Month: November 2016

What Traditional Schools Won’t Teach You About Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama will easily go down as one of the most powerful and influential women in history.  Aside from being the first Black FLOTUS, she is intelligent, beautiful, strong, accomplished, and an ideal role model for young girls and women everywhere.  So there’s no question as to why artist and Chicago native, Chris Devins, wants to paint a mural of…

5 Lessons from Donald Trump

Today President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump to begin to discuss the transition between their two presidencies.  These men could not be more different in terms of their backgrounds, policies, lifestyles and beliefs.  But, the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of American democracy.  So, President Obama will respect tradition and the rule of law and hand…

3rd Grader’s Chant “I Must Push Through” After 2016 Election

3rd grade teacher at Mastery Charter School (Philadelphia) Jasmyn Wright recently taught her students a motivational chant in response to the 2016 presidential election results. A diverse setting of black and brown students are seen chanting with Wright “I must push through”, call and response style. “What if you don’t know how to do it?” Wright asks. “I must push…

This Is Why We Can’t Move Forward

Eight years ago I was working for a small nonprofit organization in Evanston. The work was rewarding and equally stressful, which made is easy to air my frustrations from time to time.  So one day, my supervisor/mentor and I were talking about programming and I was complaining about everything that was wrong with the organization, staff, etc. After my rant,…

Why Donald Trump isn’t the biggest threat to the Black community on the 2016 ballot in Chicago

Let me tell you why Donald Trump is not the biggest threat to the Black community on the 2016 ballot in Chicago.  There is a seemingly harmless ballot question aimed at limiting access to high quality school options in Chicago that I believe presents a much more real danger in the long run.  Let me explain. First of all, while…