10 Thoughts on Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman

I saw BlacKkKlansman on the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. So many thoughts. Somehow I got them distilled to ten. Warning. Spoilers ahead. The politics of voice and how it can set oneself in closer proximity to whiteness is complex. One’s voice becomes the center of an illusive identity that codifies…

What we should be asking about “This is America”

Actor, writer, and recording artist Donald Glover released his newest single “This is America.” The video intertwines concerns of gun violence against Black people and Black entertainment as a distraction from social challenges. But are we using this cultural moment as an opportunity to question the absence of whiteness in the video and its direct…

Public vs Charter: How Black Parents and the Right are Complex Allies in Education

Black parents play a pivotal role in progressing a conservative market-based education agenda through a strategic alliance with the Right. School choice detractors on the Left proclaim negative impacts of privatized education on low-income Black families, yet have not looked closely at how conservative approaches to education reform has provided space for Black parents to…

Dear passive allies, Here’s one way you can be helpful

I am an artist, author, and researcher. I infuse the arts, storytelling and critical thinking into professional development and community building across race, class, and gender. Facilitating and encouraging thought-provoking and difficult conversations is my specialty. It’s my passion. For me, community building is a way to develop allies. To make this happen I work…

Helping My Son Make America Great… (again?)

I often discuss current events with my 10-year-old. He listens to NPR with me on the way to school (maybe half listens). We recently discussed protests by Colin Kaepernick and other athletes of various ages. He has decided to join the protest by sitting during the pledge at school. This is how I explained protesting…

Privilege & Power

If you believe certain privileges of some marginalized persons equates to all who share their identity marker have suddenly been relieved of understanding, having empathy for, or experiencing oppression, then you are unclear about the complexity of privilege. If you believe #Obama being president or#Kaepernick‘s wealth means that Black people can no longer address race-based…

Get creative business tips from #OITNB creator

  Get Your Creative Control. Piper Kerman, author of the memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” which has been adapted into an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series for Netflix, joined us at Creative Control Fest IV. Dr. Melissa Crum of Mosaic Education Network talked with Piper about being a prison…

#BlackLivesMatter… Only When Police Shoot Us?

Since the beginning of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, I have heard on numerous occasions, from various people — Black and White — on the assumed disconnect between the social media campaign and violence within low-income Black communities. I find myself not engaging with these people. My eyes glaze over and I search for the nearest exit….