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Storyboard course panel


I’m taking the year long course led by these storyboard artists who collectively have tons of experience in the animation and filmmaking. If your interested check out some of the other free videos on the “Story Board Art” YouTube HERE.

Black to School Night


Coming at the ends of this month I’ll be talking with some educators and parents for the Black Teachers Project. We’ll be talking about parenting during a pandemic and other tings. Tune in. 

If you’re not familiar with BTP, check out this video 

Ethnic Studies Pack

Whats up fam? You can cop this pack of stickers and prints for your classroom, home, or office! I originally made the pack to help fundraise for this network of Ethnic Studies educators in Cali-follow them here on IG. But now that I was able to raise a bit of $ I’m going to continue to sell this pack.
Ethnic Studies for those who don’t know is an organized curriculum of books, films, lectures, music, and culture that explore all that US and American history left out about African Americans, Latin@S, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. It now includes curriculum about Middle Eastern Americans, and sometimes LGBTQ studies as well. I’m a product of ethnic studies and i’m very proud to support ethnic studies curriculum all over the US in EVERY SCHOOL. You want a print or a sticker?

Did you see the show I made the “Ethnic studies painting” for?

ACLU Annual Report 2018

Check it out, some more artwork for the Northern California chapter of the ACLU. A few take aways to notice are that in an annual report you have vital information about how an organization did its job. In this report you’ll find data on that and short pieces on education equity, voting rights, civil rights, lgbtq rights, immigration, and more. 
Here are some more process art.

If you’re pissed about a particular thing a city, state, school, president is doing I implore you to seek out an organization who is supporting what you believe in and contribute your time, money, and/or support to them. Get angry and get active, the institutions who fight for our rights need as much help as they can get. Doesn’t have to be the ACLU, could be your local organization, gallery, you get the point.

Rock the School Bells – Educators Conference

Peace y’all, I will be tabling at the 12th annual Rock the School Bells Conference for educators on march 9th and the Conference for youth w/ workshops on March 23rd at Skyline College in San Bruno California. Come through if you work with youth or if you have youth that you’d like to expose to some dope hip hop & ethnic studies education.

Need more information? Want to volunteer? MORE INFO

Here are some videos from past years so you can get an idea for what to expect.

Chicago Teachers-Rebel Diaz

Nuff props to Rebel Diaz, “Response-ability”

They rather put the kids in jail
Shackle em with chains
Then provide an education
to challenge the brain
-Rod Star


Jeff Andrade Duncan drops science…..Again!

I got to hear Jeff Andrade speak in person once while teaching at a high school in East Oakland two years ago. There have been times when I forgot his exact name but I never forgot how “challenging” and “intelligent” his ideas were in terms of teaching children of color. After a rough day of failing, making some small strides, and failing again in teaching “something”I think every single teacher has had the feeling that they are “getting no where” or “this isn’t working”. And on the flip side , they must also feel “I got their attention”, or even better “they got my attention”. Some kind of dialogue/exchange over forcing them to “hear” you. Deep.

My Teaching/Learning Memories

I started teaching in 2002 I believe. As a volunteer first, then as a paid instructor. It was two of my high school teachers, Mr. Hodari Davis and Ms Julia Luna that gave me my first shot. I haven’t really stopped teaching since then, I’ve taken breaks though. I’ve taught all over the Bay Area (Richmond, Pinole, Berkeley, Oakland, SF, Palo Alto, San Rafael)and when i moved to Brooklyn NY I had the chance to teach in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Working with Trust Your Struggle (amazing educators/artists) Ive done workshops in other states too like Connecticut, Massachusetts, Arizona, and more I’m forgetting.

I’ve worked with small classes and small organizations, and huge classrooms and huge organizations. All different races and ages. Beautiful classrooms and stuffy basements. Thousands of kids, so many lessons learned from each of them. All the energy, frustration, curiosity,rebelliousness, slang, and wisdom they give when you share time with them has made me who I am. Its made me a better artist, a better man, and a better father. Don’t get me wrong there have been some kids I’ve had to exercise super patience with. But those were usually the ones who needed to feel acceptance and love the most.

In the past two years I’ve pulled back from teaching greatly.I’ve worked with some really great teachers, artists, and coordinators.But none of them could mask the feeling that I was not reaching my students. There are times when I wished I could take my kids out of the school completely. Sometimes the system in which we as educators are working in is archaic, brutal, toxic, and poisonous. The kids are hyper intelligent, and they sense it. Sometimes I get the feeling that they’ve seen me the same way I see the system of public education. One which used to have countless classes in cooking, musical instrumentation, and art. All of them were gutted, cut, or eliminated from East Oakland to the South Bronx. Why? When you take away a human’s ability to express themselves a whole array of shit happens to them psychologically and culturally. Mix that with outright lies about our history and who we are, and you’ve got a bomb ready to explode.

Anyway, I won’t go into a deep discussion about the factory of public education or how the US Government views its working class, poor, shit even some middle class people. It’s a forever changing puzzle. Sometimes obvious, and completely mind boggling at others. What i will say is this. After turning down several offers to teach last year, I’m taking up my dry erase marker and hand written agenda’s again. Not only that, I would like to work with some educators who are down to flip the script. Check out some of these memories from teaching the babies, mine and yours. Much respect to all the educators out there. Don’t matter if you wear sneakers or a tie, you are touching someone’s life when you teach what you know, and allow them to do the same to you. Love and light.