Cardi B Says It Loud; She Is “Black and Proud!”

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The media is all over Cardi B for making a video with democratic socialist candidate Bernie Sanders. People who don’t know her are quick to dismiss her as an “uninformed, uneducated Black woman rapper.” But those of us who are Cardi fans know she has always been a history and […]

Reading the Right Books, Not Just the White Books, Will Help Black Students Succeed

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Dear Black Students: I want to tell you something controversial, something different from the messages most people will give you. I want you to know that simply reading books isn’t the key to academic success, nor is it the key to beating racism and White supremacy. Here’s the truth: Reading […]

Drop Your Assumptions About Kids With Special Needs and Their Families

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As a parent of a child with special needs, I pay a lot of money to provide the services that she needs to be successful in school. A lot. A lot of money, and energy, and time, and lawyers, and researching, and fighting schools, and feeling like I don’t know […]

Borders Shouldn’t Keep Refugee Children Out of America, Nor Should They Keep Black and Brown Children Out of Good Schools

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A growing number of people are outraged by our current immigration debacle involving refugees on the southern border of the United States: children in concentration camps and denied basic services, like blankets and soap. Many folks so outraged see inhumanity not only in the treatment of refugees upon arrival, but also […]

Black Folks: We Need to Work, Support, and Donate to Black Non-Profit Organizations.

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Dear Black Folks: We need to have a hard, honest, but real conversation. We have a race problem in the social service sector, a lack of Black ran organizations, leaders, and Black created policies. Right now, we have White folks (well-intentioned, I am sure) but White people, who have professionalized […]

Women’s History Month is a Time for Young Girls to See Their Own Power and Potential

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March is Women’s History Month. For those of us who are history buffs and/or have the job of teaching history, these themed-month celebrations are really handy for helping students learn about important people who might be totally new to them. However, as much I love Black History Month and Women’s […]