Class is in session. In her self-published book, I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Mother, Suzette Clarke ignites a controversial conversation about the “true source” of student failure. While finger-pointing has typically designated teachers, schools, standardized tests, and standards as the source of fault, Clarke turns the finger to … Continue reading Parents are the Frontline of Their Children’s Academic Achievement: A Book Review of I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Mother by Suzette Clarke
Food is sacrament. Forkful by forkful, something old unfolds and something new begins to take its first breath. Food is sacrament. Through its creations and sharing, I am educated in how to give and bless back the family and friends that purpose my living. Family albums bloom with snapshots where we celebrate anniversaries, show thanks … Continue reading Making Memories Plate by Plate
In this guest blogpost, Tricia Amiel, a mother, writer, adjunct instructor and former teacher, takes an introspective and candid look into the intersection of race, identity and self-perception. She divulges some hard truths and hurts that emanate from others asking her questions about her roots. Then, in turning affliction into learning opportunity, she discusses how … Continue reading Of Hair and Origin
Multi-award winning crime drama “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics, 2010) shines a focused light on the tension, turmoil, and tenacity of a family bonded by their familial investment . . . in criminal enterprise. Enter the Cody family, consisting of grandmother, three brothers, estranged daughter and her teenage son. Don’t anticipate a conventional family like … Continue reading Unleashing the Beast from Within: Movie Review of “Animal Kingdom”
The Starz series “Boss” unfolds with immediate access into Chicago’s Mayor Thomas Kane’s Achilles’ heel. In an arranged secret meeting, he finds out his fateful diagnosis. The clock starts ticking. There isn’t much time. Yet it is this very alchemy of electoral ambition and corporeal deterioration that make for compelling drama. Kane is a well-crafted … Continue reading The Cost to be the “Boss”: Kelsey Grammer’s Stellar Portrayal of Monster and Man
What do we as a nation think of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case? Here are recent posts from CNN’s website covering different aspects of the Trayvon Martin case. you know: what a good scapegoat for blacks to point at and cry racism. P41: Caucasians are liars, murderers, thieves, rapists, sodomites, false witnesses, blasphemers, gluttons, idolaters, … Continue reading Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Redux: Are We a Nation Rhetorically at War with Itself?
Early this morning I was drafting a guest blog post about what it is like to be a new wife and mother. The wife version I completed, and just when I was to start drafting the part about raising a son, I read several posts and articles about Trayvon Martin’s murder. And I read Sheree’s … Continue reading From Native Son to Invisible Man: Reflections on Trayvon Martin and Rearing a Black Man-Child in America
In his first full feature film, writer and Director Rashaad Ernesto Green creates a tour de force in the poignant portrayal of Enrique, Angela, and Michael, a Bronx family on the mend. Starring Esai Morales, Judy Reyes, and introducing Harmony Santana. A Grand Jury Nominee at the 2011 Sundance Festival. A film by SimonSays Entertainment. … Continue reading A Triptych of Trials, Tribulations, and Redemption: Movie Review of Gun Hill Road