Let’s Make Our Money Work for Us

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You can take the girl out of Blue Bell but you could never take Blue Bell out of the girl; lucky for us! Ms. Tere’ Howard (who also goes by the name Soul Mama) was exposed to some very staunch, working-class, Christian values while growing up in Pennsylvania. Ms. Howard now works closely with the immigration detention center in Bangkok. She makes it her business to go to the detention center to ensure that the detainees have basic necessities. She also does charitable work with Courageous Kitchen in Bangkok. Making our money work for us is the solution to some of the problems that are starting to arise for black people in Thailand. To watch the full interview go to Bangkok Stories

Introducing Kelly Jackson

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The first thing that would strike anyone about Kelly Jackson is his youth. In talking to Kelly, you are left with an impression of  a very youthful kind of vibrancy. This is probably what makes him a good director. The direction he is now taking, I am proud to write, is one that seeks to create a voice for Africans inside of his community through film. Kelly Jackson stressed a very important point to me. Like anyone in his position, he needs funding. I hope you enjoy the interview and his films. For the full interview, go to Bangkok Stories

 

Teachings from the Scholarship Lady

Question: What would you die for? It was once said by a great man that if you haven’t found something worth dying for, you aren’t fit to live. In talking to Marshae Francis, she makes it clear what certain things she is willing to die for and what things she is currently living for. Marshae helps kids in China, as an English teacher and as a kind of facilitator. Her other job is a kind of a service. She provides on the ground support for new arrivals in China. This service could include things like buying you a toothbrush when you arrive in China because you may not know where to get one. It could also include buying a winter coat and having it waiting for you at the airport for people coming from warmer locals who just may not have thought of that. On top of all that Marshae is the facilitator of a scholarship program to China. This is a remarkable program not only because college tuition in China is just a few thousand dollars a year; on top of that, students who go through her program are guaranteed a job after they graduate. It is obvious that Marshae gets a deep sense of satisfaction from what she does. To see the full interview and to learn more about Marshae’s scholarship program to China, visit Guangzhou Stories