This podcast series delves into the minds of some of the most influential Black leaders in Oakland (and beyond). When we let great minds just rant, they always leave a trail of gems in their wake. Enjoy.
In this episode, we sit with a good friend and education warrior, David Hardin. David runs a very special middle school in East Oakland called Aurum Prep that has a student population breakdown of 55% Latinx and 45% Black students. Even more impressive is his 75% Black male teaching staff that is seeing amazing academic growth. Listen to his full story and let us know your thoughts on Twitter at @SoBEOakalnd.
In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Brian Stanley, former ED of the Oakland Public Education Fund. He's an amazing guy and also an Kaiser (OUSD) parent. Recently, he wrote an electric piece detailing the racial issues that have emerged as the school is primed to merge. Well, in the midst of the stir-up, Dr. Stanley sat down to discuss his article and to examine how race is impacting Oakland education. You do not want to miss this.
THIS EPISODE CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.
In this episode, I turn the mic on myself dive into my thoughts about where we are as a people. This meditation was more of a meditation on my thoughts and hopefully you all take something away from it. Enjoy.
In this episode, Rachel rants about her work advocating for parent choice and what has led her to that work. She reminisces on her time growing up in Oakland and her love for this city. She also discusses how Black kids deserve better. Take a listen.
Kennan Scott is a mover and shaker on the Oakland education scene. In this rant, Kennan had a lot to say about adult issues infringing on our ability to actually educate Black and Brown kids well here in Oakland. He shares his plans for what he wants to do that would impact students in a positive way.
In this episode, we spend time with Alameda County Board of Education Trustee, Amber Childress as she rants about the need to let children be children and not forcing them to grow up too soon. Take a listen, leave a comment, and share.
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In this episode, Mr. Marquis Evans, 6th and 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Kipp Bridge rants about how to get parents and teachers to partner together better in service of students. He also discusses how he holds his students to a higher standard and how it irks him to see people outside the Black culture lowering standards for Black students. It was a great conversation.
Intro Music: T.I. - Go Get It
Outro Music: Jalani - Cameron Crazies
In this episode, Ms. Selena Wilson rants about how the quest for perfection harms Black students. It was a really insightful conversation from an organization that is doing amazing work.
To learn more about the East Oakland Youth Development Center, go to eoydc.org.
Intro Music: I Got 5 On It (Jordan Peele Remix), The Luniz
Outro Music: Redbone, Childish Gambino
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In our first episode ever we are joined by SoBEO co-founder and Oakland School Board Director, Jumoke Hinton-Hodge. In her rant, she touches on Black girls not getting enough love in education debates, being in directly in the fire to ensure Black kids get educated, and what lead her to this work. Hope you enjoy.
Underbed music: Miss Mary J. Blige