Thinkin’ of a Master Plan

As we think about the ways of knowing and being that our new century students embody and the way hip hop culture has permeated our every day lives, we must begin to think deeply and differently about how we teach, what we teach and why are we teaching it. And center our inquiry and practice on what are the students learning, how are they learning and what are the many ways they can show what they’ve learned. This is the blueprint to our master plan. We must stay centered in Paulo Freire’s ideology that education is for liberation and not for subjugation or indoctrination as Brother James Baldwin told us.

Our musical inspiration for this session was Eric B and Rakim’s Paid in Full:

Thinkin of a master plan ’cause ain’t nuthin but sweat inside my hand.

All eyez on meme

When the internet breaks, who breaks it? Those responding to Kanye’s Bound 2 video or Kendrick’s unbound Grammy performance? Detractors of “Becky with the good hair?” Defenders of Lebron’s hairline? Jordan cry faces? #Thanksgivingwithblackfamilies, #Blackplottwist or #AskRachel? Black Twitter run this ‘ish. And everyone knows it. Despite the fact that the media used to convey all these ideas were created exclusively and unfortunately by Europeans — like the language itself — the creativity and ingenuity of young Black people to use these increasingly formalized modes of communication in distinctly Black and empowering ways isn’t anything new.

Black in Latin America

Only one question, discusses “Latin America” outside of the European gaze. As a matter of fact, in calling this area Latin America, you have agreed to take on the colonizers perspective.

As with Africa, Latin America, North America…well the whole darn world was divided by tribal distinctions not arbitrary land distinctions.

And the question I have for you, during this Hispanic Heritage Month, when do ever discuss the distinct cultures that create people known as Hispanic or Latino?

We always discuss the European influence, that’s called history class. We acknowledge the indigenous influence, by saying, there were indigenous present. And with shame and whispered voices we talk about enslaved Africans.