True Education: Indigenous Feminism and the Fight for Autonomous Education

Our education is about having a dignified struggle and one heart, so that we can walk together in the same direction. We believe that education is not only about teaching literacy and numeracy, but also about solving problems between our peoples, how to defend ourselves, about our history and how to keep on fighting.

— Hortencia, Tseltal promoter of True Education

Clare-Hope Ashitey: Professional Black Girl

I totally get where they are coming from. What I see in her is a humanity that Black actresses aren’t normally allowed to portray. Women who may have flaws but at the same time are in constant progression and development. I definitely want to see strong Black female characters on shows, but I don’t want the portrayal of that strength to be devoid of their humanity, stripped of their right to be diverse, complex and flawed.

Sonia Sanchez: Poetry in ACTION

Sonia Sanchez is Poetry in ACTION. She makes POETRY a verb. Her fluid pen and power reverberate from Birmingham, Alabama to Harlem, NY to Dakar, Senegal and throughout the four corners of the world. As women of African Descent write their narratives with their ways, means, actions, and deeds – Mama Sonia documents, translates, deciphers, and delivers. She is a master of cadence, flow, and vernacular, the embodiment of catalytic change.

Loving Blackness in the likeness of Arturo Schomburg

Arturo Schomburg had a similar, “I’m not here for this shit moment.” As a young student in Puerto Rico, Schomburg was told that Black people lacked a culture and history from one of his educators. The statement, which was an assault to him and his humanity set him off on a lifelong journey to prove that educator wrong but to also ensure that no child of the Diaspora would go without knowing the greatness of their lineage.

We Be Trippin’

Quick!  When was the last time you took your class on a trip? If you had to think hard about that then you are not doing your job.  That’s right, you are not doing right by your students if you are not educating them outside the confines of your classroom. I don’t care if you take […]

Woke Spotlight: Brotherhood Sister Sol

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. Bro/Sis offers wrap around evidence-based programming. The organization focuses on issues such as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latino history, and global awareness.