Is it possible to channel the perspectives of people of different racial/ethnic backgrounds or genders? Detroit high school student, Earnesha, uses her artistic license to channel what she believes to be the thoughts of a white child, not yet fully molded by society’s influence. We think she hit the nail right on the head, what … More A White Child’s Perspective
A Wrinkle in Time is ticking with black girl magic. From the onset of the journey, with Duvernay’s use of vivid colors and contrasts to the ending where Meg rises as the heroine. As we know, in the making of a Disney movie, one must allow their imagination to be as expansive as Mr. Disney himself. … More A Wrinkle In Self-Discovery
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
South Africa’s Born-Frees – the first generation of Black South Africans to be born after the apartheid ended in ’94 – are coming of age. This generation knows the struggles of the past and continues the fight for justice whether through protesting unreasonable tuition or the ability to wear natural hair to school. They understand … More Thoughts of a Born-Free
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
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!
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
*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