Words With Juan: The Future of Public Education

Teaching critical thinking will also be a large part of the educational component in the future. Again, critical thinking is taught today, but primarily as part of other assignments. Not as an independent subject. Future residents, workers, leaders will need to be critical thinkers in order to thrive and be productive citizens.

We (Still) Wear the Mask

On June 22, 2018, Justin Reid (far left), Virginia Humanities' director of African American Programs and co-creator of #UnmaskingCville, and Samantha Willis (far right), journalist and co-creator of #UnmaskingCville and #UnmaskingRVA, pictured with the series' panelists (from left): Niya Bates, public historian of African-American Life at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, student activist Zyahna Bryant, Mayor Nikuyah Walker, and journalist Jordy Yager. Photo Credit: Pat Jarrett, Virginia Humanities

Owning My Masters

One of very few Hip Hop professors in the country, Professor Carson’s role is groundbreaking and historical to say the least. Wanting to assist in the merge of Charlottesville the college town and Charlottesville’s rap scene; Cason reminisces on his time in Decatur Illinois where he says he was a member of multiple communities. “I always felt like I had one foot on either side of that divide. Being a student at that university and being a resident of that town and being a member of that community.”

Podcast Network Launch

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28 Days of Black Hair

No matter what background or ethnicity we belong to, hair, or the lack of it, is a part of our appearance. It’s an integral piece of how we present ourselves, helping define our personality without us having to say a word. When our hair is not accepted or when it’s deemed “bad hair” we can start to think that maybe there is something bad about who we are. Maybe we aren’t pretty or beautiful because our hair doesn’t look like the women in the magazines we read or movies we see. Maybe we’ll draw too much of the wrong sort of attention or look unprofessional if we opt for a bolder haircut, locs, or a voluminous twist-out.

Nikuyah Walker: Unmasking the Illusion

One of Nikuyah Walker’s (s)heros is Shirley Chisholm; she has been known to quote Chisholm when she needs to make a point. I find the above quote apropos to contextualizing Walker’s campaign slogan Unmasking the Illusion, which for her suggested redressing the inequalities at the heart of Charlottesville’s social and governmental systems. Prior to her run for office, a select few knew Walker as a champion for the under dog but, through interactions at such places as Blue Ribbon Commission and City Council meetings, she made her presence known to the broader community.

Musings Concerning Black Film

What is believed to be the earliest surviving African American feature film produced is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s film collection Acquired by the New York institution in the 1930s, the unfinished film by Bert Williams (1874-1922) entitled Lime Kiln Field Day, was shot at the same time as D. W Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (1915).

Yoga for Mind Body & Soul

Now more than ever, people are turning to alternative wellness and fitness strategies to manage stress, cope with mental health issues, and deal with chronic medical conditions.  Within the African-American community, many of these issues are compounded by stigma, limited access to resources, and systemic injustices.  Recent data collected by the US Department of Health and Human Services suggests that African-Americans are 20% more likely to report serious psychological distress than their white counterparts.