E.M. Monroe

"I knew, not from memory, but from hope, that there were other models by which to live." Weems

2014 “…and they’re still on the loose.” Beloved

I’ve been doing a little bit of thinking about Icons and the dangers that come with worshipping them. Given that this era is reflecting on the past 50 years, I’ve … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Models Monday: The Seduction of Reading

When my friend Carmen first told me about Walter Dean Myers’s book The Blues of Flats Brown, I knew that I had to get it for my son. The story … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Models Monday: Intertextuality

If you haven’t read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah, I highly recommend it. The story crosses international boundaries and thus speaks to issues of identity, class, home, education, and the … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

WTF is School “Work” These Days

I’m currently re-reading Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 work Strength to Love. In the introduction, he notes his hesitance in publishing this work because the “essays” are actually “sermons” and … Continue reading

September 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Models Monday: Making a Living

The Labor Day Edition 2014.

September 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

Models Monday: Hands Up…Don’t Shoot…Solidarity

On the Morehouse campus, students from Clark-Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College–collectively representing the Atlanta University Center (AUC)–showed solidarity with citizens/students across the country who walked out of classrooms … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

No New Models Here…

Michael Brown’s body was not immediately covered and was recorded on video by bystanders. JAMES CLAY, VIA NEWS2SHARE The spectacle of the dangling corpse, the charred remains of the body, … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · 4 Comments

Last words…

If you have a chance, you should check out Journalist Shirin Barghi twitter drawings featuring the last words spoken by black boys/men killed by police or vigilantes: If you have a chance, … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Six Shots Later…

Another shameful outcome of this country’s “brutal imagination.” 

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Models Monday: The Kiss

It seems that folk no longer read comedian and activist Dick Gregory’s 1964 autobiography Nigger—actually, I don’t remember the Malcolm X t-shirt wearing, Public Enemy listening generation of mine discussing … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment
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