Eclectic Explorations of Educational and Experiential Frontiers Through Writing

NaPoWriMo, Day 23, “The Burning Bloom of a Kiss”

    When we kiss, our lips bloom Rouge from bruises of words that Slid deep into neglected drying cracks, Settled, festered from the fallout of fights Uninstigated, simmering behind … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 22, “I Took the Sun for a Walk” (Children’s Poem)

      I took the sun for a walk yesterday, Trailing behind like puppy wagging tail, Without pull of a leash, pushed wider than biggest sail, When I took … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 19, “Lazarus Jewel Box”

    Inside the smolder of first hush, The night flavors with salt. Calmed, then dewed, The shore wakes slow from its slumber. But low tide is not shy.   … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

NaPoWriMo Day 18, “A Collage for My Father (Ruba’i)”

  In old photo on railroad tracks he sits humble, Legs askew, denim dirty, eyes on horizon. The rumble Of child persists. Paternal instinct Grinds in his bones’ marrow a … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 11, “Vinegar, Feast, Marriage” (an erotic poem)

  “For your love is better than wine”—Song of Solomon 1:2   Opened for study, each turns The worn read pages, cruising Crevices of secreted Songs, broken words, melodies Finding … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 9, “Every Child Commences Cosmic”

      Every child commences cosmic. Is Cloistered, churned into galaxy, finally clothed in skin.  Sovereign And sworded, each Accepts theme from the dialogue of stars.  As parents, Accept … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 8, “Mother’s Marrow”

    Both sons were born wintered, planned predictions, One whose breath absorbed morning, the other clasped midnight. New moons. Unhurried beginnings. Untrammeled.  But, They will expire, someday, from a … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Parents are the Frontline of Their Children’s Academic Achievement: A Book Review of I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Mother by Suzette Clarke

              Class is in session. In her self-published book, I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Mother, Suzette Clarke ignites a controversial conversation about the “true … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 5, “Black Parents”

Here is a poem based on NaPoWriMo’s Day 5 prompt, to write a poem modeling “The Golden Shovel” by Terrance Haynes and “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks. See for … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo 2014, In Tribute to My Sons

In tribute to my sons…poems inspired by NaPoWriMo, Day 4, written as lunes.   1) Green leaf fluttering, inviting Son’s hand to ponder     2) Browning leaf corpses, Siren … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · 5 Comments

“A Girl and a Gun”: Facts, Fictions and Fascination with Firearms

“A Girl and a Gun” instigates a discomfiting albeit necessary conversation about firearms, illuminating the fantasies, frights and fascination associated with them.  Filmmaker Cathryne Czubek gains access to the chambers … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Making Memories Plate by Plate

Food is sacrament. Forkful by forkful, something old unfolds and something new begins to take its first breath. Food is sacrament. Through its creations and sharing, I am educated in … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Unpacking Motherhood

For this post,  I decided to steer into writing about a personal experience rather than social observance . . .here is a day in my life as a Mom. For … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 6 Comments

As Educational Frontiersman: One Man’s Calling to Make a Difference

On any given day, John R. Jenkins, Ed.D., can be found laboring in the fray, soldiering on the frontline of education. He is an irrepressible spirit who has embodied several … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Of Hair and Origin

In this guest blogpost, Tricia Amiel, a mother, writer, adjunct instructor and former teacher, takes an introspective and candid look into the intersection of race, identity and self-perception.  She divulges … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Brilliance and Banality of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

  “Beasts of the Southern Wild” catechistically instigates us to contemplate the origin of our existence.  Is life an evolving conversation between past action and future possibility?  Is one’s survival … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Father’s Pen, A Daugther’s Lens: “Every Day is a Holiday” as a Narrative of Resilience

After his mother’s passing, a centenarian of wise years and generous heart, my cousin began renovating his Brooklyn childhood home. Pulling up well-lived carpets, he discovers the floor underneath protectively … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Inside Gideon’s Army

Recently I had the privilege of being asked to view and blog about several documentaries showcased at the 2013 Montclair Film Festival.  The documentary Gideon’s Army  travels the gamut of … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Predictions for Oscar Sunday by “keyfilmfan”

Guest Blogger “keyfilmfan” offers his predictions for this year’s 2013 Oscar nominations . . . First of all, I want to thank my wife for allowing me the opportunity to … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Strength, Courage and Wisdom: The Makings of an Urban Teacher

In this article, Carla Cherry shares her personal and professional evolution, divulging how she helps students actualize their humanity and academic success.  It’s an intimate look into the makings of … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · 5 Comments

Fellowship at 2012 NYC Fashion Week: Sisters Celebrating Sisters

Traditionally, NYC Fashion Week impressed me as an exclusive event.  The crème de la crème reveal and show off their dernier cri and totemic textiles. A-listers are awash in worship … Continue reading

September 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

Unleashing the Beast from Within: Movie Review of “Animal Kingdom” (A MUST SEE MOVIE)

Multi-award winning crime drama “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics, 2010) shines a focused light on the tension, turmoil, and tenacity of a family bonded by their familial investment . . … Continue reading

September 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Cost to be the “Boss”: Kelsey Grammer’s Stellar Portrayal of Monster and Man

The Starz series “Boss” unfolds with immediate access into Chicago’s Mayor Thomas Kane’s Achilles’ heel.  In an arranged secret meeting, he finds out his fateful diagnosis. The clock starts ticking.  … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” as Metaphor: The Search, Seizure, and Salvation of Humanity

(Spoiler alert, elements of the plot will be revealed.) The movie “Prometheus” accomplishes more than serving as a prequel to the “Alien” series.  Ridley Scott did an incredible piece of … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

I Will Not Partner With My Own Invisibility: Lessons Learned from Being a Victim of 9 Crimes in 4 Years in Newark, NJ

From very early in life we are sold the American dream of owning a home.  But imagine stepping out to buy a home in a neighborhood “on the mend,” only … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Lone Crusaders of “Valhalla Rising” and “The Book of Eli”: Preternatural Archetypes and Iconic Rebels

This won’t be a review of these two films evaluating their merits and detractions.  More so, this blogpost is an investigative pondering, a thinking out loud about the power of … Continue reading

May 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Woman, Wife and Mother: An Evolving Intersection

As a new wife and mother, I experience jubilee and juggling.  I receive constant fulfillment yet expend breath and best guesses finishing challenges.  I stand in an intersection of past/present/future. … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Redux: Are We a Nation Rhetorically at War with Itself?

What do we as a nation think of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case?   Here are recent posts from CNN’s website covering different aspects of the Trayvon Martin case.[1][2] you know: … Continue reading

April 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

From Native Son to Invisible Man: Reflections on Trayvon Martin and Rearing a Black Man-Child in America

Early this morning I was drafting a guest blog post about what it is like to be a new wife and mother. The wife version I completed, and just when … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · 8 Comments

Looking into the Mirror of a Great Divide: How We Define Ourselves at the Expense of Others

In the recent blogpost titled “Black Canadian Like Me,” Alyson Renaldo suggests a contention between kindred of shared borders—Black Canadians and African Americans. She recycles the “Black on Black” crime … Continue reading

February 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

This Woman’s Work: Blueprints for Being an Activist

Article for Bronze Magazine Anniversary Issue, November/December 2011 “a woman sleeps as if tomorrow a war will begin” –Vera Pavlova For the 1st anniversary of Bronze Magazine (, I wrote … Continue reading

November 18, 2011 · 6 Comments

An Autobiography of Poetry, Part 2: The Skin On Which This Poetry Is Written

In Part 1, the last blogpost, I chronicled how I came to write poetry.  In this second installment, poems from different periods in my life are shared.  The three poems … Continue reading

October 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Stretching of Marks: An Autobiography of Poetry

This two-part installation is a chronicle of how and why I started writing.  I’ve been stuck in a rut about where to go and what to do with my poetry.  … Continue reading

September 21, 2011 · 1 Comment

Recycling Somalia: Same Cliché for a New Generation?

She is crawling above heating sand, her stomach swelling pregnant with starvation, inching on shriveling cacti legs crumbling under her shadow, digging for a trace of earth’s clear spit, scraping … Continue reading

August 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

A Triptych of Trials, Tribulations, and Redemption: Movie Review of Gun Hill Road

In his first full feature film, writer and Director Rashaad Ernesto Green creates a tour de force in the poignant portrayal of Enrique, Angela, and Michael, a Bronx family on … Continue reading

August 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

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