Everything To Learn, Nothing To Teach by Marc Polite

Everything To Learn, Nothing To Teach

Everything To Learn, Nothing To Teach, a collection of essays on social issues, contemporary politics, and some of his personal experiences. Published in 2015, it is a contemporary assessment of the state of American society.

Imagine if you play by the rules, and still manage to lose. In our post-2008 economy, millions of people have done what they are supposed to do, yet still have very little to show for it. We were told that we live in a meritocracy, but that has been shown to be far from the truth Award winning blogger Marc W. Polite of New York City decides to openly tackle the question of what to do now when you don’t get out what you put in.

In 16 essays, Mr. Polite opines on matters of the day ranging from social reform, gentrification, to the politics of respectability. Inspired by the award winning blog Polite On Society, Everything to Learn, Nothing To Teach has received feedback from supporters and critics alike.

Here are some excerpts from Amazon reviews:

“Mr. Polite challenges all readers to ask critical questions of ourselves and our surroundings. I may not agree with all his points but it certainly forced me to think about things a bit differently.”

“Mr. Polite courageously weaves a collection of sixteen essays to build a poignant portrait around the topics of politics, hip-hop, and church (just to name a few). In a very practical, and critical fashion, I was taken on a journey where I was able to take a glimpse into the mind of the author, and see a heart that is searching for meaning and purpose in his life through a myriad of complex themes most would not dare to tackle.”

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Marc W. Polite is an award winning writer from New York City. He is the founder of Polite On Society, a blog of political analysis and social commentary established in 2009. Most recently, Marc was recognized by the New York Association of Black Journalists at the Awards Gala for “Best Blog Commentary” of 2014. His progressive political commentary has been featured in such places as Time Magazine, Black Star News, Harlem News Group, The Grio, The Atlanta Post, and the New England Informer.

In addition to blogging and freelance writing, Marc also has taken to traditional publishing via his company Upstart Publishing. “The Poetic Ruminations of Mr. Born Nice”is a chapbook of original poetry. Released in 2013, “Poetic Ruminations” has garnered enthusiastic support on the spoken word circuit. He has been featured from venues ranging to The Shrine in Harlem, to a gathering of the Baltimore Poets Society at the Enoch Pratt Library in Maryland. Marc is currently promoting his latest work- a collection of essays titled Everything To Learn, Nothing To Teach.

Marc may be reached on Instagram and Twitter under @marcpolite


Indy Speaks – 1-10-16: Human Trafficking Awareness Month; Commentary on Joe Hogsett

It is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Jessica Evans from Purchased, a local non-profit organization, is working to combat it.

Source: Indy Speaks – 1-10-16: Human Trafficking Awareness Month; Commentary on Joe Hogsett

1st Annual Cherry Mae Reynolds Christmas Hope


For  the past few months I have spoken to my mother in regards to creating a Caribbean themed event in Atlanta where the proceeds go to an Aids organization.  After a long debate, we  have decided to purchase Christmas gifts for the kids of the infectious disease unit of Grady Hospital. She was even going to come down and help work the event. We even decided to have her prepare rum cakes to put inside of the VIP gift boxes the day before she passed….

So my family decided to instead of asking people to send flowers for the funeral, we are requesting for people to donate money towards purchasing presents for the  hospital. Since she passed November 10, 2015 during the holidays, we have decided to pick a different county hospital in different cities and do the same thing every year.

The 1st annual Cherry May Reynolds Christmas Hope fund was a success! We raised 725 in total allowing us to purchase gifts for 41 children ages 3-17.

We shopped at several different stores but we started off at Care Mart. For every hundred dollars spent in this store provided cared for a family of 4 including their utilities. We were able to provide for 8 people on our first run shopping!



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We purchased 41 gifts for the children ages 3-17.



Dropping off gifts to the social workers of the Infectious Disease Clinic of Grady Hospital!



His Final Deal by Theresa A. Campbell


Raymond Brown, popularly known as Smooth Suave, is one of Jamaica’s biggest drugs lords. With eight children by six baby mommas and counting, he’s a player for life. A true baller, he lavishes in his wealth. He’s a shot caller with “soldiers” wheeling and dealing all over Jamaica. It’s Suave’s world, and everyone else just lives in it . . . or so he thinks.

However, his nemesis, King Kong, sees it differently. Rivals since childhood, King Kong is hell-bent on destroying Suave at any cost. As the war over power, drugs, and money intensifies—from Wilton Gardens (Rema) to Arnett Gardens (Jungle)—bodies are dropping like flies, washing the island of paradise in blood.

But it is the murder and kidnapping of two of Suave’s loved ones that bring him to his knees. Being framed for murder, hunted by the cops, pursued by his enemies, betrayed by friends, tormented by a horrid secret, and fighting to protect his family and empire, Suave is nearing his breaking point. Yet, he isn’t going down without a fight.

Voilà! Suave makes a deal to eradicate his enemies—but if it backfires, it could very well cause him his own life. Then God counteroffers Suave’s deal with His own—one that will undoubtedly give Suave the victory he needs but requires him to give up his drug empire and turn his life over to the Lord. With his motto being, “I don’t do God,” will Suave accept God’s deal or take the risk of his own deal?

About the author:

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Theresa A. Campbell is the author of the captivating novels, “Are You There, God?” and “God Has Spoken.” She was born and raised in Jamaica West Indies. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Theresa has had a deep passion for reading since she was a child. It is her desire to inspire readers by writing stories from the heart to uplift their faith in God.

Theresa would love to hear from her readers. You may contact her at:

Meet Bruce George, Founder of the “Genius is Common” Movement & Co-Founder of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on HBO

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Bruce is a visionary, entrepreneur, speaker, author, panelist, executive producer, writer, poet, consultant and social activist. He was born and raised in New York City. He has written poetry/prose & articles for over 37 years. His work has been published in major magazines, anthologies, and literary publications. He has written testimonials from the likes of Essence Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Class Magazine, Harlem River Press etc…

Bruce has won multiple poetry & talent contests. He has won several awards such as a “Peabody Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry (HBO)”, a “Miky Award” for “Russell Simmons Presents, Def Poetry Jam (HBO)”, an “Upscale Showcase Award”, a “Trail Blazer Award” etc… for his outstanding vision, production, writing and performance.

Bruce is the Co Founder of the critically acclaimed award winning “Russel Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam.”  He’s also the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an Anthology of Poetry & Prose by Gang Members & Their Affiliates.”

As an activist Bruce has been and currently is associated with major grassroots organizations that fosters and uplifts people in struggle. Bruce conducts creative writing/performance poetry workshops for colleges and universities/organizations nationally and internationally, and he’s an Executive Consultant for multiple organizations.

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What is Genius is Common?

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This is a call of empowerment. Today be inspired, be empowered and do the same for others. Proudly, wear your declaration of humankind’s divine manifestation. Share Your Genius on the page…

 “Genius is Common” means that all beings have a genius in them.

Genius manifests itself through each being’s own unique way of expressing their passion, be it their profession, their art, their talent.

An example can be a woman from the inner city who knows how to micro braid hair like Picasso painted; her skill, her talent is her genius.

Positioned to become a part of the American lexicon, like Nike’s “Just Do It” and Sprite’s “Obey your thirst,” “Genius is Common,” in just a few words, empowers by leveling the playing field of who and what is traditionally thought to be a genius.

Bruce George Author, Activist, Co-Founder, Def Poetry Jam

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