Proof Our Children Can Learn Anything

By: Howard Williams

I want every adult in our community to take the time to view every video in this blog. Even if you have to visit this blog over a number of days. Also share this with anyone you know that has children.

Through a series of videos Michael Watkins and I put together while volunteering at A+ Arts Academy during one summer. We are going to show you what our middle school children are capable of. And that they can learn anything if given the opportunity at an early age.

What we are trying to convey is that our children are not being exposed to a lot of things during the school year. If we allow our children to explore different things during the summer they will begin to understand that they can do anything. In the following videos, introduction to some of the applications of science were introduced without children being aware of it.

As these videos  Introduction To Solar Energy 1  —  Introduction To Solar Energy 2  —  Introduction To Solar Energy 3 will prove our children can learn anything if given the opportunity. Michael Watkins of Watt 1 Electrical Systems was the volunteer instructor.

These videos will show our children can read and follow instruction manuals.  Carpentry Assembling Project 1  —  Carpentry Assembling Project 2  —   Carpentry Assembling Project 3 

These videos will show our children at a young age can operate large power tools if given the proper instructions.  Introduction To Working With Power Tools 1   — Introduction To Working With Power Tools 2   —  Introduction To Working With Power Tools 3   Howard Williams of Willco Services LLC was the volunteer instructor.







Opportunities Abandoned By Minorities

Times have changed and our community has not kept up. When you lead from behind your just a follower.

The minority community has all but abandoned the skilled trades as a field of employment for their children. Most of the community believes it does not take much skill to repair, remodel or rehab property and anybody with limited knowledge and a view tools can do it.

Because of the knowledge required in the skilled trades today. It takes some initial classroom training and then actual on the job training in the field of interest. There are very few places for young people to acquire this training. And that is where the community has failed its young people.

I am going to try and explain why it is important for our young people to enter this lucrative field. Let me start with this brief slide show Property Fire Damaged Rehab. All the companies that worked on this rehab project except one was a minority company. Just this one project created work for 5 minority companies plus their employees. And yet their is a shortage of skilled workers. Also minority Baby Boomers who have years of knowledge that are beginning to retire are only able to pass their knowledge on to just a small number of minority young people.

Although this Property Fire Damaged Rehab project may not seem large enough to need that many trades. Local building codes require a building permit and therefor every company that worked on this project had to have a license because all work is inspected by local building code inspectors. And building codes change constantly. Remember there is no such thing as a jack of all trades.

Here are the skilled trades that were involved on this project. And all had to be knowledgeable of the new building codes.

  1. Demolition and Debris Hauler 
  2. Structural Engineer
  3. Framing Carpenter
  4. Electrician
  5. Insulation Installer
  6. Drywall Installer and Finisher
  7. Interior and Exterior Painter
  8. Roofing, Siding and Gutter Installer
  9. Masonry and Concrete Installer

Those that become qualified can earn up to $25.00 an hour. Those that become licensed contractors earns a minimum of 10% of each project cost. And yet some in the community would rather their child do nothing than pursue a skilled trade.


Our Alternate Reality

By: Howard Williams

We all live in an Alternate Reality, believing something that isn’t true. Lets take the Ford Motor Company logo for example. 

Image result for ford logo Something you have seen thousands of times. However, do you ever remember the letter F ever having that pigtail? It has always been there. Yet some people believe it was never there and would attempt to defend the fact that it was never there. Even though the truth says otherwise. So the question for all of us becomes. What do we believe and why do we believe it? No matter the truth! 

So therefore with Alternate Reality comes alternative facts.

Here are some alternative facts that are believed by some in our community.  

  1. Our politicians will make sure we benefit as much as other communities from the system we pay into.
  2. There is no such thing as institutional racism.
  3. The community takes care of all of its children. 
  4. Entrepreneurship and self governance is beyond the communities capabilities.   

    If the majority of the community believes any of the above, then just like Trump the majority in the community is living in an Alternate Reality. And will attempt to marginalize those in the community that know the truth.

Historical Lessons Not Learned

By: Howard Williams

After watching the PBS series  Africa’s Great Civilizations by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. I had mixed feelings, as I am quite sure most of you who had watched it.

Sometimes enlightenment brings more questions. However the knowledge gained from the series was outstanding.

So here is my take. Regardless of the great knowledge, art and all the resources that came out of Africa. Greed has been prevalent throughout mans history and greed is still prevalent as part of mans history today.

When a human being will sell another human being for money and power all morality is gone. So the question for me is what role did religion play then and what role does religion play today in society?

African Americans will still sell there brothers, sisters and children down the river for power and money. 

The players have changed but the game remains the same.


The Paralyzation Of Fear

By: Howard Williams

Lets not paralyze our children with fear, for they will not pursue their dreams.

All children have dreams and it is our mission as adults to help them fulfill their dreams.

We must teach them to be cautious not fearful as they go down that road. Because fear is paralyzing.

However at the same time we must be brutally honest with our children. Let them know that there is no Santa Claus or a Fairy God Mother that will just give them everything they dream of.

That as they grow up there will be some pain and frustration as they pursue there dreams. But that is a road they have to walk down alone and that we love them.

We must let them know that there is no straight road from where they are now to where they want to go. There will be twists and turns, and forks in the road, a metaphor, based on a literal expression, for a deciding moment in life or history when a major choice of options is required.

Our children must also understand there will be rest stops along the way ( working temporary jobs that they do not want or mistakes they may make that will slow them down ). They must realize that these are only rest stops, not the destination. Those rest stops only become the destination when they are to lazy to get up and do the hard work necessary to move forward.

They may ask. How will I know when I have gotten to my destination? When I am happy!  Your answer should be “no “. You will know you have gotten to your destination when your are content , because happiness is not a constant it comes and goes.


Home Improvement General Contractor vs General Contractor vs Handyman

By: Howard Williams

Your home is the most important asset you own. It’s value or appreciation will depend on the quality of repairs, improvements or additions you make over the years.

So therefor you must understand what the different qualifications are of the individuals you have working on projects in and around your home.

There are three types of individuals that most people hire to do work in or around their home.

The most qualified is a Licensed Home Improvement General Contractor who is qualified in all aspects of home improvement. Then there is the Licensed Limited Home Improvement Contractor who is only licensed in one or more fields such as

  • Residential roofing
  • Residential siding, windows, and doors
  • Residential deck installation
  • Residential basement waterproofing
  • Residential prefabricated fireplaces and wood or coal stoves
  • Residential masonry fireplaces
  • Residential fencing
  • Residential sidewalks and driveway approaches
  • Residential exterior lathing and stucco
  • Residential swimming pools and spas
  • Residential asphalt paving
  • Residential irrigation sprinkler

 Also there is the Licensed General Contractor who manages.

  • Construction of all new structures or buildings (excluding accessory structures and garages for existing 1, 2 and 3 family dwellings).
  • Structural additions, alterations or repairs to existing commercial or multi-family dwellings and accessory structures or buildings.

    Multi-family buildings are defined as any dwelling or building that contains 4 or more dwelling units.

  • Coordinate and manage the modification, alteration, or repair of existing 1, 2 and 3 family dwellings. The General Contractor is required to subcontract all work to City of Columbus Licensed Home Improvement General Contractor, Licensed Mechanical Contractor, Licensed Electrical Contractor and Licensed Plumbing Contractor that will perform the work with their own hands or see that the work is properly accomplished under their direct supervision.

Lets not forget the valuable Handyman which I started out as. However are limited as to the projects they are qualified to undertake.

So before you hire anyone to work in or around your home make sure you know their limitations. 

When you try to save money by asking someone who has a few skills to take on a project they are not licensed or qualified to do will cost you twice as much to undo. 

Remember a Licensed Home Improvement General Contractor is where you should start and they usually are also a Licensed General Contractor

Quid Pro Quo

By: Howard Williams

There are very important things that should be added to the education of African American children at a very early age.

Money Management.  How to manage and save money.

Understanding the difference between wants and needs. And how it will determine their survival and standard of living.

Quid Pro Quo, is the most important thing they must understand.

All the above must be understood by our children. However quid pro quo, which our system is based on will determine their success. It’s what they bring to the table.

African American children must clearly understand there is no such thing as entitlement. As cruel as it sounds someone in society must benefit from their existence. So they must determine early how and what they are going to bring to the table before someone determines it for them. No one does something for nothing there will always be some type of benefit for them. 

Ignorance is the biggest trap waiting for African American children.

Our children must understand a skill will earn them money and the more skills the more money earned. Knowing how to spend money on what they truly need to survive and properly managing the rest. Before they know it some of their wants become needs.

Example: If you are earning minimum wage you cannot afford a $700.00 smart phone, it should not be in the budget. Knowing what your friends are up to will not put food on the table. However if you understand it is a mini computer and can be used as a tool to acquire information for educational improvement to earn more money than minimum wage you have turned the $700.00 phone into a need. 

For the First Time, Lady Liberty Depicted as a Woman of Color on U.S. Currency

When I first saw this coin Lady Liberty Depicted As A Black Women on U.S. Currency I was amazed at how beautiful it looked. I immediately wanted to own one. The coins will be available to the public on April 6.


Coins like this do not circulate for everyday use, but are minted for collectors in limited quantities. There will be 100,000 of them with the black Lady Liberty. They will sell for far more than face value, depending on the value of gold, currently more than $1,000 an ounce.

Because of the limited number of gold coins being minted 100,000, and the investors that will purchase them within minutes of their release. The cost to purchase one of these coins will be prohibitive for most Black Americans.

Please petition the U. S. Mint  to produce more of these gold coins. You can also purchase coins through the U. S. Mint website.

Stu:  January 14, 2017 at 9:16 AM

The price of the coins isn’t mentioned in the press releases. The face value of the coin is $100. The cost, however, will likely be significantly more.

For example, the Walking Liberty 2016 Centennial Gold Coin, which is 1/2 ounce of 24k gold costs – as of this writing (1/14/17) – $840. The new coin is going to be 1 ounce of 24k gold and will likely be more than that.

Gold coins from the mint fluctuate in price due to the fluid price of gold. It would have been nice if the coins had been minted in silver uncirculated and proof versions. Those generally cost around $50-$60 dollars for a “Silver Dollar.” My guess is that these coins won’t be for the average citizen. Too bad…

Stu:  January 14, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Correction: There will be coins for “the rest of us.” The Mint’s press release said, “A corresponding series of medals struck in .999 silver, with the same designs featured on the gold coins, will also be available.”