Kanye West Shrug (feat. Taylor Swift), VMAs

What The Hell Do I Know?

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

To my most fervent readers, Despite whatever any of you think about my prolificity, I rarely get into discussions about war, poverty, and education in person unless I’m absolutely prompted. One time, some of my colleagues talked about some students as potential crack babies due to their erratic behavior. As they laughed and scoffed, I carefully told them that, despite society’s long held beliefs in this epidemic, there’s no such …

President Obama in School

Dear President Obama: The Education Voice Needs A Better Song

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

This week, I’ll be highlighting the voices of a few, proud, and dedicated bloggers who have an awesome voice and passion for this discussion about education. Please join me as I step back and let these powerful voices speak. Tonight, I give a preamble of sorts. Dear President Barack Obama, This week is the most important week of your legacy. As I write, the debate rages about health care reform, …

Barack Obama at School

At The End of the Day [The Letters Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 1 Comment

This week, I’m writing a few more letters to different people, whose names shall be removed from the post, but who nonetheless are amalgamations of real characters. I won’t be mincing words this week, and in these letters, I hope to address some issues I find in education as a whole through these letters. If need be, I’ll apologize later. Actually, I probably won’t. Dear Barack Obama, It’s me again, …

Man's Heart

G-d Takes Care of All [The Letters Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

This week, I’m writing a few more letters to different people, whose names shall be removed from the post, but who nonetheless are amalgamations of real characters. I won’t be mincing words this week, and in these letters, I hope to address some issues I find in education as a whole through these letters. If need be, I’ll apologize later. Actually, I probably won’t. P.S. – As a special note …

Wimpy Asks for a Bailout

No Hammocks, No Papers [The Letters Series]

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

This week, I’m writing a few more letters to different people, whose names shall be removed from the post, but who nonetheless are amalgamations of real characters. I won’t be mincing words this week, and in these letters, I hope to address some issues I find in education as a whole through these letters. If need be, I’ll apologize later. Actually, I probably won’t. Dear Mr. Sleep-a-Lot, In the smaller …

Audre Lorde

Letters: Why I Don’t Just Color In One Crayon

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

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 proverbial war. While it may be true that the teaching …

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Letter: Man In The Mirror

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Dear Michael Jackson, First, let me say that I’m deeply saddened by your death. Your passing ranks up there in the moments where people had to remember where they were standing when they heard the news. On a day when a fellow 70’s-80’s icon in Farrah Fawcett died and so did Ed McMahon, the news of you dying seems to have washed away most news about Middle East and Asian …

Rodney Dangerfield by Harville

Letters: No, Your Hips Aren’t Enough

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

Dear Political Volunteer: I’m going to say it: there’s no situation under which, when you have a serious proposition for me, you can nudge me with your hips while I’m trying to drink a rum and coke. None. I know who’s reading, and I can’t say I care much who it offends, or even if they’d like to get offended for none of their doing. It’s after work, slight chance …

Blackstar

A Letter To The Black Star, Mos Def and Talib Kweli

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

Dear Mos Def and Talib Kweli, (or whoever decides to read / respond / reflect) Your concert piece last night reminded me why I’m such a big fan of yours. A myriad of followers from all over the Tri-State area, of all different backgrounds, ages, and cultures came through to show these two Brooklyn men love. Without any songs on the radio or much publicity, you turned out 2 sold …

Barack Obama, Lincoln, Experience

Before You Become President (Dear Barack Obama)

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Dear President-Elect Barack Obama (or whoever handles your mail), Like you, I’m just one man A writer with a vision, a community organizer with dreams Of an America where my President and Governer are Black in skin Wise in their decisions Vigilant in his ways Persistent in his pursuit of justice To do right by the American people But sometimes I wonder if I’m asking too much from a man …