MRM Announces New Art Classes

My Reflection Matters (MRM), LLC offers learning experiences for home or unschoolers that intentionally center the cultural attributes, traditions, and histories of Black and Brown communities. Classes are taught primarily by teachers of color in order to promote our mission in offering opportunities for youth to see themselves in positions of leadership. Continue reading “MRM Announces New Art Classes”

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Founder of My Reflection Matters. Fighter for social freedom. Lover of family, life, travel, reading, decorating, and funky art. Unschooling mother of two brilliant, TriniRican boys. (Read more on MRM’s About Page.)

Black Excellence

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Khalilah received her Masters of Education in Secondary English & her Masters of Educational Leadership from Long Island University. She is the founder of CREAD: Culturally Responsive Educators of the African Diaspora with the mission of supporting teachers, parents & community members in ensuring the positive racial identity development through education of young people of the diaspora. She is also the co-founder of Decolonizing Education Publishing, Khalilah considers herself a cultural ambassador, producer, & researcher. She works across the country as an anti racist & educational equity coach, curriculum developer, & consultant.

The Decolonization of the Caribbean: Q & A to Bring Into Your Classrooms About Today’s Struggle

To help our ourselves & youth we teach understand why Puerto Rico and the sister islands of the Caribbean have been so devastated by Hurricane Maria, we have to understand the history, politics, and systems in place that allowed for this to happen in the first place. Environmental disasters are going to happen because that’s nature, but there’s nothing “natural” to just how devastating their impacts can be on the people, animals, and communities they hit.  The following are some questions and answers that will hopefully provide educators & students with the historical facts surrounding the humanitarian crisis that is now looming in Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean islands, and is impacting many of our kids and their families as we speak. Continue reading “The Decolonization of the Caribbean: Q & A to Bring Into Your Classrooms About Today’s Struggle”

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Hiram Rivera is an organizer and former director of the Philadelphia Student Union. He is a native of New Haven, CT and has spent the past two decades working on issues of Juvenile & Education Justice and Police Reform in Connecticut, New York City and now Philadelphia.

To My Black Son’s Future Teacher: See My Child

To My Black Son’s Future Teacher,

As the new school year approaches and I prepare to entrust my child once again to a teacher (whom I am uncertain has been trained in how to best support the intellectual and psychological growth of children of color), I begin to think about what I want for my child. I keep coming back to one outstanding desire: that you see my child. Continue reading “To My Black Son’s Future Teacher: See My Child”

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Christina Hale-Elliott is a mother of three and an education equity coach. She works with school districts, teacher education programs, and parent advocacy groups across the country to promote equitable student outcomes through the use of culturally responsive education. Christina received her master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University and has been in the field of social justice education for nearly 20 years. Follow her on twitter @C_HaleElliott.

Getting BLACK Into School: 20+ Melanated School Products & 6 Give Aways!

It’s August, ya’ll, which means many of you are getting ready to stock up your classrooms with new supplies or fill your kids’ closets with new school gear.  For those of us that are of the African Diaspora, finding everyday educational supplies and materials that reflect the outer and inner cultural beings of our melanted children can be a daunting and emotionally frustrating task. Trust me–I know first hand, which is why I created My Reflection Matters (MRM) in the first place.   Continue reading “Getting BLACK Into School: 20+ Melanated School Products & 6 Give Aways!”

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Founder of My Reflection Matters. Fighter for social freedom. Lover of family, life, travel, reading, decorating, and funky art. Unschooling mother of two brilliant, TriniRican boys. (Read more on MRM’s About Page.)

A Seat at the Table: Board Gaming Is For Us Too

Why are our Black and Latinx youth so addicted to their screens? It’s not only the TV screens, but also their ipods, androids, iphones, ipads, you name it! They love playing games, but they limit themselves to video games creating more social isolation than we are used to. In an article published by “TheGrio,” the author reminds us, “Studies indicate Blacks, Hispanics and those in lower socioeconomic groups play, spend more time, and buy more video games than other groups. According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, African American youth between the ages of 8 and 18 play games 30 minutes more per day than White youth, while Hispanics play an average of 10 minutes more”. 

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William Garcia is an Afro-Nuyorican raised between New York and Puerto Rico. William is an avid board game collector who has worked to create a board game culture among teens of color. He is currently a doctoral student in American Studies at The University of Kansas where he hopes to continue bringing the community together through board gaming. William serves as an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at The City College of New York. He is most famous for serving as a contributing writer for Latino Rebels where he doesn’t hold back calling out on the anti-Black behaviors within the Latinx community.