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

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 http://www.AfrikaKnowes.com.  I … More 24 Must Reads for the Young, Gifted & Black

More Life & More Lessons to Apply to Your 4th Quarter

Earlier this year, Drake dropped the playlist More Life to keep our headphones and day parties bumpin’ all summer while he puts in work. As fall rolls in many of us are still vibing out to some of those hits. Each time he creates, he steps back to reflect, inspire and birth new genius. Some people begged … More More Life & More Lessons to Apply to Your 4th Quarter

“What happened at the New Orleans?” 12 Years Later

Twelve years later, everybody knows what happened, but not many can truly grasp how real it was. Sometimes I forget that everybody’s life didn’t change on August 29, 2005. Twelve years later, I also easily forget how many lives changed and ended on that day and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As someone who made … More “What happened at the New Orleans?” 12 Years Later

Dear Colin Kaepernick: All You Had To Do Was Play The Game, Boy

All you had to do was throw the ball, boy. We concealed this auction block well, didn’t we, boy? You didn’t know you were on sale, boy? Didn’t we tell you to just run, boy? Entertain us, boy. Win championships for us, boy. Stay in your place, boy. Don’t you dare get these other slaves, Black … More Dear Colin Kaepernick: All You Had To Do Was Play The Game, Boy

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!