immediately.  After getting tired of listening to her nag me about going ahead and launch my blog, I went ahead and launched it.  Thanks for your constant nagging, Santresa!

I look forward to many more years of blogging.  Revolutionary Paideia will bring you many exciting things this year and I don’t want you to miss any of them.  I will continue to maintain my commitment to “unsettling, unnerving, and unhousing” you.

Again, I thank all of my readers for helping to develop Revolutionary Paideia into the great success it is today!  Happy Blogoversary to Revolutionary Paideia!

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Revolutionary Paideia: Semi-Finalist for Black Weblog Awards

Black Weblog Awards

Vote for Revolutionary Paideia!

 

I need all of my readers, supporters, friends, and family to vote for Revolutionary Paideia, my blog, on as many different computer as possible for the Black Weblog Awards Best Writing in a Blog Award and Best Blog Post Series Award.  Vote by clicking on this link: http://www.blackweblogawards.com/vote-here/.  Revolutionary Paideia is in the semifinals in both categories and I will need all of the votes possible to move on to the final round of voting.  With all of your help, Revolutionary Paideia can win both categories.

While there are some good nominees in both categories, Revolutionary Paideia is far superior to them all.

After you have voted, share this piece with others and get the word out about voting for Revolutionary Paideia on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.

I very much appreciate your vote and your help in making Revolutionary Paideia the winner in both of these categories.  Thank you!

Sincerely,

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Revolutionary Paideia Seeks Nominations for the 2011 Black Weblog Awards

Dear Readers:

I would like to get your support to be nominated for Best New Blog, Best Writing in a Blog, Blog to Watch, Best Blog Post Series (“Black Men Masquerading”), and Best Culture Blog in the 2011 Black Weblog Awards competition. Click on the following to nominate me: Nominate Me! In a little over one year and one month, I have been able to amass well over 145,000 readers (and the readership is constantly increasing at astonishing levels). Most blogs could only dream about achieving this type of readership so soon. I have been able to gain such a large readership by not focusing on the number of comments that each blog post can get, but concentrating on producing quality material each time I publish a piece. I never pen an article here at Revolutionary Paideia that does not provoke serious thought. However, this is a site where we have fun too.

Revolutionary Paideia is a special blog because it does not make an effort to be this kind of blog or that kind of blog—it simply is a blog that promotes ideas that have significance for African-Americans and the world. When you arrive at Revolutionary Paideia, you are not going to see all of the frivolous stuff that you see on many other blogs, including many of the Black bloggers’ blogs I’m competing against. You will come away from this blog with some substance, even when some of the posts are just having fun. We all like fun, right?

Although I know that many of my very passionate readers will want to nominate me for every category, I request that you don’t nominate me for every category because Black Weblog Awards will discard your ballot. I’m focused on winning the following categories: Best New Blog, Best Writing in a Blog, Blog to Watch, Best Blog Post Series (“Black Men Masquerading”), and Best Culture Blog. With well over 145,000 readers in just a little over one year and one month of blogging, I think this says something special about this blog and qualifies it to be Best New Blog and Blog to Watch.

I truly believe that the writing at Revolutionary Paideia is far superior to the writing of any other blog. To be fair, most other bloggers don’t have the advanced training in English that I have and are not university English Instructors as I am. The reality is, however, that my writing is simply far superior than the rest of the bloggers out there. This may sound arrogant but I’ve never ran away from the label of arrogant. If you don’t believe I have the best writing in the blogosphere, simply go click on any other blog and compare the writing to my writing. If you don’t agree that my writing is better, then don’t vote for me in this category. However, if you come to the conclusion that my writing certainly deserves Best Writing in a Blog, then take a moment and nominate me for Best Writing in a Blog.  

I deserve to win Best Culture Blog because of the quality and range of cultural issues that my blog has tackled. I have not been afraid to grapple with any cultural issue and have not approached cultural issues from the perspective of pleasing people either. We have too many bloggers out there who are writing just to receive a “cyber high five” from their readers. Revolutionary Paideia is not here to make you feel cozy—it’s here to unsettle, unnerve, and unhouse you.

Tell everyone you know to vote for me in the aforementioned categories. Let’s win these awards and show people that we can win them by being substantive. Let’s continue to shake things up! I appreciate your support and thank you for your vote.

Best,

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Revolutionary Paideia’s First Blogoversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of the founding of Revolutionary Paideia. In just one year, Revolutionary Paideia has been fortunate enough to amass over 131,000 readers. However, before I thank my readers, I would like to thank God for giving me the gift of writing and would like to thank him for giving me this blog as a useful outlet to share with the world my “unsettling, unnerving, and unhousing” voice. I appreciate all of my readers and those who have become fans of Revolutionary Paideia. I hope that you will continue to enjoy the journey. I will continue to do it the only way that I know how: no rules, no boundaries, no borders, and no hesitation. I do things my way and always shake things up.

I’ve never tried to blog like anyone and I wouldn’t ever want to because it’s far too much fun being me! If you don’t get anything from this blog, please get the message that this blog constantly offers: Be Yourself!

Some individuals have thought that some of my pieces were about them and/or targeted at them. Please! I never take time out of my busy schedule to address one single person, unless I explicitly state that I’m addressing a specific individual. If I feel the need to address any person, I know how to contact you, will find a way to contact you, and/or I will come and visit you. Okay, please let that be clear. Some people will find a way to make everything about them. At Revolutionary Paideia, baby, it’s not about you! There are too many critical, interesting, fun, exciting, challenging, and important issues and problems to write about than to focus simply on you. Therefore, don’t get it twisted!

The spirit of “unsettling, unnerving, and unhousing” people that founded this blog is not aimed at being mean. It’s focused on uplifting and advancing people. The reality is that sometimes you need to be “unsettled,” “unnerved,” and/or “unhoused” to move you from the superficial to the substantial, from the trivial to the truth. Sometimes you need to be so unsettled that you are forced to give up your falsehoods, your faulty preconceptions, and your unchallenged dogmas.

Revolutionary Paideia will continue to serve as a space where unrestricted discourse will take place. I want to encourage you to keep reading Revolutionary Paideia and to tell your friends to become readers of Revolutionary Paideia. You can subscribe to Revolutionary Paideia free of charge by entering your email address in the appropriate box on the left side of this blog.

Thank you so much for reading! I look forward to another successful, productive, and fun year of blogging!

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Revolutionary Paideia Featured by Pampered Sweet Tooth

Revolutionary Paideia is so humbled by the too kind words of Santresa L. Glass, the Chief Executive Officer of Magnolia’s Sweet Haven, LLC. Check out the kind words of Pampered Sweet Tooth: http://pamperedsweettooth.blogspot.com/2011/01/at-depth-of-clarityfriendship.html

Follow her blog at http://pamperedsweettooth.blogspot.com. Post a comment on her new post in response to what you read. She has asked her readers to comment about friendship, so share your thoughts with her about friendship.

If you are in the Atlanta, Georgia area, be sure to place your orders for chocolate covered strawberries, cheesecakes, cupcakes, dessert tables, and more with her. You will not be disappointed! To purchase her great sweets and more, go to http://www.msweethaven.com

Thanks again for your too kind words, Pampered Sweet Tooth!

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison