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Aug 18 2013

Can Segregation Be #Beautiful?

Earlier in the summer, musical sensations Mariah Carey and Miguel released a collaboration entitled “#Beautiful.” The song had some chart success and created a solid level of buzz for the long-time diva. However, it’s interesting to consider that multiracial backgrounds of the entertainers: Miguel, for example, has a Mexican father and African-American mother. Mariah, on…

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Not much to say here. Mississippi once again makes a fool of itself. After President Obama was reelected, a group of students at Mississippi’s largest university, “Ole Miss” decided to protest on campus employing the use of numerous racial slurs best left in the 60s. It’s worth noting that the University of Mississippi has an…

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Oct 29 2012

Rainy Day R & R

Lately, I feel like I begin every blog post with a disclaimer about how I “haven’t been blogging much recently.” In summary, things are great! I’m enjoying my job (it’s been really busy as of late), it’s nice to have college friends around, and I’m close to home. So, minus Hurricane Sandy, things are good.…

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Oct 09 2012

“Bus It”

Today, the Opportunity Nation campaign focused on measuring opportunity. As we know, The American Dream remains unfulfilled for a large population of US citizens, but such an ideal can be difficult to quantify. Thankfully, we now have a useful metric called the Opportunity Index; this tool can help assess where opportunities are lacking in the…

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May 26 2012

“I Won’t Let Them Ruin My Graduation”

[This is a backlogged post] My school had our Awards Day Program, which is an assembly to celebrate the successes of our students. Last year’s program was a terrible embarrassment for our school because two girls made the poor decision to fight in the middle of the program. Imagine 800 students packed in an auditorium;…

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May 20 2012

My Biggest Lessons from TFA

In the process of completing my end-of-the-year survey for Teach for America, I came across the following question and wanted to share my answer: “What are the two or three biggest lessons you’re taking away from your corps experience? These could be lessons about your students, yourself, the community where you work, the achievement gap…

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May 07 2012

The Wrong Race

It makes me so sick. To think no matter how quick. This race, we won’t win.   In my rest and relaxation following one of the last Monday’s of the school year, I sought to read some uplifting local news. I saw on Twitter a link to a track meet in Mississippi. As a former…

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Apr 18 2012

“We Need To Get It Together”

Today involved some disturbing developments I can’t really write about; summary: a persistent trouble-maker who is a threat to the school community had to be handled by the authorities and, on the other hand, one of my mentees landed in trouble- again. It’s really sad when a kid is trying to do well and either…

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Apr 16 2012

A Teachable Moment

“The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete”  http://on.ted.com/BEav (link to interesting TED Talk)   Last week, I had a few spare moments to work on culture-building with my homeroom, and I ended up having a very intriguing conversation with one of my boys. The boy, L, shared with…

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Apr 07 2012

Second-Hand Sagging

In the wake of the tragic Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman saga, there has been a lot of debate over the role Trayvon’s hoodie played in the shooting. Most notably, Geraldo Rivera called Trayvon a “gangsta wannabe” for wearing a hoodie (he later apologized only after acknowledging that it was raining; therefore, Trayvon had a “right” to…

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Mar 25 2012

I’m Tired Of Playing (Hunger) Games

Back in the summer before 7th Grade, I had just finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book #4) when the first movie was set to come out. Personally, I was irritated because I had been made fun of for reading the series but by the time the movies came out, all of…

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