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Hip hop, grit, and academic success

https://youtu.be/tkZqPMzgvzg This impassioned talk explains how students who identify with Hip Hop culture have been ignored or deemed deficient in schools because of mainstream misconceptions associated with Hip Hop culture. Through Hip Hop, these students embody the characteristics of grit, social and emotional intelligence, and the act improvisation- all of which are proven to be predictors for academic success. So where is the break down between formalized education and the potential for success for these students? Dr. Love argues that ignoring students’ culture in the classroom is all but an oversight; it’s discrimination and injustice that plays out in our culture in very dangerous ways.

Lemonade Syllabus

This is a compilation of more than 200 resources that specifically speak to Black women, from classics in fiction to Black feminist theory to inspirational and self-care guides. There are even resources for the young Black girls in our lives. Though the Lemonade Syllabus is robust, it is not exhaustive. It is my hope that this work will introduce you to other offerings from amazing Black women who tell our stories in hopes of setting us free. http://issuu.com/candicebenbow/docs/lemonade_syllabus_2016?e=0/35443853

Listen to Jamila Woods and Chance the Rapper’s New Song “LSD”

Repost from Pitchfork https://soundcloud.com/jamilawoods/lsd-feat-chance-the-rapper-prod-by-oddcouple “Woods also shared a statement about her new single: When I was a kid, getting on Lake Shore Drive from the south side to go downtown was magical. I lived on the east coast for a few years and people would laugh when I told them we have beaches and a lake we can swim in. I always wanted to write about that. A lot of people get Chicago wrong. I’ve developed this protective feeling about how we’re portrayed, and at the same time I’m acutely aware of the issues we face and the root causes of these issues. It’s important to me that there’s not just one story told about our city. LSD is an ode to Chicago, a song for the complicated love I have for my city.”

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