Vivett’s blog was originally posted at New York School Talk. I begin this post by acknowledging the life and the community work of the late Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom. He was a tangible example of what I teach my students about the power they have to define and transform their lives even from the most harrowing of circumstances. Although many, including myself, never had the opportunity … Continue reading Vivett: Mentoring Is a Necessary Pillar of Education and Community: Thoughts on Nipsey Hussle
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!
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
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
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
When I think of Black boy trauma, I think of Corey L. Sutton, Jr. At the age of 14, Corey was arrested and held without bail in jail for an alleged crime he upholds that he did not commit. At the age of 16, he was sentenced to 58 years in prison for this crime that he continues to adamantly contend he did not commit. … Continue reading Vivett Dukes: Black Boy Trauma and the Criminal Justice System
Black children are not allowed to be children. They are perceived by mainstream America, from out of the womb, as being armed, dangerous, and suspicious. They are constantly scrutinized, chastised, and over-managed. How many Black parents have had to sit their young Black child down and explain to them how to conduct themselves in public, aka around White people, so as not to be misconstrued … Continue reading Vivette Dukes: Black Children Are Neither Protected or Loved
I tried to drink it away I tried to put one in the air I tried to dance it away I tried to change it with my hair I ran my credit card up Thought a new dress make it better I tried to work it away But that just made me even sadder I tried to keep myself busy I ran around circles Think … Continue reading Surviving The Daily Trauma of Being A Black Woman In America