15 Black Women Poets We Should Know

Recently I have been reading a lot of work by great black women authors, but not posting it to this repository. Today I ran across For Harriet’s 15 Black Women Poets Everyone Should Know. The list is quite extensive, but I certainly enjoy the work of Gwendolyn Brooks. Out of her black woman intellectual spirit was birth the Furious Flower conference. Check out the list of other on the link below:


Peace and Love

Beautiful Things Come in Black and Brown

This semester I have been conducting some extensive research on the uncommon genius of African Americans studying and traveling abroad. One of the participants in my last semi structured interview did an amazing job articulating her experience abroad at the intersections of African American and woman. Intersecting the same aforementioned identities was the linguistic balance between African American Vernacular English, Spanish, and Standard American English. Experience how my participate Lola articulates her experience in Cartagena, Colombia through her original piece of poetry entitled Beautiful Things Come in Black and Brown :

There should be a school assignment

For colored kids ages five through twelve:


Go find beautiful things

That are black and brown


Plots of soil

That form the hills of El Chupadero


Tiny ebony rocks

Lining the coasts of Monterrico


Chilean faces

Playing amidst sparkling water


Stretches of golden sand

Under the South American sun


Dark children at ease

In the streets of Cartagena


I traveled

And saw that all around


Beautiful things

Come in black and brown

International Student Barometer

Recently, I was able to gain access to the International Student Barometer, or ISB for short. This short post will only outline some of the tools that are useful for incorporating the ISB. Here is a link to more information about the ISB: http://www.i-graduate.org/services/international-student-barometer-and-student-barometer/

Objective Performance Measures

Isolate institutional services performing well and less well, as whole or for certain groups, and target reform and resources accordingly

Multiple Benchmarks 

Compare results internally, by peer group, nationally and internationally. See the “satisfaction impact” over time of discrete reforms. 

Future Competitive Advantage

Highlight “major themes” where the value proposition for the student is lacking, e.g. employability, cultural integration.

Branding Benefit

Utilize areas of national or international strength to bolster marketing and recruitment efforts, in established and new markets. 

Student Pathways

Better understand how your international students select a school. For example, decision criteria, information channels, agents, funding sources.

Clarify Success Variables

Distinguish quantitative from qualitative patterns of satisfaction. For example, the impact of quantitative factors such as international student numbers or intensity, institutional experience, funding and staffing versus qualitative factors such as leadership and culture. 

slum dogg millionairing it

just reading an excerpt on using poststructualism has me slum dogg milionairing my thoughts connecting dots to certain oppressions to do render and relegate those on the margins to the margins. hmm, the aforementioned was a sentence fool, oops I full, my tongue being of the African American positionality has me linguistically positioned against my dipping into and out of and against Standard English. 

i am a slum dogg millionaire, connecting ideas back to the past to understand the cubism of life. past, present, future notions of becoming and being me that is positioned to do what?

this is short

lately i have been having talks with faculty and students in my department who hope to sustain the amount of faculty who are from diverse backgrounds. in our talks, people have praised the idea. undertaking the idea of the eslanda robeson when she suggested “I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that everything now is political: the price we pay for steak, if we can afford steak….. All is political, make no mistake about that. So me, I’m political,” i have become more and more political about the way i handle my business.

what are your thoughts about the sustainability of faculty members of color at your institutions? is a political issue in your department?