Who Are We, Really? The Five Questions Every College or University Should Ask Itself (PART TWO OF A FIVE PART SERIES)

Support and love are interchangeable words. And like love, support is an action word. Love without action is empty. It’s just fondness. Or maybe the absence of intentional harm. To this end, many organizations think support means to have good thoughts about, or good feelings toward, or not to be …

Are We Racist? The Five Questions Every College or University Should Ask Itself (A FIVE PART SERIES)

I have taught at colleges and universities for 15 years — art schools, community colleges, universities, even college age students in a prison — and what I’ve come to realize is that the U.S. system of colleges and universities or “The Academy,” as we like to call it, operates as …

The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #14: #blackpoetsspeakout

The #blackpoetsspeakout movement was started by Jericho Brown, Mahogany Brown, and Amanda Johnston in the wake of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Missouri. This episode finds me traveling to participate in a #blackpoetsspeakout reading in Columbia, Missouri. The reading featured poets from the Cave Canem organization, as well as local poets and faculty from the University of Missouri. In the spirit of protest, we all met to lift up the verse of black poets and the safety of black bodies.

Top 5 Reasons Why I Prefer an Anti-racist ACCOMPLICE to an “Ally.”

In this podcast I breakdown why anti-racist ACCOMPLICE is preferable to "ally."  I would love to hear your feedback!

 

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Paulo Friere wrote, “Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” This workbook was created to address the myth of the neutral classroom and was designed for first year writing teachers at the University of Alabama.  I delivered the content as a daylong workshop.  It includes, reading, links, printables, activities, and a resource page. Click the image below to purchase a digital copy and have it delivered right to your device!

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The FEMININE PRONOUN Series #13: The Kids Are Alright!

In this episode I prove that poetry works with seasoned adults, college aged readers and writers, and high school "novices." I travel from Illinois's capitol, where I read for the state legislators, and the Illinois Humanities administration, to McKendree University,  and I end with the brilliant young scholars in East St. Louis Senior high school's poetry club.  And guess who really blew my mind? Psych! You'll have to watch and see!

 

 

Is there Such a Thing as a Poor White Progressive?

“We po’.” Almost everyday, my grandmother would say this simple sentence. The missing verb served to make it more immediate, like a simple equation. “We po’.” We equaled poor. Sometimes she said it in response to the evening news when groups of white men argued in Washington, DC about laws …

Intimate Partner Violence as an Issue of Workplace Diversity

It wasn’t this picture that fell out of the dead man’s pocket, but it was one very much like it. When I was in the first grade, a friend of my mother’s boyfriend, a man who had sat at our table and had eaten in our home, murdered his girlfriend …

What Do Black Childhood, Charter Schools, and Tamir Rice Have in Common?

Hint: Harriet Ball was her name, and she passed away in 2011. A veteran teacher from Texas, Ball was observed in the early 90s by two novice teachers, two young white men who were impressed by the way she infused the curriculum with rhythm and mnemonics that engaged the children thoroughly; …

When Your Colleagues Just Don’t Get Diversity & Inclusion

Your company, or your school, or your non-profit claims they are “committed to diversity,” but by the look of things you can’t tell.  And the truth is, the “Strategic Plan” seems to be to talk about diversity until it’s time to revisit the strategic plan. Or even worse, your colleagues …

No, People of Color are Not Here to “Spice Things Up”

In the days after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I posted the following on Facebook: “I wake up to a world where a black led group I was a part of told the white governor to his face: we don’t trust you. I wake up to a …