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
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
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
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.
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. 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. The failure of black people is a troublesome narrative that underlies a lot of the talk about gentrification and education reform. Wrong!
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?
I was still trying to make sense of education reform in D.C. when I had yet another conversation with a DC public school parent I met randomly. Darwin Bridges overheard me talking to my mom about the sad state of public education in D.C., and he said, “I don’t mean to interrupt, but…” and 45 minutes later we were still talking about his experiences trying to get a decent education for his kid. Later, when IKeep Reading