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
I was deep into high school before I even heard about reparations, specifically reparations to descendants of Africans stolen from their homeland and enslaved in America for 250 plus years. I had finished watching a movie by Spike Lee called School Daze for the umpteenth time. I noticed Mr. Lee’s production company was called 40 Acres and a Mule. What does that mean? That pushed … Continue reading Education Reparations: Pay What You Owe
It’s National School Choice Week and One Voice believes that every student should have access to a high-quality school. Period. So we are honoring the week through the lens of educational equity – which, for us, is neither new nor a week-long jaunt. We do this work every single day. Check us out: “Parent choice is a choice for educational freedom. Freedom, my brothers and sisters! … Continue reading One Voice Talks the Right to a High-Quality Education No Matter the School
My grandmother was the epitome of a dreamcatcher. She was born in a place and time when she was not expected to read. Yet her cousin taught her to read by drawing letters in the dirt with a stick. She was born the youngest of 13 and was expected to work the fields. At a young age, she told her father she would not pick … Continue reading Dia: The Sunken Place of Shattered Dreams