“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
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
What is time? What does time mean to you? To a father watching his baby girl going to school for the very first time with a tear in his eye, time may be moving too quickly. To a 16-year-old who obviously knows everything and needs to move out of her parent’s house, time may be moving too slowly. To a lonely 83-year-old widower going through … Continue reading Dia: Time
The special occasion champagne flutes have been long tucked away in the china press filled with pretty things that go ever untouched and the newness of the new year burned clean by January 2. If you are a black woman in America and have watched the news for any length of time, it’s possible you were triggered by the stories of physical and sexual violence … Continue reading We’re Back! Happy New Year From One Voice
I had a totally different blog to open up our new school year as One Voice. It was going to be a piece about my new Wakandan mindset shift on fighting for education equality for Black, Brown and poor children all over our country. I had my head cleanly shaven, with my sharpened spear and shined shield by my side, set to continue destroying the … Continue reading The Queen: G.O.A.T.
This month’s blog is an affirmation to my brothers and sisters who are waiting for someone to put them on, brought to you by 3 dreamers who all personify moving forward instead of waiting to be included. Inclusion is the act of including: the state of being included. Included is to be part or whole of the group. It’s time. Make your own group. I … Continue reading Inclusion Affirmation
Little Black Boys Need Love Too…Hug One Today I have an uncle who says he never wanted to play football in high school, because “That’s too much touching of another sweaty, stinky guy. That’s gay.” This is a common conversation of his during large family gatherings where he has thrown back way too many adult beverages and everyone’s shooting the ish about the good old … Continue reading Dia L. Jones: Little Black Boys Need Love Too…Hug One Today
Black women are so…angry. Stop me if you haven’t heard this before. Growing up, I used to get defensive when I heard this general statement from my white microaggressive friends or from ex-boyfriends or random people at the Walmart McDonalds. Then I would show my rage towards this monolithic statement with a furious tongue-lashing and they would say, “See…angry.” Dammit. As I began to mature, … Continue reading The Angry Black Woman–PTSD Personified