2013 American Music Awards - Backstage And Audience

Blaming Nature (On Vanessa VanDyke, Rihanna, and Natural Hair)

Jose Vilson Jose 8 Comments

In the hood, I’ve seen girls and women rock doobie wraps to tuck in a hairstyle they’ll show off the next day. It’s akin to wearing rollers or, for guys, wearing a doo-rag before gelling their waves. As someone who doesn’t have much hair, I always smirked at the doobie, a rather creative and neat way of keeping a woman’s hair tucked in before a big party or a graduation. …

Bowl of Cocoa Puffs

On Stuyvesant High School and Having One Cocoa Puff In A Bowl of Milk [Why We Write]

Jose Vilson Jose 22 Comments

In high school, my family used to get assorted flavors of high-sugar cereals. Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, and Corn Pops frequented the top of my fridge, and every morning, my brother and I would have a huge bowl of them just because. We’d pour so much milk into our bowls that we bought a gallon of milk every week (I later learned this wasn’t considered normal). When we found the …

A Quick Bit on Nancy Cantor and The Relationship Between Inclusion and Standards

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

First, read this article. Check this excerpt: Since she took over at the university seven years ago, the institution has spent tens of millions of dollars—and attracted much more—to revitalize this sagging Rust Belt city. It has helped refurbish parks, taken over an abandoned building where drug dealers once grew marijuana, and turned an old furniture warehouse into a new home for academic programs in art, drama, and fashion design. …

Fuck That Shit

The Token’s Worth More Than You Bargained For

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

My favorite part about the GE Futures in Education Conference in Orlando wasn’t the wonderful 85+ degree weather, the beautiful accommodations (including free wi-fi), or even the wonderful speakers ranging from Jon Saphier and Robert Marzano to Ron Ferguson and David Jackson. It was my eclectic crew of math and science teachers who I broke bread with, hated on multiple people with, and had meaty debriefs about the daunting realities …