He Lived A Long 77 Years

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

You ask me if I’m OK, and I say yes. I’m OK in the knowledge that, the day after I found out Luz and I have a baby boy awaiting in her womb, my grandfather passed. It was a Tuesday when I saw my boy’s penis through black-and-white live-action screens, …

John Wooden

The Last Lesson I Learned from John Wooden

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When John Wooden died, I didn’t quite know what to make of it. I didn’t grow up in his era of dominance, never met him or watched him much in TV interviews, and didn’t go to school on the West coast. I assumed he was a great man by the …

RIP Jaime Escalante

RIP Jaime Escalante, Famed Math Teacher

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It is with regret that I report about Jaime Escalante’s passing today. He was 79. He lived his life inspiring all types of people within the education system, but with little money left to treat his terminal bladder cancer. I am amongst that number of people who he inspired through …

Superman Dies

No More Heroes

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

Last week, the whole world found out that Guru a.k.a. Keith Elam of the world-renown hip-hop duo Gang Starr had (ostensibly) died of a recent heart attack he suffered the day before. Entertainment bloggers reported it. Wikipedia reported it. Celebrities who are usually in the know said it. Then, I …

Heath Ledger

Augmented Reality

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In the latest edition of Esquire Magazine (yes, I read Esquire, at least once a year, particularly their end of the year specials), Stephen Marche has an article entitled, “A Thousand Words About Our Culture: Aren’t We Enjoying All This Death A Little Too Much?” In it, he analyzes this …

Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze Goes Ghost (RIP)

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

As many of you heard by now, sources have confirmed Patrick Wayne Swayze’s death a few minutes ago, to the shock and chagrin to many of the people who follow my writings in various information sources. While I find myself semi-numb to the idea that famous people have died left …

2Pac In Backwards Hat & Chain

Against All Odds

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Today will mostly be remembered for 2Pac Shakur’s birthday. The once and still prolific MC carried on a legendary life, evidenced by his persistent legacy and demigod status within multiple communities. He constantly ranks amongst the most profitable dead celebs, and his style continues to pervade some really popular MCs. …

Biggie and 2Pac

Even Pac and Big Wished for Better Dayz …

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I wrote this sometime in October 2008, but for whatever reason, people who I sent this to never actually published it. Some of the stuff I wrote in the original blog I’ve edited to fit my more informed views now, but the message remains the same. Please read and discuss …


A Eulogy for Ruben (If There Ever Was One)

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“I often wish that I could save everyone, but I’m a dreamer.” – Scarface, “Smile” Ruben, As one of my first students, I remember you as a portly one. Always dressed in funky colors, and had style for days whenever you weren’t in uniform. Never really in a gang, but …


The King’s Labor of Love

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Who gets to say their real last goodbyes? Late in August, right before school started, the week that my mentor and friend left to another school for a more prominent position as a math coach, one of the eternal spirits of the school, Mr. N, died, and in surprising fashion. …


Jail’s a Revolving Door; The Casket’s Not

Jose Vilson Jose 16 Comments

There I go, quoting another rapper again. I consider myself a rap fan by most standards, but today especially, I recognize the power of their words. When Jay-Z speaks of the “genesis of a nemesis” when telling of the birth of a drug dealer, when 2Pac speaks of hopelessness throughout …


Colossal Collisions

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I went with my girlfriend a week ago to the American Museum of Natural History near Central Park (NYC), mainly to watch the movie Colossal Collisions with the voice of Robert Redford (wondrous, really). and it just got me to thinking about our place on this Earth. For all that …