Vivett: Hey, Racist White People, Burn your Black Face Makeup Kits The Way You Burn Your Crosses And Just Stop!

How is it that a White teacher — at a professed Christian school, no less — can go before her students dressed up in Black face and a dashiki during an assembly about Africa?  In New York, as well as other states, the act of “conduct unbecoming” is a judgement that can get a teacher investigated and, eventually, suspended.  California, for example, calls this process … Continue reading Vivett: Hey, Racist White People, Burn your Black Face Makeup Kits The Way You Burn Your Crosses And Just Stop!

Bernita: Trauma, Depression & Being There For Everyone

What I started to write about I wanted to write this as a Black History Month Trauma Article but I couldn’t. I wanted to set apart the differences between how black kids are supported during times of trauma and kids of other colors. I wanted to tell about the disparities and disproportionate support systems offered at schools that support black and brown kids as opposed … Continue reading Bernita: Trauma, Depression & Being There For Everyone

Dia: A Tale of Two Woke Lessons

“Naw fam. We been woke as hell.” Angela Rye Have we, though? For the past 2 weeks, I have had some real, real woke moments in my life that had me questioning my purpose. I took some time, sat down and reevaluated my calling as an educator. I realized I needed those wake-up calls to ask myself, “Are you really woke though?”  I discovered I … Continue reading Dia: A Tale of Two Woke Lessons

Honoring Black History, Present, and Future Through The Lens Of The Village

One Voice honors black history, present and future three hundred sixty-five days a year through our fight for black children’s right to an excellent education. We do this because we understand the value of The Village, a makeshift community of skinfolk who have each other’s back, picking up the slack wherever we find lack. Throughout the history of dark-skinned people from the African diaspora, The … Continue reading Honoring Black History, Present, and Future Through The Lens Of The Village

Vesia: Black Girl, Interrupted: From School To The School Board

Two years ago, I sat in a diversity sensitivity training for new teachers led by a friend who’d asked me to attend for emotional support. The room filled with youthful exuberance and confidence, mostly white and female, would soon be unceremoniously doused by my friend’s real-life examples of grave educational injustices inflicted upon children of color and stories of parents and grandparents fighting like hell to … Continue reading Vesia: Black Girl, Interrupted: From School To The School Board

Kelli: A Work Of “Realistic Fiction” Tackling Student Death From An Educator’s Perspective

The following is an excerpt from an untitled and unpublished novel. This is a work of realistic fiction. All names, characters, places, and experiences are either of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, places, or occurrences is completely coincidental. Please be advised that this writing includes material that could be considered graphic and may incite strong emotions in the … Continue reading Kelli: A Work Of “Realistic Fiction” Tackling Student Death From An Educator’s Perspective

Bernita: #AlleyGirl, A Published Author

Detroit mother, family advocate inspires community conversations by sharing her own captivating tale of surviving sexual assault and battles with depression. As the #MeToo and Women’s March movements embolden women across the nation to stand up and tell their stories, Detroit native and revered community advocate Bernita Bradley brings readers a raw, honest look at how she reclaimed her voice and her soul after surviving … Continue reading Bernita: #AlleyGirl, A Published Author

Vivett: After Incarceration Comes Reentry

I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron. – Isaiah 45:2,AMP The last time I wrote and posted a blog, Speak Ya Truth was celebrating the reunification of Mike and Debbie Africa, a couple who spent 40 years apart due to their … Continue reading Vivett: After Incarceration Comes Reentry