We The Corporations of America

We all know that some parts of the Constitution are vague. Even though the document was ratified over 222 years ago, constitutional scholars still fiercely debate over what a “well-regulated militia” actually means. Depending on whom you ask, “cruel and unusual punishment” can be swatting a fly or it could be water boarding. Some people believe there should be a federal ban on gay marriage, and there are some who believe the decision should be left up to the states. The self-proclaimed “textualist”, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, said “[it] is the law that governs, not the intent of the lawgiver.” In a perfect world, this should be the case. However, the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission makes me wonder if it really is the case.

January 18, 2010 – January 24, 2010

Celebrating History, Shaping the Future
Lynne E. Washington, Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 24, 2010

A payoff for eating right
James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 24, 2010

College students ‘step’ up to mentor
Kathy Haigh, Charlotte Observer, January 24, 2010

Teens Brainstorm How to Stop Violence
The Associated Press, January 24, 2010

Berkeley High may cut lab classes to fund programs for struggling students
Maria L. La Ganga, LA Times, January 24, 2010

NAACP Sees Dr. King’s Legacy in Youth
Jonah Lipsky, Marthas Vineyards Gazette, January 22, 2010

Brooklyn Youth Holding Benefit Concert to Support Haiti Relief Efforts
Ned Wilbur, Global Newswire, January 21, 2010

Racial bullying roils a Philadelphia high school
Patrick Walters, Miami Herald, January 21, 2010

Chicago’s shining beauty lies in its diversity
John W. Fountain, Chicago Sun-Times, January 21, 2010

Seven to compete in Thursday’s teen poetry slam contest
The Advocate, January 18, 2010

'Voodoo is 10'

My real post will be up in a few minutes, but I just had to post this.  Questlove reminded all of his Twitter followers that D’Angelo’s album, Voodoo was released ten years ago today.  It is still one of the most miraculous albums I’ve ever heard, and one of greatest live shows I’ve ever seen.  Seriously, it was better than Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation Tour.

Folks need to be listening to this album all day.  The first time I heard it, my response was a tepid, “Okay.”  Then, late one night, I played it again and something just clicked.  I’ll never forget that moment.  I played Voodoo non-stop for weeks, took it everywhere with me.

A Twitter friend contends that “Spanish Joint” is the best song on this album.  I told her “Africa” had to be my favorite.  Her response was that “Africa” wasn’t a song, but a meditation.  Can’t say I disagree with her.


Empire State of Mind Part XXII

by PS22 Chorus

The PS22 Chorus delivers big time on this New York anthem by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys! Props to Dominique & Messale for amazing jobs on the lead vocals & rap (respectively). And of course to Ethan for a well-deserved happy dance at the song’s conclusion.

We based our version more on the Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind Part II,” but as a tribute to Jay-Z version, the kids and I created our own little rap that obviously was a bit more age appropriate.

When You Fall In Love?

When I fall in love it will be forever
Or I
ll never fall in love
In a restless world like this is
Love is ended before it
s begun
And too many moonlight kisses
Seem to cool in the warmth of the sun

When I give my heart it will be completely
Or I
ll never give my heart
And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too
Is when I fall in love with you.

—Written and Composed by Nat King Cole—

How do you know when you’re in love? How do you know if the person who’s holding your hand speaks the thump, thump, (skip a beat) thump language of your heart? Do they exude the rhythmic and vocal complexities of Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong crooning “Baby, its Cold Outside?” Or is it more like Jordan Sparks’ and Chris Brown’s ballad[ized] (yes, I made up a word) “I can’t breathe without you . . . no air?” Or is it more like falling into Kurt Ellings’ Leaving Again, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.

Furthermore, what are the tell tale signs of someone in love? Do they visit their beloved Facebook’s profile during the day just wanting to see a picture of them knowing that if the relationship ever ended and Facebook decided to be “gangster” listing how many times people visit their friends’ profile, they would appear to be cyber-stalkers? Or, is it when she is up in the wee morning hours trying to write a blog about a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity detailing how fat around the thighs and derriere area are great health benefits only to find that she’s unable to focus on writing her piece because she has just realized that she has fallen in love with someone who she is no longer in relationship with? Perhaps, it’s all these things give or take a long endearing walk in the park at twilight or a nearly silent hand embrace as your beloved drives.

Why Aren’t We Funding This!!!!

30.1 Million dollar is how much it cost.


This past Monday I woke up at 7 am in the morning to participate in the University of Chicago’s annual day of service. To be honest, when the clock went off for me to wake up, I had my doubts if I was going to be able to overcome my slumber on one of the very few days that we get out of school. With the encouragement of knowing that had I made a commitment, I broke from my three hours of sleep and walked the block and a half to sign up for my service project. Usually they have you clean out of tool shed or paint a nursery, but on this day (Martin Luther King Jr Holiday) I got lucky. I was signed up to go tutor students at the Gary Comer Youth Center.

January 11, 2010 – January 17, 2010

King would have fought coal plants
Joseph E. Lowery, Atlanta Journal Constituion, January 17, 2010

Life Sentence Given In Youth’s Killing
Richard K. Deatley, The Press Enterprise, January 16, 2010

Do black girls play with white dolls for wrong reason?
Debra D. Bass, St. Louis Today, January 16, 2010

Black Schools Restored as Landmarks
Erik Eckholm, New York Times, January 14, 2010

New Life for Youth Sentencing Reform
Los Angeles Chronicle, January 14, 2010

Students, parents voice support for Ackerman
Kristen A. Graham, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 2010

46 years after King’s dream, blacks still face uphill battle
Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union, January 13, 2010

Four Will Receive MArtin Luther King Jr. Unsung Hero Awards
Kelly Homan Rodoski, States News Service, January 12, 2010

Local boys program taking applications
The Advocate, January 12, 2010

Mentoring program under way at high school
Katlynn Lanham, The Facts, January, 11, 2010

My Nightmare On MLK Day

Yesterday we celebrated the life and legacy of the “young preacher from Georgia” (that’s for another  blog). Last year we heard the slogan “Rosa sat  so could Martin could walk, Martin walked so Barack could run, Barack ran, he ran and he won, so that all our children could fly” ( that’s for another blog). Nevertheless, those of you who celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day (probably not John McCain) paid reverence to a man who gave every fiber of his being to promulgate justice and equality for all.

Yesterday after I arose from my slumber I thanked God for waking me up and giving me life, I thanked The University of Chicago for recognizing the holiday so I could sleep until noon, and I thanked Dr. King for giving me the opportunity to attend such an illustrious institution alongside students of all races and ethnicities.

Today in Post-Race History: I, Too, Have a Dream

It’s the MLK holiday, which probably means that you’re not reading this.  Or if you are lucky, perhaps your boss gave you the day off, which means you’ve just stumbled out of bed still hungover from that extra night of clubbing, regretting updating your status message while drunk, and contemplating whether or not to participate in that day of service with your fellow frats and/or sorors.  It’s tempting, I know, but forget about it.  Tutoring inner city kids in math for one day doesn’t really help at all.  So just make yourself a Screwdriver and finish reading this blog.  There’s a better way of showing how seriously you take the legacy of Martin Luther King, and you don’t have to listen some to black intellectual bloviate through a King Day lecture, or pretend you care enough about a cause to actually march about it.  You can show your support for the King holiday by joining my campaign.