It’s Time to Stop Dreaming and Wake Up

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January 29, 2018 An interesting phrase, with an equally interesting hashtag, has started to go around: #StayWoke. This phrase was especially present during the Women’s March after the inauguration of President Trump. There are many different ways to interpret what it means to “Be Woke;” but I posit, that instead of just focusing […]

How to GoCPS for Elementary School, Part One

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by ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson Are you planning to use GoCPS to apply for your child’s elementary school for next year? Well, buckle up, because it’s not easy. The process of choosing schools, applying, and enrolling your child in the Chicago Public Schools is daunting for even the most seasoned of parents. As […]

Why I Did Not Watch, “America To Me”

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“I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.” – James Baldwin Our  West suburban community has been captivated by the Starz docu-series, “America to Me.” In the series, Oak Park parent and documentary filmmaker Steve James highlights some of the racial issues that continue to plague […]

Advice on How to Win High School Regardless of Your Disabilities From Someone Who Has Been There, Too.

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MY FIRST GUEST COLUMNIST!  OMG, I am so excited to share this piece written by my dear friend, fellow disability advocate, proud Harry Potter loving friend, Megan!  Seriously, I love this girl and am so honored that she shared her story and advise with me on my new blog!  Please […]

My Ancestors Were African Rice Farmers Who Were Enslaved to Produced Rice In America.

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One of my dreams as a child was to know what part of Africa my family was from. I grew up in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, which was full of immigrants and ethnic Whites who had strong ties to their “homelands.” I am proud of my Arkansas heritage, but that’s not […]