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 …






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 …






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 …






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 …






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 …






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 …






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 …






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 …






Crumbled Brownies

Little Miss Bittersweet

Jose Vilson Jose 2 Comments

Dear Little Miss Bittersweet, Let me get to the point because, honestly, children only have an attention span of next to nil. I understand your situation: a boy who you once got along with is now treating you like you’re next to nothing. You’re usually really sensitive to everything and …






Mr. V The Ruler

A Letter To My Former Student

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

Hey former student, I just wanted to say that it was great seeing you today. You’ve grown so big. Your shoulders are bigger, and you’re a little reminiscent of your mom. Your vocabulary’s grown a lot, and I already have a sense of how you’ll sound when you become a …