Generation A?

What comes after Z?

Do we start again at A?

Or do we assume it to be AA, like batteries for the

Remote [learning] Control on the coffee table?

The generation that is described as

TECHNOHOLIC…

Intoxicated by capital gain in the form of SELF absorption

Self Interest

No Interest in other

(At least on the surface)…

Where the mirror tells stories through Insta filters and Photoshop, that even they believe…both persons reflected back…the real and the fantastic…both reflected forward

We are witnessing the

Birth

of

A

New

Nation

A

New

Generation

Where people no longer greet with a handshake or a hug

Where people, perhaps even lovers, are afraid of their first kiss

Where people reclaim family dinners to save themselves from the tyranny of universal access to the internet

Where people say NO to Alexa and Siri and Big Brother because they are tired of being watched

Where school children are the beneficiaries of the parent lobby that refuses to endorse a day manipulated by politico-educators foreign to the ways of children

Where tests or the ever-expanding pursuit of more mean nothing because time, in front of people, with pages in solitude and reflection, surrender their gifts for those willing to invest it…

Where the parent lobby,

the teacher lobby,

the right lobby and the left

Demand their children, all children have mandatory recess, clean food, balanced assignments and multi-

culture

literacy

dimensional

play

Born after 2015, the new GENERATION will be NEW.

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Parenting Mama Drama

(For all the mothers working from home)

You want what?

You want it when?

Really?

Chile please.

Do you know who I am?

I am a mother.

I am their first teacher.

I am his wife.

I am his reason why.

I am a servant.

I am available to them first.

You’ll get that report when 

I am

ready.

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Bold as L

Picking up the L

Just outside Philly

Love

Language

Linguistics

Literate

Like

Love speaking

Lost in the chaos of a

Life where everything is uncertain

Live tweets

Live class

Live instas

Live DJs

Live parties

Life lost

2020…BOLD as HELL!

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Stories in a world with no lines

Can you see it?

A blank page

A world where lines are so blurred

They are invisible

Like man

Not confined by shadows

But liberated by their presence

Stories without linearity

No rhyme

No script

No meter

But rhythmic

But storied excellence

That sings

As the words

DANCE on the page

Like no one is watching and everyone is reading

Them

Together

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Soul-beauty of a race: Biculturalism and Double Consciousness

“…it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil. I had thereafter no desire to tear down that veil, to creep through; I held all beyond it in common contempt, and lived above it in a region of blue sky and great wandering shadows. That sky was bluest when I could beat my mates at examination-time…” (DuBois, 1897)

I am thinking about 

My students

A student

Gifted in profound ways

Searching for her voice

Her place

Her look

In a crowded room

Where

Her

Soul

Beauty

Song

Language

Story

IS NOT

Celebrated.

Where gaze devolves into contempt 

Filled with fear instead of joy

Filled with rage instead of admiration

Filled with jealousy instead of acceptance

That 

This gift to our community is 

LOVE

Principled

Ethical

Celebrated in her home

Where two nations meet

Like blue skies 

Welcoming Blackness

Before rain.

A new day lies on the other side for you.

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Soul-beauty of a race: Black Aesthetics and Double Consciousness

“…confusion and doubt in the soul of the black artist; for the beauty revealed to him was the soul-beauty of a race which his larger audience despised, and he could not articulate the message of another people.” (DuBois, 1897)

I am thinking about 

My students

A student

Gifted in profound ways

Searching for her voice

Her place

Her look

In a crowded room

Where

Her

Soul

Beauty

Song

Picture

Story

IS NOT

Celebrated.

Where gaze becomes admiration

Joy

And 

LOVE

Principled

Ethical

Accepted

Like blue Skais 

Welcoming Blackness

Before rain.

A new day lies on the other side for you.

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Baited With Our Own Desire

#Economics and #housing has such a racialized history
#racialliteracy and #financialliteracy go hand-in-hand

Aztec Promises

50 years ago The American dream to own a home got the politicians to broker with the banks. They developed policy to make home ownership affordable for nearly anyone. Special incentives were invented to encourage even folks who had no money for a down payment to seek homes through assistance programs—because “home ownership provides an opportunity to build equity and wealth.” No one questioned how these programs would build exponential wealth for the bankers and the politicians.

30 years later

The plot thickens. At just about the time the first generation home owners payed nearly three times their original loan amount (in interest) to finally earn the deed to their homes, a new idea was launched. Offer home equity loans at a low rate. Encourage home owners to buy big ticket items with their loans—things they always wanted but were unable to buy without saving. And to further discourage the…

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