Breathe: An Open Letter to Ambitious Underrepresented People of Color

During my first week of business school, my classmates and I played a game that caused me great inner turmoil. The game left me wanting to say things I knew would ruffle some feathers. The game was StarPower, which involves collecting points by negotiation. We drew chips from a bag, and based on the value … More Breathe: An Open Letter to Ambitious Underrepresented People of Color

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

2017

Below is a skit written by 11th grader, Curtis Paige. He channels the concerns many people had coming into 2017 with the political climate that we had and are still dealing with. Check out the work of this young playwright. Curtis: Today is January. Feels like the month of sorrow Because I feel like these … More 2017

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

Hungry… for Knowledge

*Insert statistic about starving African babies. *Insert image of starving, naked African kids. *Insert reality check that my students, whether they own one or five uniforms, come to school everyday looking sharper than a razor blade, electricity or not. But really, my kids are starving. They’re not starving for whatever you have to offer on … More Hungry… for Knowledge