Writing

A few shorter op-eds, magazine and Web essays.

Go-Go Live: Banned in Chevy Chase

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I was joking on Twitter the day before I was scheduled to read and sign “Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City” at Politics & Prose, the legendary bookstore near the Chevy Chase neighborhood, one of the city’s whitest and wealthiest corners of D.C. “Putting together my go-go mix to play at my #GOGOLIVE signing @Politics_Prose tomorrow.” I tweeted. “Chevy Chase might not be ready…” Apparently, it isn’t. Keep Reading

Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City

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My new book is “Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City,” a look at Washington, D.C.’s unique musical culture published in 2012 on Duke University Press. Check out the book trailer and reviews at www.gogolives.com

New York Times: Farewell to Chocolate City

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In my essay in the New York Times Sunday Review from June 2012, I wax nostalgic about the end of Washington, D.C.’s majority-black status. This piece boiled down many of the arguments from my book, “Go-Go Live.” To me, go-go is like the rose that grew in concrete–against all odds. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/24/opinion/sunday/farewell-to-chocolate-city.html  

RIP CHUCK BROWN

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I did not expect to take Chuck Brown’s death as hard as I did. I kept it together for an NPR interview, but then I cried and blubbered all the way driving my son home from soccer.  I am not a DC native and did not grow up listening to the sounds of the Godfather of Go-Go. But the world of music he created inspired so much of my writing Keep Reading

Media Literacy and KONY 2012

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In this essay my kids and I try to make sense of the Kony 2012 phenomenon. Today’s students have such a vast, complex and contradictory information landscape to navigate. How do we give them the tools they need?  Here is the piece on The Root.   

Farewell black radio–The Root DC/The Washington Post

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I was wistfully explaining to my 11-year-old son why I could only let him listen to the pop (white) radio station. He could see how much it pained me. He suggested I write about it. Voila. Farewell black radio – The Root DC Live – The Washington Post.  

Why School Choice Fails – NYTimes.com

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Why School Choice Fails – NYTimes.com. By Natalie Hopkinson IF you want to see the direction that education reform is taking the country, pay a visit to my leafy, majority-black neighborhood in Washington. While we have lived in the same house since our 11-year-old son was born, he’s been assigned to three different elementary schools as one after the other has been shuttered. Now it’s time for middle school, and there’s been no neighborhood option available. Keep Reading

Black Middle Class and Cities: Abandonment Is a Myth

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Black Middle Class and Cities: Abandonment Is a Myth. The failure of black people is a troublesome narrative that underlies a lot of the talk about gentrification and education reform. Wrong!

Segregated Museums Mirror History: NPR

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    The Root: Segregated Museums Mirror History : NPR. Will white people visit a black museum? Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia said no. I say, is that what really matters?

The McEducation of the Negro | The Root

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