Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) people outside of the Commonwealth have been paying more attention to the Brits and their interactions with Black folks, in particular. Very little has been done to put the situation into historical context. In order to understand who she was and what she represented we need toContinue reading “It’s Not About The Queen, It’s About the Whole Damn Thing!”
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Papa Was a Rolling Stone!
. . . my early years, from birth to high school graduation normalized the idea of constantly moving from place to place. I don’t know how dad looked at all that moving. Maybe for him it was just one “long strange trip,” but for me it was business as usual.
Nearly one year later and we’re still feeling the aftershocks from Wakanda. The Black Panther was just one in a series of movies depicting Black people in a variety of roles not seen since the era of Blaxploitation. This time around the roles are better, as is the acting and the CGI. From the veryContinue reading “Wakanda Forever!”
Wherever We are, Africa is There
I’ve been saying this for years. Not only do I say it, I believe it. Truthfully, I’ve only been to Africa once, for six weeks, 50 years ago. However, that trip changed my life, forever. The things we did and saw have stuck with me, like glue. Before I went, my idea of Africa wasContinue reading “Wherever We are, Africa is There”
The Next Thing at the Olympics
Duke Kahanamoku made a name for himself as a great swimmer at the 16th Olympic Games, held in Stockholm Sweden. At a time when Hawaiians were considered to be part of a Black underclass it was indeed unusual for him to be a major competitor in the Olympics. Depending on which depiction of him youContinue reading “The Next Thing at the Olympics”
Fahrenheit 451, a Novel Come to Life in 2019
It’s official books are now a thing of the past. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse I hear that our youth are now “well employed” to cannibalize and burn books, while our local school libraries are not selectively removing books from the libraries, they’re removing the majority of books from the shelvesContinue reading “Fahrenheit 451, a Novel Come to Life in 2019”
Does Learning Stop at the Classroom Door?
There’s been a lot of talk around the question of which one is more important, self-expression or the ability to follow instructions. In the end, both approaches have their good and bad points and for the most part, both are called upon every day, by educators from Seattle to Savannah. However, when it comes to realtime practices in the classroom, the ability to follow instructions wins. The question is why?
Halloween: A Day of Celebration or Devilment?
Halloween is coming up in another week. I wonder how many of us will be celebrating and why? Is it just for the candy, or is there something about Halloween that speaks to our nature? Personally, I gave it up long ago, without any fanfare. In my youth I recall going door toContinue reading “Halloween: A Day of Celebration or Devilment?”