It was a good day in Los Angeles. Actually, it had been a great day. I woke up early, got a 2-hour gym session in, and then headed to Silver Lake for a noontime brunch with my girlfriend and a group of friends. Celebrating a friend’s birthday, we toasted mimosas, ate good food, and had deep … More How I Got Pulled Over Last Night… And Why I Cried.
The Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal in the United States and effectively ends the ban that was still in effect in 14 states. We wake up this morning with a feeling of accomplishment in recognition of a progressive step toward true civil rights for all Americans. But sadly, within the midst … More When Black Bodies Matter Less to Black Pastors than Gay Marriage: Where is the Fight For Our Entire Community?
After the uproar Dylann Roof created with his unspeakable actions of slaughtering a room full of Black churchgoers after praying with them during bible study, the nation has been once again divided on issues dealing with race relations. If a positive could be mustered through the midst of this tragedy, its only upside could be the … More The Calmest Arrest You Could Ever Expect of A Mass Murderer.
But then, as the test time continued, police sirens wailed as a ghetto bird (helicopter) began circling above the area. And it hit me. Not that I did not know, but it was a reminder. The constant stress and trauma these students deal with, this girl included, makes it hard to come to school, and even harder to focus when they decide to show up. And sadly, the students have become numb; they didn’t even look up with curiosity about the noises they were hearing. Like the usual sounds of a small dog barking in the suburbs of our nation’s cities, there was no strangeness in the sounds they heard. No alarm to the situation. Just another every day sound in their everyday lives. … More Recognizing the Resilience in My Students: Understanding the Social Context of Urban Schools
2 cops were shot and killed, execution-style, in New York today. The loss of life saddens me and I hope that NO ONE ELSE has to die. But I have to be honest, my initial and lingering feeling was more so, “What did you think was going to happen?” Let me explain… August 11, 2014: Unarmed Ezell … More 2 Cops Killed: “What did you think was going to happen?”
As a young Black man in America with a Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies, I have experienced, researched, and studied certain topics of racial disparities in our country. It is without question (for most) that inequalities certainly exist in this country between races, socially, economically, politically, and in the education and prison systems. The reasons … More “F*CK ALL WHITE PEOPLE!”: The Misunderstood Words of a Color-Conscious Mind When Excluding White people from Conversations about Race
I wrote the following post as a Facebook status back in January during my time as a student teacher in San Diego. The sentiment still remains and, as I venture to the new school year as a teacher, I am remembering how annoyed I am at times. I added more at the end. ____________ I … More “F you, Pedophile!”: A rant from a Teacher/Coach/Mentor
This was a facebook post of mine that I typed up on this past father’s day. I was told that more need to hear it. So here it is… _____________________________ Deep breath… Okay, I’m ready. Happy Father’s day to everyone! But I would like to take this Father’s day do something that I can’t even … More Sometimes I feel… Like A Fatherless Child.
Black women in music have had a progression through time. In the early 20th century, Black women created a name for themselves with a brand new genre of black music. The Blues, headed by forerunner Ma Rainey, paved a road for Black women to express themselves on a national level. As time progressed and Jazz … More A Black Woman’s Plight: Our Women’s Struggle In the Music Industry
For over four hundred years, African people in North America have been subjected to many different forms of enslavement, oppression, and exploitation. The injustices practiced in this country date back to the beginning of the African Diaspora, being mistreated on “slave ships” and in the colonies. But despite the horrid circumstances through which African people … More Running, Revolting, Resisting: A Look into the Resistance of enslaved Africans during Enslavement