Vivett Dukes: Black Boy Trauma and the Criminal Justice System

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

Vivette Dukes: Black Children Are Neither Protected or Loved

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

Surviving The Daily Trauma of Being A Black Woman In America

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

His name is Malcolm Xavier Combs: AKA “Malcolm X” — Whether You Like It, Or Not

Vivett’s post originally appeared in New York School Talk. His name is Malcolm Xavier Combs; yet he was allegedly pulled out of class, berated, and told by a school administrator at his school— Christ the King High School in Queens, NY — that he can’t have “Malcom X” on his senior hoodie sweatshirt. According to the New York Daily News, Malcolm Xavier Combs wanted the … Continue reading His name is Malcolm Xavier Combs: AKA “Malcolm X” — Whether You Like It, Or Not

One Voice Talks the Right to a High-Quality Education No Matter the School

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

Vivett: “I Will Never Stop Fighting For My Son’s Freedom!”: The Corey L. Sutton, Jr. Story

In August of 2017, I met Ms. A. Reddick at the Millions For Prisoner’s Rights March on Washington. She, like most people there, has a loved one incarcerated. In her case, it is her 20 year old son, Corey. L. Sutton, Jr. Of all the stories of incarceration that I heard that day and since, Corey’s has stuck with me. Perhaps in the teacher in me that … Continue reading Vivett: “I Will Never Stop Fighting For My Son’s Freedom!”: The Corey L. Sutton, Jr. Story

Vivett Dukes – New York

Like most women, I wear many hats: I’m a wife, a mom, a teacher, a writer, a fashionista, a songbird, a chef, an artist — and so much more. At the heart of all of these roles, I am a passionate woman of God, humanitarian and social activist who cares deeply about those who have been and continue to be systematically and historically disenfranchised. I … Continue reading Vivett Dukes – New York