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.
In this episode, we explored what must be done when the system continues to fail us. We were joined by birthday boy, Rashad Turner (@rashadsrepublic). He talks about practical ways families can fight back and we also hear about his plans to start a school.
The fellas kicked it with Andrew R. Campanella (@andrewrcamp) as we discussed school choice for me and not for thee. This was an empowering show that provided parents with ways to navigate the choice space.
Teaching students in so called "High Needs Areas" should not only be exhilarating, but it should also be an honor for outsiders that those communities welcome in. Dr. Salome Thomas-EL (@Principal_EL) joins and blesses us with his wisdom. The conversation gets heated in a beautiful way. Don't miss this conversation with five passionate Black men discussing how to make things better in education for Black students.
In this episode, we bring back the legendary Dr. Howard Fuller (@HowardLFuller). We discuss some pressing current events impacting Black folks and the importance of generational cooperation to truly achieve Black liberation through education.
In this episode, we celebrate their 100th episode in grand fashion as we chop it up w/Killer Mike (@killermike) about building Black community which includes Black education and more. You do not want to miss this one!
One of the things we've reflected on coming up on our 100th show, is how can we highlight more voices by giving them a shared platform to enact change. We are currently in the development stages of creating a network of shows. This show highlights our progress to date by talking to the brand about the brand.
In this episode, We have @DeAngelisCorey and @NealMcCluskey joining us to help us show parents & the community how to demand education quality even during these strange times in addition to discussing their new book, School Choice Myths.
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We should be tired of our 8 million Black children not being a REAL priority in America. What do we mean by "real"? We mean clear, informed, and urgent. Listen to the episode as we define what these terms mean to us going into the new year. We need you all to take the pledge with us.
In this episode we make our asks (Resolutions) for the 8+million Black kids and the 10+ million Brown kids that need a better education solutions. After that, we engage in a great debate about the best ways to go about ensuring Black and Brown families get the most out of education. Buckle up.
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In this episode, the fellas welcome special guest Daarel Burnette II from Education Week. Join us as we discuss the notion of reparations through education and what that could look like. you'll learn a lot in this episode.
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In this episode, we honor and amplify some of our biggest supporters that are doing amazing work serving students and their families around the country. There are ways we all can improve education for underserved kids and you will walk away with tangible ways to do just that. Join us.
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This has been a crazy week for Twitter beef between Black education advocates. Saying the wrong thing gets you dragged (by Black folks and their white followers). If we're going to fight for kids without getting in each other's way, we need some house rules.
Let's talk about it.
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In this very special episode we are joined by friend of the show and modern day Fannie Lou Hamer, Sarah Carpenter (@LadyTenn) and she brought back up, the Powerful Parent Movement (@WeArePPM). The Hands were blessed to hear from some of the best parent organizers of today. They discuss their work and what they want school leaders and educators to know.
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You are in for a treat this week. We are joined by our colleague and friend of the show, Dr. Steve Perry (@DrStevePerry). The gloves come off and the fellas just dive into various education issues that include educating Black kids, the teachers' union, and Sunday rituals to name a few. Dr. Perry brought it. We are sure you'll enjoy this one.
The fellas chop it up w/ Briahna Joy Gray [@briebriejoy] about the great divide in our country, and how we can place ourselves on a path to heal. But we definitely end up having a discussion about politics and how it intersects with education.
Briahna Joy Gray also has a brand new podcast herself called, Bad Faith [@BadFaithPod]. Be sure to check her out.
In this episode the fellas chop it up with Nina Turner. Our Country needs this talk, so make sure to clear your calendars because this is one you do not want to miss. Nina Turner is now family, so follow her on Twitter: @ninaturner.
Also, she has a new podcast, called Hello Somebody: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hello-somebody/id1513745000
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In this episode, the fellas bring in candidates in important local school board races to determine their why? We are blessed with 3 guests. We two current school board candidates in John Little who is running for school board in the Nashville area and Tanya Ortiz Franklin running for District 7 LA Unified School District. We are also joined by Naomi Shelton who is currently on the charter school board in Washington DC.
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In the episode, the fellas chop it up with Adonica about the importance of school board elections. Using both Oakland and Baton Rouge as case studies, the hands go deep on activating agency at the local level.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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In this episode the fellas go deep on a few topics including:
- Shaun King
- Teachers working during spring break
- COVID-19 Updates
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Also, you can cop Beyond Grit & Resilience by our own Charles Cole here as well.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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.
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/).
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.