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I Was Played

Posted by saye on Wednesday, July 11, 2012,

As a child, I was told to go to school, but no one ever taught me that depending on student loans to gain higher education was a financial trap.  No one ever showed me how to detect misinformation, useless information, contradictions, and baseless opinions on the television, in the newspapers, and the classroom books. No elders held my hands and taught me the value of thinking critically, and other techniques, in which to improve how I examined the world around me.  There was no knowledge ...

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Umi of P.O.W/RBG aims towards social entrepreneurship path

Posted by Saye Taryor on Tuesday, December 13, 2011,
  Schohreh Golian Esfahania

With all due respect to the reader, some of the language in this article is strong, but none of the language was used in malice, or meant to disrespect anyone, or any group. 

As an advocate of social entrepreneurship and critical thinking education, I was thrilled when the artist, Umi, of, P.O.W/ RBG, reached out to be concerning the, Rap Music Manifesto, amongst other issues.  Actually, let me rephrase that.  Umi, an original native of Tuskegee Alabama, who current...

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Zayd Malik, Rap Artist, Family Man, & Revolutionary

Posted by Saye Taryor on Monday, November 28, 2011,

Those familiar with my writings know I am not a big fan of artists who promote messages of sex, drugs, and violence to our youth.  As a fan of, Los Angeles born rapper, Zayd Malik, whom now resides in Georgia, I decided to interview the socially conscious artist, who sometimes pushes the envelope, while finding room for substance and reflection.  Read the entire interview below.

Saye Taryor:  For individuals who may not be familiar with you, would you please give them a little background ...

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Ten Alarming Issues Within Society

Posted by saye on Tuesday, November 22, 2011,

Below is a list of ten alarming issues that I feel society needs to address and take more seriously.  This list by no means eliminates many of the other serious issues going on in society, it just happens to be the ones that have caught my attention for some time now.

1)      It’s more expensive to purchase food and gas in low income, and urban communities, compared to wealthier, suburban locations.  The idea that people can set up shop in low income communities, knowing that there are lim...

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The Saye Debates - Capitalism vs Socialism

Posted by saye on Sunday, November 13, 2011,

With all the problems of this world, I advocate for more civil debate and less hate. I’ll debate, while you decide.

Debate Topic: “Capitalism vs Socialism” In this segment, Saye debates Peter Gray

Saye:  If you make $10 an hour, working 10 hour shifts daily, why should you not make a profit when the corporation has a successful quarter, due to your labor? At the end of the year, if the corporation makes millions in profits, why should you have to continue to earn $10 an hour, or have a...

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Let's Redefine Who's The Best Rapper

Posted by saye on Monday, November 7, 2011,

     With all due respect to the children, and mother, of the late Christopher Wallace, why are we embracing or celebrating the fact that many agree with the idea that Biggie was one of the best, or most influential rappers ever.  If this is true, then the message of MLK, Malcolm X, and the Original Black Panther Party has been lost.  This is no attack against the late Wallace, as a person, but most of his music spoke of selling drugs, violence, and promoted the drinking o...

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I Pledge Allegiance

Posted by saye on Friday, September 30, 2011,


By Saye Taryor - Monday 27 Jun 2011

Don’t pledge allegiance to a flag, a flag is but a cloth to me.
You tell me that the flag I see, means freedom, one in unity.
You tell me no place will I find, the liberty with which I seek.
Say if I can’t salute this flag, then find another place to sleep.
But listen closely to my words, and heed the message I reveal.
Allegiance that I pledge is real, no symbolism gives me thrill.
A country is but made of men, and mostly men will disagree.
A country changes y...

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Six Simple Solutions To American Politics

Posted by saye on Wednesday, September 28, 2011,

Over Population of American Jails

Jails should only be owned, and run, by the state.  No state, or individual should be able to make a profit from the creation of a jail or prison.  Wages earned by inmates should be the same as the minimum wage rendered within the state in which the jail , or prison, is located.  If inmates have children, some of the monies, earned from their labor, should go to their children to aid for their living expenses.  For individuals who will be released in the f...

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No Dancing Around Youth Issues With Eshe

Posted by saye on Sunday, September 25, 2011,

        Read the full transcript of The Examiner’s recent interview with Eshe of Arrested Development below.

Saye Taryor:  Greetings Eshe.  I would first like to start by thanking you for allowing this interview.  Please share a little background information about yourself and elaborate some on those youth lectures you have become accustomed to doing.

Eshe: My name is Eshe and I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga.  I am a daughter, mother, mentor, teacher, entertainer, dancer, ...

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Posted by Saye Taryor on Saturday, April 16, 2011,
We are currently contacting college professors and student union organizations about hosting a two-panel speaker lecture, in the fall of 2011, under the theme of "Urban Challenges, And The Importance Of Critical Thinking Education."

Lecture Justification

• So why is this lecture so important?  Self-improvement and social improvement are presupposed values of critical thinking. Meaning critical thinking requires an effort to see others and our selves accuratel...

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“Homeless, living in America”

Posted by Saye Taryor on Saturday, April 9, 2011,

Have you ever been approached by a homeless panhandler?  I would normally spare a dollar, or whatever little change was dangling in my pockets, when those moments took place.  I’ve wondered how these individuals found themselves in such a predicament, where they were homeless, jobless, and broke.  The thought never crossed my mind that some day I would be the individual begging for change and searching for a place to sleep deep into the night.  I mean, come on, I had a full time co...

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Staying 1up. For the 18 year old or The Teenager Preparing for HS Graduation

Posted by Saye Taryor on Wednesday, March 30, 2011,

Before you get a student loan to attend a college you can not afford, please read this article first.

Does it make sense to be in college if you are going to be paying off debt and working for someone else for the next 20 years after your graduation?

How will attending college improve your life and the lives of the people around you?

Your credit rating is very important. Do you know when to reject student loans?

While you’re in college, where and how can you gain valuable work experience...

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Time To Get Off The Plantation

Posted by saye on Sunday, August 29, 2010,

By Saye Taryor

 I hear some of you talking about being a patriot and how true Americans only support certain political parties or ideology.  Many TV host, religious and community leaders organize rallies, in which they tell people to restore America to her essence.  I call this propaganda “Ear Candy”.  Like “eye candy”, it looks and sounds good on the surface.  It gives the average Joe a warm fuzzy feeling.  Well, I am going to add some substance to the foolishness in this blog.

How do...

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Dedication To Critical Thinking

Posted by Saye Taryor on Sunday, May 2, 2010,

Dedication To Critical Thinking
by Saye Taryor

In your constant search for knowledge, many claims will cross your path.  Critical thinking involves how you decide which claims to be true, false, or if you should suspend judgment on the claim.  Critical thinkers understand the difference between facts and opinions and are more likely to focus on a specific issue, as a result, coming to a most reasonable conclusion based on all the available information.     

Critical thinkers understan...

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30 Questions For All Americans

Posted by saye on Thursday, April 22, 2010,

    Every American should research the issues in these questions extensively so that they may form intellegent opinions on them.

  1. What caused the Boston Tea Party?
  2. What were some of the most important amendments added to the original American Constitution?
  3. Do you disagree with any of the amendments made to the US Constitution since it’s creation?
  4. What were the fundamental differences between the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party?
  5. What is the difference be...

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The Idea Of Examining Our Own Views

Posted by Saye Taryor on Saturday, April 17, 2010,
"The fool who knows his foolishness is wise at least so far. But a fool who thinks himself wise, he is called a fool indeed." I admit, there is much I do not know.  See, most individuals see the world in either Black or white. They rarely accept the fact that gray areas may exist, meaning that sometimes there is no clear-cut solution, or that both conflicting explanations may be true. The concept of accepting two realities, or multiple explanations that may sound conflictual in nature is neve...
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7 Facts Many Racist Don’t Comprehend

Posted by Saye Taryor on Monday, November 23, 2009,

By Saye Menlekeh Taryor

7 Facts Many Racist Don’t Comprehend

1)     Just because you attend church and believe in God does not mean you’re not a racist.

2)     Just because you cheer for players of other races whom may play for your favorite NBA, NFL, college sports, or fantasy football team, does not mean you are not a racist.

3)     Just because you don’t mind eating at the same table with someone of another ethnicity does not mean you are not a racist.

4)     Just because your f...

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About Me

Brother Saye Brother Saye (Saye Menlekeh Taryor) is an author, critical thinking education & social entrepreneur activist, founder of 1up Entertainment/Consulting and the leading voice for “The 1up Movement.” The Atlanta/Liberian native graduated from Piney Woods Country Life School (a historically black boarding school, located in central Mississippi) in 1992. Soon after, he enrolled in the University of Southern Mississippi, where he pursued a journalism degree. After realizing his true calling was to illuminate young men and women about the importance of social entrepreneurship and critical thinking education, he attended Georgia State University to learn more about critical thinking education and public speaking. Brother Saye has been active with “Generation Y” leadership workshops, which he first hosted with Linda A. Brooks in 2009. As an activist, he currently promotes his 1up programs and workshops, and is the "Atlanta Travel" writer for the Brothers Saye’s most recent book entitled, “Overstanding With a 1up Vision, The Critical Thinking Approach to Liberation” has received praise throughout the conscious community. Other published works include, Child development and the importance of critical thinking education, Critical thinking approach to voting, Part II, “The 2009 1up Entertainment Music Guide and Directory, Vol. 1,” “Country Life School,” "What Do You Think?" and, “A Fathers Burden.”


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