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

Entity Verse, Volume 1: Generation Z

EntityVerse is a literary-performance group based at Eastway Middle School in Charlotte, NC. Each week young artists craft stories and poems on topics ranging from race, gender, pop culture, to anything within their orbit. Most importantly the space is a sanctuary to unpack topics in a supportive environment. Over the course of five months, members … More Entity Verse, Volume 1: Generation Z

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!  

Trump’s African Soulmate

  “Our universe grants every soul a twin – a reflection of themselves- the kindred spirit.” None of Trump’s numerous significant others have managed to fit this script, but guess who does. Another unprepared, unqualified, charismatic, anti-establishment president whose impeachment has been the desire of the masses from the get, South Africa’s President Zuma. Clearly … More Trump’s African Soulmate

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