U Black, Maybe [AfroLatino, Part Two]

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When we talk about black maybe We talk about situations Of people of color and because you are that color You endure obstacles and opposition And not all the time from … from other nationalities Sometimes it comes from your own kind Or maybe even your own mind You get judged … you get laughed at…you get looked at wrong You get sighted for not being strong The struggle of …

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On Ridiculous Assertions By [Some] White Liberals

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Oh well-meaning “liberals,” you sound ridiculous even when you don’t realize it. I’d be more offended if I didn’t hear some of the nonsense from Black people, too. Whenever you say things like, What we need is more vocational schools and alternative schools so that our lower functioning kids can at least have a chance at being productive members of society.” it usually means no-good very-bad racist things you’re probably …

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What If The NAACP Is Actually Right?

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Someone recently tagged me to this piece from What About Our Daughters. I’ll let you read the rest of it on your own, but this is why misinformation is so dangerous: As I understand it, and readers I invite you to correct me if I’m wrong, charter schools ARE public schools. So the battle isn’t over public school education, but WHO CONTROLS that public school education and the facilities where …

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Living Quisqueya

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This past weekend, I spent some time with my Dominican parents. To be specific, my Dominican mother and stepfather, both of whom enjoy the Dominican satellite channels offered on Time Warner Cable. They’ll watch shows rooted in guttural comedy, scantily-clad voluptuous women, and nationalism sprinkled throughout the programming. They laugh, shake, dance, and yell at the television, even when the situation doesn’t call for it. My parents respond to the …

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A Lesson on Blackness from The Fab Five (Jalen x Jimmy x Chris x Ray x Juwan)

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Last night, ESPN premiered the much-anticipated documentary “Fab Five” (the behind-the-scenes story of The Fab Five from University of Michigan’s early 90s days) as part of their 30 for 30 sports short docs. Most of my sport fan friends opted to watch this in lieu of sleeping the extra hour we all missed out on. The story of these five boys who were quickly shoved into manhood reminded me of …

The Education Race Man On Black History Month 2011 (Exhibit V)

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Normally, I don’t start posts like this, but imagine my annoyance at another misinformed message regarding Black History Month, this time from an unlikely source. Not sure who first posted it, but in the video, Morgan Freeman asserts two points: Black history is American history, so we shouldn’t relegate the history to a month. To an extent, it’s true, but then … The best way to get rid of racism …

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My Race: Defining The Undefinable

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For those that haven’t pieced it together from the plethora of race essays I’ve written here and elsewhere, I self-identify racially as a Black Latino. I’ve found it’s probably the most appropriate title for this idiosyncratic, deeply political experience I carry. It was probably what I might call the difference between compromising my understanding of race in this country and the world without compromising myself. I understand the skin I’m …

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If I Was Thugnificent

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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 election of Barack Obama and the contrast between the consciously apathetic Huey Freeman and the rest of the world, topsy …

Angels' Torii Hunter Screams at Umpire

Short Notes: Whereupon We Speak Our Truths and the Issue of Torii Hunter

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A few notes: A great example of what happens when we try to control every little part of a staff’s speech in order to make them sound like they’re “normal.” [Vocalo] Google buys into Pi Day. [Mashable] An ed-techy’s case for pedagogy … in tech. [Box of Tricks] You ever wonder what Twitter would be like if someone drew out everything some random celebrity said, spelling mistakes and all? Wonder …

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Dear John: Where I Disagree With Legend

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Dear John Legend, Last night at the Avery Hall in Lincoln Center (NYC), you and Common headlined an awesome town hall between some of the brightest and influential Black / Latino men in education. The line-up read like a starting roster for a hypothetical NYC Black educator panel: David Banks of the Eagle Academy as moderator, followed by Dr. Pedro Noguera, Common, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Ruben Diaz Jr., and …