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New Country, New Lens

Posted by Delise Hampton

This is the first post of Ms. Hampton’s South Africa series on Ask The Strategist, which highlights her acclimation to the new country, and focus on international issues, diversity, economics, and life as a student abroad.

Every day has been beautiful since my arrival. The shadow of Table Mountain in my periphery, and the sun smiling onto the crystals of sweat on my forehead, make each day beautiful in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the type of natural beauty that makes me wonder just how this lush landscape was turned upside down by apartheid. The effects of the forced separation still linger in the streets of South Africa, inevitably reminding me of the United States of America, where, although, we tend to act as if we dwell in a post-racial society, there is still work to be done. The revelation of this similarity between the United States and South Africa has helped me to identify the many cultural and historical elements that make both countries unique, yet somewhat the same.

Guest Blogger, Delise Hampton, in Cape Town
Guest Blogger, Delise Hampton, in Cape Town

 

Besides the fact that South Africans drive on the opposite side of the road, the structure of Cape Town, with its skyscrapers and fancy hotels, reminds me of home. Despite the luxurious surroundings, Cape Town also has an impoverished community. These communities are given the name townships, which are synonymous to the word “ghetto” in the United States; however, the conditions and historical contexts behind their developments are quite different. Being neither worse nor better, the struggle for bare necessities is where the common thread meets.

Cape Town's beauty inspires the writer.
Cape Town’s beauty inspires the writer.

Recently, I visited Langa Township, which is where primarily Black South Africans reside, who were forcibly removed from their homes during apartheid and relocated to other areas. The most apparent difference, when compared to America, is just how much each household structure in the township made a statement about the economic status of those who lived there. One home mirrored an affluent family, while the neighboring home represented the complete opposite. The economic disparity within Cape Town is visibly present where it seems as though there is no middle ground – either you are filthy rich or dirt poor.

The author absorbing the local culture in South Africa.
The writer  absorbing the local culture in South Africa.

In retrospect, the beauty of it all is that Cape Town’s natives are just as beautiful as the natural scenery that surrounds them, without regard to their shade, shape, or size. An international onlooker like myself could not be more privileged to be immersed in such a diverse culture. Hopefully, in the months that I am here, I will have to chance to understand and contribute to Cape Town as a citizen of the world, while helping fellow local citizens in their struggles to advance. In essence, the similarities and differences between home and Cape Town help me personalize my experience abroad and acclimate to this new environment, realizing that the similarities outweigh the differences.

About the Blogger: Delise Hampton

Guest Blogger, Delise Hampton, in Cape Town
Guest Blogger, Delise Hampton, in Cape Town

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Guest Blogger Delise Hampton grew up in a very modest home, with four siblings and her mother as the sole provider of the necessities. No stranger to hardships, one of the most memorable experience was that of Hurricane Katrina. Delise was only ten years old, but she never let this hold her back, and the experience firmed her resolve to maximize every moment. Currently matriculating at Howard University, Delise is a  strong-willed, positive, and curious young lady, whose primary goal in life is to affect change in the world, one country, city, or region at a time.

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The Strategy Sessions: Top Shows of 2013

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Since launching The Strategy Sessions in its original incarnation in 2004, and its current format on Blog Talk Radio in 2009, we have had a cadre of stellar leaders in business, entrepreneurship, health, travel, careers, and women’s issues share their strategies with our listeners. Last year, Blog Talk Radio took notice and now we are one of 300 featured show hosts on their network of almost 20,000, and are grateful to YOU for listening to, liking, and sharing The Strategy Sessions with others.

Our goal is to continue offering programming that is interesting, thought-provoking, and insightful. We thank our listeners for tuning in live, listening online, or subscribing to our podcast on iTunes. Most important, we appreciate our guests who always give great conversation! Hence, we share with you the top 5 most listened to episodes of 2013. Be sure to tune in on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. ET for our 2014 episodes.

1. The New Face of Diversity

Original airdate: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Guest: Elizabeth Williams-Riley, CEO & President of the American Conference on Diversity

Elizabeth Riley-Williams, CEO of American Conference on Diversity
Elizabeth Williams-Riley, CEO of American Conference on Diversity

Summary: Our guest talked with us about the sweeping legislative changes resulting from the November 2012 elections, including the DREAM Act and same sex marriage, diversity in the workplace and immigration.

Listen online or download the podcast on iTunes: http://tobtr.com/s/4223843

Connect with American Conference on Diversity

Phone: (732) 745-9330

Online: www.americanconferenceondiversity.org

Twitter: @AmConfDiversity

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmericanConferenceOnDiversity

2. Against the Odds

Original airdate: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Guest: Rob Long, Graduate of Syracuse University and NFL Hopeful

Rob Long beat the odds against brain cancer
Rob Long beat the odds against brain cancer

Summary: Our guest talked about his personal struggle after being diagnosed with brain cancer while attending Syracuse University in New York. Mr. Long shared what motivated him while battling cancer, how his faith and family encouraged him, and what’s next for the NFL aspirant.

Listen online or download the podcast on iTunes: http://tobtr.com/s/4624983

Connect with Rob Long

Twitter: @RobLong47

3. Preparing Women to Lead

Original airdate: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Guest: Dawn Culpepper, Director of Programs and Operations, Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

Dawn Culpepper of PLEN
Dawn Culpepper of PLEN

Summary: Our guest highlighted programming that help young women prepare for leadership in the public sector, corporations, and the community. Ms. Culpepper also talked about the Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy Seminar and Networking Reception, featuring a keynote address by Heather Podesta.

Listen online or download the podcast in iTunes: http://tobtr.com/s/5564277

Connect with PLEN

Phone: (202) 872-1585

Online: www.plen.org

Twitter: @PLENNetwork

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PLENNetwork

4. Meet the DC Pink Divas

Original airdate: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Guest: Shyrea Thompson Robinson, Executive Director of the Capital City Area Heath Education Center (AHEC) and Rita Butler-Trewick, breast cancer survivor and member of the DC Pink Divas.

Shyrea Thompson-Robinson of the Capital City AHEC
Shyrea Thompson-Robinson of the Capital City AHEC

Summary: Our guests talked about their health initiatives for residents in the Washington, DC community, and specifically, their program, DC Pink Divas, which is a support system for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Listen online or download the podcast on iTunes: http://tobtr.com/s/4797863

Connect with the Capital City AHEC and DC Pink Divas

Phone: (202) 506-6122

Online: www.ccahec-dc.org

Twitter: @DCPinkDivas

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/capitalcity.ahec

5. Annual Road Trip with AAA

Original airdate: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Guest: Heather Hunter, Director of Public Relations at AAA

Heather Hunter of AAA
Heather Hunter of AAA

Summary: Our guest highlighted some of the summer popular vacation spots, travel tips, and strategies for traveling with the family, alone, and with pets.

Listen online or download the podcast on iTunes: http://tobtr.com/s/5120849

Connect with AAA

Online: www.aaa.com

Twitter: @AAANews and @AAA_Travel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AAAFanPage

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About the Blogger: Kesi Stribling

Kesi Stribling, Editor, Ask The Strategist
Kesi Stribling, Editor, Ask The Strategist