8 Black Hands

Ep. 39: Sarah, In Her Own Words

An episode of 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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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. 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: https://anchor.fm/raymond-ankrum1 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 https://memphislift.org. 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: https://teespring.com/stores/8-black-hands-podcast-merch
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 (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwidlI3ihK7hAhUMpJ4KHYKKDYIQFjAAegQIAxAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov%2Ffaces%2FbillTextClient.xhtml%3Fbill_id%3D201920200AB221&usg=AOvVaw2pjvXpozFrQ8vZUdGSOrKJ) from their schools. Our very own Raymond Ankrum tackled this one of his recent articles (https://everybodyluvsraymondsedblog.com/2019/03/30/teach-for-america-is-not-the-enemy-bad-schools-are/) . 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](https://everybodyluvsraymondsedblog.com/2019/01/26/addressing-the-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](http://citizenstewart.org/just-once-i-want-to-see-a-national-protest-for-better-teaching-and-more-learning/).
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
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