Thugnificent, Boondocks

If I Was Thugnificent

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Last night, while I got adjusted to my work-sleep schedule, I decided I’d catch the season premiere of Boondocks, a cartoon known as much for its concentration on the African-American experience as its satire and perverseness. In other words, it kicks ass. Last night’s episode focused on the campaign and …

Ghost Busters vs. Stay Puff

The Education Boogey-Men

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting educational innovators and thought leaders from throughout the country, people who I either admire for their awesomeness or have pushed my thinking in ways I hadn’t thought of. People like the Teacher Leaders Network and my folks on Facebook …

Barack Obama at School

At The End of the Day [The Letters Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

This week, I’m writing a few more letters to different people, whose names shall be removed from the post, but who nonetheless are amalgamations of real characters. I won’t be mincing words this week, and in these letters, I hope to address some issues I find in education as a …

President Barack Obama in front of a UN Flag

Dear President Obama: The Confidence of the People

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Dear President Obama, First, I must congratulate you on becoming the first sitting US President in 90 years to win the Nobel Peace Prize, adding onto an already incredible resume that for any man, much less a Black man in America, should be lauded for. Despite the controversy surrounding the …

Guantanamo Bay, the Parody

Am I Not Human: Guantana-Close

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

This morning on NY1, I saw some random meeting between some of the families of 9/11, and, when they were asked about President Obama’s closing (essentially) of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, they were outraged, OUTRAGED, and wanted them tried immediately. While I sympathize with their point of view about …

Barack Obama as Jackie Robinson

Success Is A Process, Not An Event

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

The following is an excerpt from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewing Former Gen. Colin Powell, who commemorated the inauguration of Barack Obama, our 44th President. BLITZER: Did you ever think, Gen. Powell, that you would be alive to witness this day? POWELL: I didn’t know if I would or I would …

Barack Obama, Lincoln, Experience

Before You Become President (Dear Barack Obama)

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Dear President-Elect Barack Obama (or whoever handles your mail), Like you, I’m just one man A writer with a vision, a community organizer with dreams Of an America where my President and Governer are Black in skin Wise in their decisions Vigilant in his ways Persistent in his pursuit of …


I Didn’t Vote

Jose Vilson Jose 21 Comments

I rebelled. I didn’t vote. Well, let me be clear. I didn’t vote for a Christian, a politician, a populist, or any major candidate. I didn’t vote because Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and any other social spaces made me. I didn’t vote because your profile pic, your text message, your constant …


A Better Class of Criminal

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Imagine a viable presidential candidate 75-100% funded by the people. Not that that’s going to happen for a generation or two, but let’s imagine that for a second. The idea that the person holding the top public service position in the country would actually be beholden to the people which …


Juneteenth: From Curt Flood to A-Rod

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

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 September of 1862, it really didn’t free the slaves per se. From what I’ve read, slaves in the North were still beholden to their slave-owners, …