Vesia: Black Girl, Interrupted: From School To The School Board

Two years ago, I sat in a diversity sensitivity training for new teachers led by a friend who’d asked me to attend for emotional support. The room filled with youthful exuberance and confidence, mostly white and female, would soon be unceremoniously doused by my friend’s real-life examples of grave educational injustices inflicted upon children of color and stories of parents and grandparents fighting like hell to … Continue reading Vesia: Black Girl, Interrupted: From School To The School Board

Kelli: A Work Of “Realistic Fiction” Tackling Student Death From An Educator’s Perspective

The following is an excerpt from an untitled and unpublished novel. This is a work of realistic fiction. All names, characters, places, and experiences are either of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, places, or occurrences is completely coincidental. Please be advised that this writing includes material that could be considered graphic and may incite strong emotions in the … Continue reading Kelli: A Work Of “Realistic Fiction” Tackling Student Death From An Educator’s Perspective

Bernita: #AlleyGirl, A Published Author

Detroit mother, family advocate inspires community conversations by sharing her own captivating tale of surviving sexual assault and battles with depression. As the #MeToo and Women’s March movements embolden women across the nation to stand up and tell their stories, Detroit native and revered community advocate Bernita Bradley brings readers a raw, honest look at how she reclaimed her voice and her soul after surviving … Continue reading Bernita: #AlleyGirl, A Published Author

Vivett: After Incarceration Comes Reentry

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

Shawnta: So You Let Black Boys Wear Dreadlocks, but When are You Going to Stop Kicking Them Out of Class?

I appreciate the transparency of my fellow Indy K12 writer David McGuire. He is the principal of Tindley Summit, and he recently shared that he used to believe their previous hair policy was right. Up until this school year, at Tindley schools, boys had to keep their hair a certain length which eliminated hairstyles such as braids, dreadlocks, and twists.  In his article, he stated: … Continue reading Shawnta: So You Let Black Boys Wear Dreadlocks, but When are You Going to Stop Kicking Them Out of Class?

Tanesha: If Kells Is Innocent, George Zimmerman Is Too

Sounds crazy, right? But that’s how some of y’all sound with this ridiculous and insulting, “R. Kelly is innocent until proven guilty” argument. George Zimmerman was also found innocent by a court a law but we all know good and damn well he murdered Trayvon Martin. So what’s the difference? Over the past few days, I have vehemently scrolled past every R. Kelly article or … Continue reading Tanesha: If Kells Is Innocent, George Zimmerman Is Too

Gwen: 2019: THE YEAR OF BLACK & BROWN PARENTS ESCAPING THE BURNING SCHOOL HOUSE OF SO-CALLED INTEGRATION – AT LEAST IN CONNECTICUT

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year! That was the collective chant across the globe twenty-four hours ago. Sad to say, yesterday, January 1, 2019 marks the end of the holiday season of goodwill towards all. The gifts of love that appeared abundant, since November 2018, will fade fast, especially for vulnerable children. As the saying goes, we are back to business as usual. While many … Continue reading Gwen: 2019: THE YEAR OF BLACK & BROWN PARENTS ESCAPING THE BURNING SCHOOL HOUSE OF SO-CALLED INTEGRATION – AT LEAST IN CONNECTICUT