Hard truths bring clarity!

What does success look like for you? How do you plan on measuring your success and in which ways are you holding yourself accountable? These are the questions we are asking teachers participating in our Woke Cypha. We are challenging them to be reflective in their practices and intentional in their approach. Make the commitment and be the change that you hope to see in 2018.

Moving The Culture Podcast: Hip Hop as Teacher

Welcome to Moving The Culture Podcast: Hip Hop as Teacher
In this episode we discuss Lucas Joyner’s “I’m not a Racist” and the dangers of the ahistorical point of view, particularly when it comes to Culturally Responsive applications of this work in our classrooms. We also discuss Nicki Minaj’s appropriation of Pocahontas and the ways in which Jay-Z is teaching us all how to adult.

Happy Anniversary: Engage, Increase & Lead

Now we know, that you may have missed some of our dope work over the summer break, so before we drop some new ish on you and…because, well this was one hell of a summer. Let’s look back before we move forward.

Summer started off dope asf because Jay Z moved the culture by dropping his new album 4:44. We spent an entire week fawning over that piece of greatness. Have you subscribed to Tidal yet?

And then we honored our foremothers and forefathers with our celebration of Black August.

Finally we spent an emotional week dissecting the way the Cheeto in Chief moved hatred during the aftermath of Charlottesville.

A lot has happened.

Grand Opening. Grand Closing.

All 36 minutes of the album reverberate and affirm these themes and spark in the listener nostalgia, but a call to action: Stop shitting on our women, stop wasting this money, open businesses and make smart investments, take care of the family, be your authentic self, and if nothing else stay the hell away from Becky with the good hair. LOL   

4:44 – Reflections of Ascension

“I have great respect for the past. If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to […]

Building a Legacy: Thanks Hov!

Blue Ivy asks on the 10th and final track, “Legacy.” I loved that this question about money, wealth and what we leave behind comes out of the mouth of a child, the future recipient of that wealth. Jay shows us the importance of having these conversations with our kids from a young age. He knows that many of us grew up knowing very little about money and as children we didn’t feel that we had the right to ask our parents about it.

This is what I heard about money as a child: