My babies are really sick, so I'm at home taking care of them today - but there's lots of work to do, let's stay focused on the prize! Email me if you have questions or concerns, I'll be back tomorrow, inchallah. :) -Ms. Lauren
Where do we go when our dreams drop? When being sidetracked on the way to your future becomes your future? What happens to the dreams we let die? What happens to the air around us when we let a dream go? Does an old dream stay glimmering in the air, or does it fade to black? Tell me about your dreams, what they are, where they will take you, what landscapes you will discover in your life in the form of a poem. Talk about dreams being realized, or being deferred. Here's my poem to get you thinking: http://ipg.icsmich.org/poems/1724 Happy National Poetry Month, friends! Write to your heart's content on the IPG poetry website! http://ipg.icsmich.org
I've been thinking in languages that I don't speak, and trying to expand my vocabulary in new ways this spring. But, I also always think back to what has come before, to how history has connected to the present and shaped the present like a sculptor and her clay. While the idea of redlining, or segregating people to certain neighborhoods through mortgage restrictions or denials, is no longer a practice in the United States -- I also know that when I travel uptown and pass 86th street, the white people all get off the train. There are certain areas of the city where the impacts of redlining are very clear and evident -- where you can SEE the boundaries of neighborhoods based on who gets on or gets off the train. What has your train experience been with regard to redlining? In which neighborhoods is this most obvious or evident to you? In which neighborhoods is it more subtle?
As we begin reading this text, I want you to think about your ideas of family -- what defines family to you? Is blood thicker than water? Why or why not? Must we always prioritize our family over ourselves? I'm excited for you guys to get to know the Younger family, and learn about their story. Also, if you're looking for some new/old music to brighten up your spring, here you are. You can respond to these songs/videos for extra credit to boost your grade (on paper, emailing me your responses or as a comment on the blog) You're welcome, in advance.
Dreamy Spring Playlist 2015
You can respond to these songs in addition to free-writes, for extra credit or to make up for missing work. Lyrics for most of these songs are available on www.genius.com A ½ page response will earn you 5 points.
Kendrick Lamar – “Blacker the Berry” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6e_fenSrFM
2pac – “Keep Ya Head Up” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M84wmglfsoNotorious B.I.G. – “Juicy” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfybXcVBQSI ()
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VueEh2hvNIE (in English)
Drake – “Successful” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfyIZxzfTpo
Common Sense – “I Used to Love H.E.R.” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C99iG4HoO1c
Sekou Sundiata – “Blink Your Eyes” - https://youtu.be/6b6ydMA3tAM
Stromae – “Papaoutai” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiKj0Z_Xnjc
Jaded Incorporated – “I Ran” - https://soundcloud.com/jadedinc
Flock of Seagulls – “I Ran” (Original) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIpfWORQWhU
The Cure – “Love Song” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXCKLJGLENs
Depeche Mode – “Enjoy the Silence” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0AKJMGxwpE
REM – “Losing My Religion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwtdhWltSIg
Nirvana – “Smells like Teen Spirit” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIsynkL_sU4 (espanol)
Squarepusher – “Port Rhombus” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSnhXGVTdbk
Coldcut – “Timber “- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-wl7Xk5FoY
The Beatles – “Yesterday” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S09F5MejfBE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3RdqTCv_iw (subtitulado Espanol)
Eugene the Dream – Spongebob Trap Mix - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzMJk8nGpoc
Proof/J Dilla - “Life”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4MfApWb69g
Frank Ocean – “Swim Good” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmN9rZW0HGo
Let the warm air and the rain wash over us as we head into spring. Good riddance, winter - it's been real, but we need the sun.