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

The America We Know

“Not the America I know.” Because the America you know was founded on the basis of “religious” freedom? Because the America that you know is the land of the free and the home of the brave? Because you read somewhere, “Give me your tired, your poor…”? “Nations are not communities and never have been. The … More The America We Know

Paranoid Summer Review

This young woman’s words from two summers ago are sounding mighty relevant. Check out Imani’s Spoken Word performance from the 2015 19th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals.   Be safe out there, and be encouraged by the eloquence and honesty of our little ones!  

Kids, Teargas & Their Combined Legacy

Name a scenario in which kids and teargas might be an appropriate combination. Try harder. I’ll wait. Ok, cool. Glad we’re on the same page. On June 16, 1976, police officers in Johannesburg felt as though they had found the appropriate situation for this combination, thus sparking the Soweto Uprising. Thousands of students were peacefully … More Kids, Teargas & Their Combined Legacy

Say Their Names OUTLOUD: Media Silence on Police Brutality 2017

Last summer it felt as though every week the media was covering another story about an unarmed black person being killed by the police. Many of us wondered why the media was paying so much attention to this historic issue now, but found some sense of solace in seeing these tragedies get the coverage they … More Say Their Names OUTLOUD: Media Silence on Police Brutality 2017