According to Oxford dictionary, gatekeeping may be defined as “the activity of controlling, and usually limiting, general access to something”. Now, if we peruse the “Urban Dictionary” we’ll find it defined as “when someone takes it upon themselves to decide who does or does not have access or rights to a community or identity”.

I define gatekeeping as the unnecessary act of getting in the way. Getting in the way of progress. Getting in the way of equitably allocated resources. Getting in the way of peoples professional aspirations. …


Last week I finally mourned the death of my grandfather.

The thing is, he passed away almost fifteen years ago.

What started as a simple call to check on my grandmother, turned into a confession of suppressed emotions generating from the realization that the man I once loved most, whom I wanted nothing more than to please, was no more, and how saddened I was at my failure to connect with her on an emotional level due to my inability to fully process his death.

Like most black men I know, my adolescence was spent becoming desensitized to the emotional…


Being a teacher is one thing, but being a Black male teacher is a completely different experience

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“Mr. Malone, do you know what education means in Spanish?”

One of my students asked me this question after reading my copies of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, and Idelisse Malavé and Esti Giordani’s Latino Stats: American Hispanics by the Numbers. As was our tradition when he’d read one of my books, we were ready to talk about his experience. He was already an outspoken, even rebellious student, but something in these titles in particular resonated with his disdain for school and his search to find his purpose.

Educación means to bring out from within, or to help bring…

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