I Took Hundreds of Students to See The Birth of a Nation. Here’s How it Went.

Brooklyn High School Students after the screening of The Birth of a Nation

Last week Breaking the Cycle Consulting Services (BCCS) screened The Birth of a Nation with over 500 high school students in New York and Washington DC. BCCS is a consulting company I co-founded with my husband several years ago to work with educators, parents, students and agencies to break the cycle of academic and social underdevelopment in communities of color. We've been … [Read more...]

Teaching Nat Turner: Birth of a Nation & Black Education

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Birth of a Nation: Imagining Black Resistance I’m taking my students to see Birth of a Nation and I’m excited to use this film as a tool in my curriculum. At a time when #BlackLivesMatter has become a unifying rallying cry, I’m eager to use the film to show an example of Black resistance, something most of our students rarely, if ever, get to see. And our inability to see … [Read more...]

Why Racist Policing is Here to Stay

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When we see an example of police brutality in action, racially disparate policing becomes part of the conversation. Though we know racism plays a huge role, rarely do we make the necessary connections between the racist ways that policing in America began and how Black/Brown communities are policed today. That is repeatedly proving to be a fatal mistake. The History of … [Read more...]

Maroons: The Only Free Black People

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Free Black People Brag Different I've said before that slavery impacts us as much today as it did in the past. "Trying to understand race relations (or the conditions ailing the Black community since anyone alive can remember) without understanding slavery is like trying to cure cancer without understanding anatomy." As descendants of the recently enslaved, part of … [Read more...]

When #SlaveryMatters More than #BlackLivesMatter: Alton Sterling & Philando Castile

(r) Alton Sterling; (l) Philando Castile

Ignorance Can Kill You Trying to understand race relations (or the conditions ailing the Black community since anyone alive can remember) without understanding slavery is like trying to cure cancer without understanding anatomy. That’s how much slavery matters to what’s happening in protests all over the country today. We are all historical products and who we are today … [Read more...]