Frida Kahlo's "Le Due Frida"

Short Notes: By Any Means Human

Jose Vilson Short Notes 6 Comments

Frida Kahlo\'s \"Le Due Frida\"

Get your New York Yankees wallpaper here and here courtesy of yours truly. You’re welcome.

I’m not losing any fat, but I’m definitely gaining muscle. Thus, my weight is still the same, but I feel different.

It’s worth noting that the one group my blog is popular with is … teachers. And teachers of all colors. With people who I’m typically associated with at first sight, not so much. And that goes for the web and in real life.

With that said, if you’d like to nominate me for the Black Weblog Awards, feel free. Yes, it’s open to anyone.

I think it’s about time someone actually wrote something about forcing the change of the guard as far as community leadership is concerned. For example, Jesse, Bill, and Al have been the stalwarts of the old guard for decades now for decades. We need a change, and people don’t feel like they’re doing us right. And sometimes, I think the same thing about the blogosphere too.

The #1 quality I bring to the classroom is passion. Whether I’m animated or settled, it’s my drive and passion that keep me getting up every day and into that classroom to teach math. True indeed. Thanks for asking, Tracy. I’ll write more about this soon, but that’s my immediate answer.

I miss her. I really do. Hope she’s doing well.

Met up with 2 friends this week. Definitely exciting stuff to come from them.

One of my big non-negotiables is insulting women for being women. Basically, we can’t talk about educating or re-educating anyone if you speak of women in sexist terms. For example, in the Black in America special by CNN, the big trend that came up was the trend of successful Black men dating White women. I personally have no issue with interracial relationships; date who you please or who pleases you. Yet, some Black women who simply state that they want a Black man often get admonished (!) for it, as if 1) they’re undeserving of a successful Black man and 2) they complain so much that it’s no wonder why those men would never go out with them. “Well maybe you should stop complaining, and maybe you should be more like ____ or ____.” It’s bull, people. It’s implicitly bitter and misogynist, and anyone making those arguments ought to take a hard look at themselves in the mirror. (That was just an example, because it’s happening a lot in other arenas, too.)

Women have a right to preference just like men do. It’s not the difference between beggars and choosers. It’s about love. There’s a difference between limiting one’s options and having a preference for someone. Love. Love. Love.

jose, who believes in holding up a mirror to yourself, and not just for admiration …

p.s. – If you’re referring to a group of people that identify themselves as Latino, the plural form is Latinos not Latino’s. Once you use the latter, you instantly lose 1/2 of your credibility. The other 1/2 is just in case you make an honest effort to correct that. I know some of these people only care about Latinos as a voting bloc and not as a people, but please …

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

Comments 6

  1. MrsGrapevine

    I don’t have a problem with black men that date outside of their race, but I do have a problem with black men who date exclusively outside of their race. I have problem with any person that dates exclusively outside of their race. It’s fine to have a preference, but if a member of your race has never been apart of the equation, then I think there’s an underlining issue that has nothing to do with preferences, but prejudices…

    Black women are opening their options, but not at the exclusion of black men…

  2. Tracy Rosen

    I hear you on the passion. I hear you. I am driven to teach – it’s that passion that brings me into the far corners of my classroom to understand…just to understand.

    And I love the 2 Fridas. Passion for me does come from broken + whole hearts. It does. What an equation.

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    Jose

    MrsGrapevine, well said. That’s pretty much what I was getting at, but you’re spot on.

    Hugh, thanks for the nom. And please don’t hold up my mirror. Everyone’s got their own to deal with ;-).

    Tracy, Frida Kahlo in general is all types of dope.

  4. Damian

    Man, throw out that scale. Don’t worry about what those numbers say – as you continue to gain muscle, your weight will likely go up, even as you burn fat (and you will, the more lean muscle you put on, even as you rest). That’s all right!

    You’re right to go by how you feel; another method I’ve read about is to go by how your clothes fit. As you increase lean muscle mass, you’ll gain weight, but look (and be) trimmer. Above all, keep with it, and if you start to plateau, change things up – I recently stopped working out with weights and moved to a strictly bodyweight routine – variations on pushups, pullups, etc. – and I’ve made visually noticeable strides in the last 6 weeks of that program, probably because I was in such a rut with the weights workout.

    Keep us posted on your progress!

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    Jose

    Damian, I definitely have heard of these tips. Thanks for the encouragement and reminders, though. My only problem that’s keeping me from my goals is staying on track. I’ll keep you posted, though. I’d like to see gains (and losses for that matter)

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