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Jonathan L.

…I am no one, and at the same time I have to be someone. I am a nameless faceless generation rising up from the depths of “teenage complacency.” I am the rich man sipping his wine on a summer afternoon in the Bahamas, and I also am the poor homeless women that gets passed by millions of people each year who don’t want to know that she exist. I am all the mistakes from the past, the franticness of the present, and the beauty of potential in the future. I am intelligence wrapped up into a cocoon of stupidness. I am stupidness surrounded by an uncountable amount of peers with more wisdom than this world can handle at one time. I am justice when unfairness is the only thing available, I am unfair. I am contradiction, hypocrisy, and redundancy. I am what people say I shouldn’t be. I am an agape lover, a helpless romantic, a passionate leader. I am no one, and at the same time I have to be someone. I am Jonathan Lykes…

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How To Save Black Youth? Not Through Numbers, But Through Relationships

In this new data driven society, I fear that in many attempts to track success with numbers, we often lose the qualitative aspects of building strong relationships with black youth.  We see more often business styled reforms being implemented in education systems that prefer to focus on the bottom line of efficiency rather than focusing […]

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Do Urban Schools Blame Failure on Black Culture?

Urban schools districts are frequently associated with the idea of failure. These schools, which are nestled in the center of large cities across the United States, are perpetually labeled as unsuccessful institutions. The images of failure take many forms. The most problematic image is when people think of urban schools as places where young students […]

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My Educational Trajectory: When Teacher Expectations Turn into Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

Reports cards came out this week for students that I work with. I can remember being in elementary school scared to see what I knew were grades that my parents would not approve of.  Report card pick up days were even scarier. These particular days were marked as the time of year when parents had […]

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How to Talk to a Racist: When Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies

If you have yet to hear, a school board in Tucson, Arizona has banned an ethnic studies course from being taught in their district. Not only is the policy created out of ignorance, but it is also overtly racist. Some of the most outrageous instances remind you that ideology is often a factor that blinds […]

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Fela Kuti—A Story for Those Who Can’t Buy a $100 Broadway Ticket!

In our society, it is drastically easier to be discouraged, than to be inspired. Current events usually revolve around innocent youth being shot, black faces being incarcerated, education systems failing, and hope being so muddled that many forget about any power we have to organize our communities for change. It is imperative to find narratives […]

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LGBTQ Community Joins in Solidarity with Trayvon Martin

In a time when cross community solidarity is far too rare, I am encouraged that LGBTQ groups across the country chose to take a stand with Trayvon Martin.  In the letter signed by more than 20 of the most active LGBTQ organizations, they declared that the killing of Trayvon Martin not only requires a call […]

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Remember, Remember More Than Just the 5th of December….Boyd, Martin, Bell, Diallo, Hampton, and Thousands of Forgotten Black Youth Killed by the Police

I have taken a quote from V for Vendetta and applied it to what I have currently been feeling lately. I hope it is useful in adequately articulating how I perceive the Trayvon Martin case, but also my take on how Black Youth are treated in 21st Century America. To be clear, this blog is […]

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The Voices of Those Who Are In Subcultures

If I could take all my parts with me when I go somewhere, and not have to say to one of them, “No, you stay home tonight, you won’t be welcome,” because Im going to an all white party where I can be gay, but not Black. Or I’m going to a Black poetry reading, […]

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When Queers Get Political

This past week I got a chance to attend “A Ball.” These are events are are tagged as being apolitical by individuals in and outside of the LGBTQ community. I choose to look past the stereotypes of the Ballroom Scene and find potential for political action in this gay subculture. The creation of a Ballroom […]

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KONY 2012, the Future of 21st Century Activism, & Remnants of Problematic Privilege

Earlier this week I saw a name that repeatedly surfaced on my facebook timeline. The status updates kept referencing a video titled “Kony 2012.” I figured it was the next FB fad and would pass within a day or two. At the time I didn’t realize that this Kony movement was the next online manifestation […]

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