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

We’re Back! Happy New Year From One Voice

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

Dia L. Jones: Little Black Boys Need Love Too…Hug One Today

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

The Angry Black Woman–PTSD Personified

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