There is zero entertainment value where fear is the intended outcome. I can think of no reason to celebrate being scared out of my mind. What’s so cool about the post-mortem condition that an entire holiday was created in its honor? Creepy ain’t cool. For this reason, I don’t do Halloween. But these days we don’t need a special day of pretending in order to … Continue reading WARNING: The Most Terrifying Of All Halloween Tales
I have a confession to make. Though it’s not something I feel guilty about, it has been quite disturbing to confront a lifelong conviction; the ease to which I bought into it and the difficulty I’m having shedding it. Like most Generation X’ers, I was taught integration is the only means to a great education for Black children. At six years old I was bussed … Continue reading Unintended Consequences of Integration: What I Thought I Knew Is Challenged
A version of this post was first published in The Contributor, a community magazine created specifically for Nashville’s homeless and citizens in poverty “by creating economic opportunity with dignity.” Vendors are allowed to purchase the magazine for a minimal cost and sell them at a higher price to ensure a hefty profit margin. The program is wildly successful as it has helped numerous women and … Continue reading Y’all Are Talking About The Director of School’s Attitude While 21 Schools Die In The Dark
Interested parties have known about it for weeks. Many people have sat in front me over coffee referring to the “rumors” about the “potential” number of schools on the dreaded Tennessee Department of Education’s priority list. But they already knew. They knew the list of Nashville schools performing in the state’s bottom 5 percent would reach into the twenties. That every single school on the … Continue reading Nashville Can’t Keep Whitewashing Its Problem Educating Black and Brown Students
Football fans in Tennessee are sobering up from a rare, dizzying weekend of winning. We celebrated University of Tennessee’s shutout of UTEP and Vanderbilt’s performance at South Bend against the Fighting Irish, even though they lost it was a solid showing. I’m still reeling from the news that my alma mater, Austin Peay State University with its young rockstar coach (who will without a doubt … Continue reading Can We Talk Education Like We Talk Football?
New Nashville appears to be developing into a privileged, poverty-hating, gentrification train railroading anyone without resources to help it reach the top. Sounds so Kardashian, right? Last night, after months of corporate-to-politician glad-handing and backroom skullduggery, Metro Council voted to approve a new MLS soccer stadium on beloved real estate near the city’s core. The “fairgrounds”, the former home of the annual state fair and … Continue reading Is The New Nashville An Egotistical Opportunist With A Wobbly Soul?
This post is about the value of life and the weight arbitrarily assigned to various groups by people in power. While writing this blog, Nashville witnessed another Black man’s death at the hands of its police department. Daniel Hambrick, the deceased, was 25 years old and said to have been armed at the time of the shooting. The officer, White and also 25, has less … Continue reading Who Is Likely To Return The Most To Our Society?