Podcast: Schools or Prisons?

In some neighborhoods, public schools feel more like prisons than schools. In this episode, former social worker and attorney Helen Higginbotham discusses the policing of children in schools with BLACK AND CUBA director Robin J. Hayes.

Written/Directed/Produced by:
Ariana Arancibia
Phyllis Ellington
Echo Sutterfield

Executive Produced by:
Dr. Robin J. Hayes

Recorded in New York City at TNS_Logo1_Small_RGB

Podcast: Diversity vs. Inclusion

When will race no longer be a barrier to educational success? In this episode of BREAKING DOWN RACISM, a former Deputy Director of Prep for Prep–a leadership development and educational access program for young people of color–discusses his take on the future of equality in private education. Could your school do a better job with diversity and inclusion? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Writers: John Dumey, Layla Nunez, Noemi Morales
Director: Layla Ninez
Producer: John Dumey, Noemi Morales
Featured Guest: Peter Bordonaro
Host/Executive Producer/Series Creator: Robin J. Hayes, PhD
Production Assistant: Enrique Prieto Mancia

Read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English and is one of the first of its kind to receive global critical acclaim. The book follows the protagonist, Okonkwo, and his descent from leader of his village to an outcast.

Read Things Fall Apart and watch the award winning documentary Black and Cuba. Achebe makes the downfall of Okonkwo to be synonymous with the arrival of white men and the Christian Church. The death of Okonkwo is symbolic to the oppression of blacks by whites. This same oppression can be seen in modern day Cuba.

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Carole Boyce Davies’ Sisters Outside: Tracing the Caribbean/Black Radical Intellectual Tradition

PROFESSORS AND TEACHERS: Carole Boyce Davies’ Sisters Outside: Tracing the Caribbean/Black Radical Intellectual Tradition, is an academic source that is essential to understanding the Black Radical Tradition, as well as how it intertwines with Cuba. You can use our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba to integrate this source into your classroom!

http://blackandcuba.tumblr.com/CollegesandUniversities

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Robin Kelley’s Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

TEACHERS: Robin Kellye’s Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination is a critically acclaimed book that is essential to understanding the Black Radical Tradition and the mindset of revolutionary Cuba. Incorporate it into your classroom using our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba!

http://blackandcuba.tumblr.com/CollegesandUniversities

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Alejandro de la Fuente’s Race, National Discourse, and Politics in Cuba: An Overview

TEACHERS: Alejandro de la Fuente’s Race, National Discourse, and Politics in Cuba: An Overview is an academic source that is essential to understanding the Cuban Revolution and post-revolution Cuba in terms of race. Integrate it easily into your classroom with our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba!

http://blackandcuba.tumblr.com/CollegesandUniversities

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Jafari Allen’s ¡Venceremos? The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba

EDUCATORS: Jafari Allen’s ¡Venceremos? The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba is a ground-breaking book that is essential to understanding the post-revolution Cuba in terms of issues of race, gender, sexuality, and so on. Integrate it easily into your classroom with our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba!

http://blackandcuba.tumblr.com/CollegesandUniversities

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Amiri Baraka’s Cuba Libre

TEACHERS: Black radical Amiri Baraka’s groundbreaking 1966 essay Cuba Libre is a must-have for your class on Cuba and African Americans/Afro-Cubans this fall! Integrate it easily into your classroom with our complete syllabus guide based on Black and Cuba!

http://blackandcuba.tumblr.com/CollegesandUniversities

Can a Documentary Change the World?

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Black and Cuba director Robin J. Hayes discusses “Socially Engaged Art as a Tool for Social Justice” at UnionDocs Socially Engaged Documentary Art Seminar Sunday June 21, 2015 10:30am 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. For filmmakers, artists and cultural producers, the seminar offers vital information about the theory and practice of documentary making with a purpose. Tell them Progressive Pupil sent you and get 20% off conference registration with promocode SEDA15. Learn more at http://www.uniondocs.org/socially-engaged-documentary-art/.  Share with a friend who wants to make films for their communities.

School Cops

Students from Sheepshead Bay High School at “My School has Rhythm Not Violence” rap contest auditions, presented by the NYPD School Safety Community Outreach Unit. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Daily.

Students from Sheepshead Bay High School at “My School has Rhythm Not Violence” rap contest auditions, presented by the NYPD School Safety Community Outreach Unit. Image Courtesy of Brooklyn Daily.

Which came first, school cops or school violence? It can be argued that school cops are a response to student violence. However, it can also be argued that student violence is a result of school cop presence. This debate is a very controversial issue at the moment and is extremely relevant to our schools today.

One of the earliest records of a school shooting took place in the 1760’s in Pennsylvania. A group of four Native Americans shot their teacher and nine other classmates in their small schoolhouse. Only three children survived. Fast forward to the later-half of the 19th century. From 1900-1980, there were around 130 school shootings. However, during the 1980’s, Zero Tolerance policies were applied to student’s behavior after heightened concern over youth violence. The “school safety” division of many large cities’ police departments began to grow, creating a criminalization of student conduct. Since 1980-2014, there have been around 230 school shootings. This number has almost doubled from 130 shootings, but in less than half the time.
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