Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Kanye West recently got me to thinking about the callous facade men and women take on when not satisfied with matters of the heart. Along the lines of Jay-Z’s “They say you can’t turn a bad girl good, but once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s gone forever,” Kanye’s song …


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 …

The Message

Jose Vilson 5 Comments

Part 2 of The Hip-Hop in the Classroom Series: The mainstream rap of today continues to perpetuate the same themes of sex, drugs, and violence we’ve heard almost ad nauseam since the ealy ’90s. Yet, the gems that often redeem and exalt rap into the hood’s champion comes from the …

Penny Harvest: Abe Lincolns Like Whoa

Jose Vilson 5 Comments

I hate to brag, but: “Mazel Tov! It’s a celebration, chickens! L’Chayim! I wish for you a hundred years of success, but it’s my time!” courtesy of Jay-Z from “Roc Boys” With little paper promotion (mostly word-of-mouth) and without a foundation for a Penny Harvest Committee until about 2 weeks …

Look, I’m In A Nutshell

Jose Vilson Short Notes 5 Comments

Did you ever get someone or a group of people just stare at you for no good reason? I don’t mean kids, because that’s their natural tendency. I mean adults. I’d understand if I was breathtakingly handsome, but I consider myself cool, at most photogenic. Of course, people offer different …

Walk On Water

Jose Vilson Jose 14 Comments

When it comes to my principles, I didn’t tell them who I quoted from, but I had a discussion around them. What’s great about these principles is that I get to discuss them while secretly learning more about who they are as people and as students. I tested their ability …