If you read To Black Parents Visiting Earth:  Raising Black Children in the 21st Century,  below is the list of resources I referred to throughout the book.  It is comprised of books, articles, handouts, slide presentations, and videos on a range of topics including: Afro-futurism Black History Education Black Representation Conflict Resolution Critical Race Achievement Ideology …

What if Black parents from other planets visited Earth?   What kind of advice would you give them to safely navigate the world given today’s social climate?   In a book that is part memoir and part self-help guide,  Janet Stickmon writes a collection of letters TO BLACK PARENTS VISITING EARTH on topics ranging from the politics …

White folks, educate yourselves. If you believe in racial justice, do this work. Turn inward to see how your white privilege and unconscious biases interfere with your ability to connect with POC and prevent the creation of a racially just society. Whites who don’t do this work are complicit with the efforts to keep white …

CLINGING TO A MASCOT AT WHOSE EXPENSE  A Call to Change the Native American Mascot at Napa High School As a professor of Humanities at Napa Valley College for the past eleven years and former high school social justice teacher for seven years, I have taught my students about the history of Native American communities and …

DAYS WHEN THERE’S NOT ENOUGH He bought a box of instant mashed potatoes, some canned tamales, a small bag of frozen bon bons, and a few other things.  It wasn’t much.   Enough to get him through the week if his meals were small. He put each item on the conveyor belt slowly, carefully, almost as …

MALE STRIPPERS AS HEALERS AND THEIR EMCEE AS GRIOTTE– WHY MAGIC MIKE XXL IS DEEPER THAN YOU THINK Introduction It was already a good day because it was summer break, and I was eating chocolate malted crunch ice cream from Rite Aid.   I was window-shopping, trying to get to my ice cream before the sun …

Beauty Revealed: Bringing Out the Best in Others Preface          Exploring what it means to “bring out the best” in others was a collaborative endeavor that began in 2011 between colleague Carlos Hagedorn and I. Reflecting upon how much pain and neglect exists in the world, we believed that based on our …

“I’m looking for dolls and action figures that represent active girls of all ethnicities with ambitions that don’t always involve making a fashion statement.” –Janet Stickmon

Letter #4:  Terror To Black Parents Visiting Earth, So much has happened in the last month and half. I bounce between wanting to tell you what happened and wanting to tell you how all of it makes me feel. Just when I think starting with how I feel will be easier, the words stop because …

Letter #3: Hair Part II To Black People Visiting Earth: For the first few months of kindergarten, I styled my daughter’s hair in braids and twists because I was afraid of subjecting her to more ignorance at this predominantly white private school. On November 22, 2013, my daughter wore her hair down for the first time …