Monthly Archives: June 2011

classism

After reading chapter four of Catcher in the Rye, my seventh grade student Abdoul began to ask questions. Abdoul is from Mali and moved to Harlem a few years ago. “Why does society make rich people look good and ideal … Continue reading

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inner revolution

We cannot talk about change, we cannot start singing songs about peace if we are not willing to change ourselves. If we have no desire to change or contribute to change, then everything will stay the same. The movement begins … Continue reading

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tell him

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summertime

tonight i saw a girl named ella singing this live so this goes out to both ellas

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notes from underground

walking to an open mic hosted by harlemite amir i was listening to rap music headphones in my ear playing jay-z vs. naS a playlist i made on here and them dudes told me in their bars a couple things. … Continue reading

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nneka

we’re in love but, like me, she doesn’t know who i am. “when the higher forces give you the gift of music, of musicianship, it must be well used     for the good of humanity.” -fela kuti

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nuyorican poet’s cafe

there are open mics every night. the nuyorican poets cafe is one of the most esteemed establishments in new york city so i went on saturday night to check out my competition and see some fellow (and lady) poets do … Continue reading

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