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8 Black Hands

8 Black Hands

By 8 Black Hands
Deep in the heart of public school education wars rage on, and few warriors come to fight for the people. Yet, there is one small band of freedom fighters bring sanity to the village. Anyone who threatens the education of our 8 million black children is likely to catch these eight black hands.
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Ep. 84: Unusual Politics Ft. Zakiya Sankara-Jabar
In this episode, we welcome the amazing Zakiya Sankara-Jabar. Together, we discuss Ice Cube's agenda for Black Folks, Cube's conversations with 45's campaign, and the "Blacklash". We also discuss Diddy launching the Black Party, and how these ideologies help or hurt Black People. For more access to The Hands, join our Patreon at
October 19, 2020
Episode 83: What's Popping In You Neck of the Woods?
In this episode the fellas, the fellas welcome the one and only Shavar Jeffries, the president of Democrats for Education Reform, or better known as DFER. This talk tackles everything from the VP debate, to leaders that exercise choice for their kids while campaigning against other Black folks exercising their agency, and differing ways to building Black power.  Join our Patreon at
October 12, 2020
Ep. 82: Ish Just Got Real!
In this episode, the fellas discuss the debate that never happened; The president and the first lady being diagnosed with covid-19; and proud boys.
October 5, 2020
Ep. 81: An Exemplar in Black Homeschooling ft. Ian Taylor Schlitz
Ian is a 14 year old phenom, who recently graduated with his Associates degree.  He owns his own business, and is on his way to doing major things.  We will talk with Ian about his experience being homeschooled. This is the feel-good story 2020 needs. 
September 28, 2020
Ep. 80: Critical Race Theory in the Era of 45
In this episode, the fellas welcome Dr. Shannon Waite and Dr. Marvin Lynn to discuss CRT in the era of Donald Trump. There's a great debate to be had here. Take a listen and share your thoughts. 
September 21, 2020
Ep. 79: Not So Nice Black Parents
In this episode, the fellas react to the Serial (NY Times) podcast Nice White Parents. The fellas explore a number of themes from the show ranging from integration to how certain families come in and takeover school spaces. You don't want to miss it. 
September 14, 2020
Ep. 78: The Hands Take a Stand
In this episode, The Hands analyze a powerful article written by ally and co-conspirator Dirk Tillotson, as well as call out the misappropriation of Black culture in higher ed. Stay tuned, the fellas go in, as per usual.
September 7, 2020
Ep. 77: The Black Agenda Episode
In Episode 77, the fellas discuss the current state of Black America, more specifically what’s our ask? Stay tuned as the fellas broach discomfort in order to get to what will best benefit Black folks during this time of racial upheaval.
August 31, 2020
Ep. 76: The 2nd Annual BLACK 2 School Episode
In their 2nd Annual Black 2 School episode, the fellas help families and educators navigate schooling during these unprecedented times. This episode had great energy.
August 24, 2020
Ep. 75: 2020 Freedom Schools
In this episode the fellas talk candidly about school designs needed for Black kids to thrive post COVID-19. This episode will be a forward thinking one, meant to push parents and school systems beyond their norm.
August 17, 2020
Ep. 74: The "Good Trouble" Episode
In this episode, the fellas honor the lives of C.T. Vivian and John Lewis. Please leave us your thoughts and share this episode. 
August 10, 2020
Ep. 73: Smart Black Kids Vs. Acting White
In this episode, the fellas are joined by two youth from Energy Convertors to discuss the topic of "Acting White". The students break down their experiences and the 8BH crew give you their signature authentic talk. You don't want to miss this. 
August 5, 2020
Ep. 72: Healthcare in the Black Community
Following up on our last show that focused on self-care, the hands chop it up with Dr. Jedan Phillips about healthcare in the Black Community. 
July 27, 2020
EP. 71: Self-Care During COVID-19 featuring Hilary Beard
In this episode, the fellas chop it up with award winning writer and editor Hilary Beard. We discussed self-care and wellness techniques as preventive measures. This is the episode you learn from. 
July 20, 2020
Ep. 70: A Covid-19 School Re-entry Plan
In this episode, the fellas discuss the country's plan to reopen schools.
July 13, 2020
Ep. 69: The Current State of Education w/NTOY Rodney Robinson
The hands get to kick it with the 2019 National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson. We went through a bunch of topics and Mr. Robinson did not disappoint. You definitely do not want to miss this.  For more access and content from us, become a member of our Patreon at 
July 6, 2020
Ep. 68: The Confederate Flag, Defunding "Trash" Schools, & Other Topics from the Week
This week we discuss America's obsession with the Confederate flag, the flag's historical context and implications. Also, we talk about what it could mean to "defund trash" schools, and a couple of more topics w/ twists and surprises. Tune in.
June 29, 2020
Ep. 67: Strange Fruit/Ed Reform & Police Reform
In this episode, the fellas talk about strange fruit, and having the same energy for ed reform as we currently have for police reform. This is one of those marathon episodes. You asked for longer episodes and we did our best to listen.  Let us know your thoughts. 
June 22, 2020
Ep. 66: The Everybody Luvs Raymond Episode
In this episode, we celebrate the professional accomplishments of Ray Ankrum. Listen and learn about his time in growing up in Louisiana to his journey to becoming a superintendent. It's all in there. 
June 17, 2020
Ep. 65: The Vainglorious Episode
In this episode, the fellas show their love and appreciate for Chris Stewart. Our co-host has an amazing story and we finally get to dive into it. We hope you enjoy it. For more access to the 8BH crew, join our Patreon:
June 8, 2020
Ep. 64: The Fire This Time
This episode was different. The fellas discuss the ongoing protests and offer their reactions and thoughts. This was our longest episode yet as the fellas let their thoughts breathe. 
June 1, 2020
Ep. 63: The School-to-Activism Pipeline
In this episode, we honor the work of our co-host, Sharif El-Mekki. We learn about his organization, his life's philosophy, and how his time growing up in Iran. Yes, our co-host is an onion with layers. You'll definitely enjoy hearing these stories. For more access, join our Patreon at Find us on twitter at @8BlackHands1
May 25, 2020
Ep. 62: Typos and All... feat. Dr. Brian Stanley
In this episode, we honor one of our own, Dr. Charles Cole, III. We do a deep dive into his research and his mindset while doing it. We are joined by friend of the show, Dr. Brian Stanley who offers insight as one of the advisors to the research. If you want honesty and vulnerability from the fellas then this is your episode. Listen, comment, and share.  Beyond Grit & Resilience Also, for more access to The Hands, join our Patreon:
May 18, 2020
Ep. 61: R.I.P. Ahmaud Arbery
This was a tough conversation but necessary. No long intro here. Enjoy and heal with us.  For more access, join our Patreon:
May 11, 2020
Ep. 60: Student Homelessness during COVID-19
Today the fellas tackle student homelessness. This topic hit pretty close to home for the hosts. The fellas break down the 4 different types of homelessness while discussing what we can do to better support students. For more access, join us over at
May 4, 2020
Ep. 59: Live with Google's Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap
The Hands chopped it up with the Google Evangelist, Jaime Casap. We discussed the amazing work that he's currently doing, as well as get Jaime's thoughts on equity and access for poor and disenfranchised students during this Covid-19 pandemic. Take a listen and share. For more access, check out our Patreon:
April 27, 2020
Ep. 58: Live with THE Kaya Henderson
This was quite the episode! Kaya broke down key reflections form her time as Chancellor in DC. She came with so much wisdom and love for our community that it felt more like a masterclass on leadership. Take a listen and share.  For more intimate content, join our Patreon at 
April 20, 2020
Ep. 57: Schools out, instructional leadership, and student retention
The hands talk about the rift between New York's governor and NYC's mayor; the missing conversation about principal quality; and whether or not students should be retained a grade due to the pandemic. Join the Patreon for even more access: and follow us on Twitter @8BlackHands1.
April 13, 2020
Ep. 56: These Are Trying Times
In this episode the fellas go deep on a few topics including:  - Shaun King  - Teachers working during spring break  - COVID-19 Updates Listen, comment, and share. Also, check join our virtual book club over on Patreon.
April 6, 2020
Ep 55: The Well-Spoken Episode & Other Topics
In this episode, the fellas went deep and explored everything from the new-education-normal via COVID-19 to how people feel about being told they're well-spoken. We had a great time so join us by listening and sharing the convo with your friends. 
March 31, 2020
Ep. 54: The Quarantine Episode
In this episode, the fellas explore the new normal. They discuss how they are adjusting in these uncertain times. Take a listen and share it with a friend. Also,  for more exclusive content, join the Patreon at 
March 23, 2020
Ep. 53: Coronavirus vs Everybody
At an unprecedented time where the coronavirus is changing life for everyone, we decided to take it head on. We discuss everything from how families are coping to the inactivity of the president. This is a time where we all must step up for each other. Take a listen.  Also, the Patreon is live. Check it out here:
March 16, 2020
Ep. 52: 8BH Live from Little Rock!
This was a special live episode. We got to spend time in Little Rock and it was amazing. Huge shout out to the Reform Alliance for bringing us out. We covered a ton in this episode including everything from holding your elected officials accountable to interest convergence. It was great. Also, check out our new Patreon where you'll get more episodes, videos, and other exclusive contact. Check it out at Twitter: @8BlackHands1
March 9, 2020
Ep. 51: Arresting 6 year olds, Presidential Elections, and the State of Education Journalism
In this episode, we discussed the viral video where a 6 year old girl is arrested and the fellas have some pretty strong takes. Then we shift our attention to the latest news from the presidential elections before analyzing the current state of ed journalism. It was a fun show. We were joined by Marquis Evans, a teacher in West Oakland doing amazing work to go beyond the classroom and engage his parents in new ways. Enjoy. 
March 2, 2020
Ep. 50: What Will It Actually Take to Get More Black Educators Into Your Schools and Districts?
Many schools and districts are announcing that they want more diversity in the teacher workforce. Far less are moving mountains to ensure the teaching and learning conditions for Black and Brown students and staff are anti-racist environments and conducive for people of color. We have two guests, Ramon DeJesus, Director of Diversity Development in Cambridge Public Schools and Dr Robert Simmons III, Executive Director of the Black Educator Initiative for Urban Teachers. Both of these educators are renowned for their work in educator diversity and development. Enjoy. 
February 24, 2020
Ep. 49: Nothing is Off Limits w/Dr. Boyce Watkins
You all are in for a treat. As the title suggests, we covered a ton of topics. Dr. Watkins came on the show and did not disappoint. Join us as we discuss educating Black folks, economics, politics in academia, the importance of Black ownership and more! This episode was a revelation. 
February 17, 2020
Ep. 48: A Chat w/Baltimore City Public Schools CEO, Dr. Sonja Santelises
In this episode, the fellas chat with the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, Dr. Sonja Santelises. They discuss a wide range of topics including Baltimore's push for equity, improving over time, and changing the narrative of Baltimore. Take a listen, leave your thoughts, and share. 
February 10, 2020
Ep. 47: Black History Month, Black Politicians, and Comparing the Social Media Era with Yesteryear
Happy Black History Month!! In this episode, Charles and Sharif dive into a lot! The fellas start by highlighting a few Black leaders that meant a lot to each of them personally. Then the fellas veer into a video by Jason Riley called Blacks in Power Don't Empower Blacks (no endorsement either way). Click the link to watch the full video. It raised an interesting debate point for the fellas as they then debated whether we can have a movement today at the same magnitude as Malcolm, Martin, and Rosa. Some interesting conversation there. So join us in our living room and leave your thoughts. We appreciate you. 
February 3, 2020
Ep. 46: RIP Kobe & Gigi, Plus the Brightbeam Report
Man, this was a tough one. Recorded just hours after the tragic news of Kobe Bryant's death, the fellas got a chance to reflect. Life is short, love hard. Afterwards, we dive into the recent report put out by Brightbeam, The Secret Shame: How America’s Most Progressive Cities Betray Their Commitment to Educational Opportunity for All. This was special as our very own Chris Stewart, CEO of Brightbeam, commissioned the report.  Enjoy.
January 27, 2020
Ep. 45: Live From NOLA & Discussing Parent Power
In this episode, the fellas got to travel to New Orleans to the amazing inaugural National Parents Union Parent Power 2020 Summit. The fellas discussed themes of parent agency and why parents must be at the forefront of improving our educational inequities. It was an amazing conversation that we were privileged to have at a historic event.  Take a listen and let us know your thoughts. 
January 20, 2020
Ep. 44: New Year, Same Academic Madness
In this episode, the fellas take on 2 different issues. First, we discuss a school fight that went too far and resulted in a mother getting a black eye and then we dive into the difference between California textbooks and Texas textbooks. That's right, exact same company, same book name, different facts. We told you it was madness, right?  Also, Ray has released the first episode to season 2 of his Edupurist Podcast. Check that out. As always, leave us your thoughts. We appreciate everyone that takes the time to listen. 
January 13, 2020
Ep. 43: The Impotence of Choice: How Far Would You Go to Get Quality Education?
Welcome to the new decade! We missed you all.  In this episode, the fellas discussed a school so in demand parents camped out to get their child a spot. The fellas discuss the importance of access  and how far parents are willing to go to ensure their kids get what they need. Take a listen and let us know how far you'd go to get your child the education you feel they deserve.  You can read the reference article here. 
January 8, 2020
Ep. 42: Go Where You Are Celebrated, Not Tolerated
This episode is the return of our brother, Chris Stewart and he was in rare form!! In this episode, we covered a lot. First, we discussed the a group of privileged parents upset at potential boundary changes that would route more Black students to their district. We played a clip, and it got pretty testy. Then we engaged in a conversation about why we think there aren't more Black schools across the country. We had a great conversation, so listen and join it. Reach out with your thoughts on Twitter @8BlackHands1. 
December 23, 2019
Ep. 41: They Call Our Kids 'Criminals' | The Saga of Urban Dove
In this episode, the fellas discuss the saga surround Urban Dove School which has plans to move into a Jewish Community. Urban Dove is a charter school that serves students who failed the 9th grade. The past two tenants of the building have been Jewish schools, one Conservative and one Orthodox, that each ran into financial problems and stopped paying rent. More than a 100 protestors showed up advocating that the building hold that space for a Jewish school, orthodox or conservative. You can read the full story here.  In the protest, students were basically called thugs and criminals so you know we had to tackle the topic. Send us your thoughts on Twitter @8BlackHands1. 
December 15, 2019
Ep. 40: Everyone wins with more Black educators ft. Dr. Constance Lindsay
Our communities have always known the power of Black children having Black teachers in their lives. The numbers of Black teachers dropped significantly as a result of the Brown vs Board decision. While we’ve known the short -term impact of having Black teachers, a team of researchers that included our guest, Dr. Constance A. Lindsay, investigates the long-term impact of same race teachers on Black children. Join us to hear what this brilliant researcher found in her research as well as what she’s investigating next. As a bonus, here is an article where Dr. Lindsay discusses her findings. 
December 8, 2019
Ep. 39: Sarah, In Her Own Words
Sarah Carpenter and the Powerful Parent Network lifted their voices at a rally where Elizabeth Warren was speaking and it is getting national news. Before major news outlets change the narrative, we wanted you all to hear straight from Miss Sarah Carpenter herself. Enjoy. 
November 27, 2019
Ep. 38: Agentic Black Mamas Address Warren & Her Education Plan
In this episode, the fellas dive into the protest by the Powerful Parent Network. Sarah Carpenter, friend of the show and guest of Episode 19, had a head on collision with Elizabeth Warren and the public response has been interesting to say the least. Take a listen and give us your thoughts on Twitter @8BlackHands1.  Also, as part of the 8 Black Hands listening crew, one thing we definitely believe is that Black folks have and have always displays high levels of agency in the face of adversity. Sadly, those same Black folks often have to share that burden by themselves. If you want to support Ms. Carpenter and show her she is not alone, her Twitter handle is @LadyTenn.
November 25, 2019
Ep. 37: Discussing Segregation, Black Education, and Truth LIVE in Minneapolis
In this episode, the fellas find themselves live in Minneapolis. The conversation touches on legislation attacking culturally affirming schools serving Black kids that have been designated as "segregated". We also have a direct conversation about the state of education for Black children in the city's public school system. All that and more in this episode.  As always, you can converse directly with us on Twitter @8BlackHands1. Thank you all for your continued support. 
November 17, 2019
Ep. 36 - Live from Texas!!
While Texas is known for doing everything bigger and better, we wanted to know if the same mantra is realized for their Black students’ achievement levels. Listen to this episode to determine #HowAreTheChildren Hit us up on Twitter @8BlackHands1
November 10, 2019
Ep. 35: White Folks, Please Stop Lecturing Black Folks About OUR Children
In this episode, the fellas dive deep into the paternalistic ways in which white folks and other entities of power try to explain Black children to Black people. As always, the fellas hold no punches nor leaves any stone unturned. Tune in for the realest education conversations led by Black folks you are going to find on the internet.  Find us on Twitter @8BlackHands1
October 28, 2019
Ep. 34: The Chicago Public Schools Strike & Chance the Rapper
In this episode, the fellows have a deep discussion on the latest CPS strike before debating a recent comment by Chance the Rapper. This was a necessary episode. Enjoy.  Comment on the episode on Twitter: @8BlackHands1
October 21, 2019
Ep. 33: Revisiting The Revolt Summit
In this episode, Chris and Charles revisit the Revolt Summit in all its glory. Listen in to see where the fellas fell on the Killer Mike & Candice Owens exchange, and the need for more Black forums such as this. You can also view the full Revolt Summit Panel here. Enjoy. Twitter: @8BlackHands1 
October 7, 2019
Ep. 32 Loving Education Debates Amongst Black Folks w/Special Guest Dr. Bettina Love
In this episode, we got to chat with Dr. Bettina Love about her new book, We Want to do More than Survive, Black education, what she thinks we must do to ensure better education for Black children moving forward. We had a ton of LOVING debates (see what we did there?). Do yourself a favor and check it out.  Also, go cop Dr. Love's Book Here and send her some love on twitter @BLoveSoulPower. 
September 30, 2019
Ep. 31: 6-Year-Old Girl Arrested, Desks in Bathroom, & Broke Booker
In this episode, the fellas discuss a myriad of controversial topics in the world of education. First they discuss the arrest of a 6-year-old girl for having a tantrum in school while also discussing whether cops are even needed in schools. Then the conversation flips to discuss the case of a boy with autism potentially having his desk placed in the bathroom! [CRAZINESS] Before finally circling back to Cory Booker and his plea for funding to stay in the presidential race. It's all here.  Twitter: @8BlackHands1
September 23, 2019
Ep. 30: Live in DC w/Jalen Rose
Well, the fellas were on the rode once again and this time was blessed to interview Jalen Rose about all the amazing work he is doing at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in his hometown of Detroit. Spoiler Alert, the big homie killed it and had smoke for those hating on his school. You gotta take a listen.  Jalen invited The Hands to come out to his school for a live show so we are definitely looking forward to making that happen. If you are trying to get The Hands to your city, hit us up on twitter @8BlackHands1.  ------ You can get merch from The Hands here.  Also, you can cop Beyond Grit & Resilience by our own Charles Cole here as well. 
September 15, 2019
Ep. 29: The Edupurist Takeover
While The Hands are preparing to go back on the road, Ray and his Edupurist Podcast took over our airwaves. Go support Ray and the Edupurist podcast. You can find more Edupurists pod episodes here: and subscribe to the twitter page @TheEdupuristPod. Enjoy the show! --- In this episode, two OG's in Ed-reform David Hardy and Tyrone Mowatt stop by to talk about public education. In this no holds barred conversation, they talk about ways to be innovative and take risks as school leaders, by using innovative ways to reach Black and Brown students and families. Mr. Mowatt expands on his theory of sending "lifeboats" to save our students. Mr. Hardy expands on what quality should look like in Philly and beyond.
September 9, 2019
Ep 28: Emancipatory Education
This episode is all about emancipatory education. The fellas offer their thoughts and personal experiences to this term that deserves more attention. What is emancipatory education to you and where are you seeing it happen now? Share it with the 8 Black Hands Crew on twitter @8BlackHands1. Also, our brother Charles has released his first book, Beyond Grit & Resilience! If you make it to the end of the show there's some special instructions that may lead to you getting a few copy. So enjoy the show. 
September 2, 2019
Ep. 27: Is Jay-Z Helping or Hurting the Movement? *Plus How This Informs Education in Black America
This is a special episode. It's so special, in fact, that we gave you bonus material at the end of the episode. In this episode, we discuss the latest regarding Jay-Z and the NFL. Then we discuss how this affects the 8 million Black children in our schools across the country. The brothers definitely had some disagreements here but its all in service of our community.  Let us know your thoughts at our Twitter handle @8BlackHands1.  Also, if you want to bring 8 Black Hands to your city, hit us up on twitter. 
August 26, 2019
Ep. 26: Recapping Our Live Pittsburgh, PA Show
Oh this one is a doozy! In it, we start out recapping the AMAZING State of Learning event in Pittsburgh, PA. In that live show (which we hope to put out soon) there was a bit of controversy and we discuss it here. Spoiler Alert: the Hands definitely disagreed in this one. Check it out for yourself.  Twitter: @8BlackHands1
August 19, 2019
Ep. 25: NAACP, What About the Black Kids in Cali featuring Christina Laster
In this episode, we welcome Freedom Fighter Christina Laster. She is the current Education Chair of the San Diego branch of the NAACP and she stands for Black children even when the state chapter doesn't. Here, she tells her story and gives advice on what we all should do if we really are about educating Black kids. She brings that HEAT, ya heard!!  You don't want to miss this episode.
August 12, 2019
Ep. 24: Booker's Betrayal
We send our thoughts to Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton.  Then we discuss Booker's flip flop on parent choice that led to a spirited debate about the Democratic Primary landscape. There was real (and productive) conflict. Strap in because this one is a wild ride. 
August 5, 2019
Ep. 23: All The Smoke Featuring Dr. Charles Cole & Dr. Keith Benson
This episode originally appeared on Ray's podcast, the Edupurist podcast.  In honor of Charles' birthday, we have decided to re-broadcast this episode.   The birth of this episode came from a twitter disagreement, in which two sides of a passionate argument (Keith and Charles) came together to discuss educational issues from their perspective.  It was a powerful episode-- and we wanted to share it with the listeners.  Please listen and share with the hashtag #HowAreTheChildren!  And don't forget to wish Charles a Happy B-Day!
July 30, 2019
Ep. 22 - Stand & Fight ft. Dr. Howard Fuller
In this episode, we got to spend time with the man himself, Dr. Fuller. He gave us a ton of free game, history, and all the motivation one may need to stand up for Black education in this country.  You can find Dr. Fuller on twitter: @HowardLFuller
July 22, 2019
Ep. 21: Mayhem at Disneyland
In this episode, we discuss Chris' controversial article about the melee at Disneyland and how we should respond as a community. We argued, we laughed, we agreed, we disagreed. Enjoy and join in.   Twitter: @8BlackHands1
July 15, 2019
Ep. 20: EdReform is Dead, Now What? [Live from Vegas]
This was a special episode. The fellas were live and the crowd was all the way into it. Shout out to that AMAZING crowd. The room was a little loud and there's a slight buzz BUT the content is fire. As always, please share and leave your comments.  Enjoy!  Twitter: @8BlackHands1
July 12, 2019
Ep. 19 The Memphis Lift on Why Parents Should be Leading the Movement
Ray and Charles got a chance to sit down with the most amazing group of parents in the game. We had an amazing conversation. Sarah Carpenter and her team are forces of nature. Unapologetic, knowledgeable, and just all out great for kids in Memphis.  Check them out at Like and rate the podcast on Apple Podcast. Share with your people. 
July 4, 2019
18: "Radical Binacity" of Whiteness and Ed Reform
In this episode, Charles and Ray dive deeper into the recent Atlantic article by billionaire Nick Hanauer as he has his "epiphany' of sorts regarding the relationship between economic inequality and poor education.  Needless to say, Charles and Ray had a lot to say on the topic.
June 24, 2019
17: When They See Us Discussion (Part 2)
PART 2 In this episode, we dive deep into the Limited Series Netflix show, When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. The convo grew and as a result, we turned it into two episodes.
June 12, 2019
16: When They See Us Discussion (Part 1)
In this episode, we dive deep into the Limited Series Netflix show, When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. The convo grew and as a result, we turned it into two episodes. So enjoy Part 1 and share your thoughts.
June 12, 2019
15: Ep. 15 The Philly Show ft: David P. Hardy
In this episode, Ray and Sharif venture to Philly to talk to the "OG" David P. Hardy (@davidphardy) about all things Philly education. Great episode. Take a listen and continue to conversation on Twitter @8BlackHands1.
June 2, 2019
14: Ep. 14 Black Education Under Attack in Cali
In this episode, the fellas discuss the legislation on the table aimed to take charter schools out and the Black folks most impacted.
May 28, 2019
13: Ep. 13 Bernie's Barking Again...
The team tackles Bernie's advocacy to take away a wing of Black and Brown education. We have a LOT to say on that topic.  Oh, and we know Charles' mic sounds weird, we gotta get that kid a new one. Enjoy and always, continue to conversation with us on Twitter at @8blackhands and rate us on Apple Podcast.
May 19, 2019
12: Ep. 12 Live from Oakland!!
We had the privilege of recording our first live show in Oakland at the Charter Collaborative Conference. We tackled a wide range of topics with the treatment of Black schools being one of them.   Take a listen. If you like us, give up 5 stars on iTunes. It goes a long way.   Continue the conversation on Twitter @8BlackHands1
May 12, 2019
11: Ep 11: The Tale of the Assistant Principal and his trusty Sharpie
AP decides that his only recourse of action is to draw on a student in order to fix his haircut and get him back to class. Not once did he think to call this kid’s parents. Things like this happen to our kids all of this time, and we have to do a better job of preparing Black and LatinX kids to respond to these types of situations.
April 29, 2019
10: Ep 10: Should principals be able to impose dress codes on parents?
Texas principal implements a dress code for parents. People are up in arms about the new dress code policy, as many feel it represents an archaic way of thinkings, as well as identity politics. Is this too harsh of a policy? Do principals have much more to do with their time than to police the bodies of adults? These are all things to ponder as you dive into the latest episode of the 8 black hands podcast. Get your 8 Black Hands merch here:
April 29, 2019
9: Ep. 9: Black Parents, You Are On Your Own
Let's start this thing off right, WELCOME BACK TO THE VAINGLORIOUS CHRIS STEWART. Happy to have you back, brother.  The fellas discuss why we say Black parents are on their own and ways they can be ready. No punches pulled, just straight talk in service of the 8 million.  Follow us on twitter @8blackhands1
April 8, 2019
8: Ep. 8: TFA, Scapegoat Supreme
The 8 Black Hands tackle the issue of California trying to banish TFA ( from their schools. Our very own Raymond Ankrum tackled this one of his recent articles ( . Sadly, in the midst of recording the episode, we got word that Nipsey Hussle was murdered. He was doing amazing things in his community and it is truly a loss.  There were some minor audio issues but the conversation is intact so bear with us. After you listen, shoot us your thoughts and comments on twitter: @8BlackHands1
April 1, 2019
7: EP 7: Oh Y'all Was CHEATIN' Cheating - Operation Varsity Blues Scandal
In the midst of the greatest college admin scandal, the team breaks down their reactions and thoughts on where Black folks should go from here.
March 18, 2019
6: EP 6: Oakland Strikes Again - This time it's personal
As the heat from teachers' strikes in Oakland rises, things are turning violent. Charles Cole helps us understand the recent vandalism and threats to education advocates.
February 25, 2019
5: EP 5: Blackface, black history, and black education
What does black history month mean to us? It means we need to keep eyes on the prize and not be distracted by media reports of politicians in blackface. Our kids deserve our full attention.
February 18, 2019
4: EP 4: The Oakland teachers are set to walk on struggling students
Here we go again. This time it's Oakland that is bracing for a teachers strike that will disrupt the education of children who are already so far behind. To help us understand what is at issue we invited **Dr. Brian Stanley**, the former Executive Director of the Oakland Public Education Fund, and education activist **Dirk Tillotson**, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Great Schools Choices.
February 11, 2019
3: EP: 3 What happens when our own friends and family hate charters and school choice?
Ray Ankrum's piece "[Adressing Anti-School Choice Noise](" gets us talking about the people in our life and community how disagree with the education work we do.
February 6, 2019
2: EP: 2 Teachers strike in Los Angeles, but not for us.
This past week we saw teachers in Los Angeles end their first strike in in 30 years. Did the parents and children in that city gain enough in the process? We discuss Citizen Stewart's [piece on the issue](
January 29, 2019
1: EP 1: Dr. King, integration, billionaires, and the black church
In this first episode the crew (Ankrum, Cole, El-Mekki, and Stewart) introduce the show and talk about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, public school integration, and the big money that funds anti-school choice activists.
January 22, 2019