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finals tip: in the words of bob marley, “don’t let ’em change ya, or even rearrange ya.”

dear readers,

this weekend was poetry, community, it was being santa’s helper at the neighborhood association holiday party for the battered women’s shelter, it was healing and god bless it, it was music.  now it’s monday.  i woke up thinking about belinda carlisle, they say in heaven love comes first, ooh heaven is a place on earth.  and now i’m listening to begum akhtar, chilling.

if you’re in the midst of finals like me, then you know how tempting it is to place yourself on the back burner while academia blazes to the foreground, all up in you.  but the immortal bob marley sings, “don’t let em fool you, or even try to school you,” and i think he was dead on.

look, no matter what, there is an order of care for each and every human being. folks are buckling under the stress all the time, and that’s not cool, so don’t forget the rules.  there’s an order of care you must attend to.

first, attend to the spirit, the mind.  for me, that means taking a moment to meditate, to pray, and breathe, in order to get present.  second, attend to the body.  a flexible body, an alive body lets out the ideas and words for those papers with so much ease.  plus, it’s hard to write a 20 pager when your hacking up a lung.  i’m just saying.  third, home.  keep your home tight, smelling good, kitchen churning out something healthy, even if it’s just juice, still, keeping the hearth functional is crucial to these paper writing days.  fourth, everything else, in whatever order, one at a time.

deadlines breathing down your neck, but the order of care never changes.  only you can get these papers done, final time can be so isolating, but let’s not forget that our connectedness to the earth never wavers for a moment.

much love,

roopa

p.s. i’ma be blogging at the end of the week, taking a few days off to focus on these papers.  xoxoxox

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so yo, soy yo, a teacher: thank you hip hop politics

dear readers,

today marked the last class session of hip hop politics at pace.  i have to say, i am so thankful to have shared the space with the 32 student-teachers who ran with me all semester.  i learned a lot from them, hopefully they learned a bit from me, and i can’t wait to see them do their damn thing in the 4th annual hip hop politics performance.

teaching is a blessing i can’t describe

ever since i was a child i’ve wanted to be a teacher

and this semester was harder than any before

i may have gone above and beyond

i may have fallen short

but i know i came through

every damn class

for the love of hip hop

for the love of education

for the one young lady

who never finished a sentence without laughing

but who’s research reflected such sharp intellectual potential

for the one young man

who bloomed from tucked away in the corner

to up in front and meditating a lively discussion based off his ideas

for the older students

who came through with their hopes and skills so shining

for the one who always came in late

like clockwork though and i know she soaked us in

for the one with the glasses who subscribed to this blog

because i hear the clarity of your voice ringing out above the room

for the one who always teared up

because what she’s going through she knows i understand

for the one who finally cut off dude

because it’s no more drama time

and because she’d rather be single than disrespected

because she has so much more to be in this world

because she can learn

how to live

and live better.

thank you hip hop politics.

thank you so much.

peace,

prof. singh

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on panel this morning at rutgers

dear readers,

i’m speaking on a panel at rutgers this morning, at the 5th Annual Women of Color Initiatives Symposium. we’re going to be talking about what it’s like to wear multiple hats out here, and also what it means to form community, and compartmentalize identities in order to get farther and ahead as brown and black women.  here’s the flier.

 

stay tuned,

roopa singh

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