Juneteenth: From Curt Flood to A-Rod

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Juneteenth: for many African-Americans in this country, this is the true day to celebrate the emancipation of slavery. Though the Emancipation Proclamation came out late …

Proud Mary Keep On Turnin’

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So remember how I told you all that I felt something funny before my cousin died? My girlfriend thinks I’m just very perceptive in general, …

Already Ready

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My morning routine consists of waking up to my ring tone / alarm “Champion” by Kanye West. After maybe getting readjusted out of my slumber …

Howl If You Hear Me

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Allen Ginsberg is the man. As a resident Lower East Sider and poet, I’ve always heard of his stuff, and respected him on street cred …

Domo Arigato, Mr. Vilson

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What’s been up with my writing lately, you ask? Crazy, mi gente. Crazy. I haven’t guest-posted on anyone’s site just yet (though I’m open to …

Soft Like Baby Talc

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I keep telling some of these “educators” that they can’t tell me nothin’. John Holland recently talked about the differences between urban and suburban education …

The Truth Is …

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Yes, I popularized this meme. Don’t let any other blogger tell you differently. The truth is … I don’t care who’s reading this. The truth …

Short Notes: Show Your Soul

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A few notes, for real: 1. The new Sports Museum of America in downtown Manhattan: FAN-tastic! Stressful because it’s a trip, but it was a …

Colossal Collisions

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I went with my girlfriend a week ago to the American Museum of Natural History near Central Park (NYC), mainly to watch the movie Colossal …

Define Friendship …

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“Add ____ as a friend.” “Befriend ____” “Accept or reject this friend?” Social networks these days have utterly confounded the term “friendship.” OK, that and …

Simple and Clean

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No, just got in a mess. Girlfriend graduating tomorrow and discussions on what assimilation, acculturation, reparations, and alladat really pushed any writing time out of …

Dubya Fumbles Again (Nazi Who?)

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Today, I read the latest news that George W. Bush, our president, compared his political opponents in America to Nazi appeasers. He didn’t mention anyone …

That Damn Etiquette

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When I read about the recent arrest of the infamous “Soulja Girl” (synopsis: she harassed an old lady on Atlanta’s metro train system, and the …

Drawing The Line

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After the Immigration Protest today in Union Square (all the way to Federal Square), I finally decided to draw some lines where I needed to. …

Ace of Bases

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This week, I’ve taken Greg Tang’s advice from the NCTM Conference and started working with the kids on different bases. And by different bases, I …

Eco-Friendly My Rear

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Last night, my girl and I saw 88 Minutes, which I found to be a good enough movie to keep my attention. While watching the …

Can’t Tell Me Nothing

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Excuse the double negative, my people, but a brotha’s got a little less patience for fools than usual. Imagine me watching ESPN today, when I …

No Really, Utah Was That Good

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I can’t tell you how many preliminary reviews I got about Utah. Most of them involving race. “Jose, just you being there will significantly increase …

Thoughts Travel At Light Speed

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Today, I found myself in a whirlwind of activity, getting ready for the NCTM Conference in Salt Lake City, UT (math conference for my non-teacher …