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About this episode: Living in the aftermath of the Ferguson rebellion means that there is almost a never ending barrage of well-meaning attempts to “reconcile the community and the police.” When I heard of a New York production’s staged reading that was titled “Antigone and Ferguson,” (being performed in ferguson) I was intrigued. I mean,[…]
I work with perceptive school leaders who want their teachers to understand Diversity and Inclusion & seek the confidence and classroom results that knowledge produces. I was invited to talk with the dynamic faculty at the Times2 STEM Academy in Providence, Rhode Island. My presentation was followed by a fantastic walk through the evolving Federal[…]
In this episode I spend time at the Hawthorne School for Girls, Missouri’s only public all girls school. Then, I head to an advanced screening of BIRTH OF A NATION. I end at a wonderful event celebrating my dad’s forty years as poet laureate of East St. Louis, Illinois.
You want to jump up and shout because the students on your campus or the individuals in your community are calling out structural bias and even protesting, organizing, and making real headway against it. Or you’re wondering what the hell is going on. Either way the young people need to be supported. Here are[…]
In this episode I reflect on the impact of Michael Brown’s murder and the Ferguson Uprising on my social justice advocacy, my writing, my teaching and my parenting. An extra special thanks is owed to the ARTIVISTS and to Reverend Sekou and the Holy Ghost for the incredible song, “We Comin” that appears toward the[…]
This is a picture of my neighbor’s front yard. I’ve watched his yard decorations go from an empty flagpole, to a Confederate and U. S. flag accompanied by a lawn jockey, to the addition of Trump political signs, and then the addition of a Trump mailbox cover, to what you’re seeing now: which is all[…]
You may think this sounds all “woo woo,” but there is a spiritual shift in the universe. I think we all feel it. Even the violent images of black death to which we’ve been subjected, are harbingers of spiritual ills that need a strong medicine. In this episode I attend a retreat for women of[…]
In this week’s vlog I watched the democratic convention and spent time with the Hurston Hughes Scholars. HHS is a self organized group of black parents and teachers who read black literature and invite guests like me and fellow poet Cheeraz Gormon to share our work with them. Coincidentally, I was in the presence of[…]
One of my favorite podcasts is Another Round, featuring a writer for Buzzfeed, Tracy Clayton and a writer for the Stephen Colbert Show, Heben Nigatu. The show features guests of color talking about a wide range of subjects, but with a keen eye on culture. One part drunken conversation and one part reportage, Another Round[…]
In order to create the societal pressure for real police reform, a movement must happen. Movements are built one step at a time. organizing, conversing, writing, and publicizing are all a part of movement building. Over the last week, I have made a commitment to talk with as many smart people as I can about[…]