Who is Uplyff, Inc?
Description: Uplyff Inc is a non-profit organization based in Cleveland, OH that conducts research and strategic planning in order to guide the decision making and financing for products and services that enhance, promote and strengthen the identity of the Afrikan Diapsora.
Mission: To cultivate a community of scholars who are committed to shaping intellectual discourse and dialogue into action for the uplift of the Afrikan Diaspora [using the wisdom of our ancestors]. We pursue these ideals through the expansion of cultural identity with knowledge of self, the increase of spiritual healing to connect us to the source, and by working together to strengthen the economic prosperity and vitality of black owned businesses and artists.
Objective: To oversee operations and ensure profit and progress of the following Afrikan-Centered programs:
- Afrikan Language Classes - Our current Kiswahili classes and Afrikan naming ceremonies are for ages 3-5, 6-10, and 11-adult.
- Akoma Art Shows - Promoting art of the Afrikan Diaspora by hosting a number of exhibits with art from OUR Diasporic community.
- Heshima Gardens - Learning, respecting, and nurturing the earth through gardening so that we may reap the holistic benefits.
- Nia Literary Society - A group of budding and seasoned book enthusiasts who host book discussions and provide practical reviews and talking points.
- Poetic Power - A platform for open, artistic expression through spoken word poetry, art and music.
- Sankofa Think Tank - Conducting comprehensive research to combat the destructive results from oppressive actions against people of Afrikan descent.
- Ujamaa Circle - Promoting the circulation of black dollars by visiting businesses owned by people of Afrikan descent.
Our Story: Uplyff, Inc was born out of an Afrikan-Centered Think Tank of Cleveland, OH, which contained residual elements from various activist and cultural arts groups such as the Griot Project. The Griot Project was a group of storytellers who united from a library program called Poetic Power. Poetic Power was named and created by then teen poet Monica Rutledge and the Griot Project performed and hosted arts education programs. Throughout each group and adventure the overarching mission has remained the same - the 'Uplift' of the Afrikan Diaspora. The Think Tank was founded by Ali Boyd, Shila Iris, Kenyatta Crisp, and Wulfgar Darkenwald, Jr. Over the years, the Think Tank and inadvertently Uplyff, Inc. were influenced and educated through interactions with Jamie Upton of the legendary Timbuktu Book Store of Cleveland, OH; John Omar, the woodcarver; and Vegan enthusiast Erinn Sneed, as well as members/contributors Lawrence Clinckscale, Bianca Butts, Edward Hunter, Jade Pratt, and Halima Douglass.
Members of the Griot Project were Ali Boyd, Bianca Michelle, D.L. Woure, Ray da Ghost, Sheena Sherrod, and Shila Iris.
Madhubuti's From Plan To Planet was introduced to many of us by Sista Jamie Upton. The Essential Human Institutions was produced by Elder Charles "Mississippi" Bevel.
- Arts and Literature
- Travel Destinations
- Health, Wellness, & Outreach
- Language Studies
- Marketing & Product Sales
- Research, Ethics & Development and Web Design
- Membership (Ad Hoc)
- Elder Statesmen
What role will you play?
- Attend our monthly business meeting and Think Tank
- Read and discuss From Plan to Planet by Haki Madhubuti
- Commit to conducting research on the uplift of the Afirkan Diaspora
- Pay $10 monthly dues
- Commit to learning Kiswahili and other Afrikan languages
- Attend some of our planned programs and trips
- Embrace an understanding of the Guiding Principles (Nguzu Saba and their origins, Human Institutions, the Ideals of Maat, and the Ancient Hermetic Laws)
- Invest time in getting to know other members
- Join one (or more) of the Teams of Uplyff
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- Learn about the rich heritage and greatness of your Afrikan self WITH us and with our affiliate groups and organizations.
- Get insight on marketing - Activists and business owners can learn about the needs and wants of your community and customers
- Bring a new product and introduce it at Sankofa Think Tank and have it advertised on the website
- Economic support for your business from patronage through Ujamaa Circles
- Meet like-minded people with similar vision and motivation for an uplifted Afrikan Diaspora
- Publish articles on your area of expertise to be recognized by peers
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