An Independence Day Message To The System Protectors and Opportunity Hoarders

It’s not broken. It was built this way. It was built to oppress. It was built to control. It was built for profit. It was built for political gain and power. It lives off of us. – Ava DuVernay On the weekend leading up to Juneteenth, Black Americans’ Independence Day and my wedding anniversary, I watched with my husband of 25 years, 11 months, and … Continue reading An Independence Day Message To The System Protectors and Opportunity Hoarders

Does Mayor Think Schools’ High Mobility Rate Is Due To Low-Income Students’ Love Of Travel?

I was a nineteen-year-old college student when street philosopher Doughboy in the movie Boyz N The Hood uttered the words that would stay with me more than twenty-five years later, “either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what’s going on in the hood.” Only the great Ice Cube with his Compton cadence could deliver such a line and it land perfectly. Today, … Continue reading Does Mayor Think Schools’ High Mobility Rate Is Due To Low-Income Students’ Love Of Travel?

O Nashville, My Nashville: We Have An Opportunity to Be ‘Jealous Guardians’ of Education. Let’s Do This.

“Our schools are suffering from political neglect and from this point forward we must hold our mayor accountable for promises made to make education a priority. And if the Office of Mayor becomes vacant, I implore the next mayor to make our children job No. 1.”  Tennessean Op-Ed I wrote those words in the middle of the night one month ago, a week after Nashville’s … Continue reading O Nashville, My Nashville: We Have An Opportunity to Be ‘Jealous Guardians’ of Education. Let’s Do This.