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Black History Month: The Importance of Arturo Schomburg and Why I’m So Steadfast on Quisqueya

A few weeks ago, a few people asked me why I helped create the now annual event Quisqueya, a celebration of Afro-Latino history throughout the Americas at Syracuse University. Honestly, it had a tinge of selfishness: by then, I helped run a series of workshops dedicated to understanding the relationships between Blacks and Latinos at a time when others kept …

Jose VilsonBlack History Month: The Importance of Arturo Schomburg and Why I’m So Steadfast on Quisqueya
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On Why It’s Lonely Out Here for a Black / Latino Teacher Blogger. Really.

A week or so ago, I ended a blog entry about my appearance at GothamSchools.org’s fundraiser likeso: While at times in that gathering, while chewing on some wonderful chocolate chip cookies, I mulled over whether a Black / Latino man severely outnumbered ethnically and culturally in the many educational arenas I’m involved in even really belonged in this set, I …

Jose VilsonOn Why It’s Lonely Out Here for a Black / Latino Teacher Blogger. Really.
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Notes from The Black and Latino Males in High School Forum

On November 24th, 2009 at around 9am, I had the distinct pleasure of going to the NYU Metropolitan Center Policy for Urban Education Educational Forum. The topic was “How are Black and Latino males faring in our high schools?” hosted and moderated by Dr. Pedro Noguera, professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University and …

Jose VilsonNotes from The Black and Latino Males in High School Forum
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Short Notes: Day and Age (and My Radio Show Appearance)

A few links: Long overdue shout-out to the latest edition of Education Carnival courtesy of I’m A Dreamer. [ImADreamer] Mom101′s response to the LA Times’ article about mommy bloggers is the best I’ve ever read regarding blogger relationships with marketers. [Mom101] Want a really cool poster to use in class detailing the difference between Left and Right ideology? Got it …

Jose VilsonShort Notes: Day and Age (and My Radio Show Appearance)
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The Tourist (or Not That Black in America)

Sure enough, I didn’t catch most of CNN’s Black in America 2 special. I’ll most likely catch that sometime in the future; reruns prevail over original programming even on a 24-hour news channel. I caught bits of it and found inspiration in the story of Steve Perry, a Black high school principal whose high expectations and stringent attention to detail …

Jose VilsonThe Tourist (or Not That Black in America)
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Letters: Why I Don’t Just Color In One Crayon

Dear Random Commenters and Viewers of My Blog, In my last post, I contended, from personal experience and other sources, that Black and Latino males were definitely needed as participants in schools across the nation, especially in the role of teacher, head figure of most people’s experience with school and the man or woman in the front lines of this …

Jose VilsonLetters: Why I Don’t Just Color In One Crayon
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On The Reason Why You May Only Get One Black Male Teacher Ever In Your Life (If At All)

Here’s a real and researched statistic for you. Before college, I only had 1 Black male teacher. I also believe I had 1-2 male Latino (sorry for redundancy, it’s necessary) teachers in my lifetime before college as well. His name was Mr. Wingate and he taught me Computer Applications. In 12th grade. Nothing profound, but at my predominantly Catholic-Irish-Italian high …

Jose VilsonOn The Reason Why You May Only Get One Black Male Teacher Ever In Your Life (If At All)
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The House Negro

I’m sitting there with 2 of my favorite educators, exchanging laughs, gossip, and semi-Mexican food. I got a cold Corona in my hand, and the ladies have mojitos in their hands. We’re all sitting there, having discussions about politics and existentialism, when all of a sudden, a debate breaks out. What is a house negro? Excellent question in light of …

Jose VilsonThe House Negro
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Me Sube La Bilirrubina (It Raises My Bilirubin)

I’m honestly not that arrogant. I just like to call madness out for what it is. Eddie Griffin might be right: I’m insane, and that’s something to be congratulated. Watching Black in America over the last 2 days, at the encouragement ad nauseum of practically everyone in my Facebook, Twitter, etc., I’ve been somewhat reintroduced to the idea of Blackness …

Jose VilsonMe Sube La Bilirrubina (It Raises My Bilirubin)
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All I Ever Had: Redemption Songs

My first real exposure to the atrocities of the Holocaust at the hands of the Nazis probably came in elementary school, at a time when most of my teachers were of Jewish descent, and when the Lower East Side still had a strong Jewish population. Thus, I learned more about the Holocaust than any other human tragedy, even more than …

Jose VilsonAll I Ever Had: Redemption Songs