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Jose Vilson Short Notes

I’m bringing back Short Notes Sundays. I get to read a lot of good stuff around the web. Here’s a few that have gotten my brain working:

Stacia L. Brown posits that the personal writing economy is the worst for Black women. It’s worth a reader for all writers, and she says things like this:

That might seem obvious, but it’s shocking because in so many other cases, when women of color write about their personal experiences, they’re asked to make a cottage industry of their encounters with racism and sexism. It feels insidious: Place one successful, gut-wrenching piece somewhere, and then hear “no” until you write another one like it, until you exploit personal trauma for a byline.

Goodness. Also, Jelani Cobb’s in-depth piece on Jamaica High School made its rounds in some spaces, but if you haven’t, get a good, long read of it. It speaks lots to what happens when we change the definition of success from right under our schools’ edifices.

EduShyster continues to be complicated (thank God!) and lets a charter school teacher write a piece for her blog, much to the chagrin of purists. Can you really hold these contradictions of feeling like you’re in a good school, but a bad network of schools? Worth the read.

Eminem once rapped to Dr. Dre, “You gonna take advice from somebody who slapped Dee Barnes?” Journalist Dee Barnes claps back in a major way in this unveiling of the industry behind Straight Outta Compton.

The editorial board of the New York Times writes a definitive piece about the importance of Black Lives Matter. I shouldn’t have to applaud when white folks get it, but …