Wakanda in our Classrooms Part 1

This week we talk about Black Panther and the ways that we can and should create Wakanda in our classrooms.
NY Times about the cinematography
Ron Clark Academy: Enter Wakanda
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The words of a Griot!

It’s refreshing to hear music that is intentionally moving away from some of this contemporary trash we have to deal with. Don’t get me wrong I be loving certain songs when they add to my overall vibe, but I acknowledge the lack of substance in a lot of the records. And while I’m not saying that I only want to listen to this conscious type of rap, I am saying that I appreciate the way in which this can impact our kids.

The Aesthetics of Black Excellence; Celebrating BHM Through Visual Literacy

All content areas require literacy, so I’d encourage educators to access those literacy skills through the visual arts.  Contrasts and contradictions, repetition, imagery and symbolism are tools that help us construct meaning in our world.  The development of these skills is at the heart of critical thinking which makes it possible for us to imagine a different world than the one we live in.  

I’m in awe of Blackness right now.

Let’s share a little of that awe with our students and bring our classrooms to life by looking at our content through the eyes of the great Black artists of our time.  

Making Space for Black Joy

The teacher above had her students complete a unit in which they discussed Black culture through exploring the creation of the diaspora, themes of immigration and migration, and the carrying of customs from different parts of the world. Students had to ask their families a set of questions about their personal histories, look up traditional dress in the classroom, and then share their findings with students. And these kids were 4!!!

We Need to Tell Our Stories

The irony is that despite that experience with my students, I still questioned the validity and relevance of my own story. Maybe popular culture convinced me that only the most outrageous and extreme experiences are worthy of writing about.

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