Malcolm X in Africa, 1964

On My Preconceived Notions about Muslims. [A True Story]

Jose 6 Comments

“You’re a Muslim now? Bullshit.” “Nah, man, I’m on my dean. It’s great. I have a Muslim name and everything. It’s awoken me from inside, and it feels so different.” Aquiles sits there, detailing his new views on the world, reformed after converting to Islam after having been a wavering devout Catholic for the 21 years prior to this undertaking. …

Superman Dies

No More Heroes

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 typed up a dedication to the man, thinking these three …

Young Malcolm X

Malcolm X [An Awesome Case Study For The Difference Between Schooling and Education]

Jose 6 Comments

I hate case studies. A lot. They’re beautiful for story-telling and quirky books we can keep, like oral traditions and love poems. I just don’t find case studies particularly engaging. Yes, people can manipulate statistics ’til their face turns indigo, but people can hyperbolize the effect of one or two people without making sure that there’s a pattern for said …

Malcolm X, "Our Freedom Can't Wait!"

Short Notes: Build Your Own Independence v.2010

Short Notes 1 Comment

A suggestion on building your own independence in the new decade, but first, a few notes: If you didn’t catch my interview in American Latino TV, check it out. Discussions about Latinos and education ensue. [American Latino] Jeff Pearlman threw me this interview with Roger Ebert, who’s found new life as a voice of his generation and the ones after. …