Knowledge Reigns Supreme?
Join us this Black Music Month with special guest Bakari Kitwana and let's talk about 'Leveraging MC Dreams Towards Literacy'.
Black culture encapsulates a colorful oral tradition that can be seen in the West African tradition of the Griot, the Black Arts Movement, to today's Hip Hop Generation, as recently seen in Kendrick's Mr. Morale & the Big Stepper.
We have continually seen the 'Us vs. Them' Hip Hop history debates. How can we better create The Bridge to work collectively to create intergenerational ties to Black oral and written stories and literary traditions to build strong young black male communicators of The Message?
Bring your thoughts, opinions, pedagogy, scholarship, and questions as we discuss our music and literary history to build our young Black Brotha's voices.
Monday, June 27th, 7-8pm EST on the We Are Here Lit! Facebook & YouTube Live pages.
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Where Y'At Readers?!?
I got to see Trombone Shorty last night in Boston. It was an AMAZING show. So many talented musicians, vocalists, and lively music, including Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, himself.
His story is one of his brother's mentorship, perseverance, the love of music, and leadership. It reminded me of the two picture books about how he became such a talented musician.
His books, beautifully illustrated, tell his inspirational story. Check them out at your local library or buy them at your local/online Black bookstore.
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We Are....American Music & Innovation
Stephen Costanza’s book King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin shares the stunningly illustrated story of the King of Ragtime.
This biography shares Joplin’s life as you learn about his musical beginnings, mis mother supporting his craft, studying music in college, and publishing his first song ‘Maple Leaf Rag.’
An American composer and pianist, Scott Joplin laid the groundwork for Jazz, another American music form created and grounded in African-American culture.
This is a great resource for music teachers, teaching history, art and culture. It is also awesome for art teachers as an example of gouache & collage artwork.
Check out this book from your local library or purchase it from your local Black bookstore, links in the bio
If you’ve used this title in instruction or library storytime, share your strategies and thoughts. We’d love to hear other ways to use this beautiful book
This book has dense text giving detailed information about Scott’s life.
WE ARE HERE will provide you book reviews, discussions, news, and programming about literature and literacy by and about Black males. This site will also feature vlog conversations on topics related to the promoting literacy and voice for Black boys and young men.