Creating a New Narrative in Baltimore Schools: Freddie Gray to Black Panther

One afternoon during our social studies block, I did a lesson on race using the characters of “Sesame Street.” I asked my 6- and 7- year-old students: What race would Big Bird, Oscar, Elmo and Cookie Monster be if they were people and why? Using tally marks, my students decided that Big Bird and Elmo … More Creating a New Narrative in Baltimore Schools: Freddie Gray to Black Panther

Still Black

Last time I was spitting game Scene from Jay-Z’s The Story of OJ It was about the captivity and shame That fueled a luxurious change to fame But still All black people are the same. Black culture is synonymous with swag, intelligence, beauty The swag we brought to the endless cotton that our hands plucked … More Still Black

Fatherly Love

In 1998, my father died of a massive heart attack, brought on by congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema.  I was 17-years-old. The most powerful memory I have is when I was about four or five and my father was carrying my younger sister in his arms when I asked him to carry me. He … More Fatherly Love

24 Must Reads for the Young, Gifted & Black

This guest post is from Afrika Owes, a Fulbright alumna who is also a poet, a writer, a thinker, a talker, a reader, a believer, a goal digga and a glo’ getta.  She promotes Black women’s empowerment and strives to pass knowledge and life lessons to my peers. Check out more gems from her at  I … More 24 Must Reads for the Young, Gifted & Black


Breathe do not distract yourself from it sink into the emptiness the numb confusion the dismantling of all realms of control and the anxiety that comes with that know yourself well enough to embrace the darker corners of your soul the scary shadows collecting dust because you refuse to acknowledge them the pain the fear … More breathe