Flash Flood Warning

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The G_d around me and not the G_d I am tapped twice on my shoulder before the storm hit In rumbles calling for home sanctuary …

Walk On Water

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When it comes to my principles, I didn’t tell them who I quoted from, but I had a discussion around them. What’s great about these …

Give It All You Got

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My second day started off with a huge group hug from some of my former 8th graders, and a lot of screaming up and down …

Welcome to the Jungle

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Less than a month ago, The Village Voice published an article about the NYC Teaching Fellows entitled “Your Own Personal Blackboard Jungle” by Stacy Cowley …

The Not-So-Reluctant Disciplinarian

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For any new teacher, I would recommend Gary Rubenstein’s The Reluctant Disciplinarian, a book of one teacher’s journey towards becoming the ultimate disciplinarian. Well, it’s …

Peanuts Have To Shower, Too

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Yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of my friend AnnMary’s baby shower. I wish I took pictures, but I swear to you, …

Everything Man

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As if you didn’t know, I am fully in support of Talib’s latest effort, Eardrum. For the most part, it’s hot as hell. Don’t believe …

Tay Zonday: Original Gangsta

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On April 22nd, 2007, Tay Zonday releases “Chocolate Rain” to the Internet world. 3 months later, the YouTube showing is the most popular viral video …

48 Laws of Education

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Believe it or not, I’m a peaceful guy. I have some rather strong opinions and people believe that’s belligerence, but it’s really not. It’s just …

1,572 Since Mission Accomplished

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Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” signs off his show with, “That is Countdown for this, the _ _ _ _ th day …

Not Too Far To Go

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Before I even continue, I’d like to show my support for Talib’s upcoming effort, Eardrum. I recently wrote about Talib’s artistry in this blog as …

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My latest site is up. Please check it and tell me what you think … The Jose Vilson later …

This Is Not a Parade Post

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After this post, you would think I’d be done with analyzing portions of my background. Then Sunday arrived: the annual Dominican parade. I had a …

Aggressively Patient

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Imagine if you’re sitting there with a bunch of baskets and a ton of eggs telling yourself, “Man, I wonder if I should put all …

And The Levee Was Gone …

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I just got back from New Orleans, after a delay with the airport shuttle (taxis are so indispensable), a delayed flight from NO to Charlotte, …

Crazy Eights

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Borrowed from J. Dakar: The Rules: 1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts. 2. Players start with eight random …

U, Black Maybe

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“I guess in his mind, though, there’s no doubt as to what I am. Suffice it to say, people immediately peg me as “Black.” That’s fine; there’s nothing wrong with that. What’s unfortunate, though, is how limiting these labels become. What does it mean to be Black in this country? And does it allow for people who don’t necessarily fit right in that slot?”

Too Cool For School

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I’m surprised by the serendipity of this August 1st. A few quick notes: 1) I’m the featured artist on RainTiger’s Poetry Site for August 2007. …

Courage to Teach

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Every morning for a good 3 weeks or so, I’d been reading Teaching With Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach, a poetry compilation …

Simpsellent and A-Roids

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I just got back from a really good rendering of the TV-to-silver screen movie The Simpsons Movie, and it was awesome. It fulfilled its enormous …

I’m a BlogCritic

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I’m now a writer for a sinister cabal of superior writers. Or something like that. For my first magic trick, I speculated on why computers …

Jose on Barry (Not Literally)

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Yesterday, ESPN’s Sportscenter had an exclusive “town hall” meeting in San Francisco, CA, to discuss Barry Bonds and his pursuit of the homerun record. It’s …

More or Less

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Many of you are familiar with Talib Kweli the artist. Since the days of Black Star, he’s blossomed into a premier face for hip-hop music. …

Hot Ghetto Discord / Fantastic Four

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Just a little commentary if I may: The original purpose for the website “Hot Ghetto Mess” was to highlight the missteps of the Black community …

N-Word Reverie

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This is what I was feeling last week. Before you judge, ask from whence it came. Hope y’all like … “N-Word Reverie” by Jose Vilson …

New Words

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My first day in my middle school literacy course has already made me reflect a little bit. We were discussing what it means to read. …

Pride (In the Name of Love)

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Today marks 2 years after I last saw Jamal James, former president of Syracuse University’s student government in 2001 and active member of the SU …

The Full Circle

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I love existential titles; don’t you? Well two days ago, I completed my greatest public speaking gig I’ve ever had. I spoke for the NYC …

The Rookie Sensation

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I was riding the train with a rookie teacher who, despite her numerous issues with authorities and her own personal business, has done very well, …

The Breaking Point

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Today, I found out that, allegedly, a teacher physically assaulted a few students in his classroom. Just hearing that ring off my ear made me …