8 Black Hands

8 Black Hands

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Deep in the heart of public school education wars rage on, and few warriors come to fight for the people. Yet, there is one small band of freedom fighters bring sanity to the village. Anyone who threatens the education of our 8 million black children is likely to catch these eight black hands.


Ep. 74: The “Good Trouble” Episode
Aug 10 • 68 min
In this episode, the fellas honor the lives of C.T. Vivian and John Lewis. Please leave us your thoughts and share this episode. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/8-black-hands-podcast/message
Ep. 73: Smart Black Kids Vs. Acting White
Aug 5 • 68 min
In this episode, the fellas are joined by two youth from Energy Convertors to discuss the topic of “Acting White”. The students break down their experiences and the 8BH crew give you their signature authentic talk. You don’t want to miss this. —- Send in…
Ep. 72: Healthcare in the Black Community
Jul 27 • 74 min
Following up on our last show that focused on self-care, the hands chop it up with Dr. Jedan Phillips about healthcare in the Black Community. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/8-black-hands-podcast/message
EP. 71: Self-Care During COVID-19 featuring Hilary Beard
Jul 20 • 73 min
In this episode, the fellas chop it up with award winning writer and editor Hilary Beard. We discussed self-care and wellness techniques as preventive measures. This is the episode you learn from. —- Send in a voice message:…
Ep. 70: A Covid-19 School Re-entry Plan
Jul 13 • 66 min
In this episode, the fellas discuss the country’s plan to reopen schools. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/8-black-hands-podcast/message
Ep. 69: The Current State of Education w/NTOY Rodney Robinson
Jul 6 • 70 min
The hands get to kick it with the 2019 National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson. We went through a bunch of topics and Mr. Robinson did not disappoint. You definitely do not want to miss this. For more access and content from us, become a member of…
Ep. 68: The Confederate Flag, Defunding “Trash” Schools, & Other Topics from the Week
Jun 29 • 86 min
This week we discuss America’s obsession with the Confederate flag, the flag’s historical context and implications. Also, we talk about what it could mean to “defund trash” schools, and a couple of more topics w/ twists and surprises. Tune in. —- Send in…
Ep. 67: Strange Fruit/Ed Reform & Police Reform
Jun 22 • 117 min
In this episode, the fellas talk about strange fruit, and having the same energy for ed reform as we currently have for police reform. This is one of those marathon episodes. You asked for longer episodes and we did our best to listen. Let us know your…
Ep. 66: The Everybody Luvs Raymond Episode
Jun 17 • 63 min
In this episode, we celebrate the professional accomplishments of Ray Ankrum. Listen and learn about his time in growing up in Louisiana to his journey to becoming a superintendent. It’s all in there. —- Send in a voice message:…
Ep. 65: The Vainglorious Episode
Jun 8 • 79 min
In this episode, the fellas show their love and appreciate for Chris Stewart. Our co-host has an amazing story and we finally get to dive into it. We hope you enjoy it. For more access to the 8BH crew, join our Patreon: Patreon.com/8BH —- Send in a voice…
Ep. 64: The Fire This Time
Jun 1 • 129 min
This episode was different. The fellas discuss the ongoing protests and offer their reactions and thoughts. This was our longest episode yet as the fellas let their thoughts breathe. —- Send in a voice message:…
Ep. 63: The School-to-Activism Pipeline
May 25 • 71 min
In this episode, we honor the work of our co-host, Sharif El-Mekki. We learn about his organization, his life’s philosophy, and how his time growing up in Iran. Yes, our co-host is an onion with layers. You’ll definitely enjoy hearing these stories. For…
Ep. 62: Typos and All… feat. Dr. Brian Stanley
May 18 • 75 min
In this episode, we honor one of our own, Dr. Charles Cole, III. We do a deep dive into his research and his mindset while doing it. We are joined by friend of the show, Dr. Brian Stanley who offers insight as one of the advisors to the research. If you…
Ep. 61: R.I.P. Ahmaud Arbery
May 11 • 71 min
This was a tough conversation but necessary. No long intro here. Enjoy and heal with us. For more access, join our Patreon: Patreon.com/8BH —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/8-black-hands-podcast/message
Ep. 60: Student Homelessness during COVID-19
May 4 • 68 min
Today the fellas tackle student homelessness. This topic hit pretty close to home for the hosts. The fellas break down the 4 different types of homelessness while discussing what we can do to better support students. For more access, join us over at…
Ep. 59: Live with Google’s Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap
Apr 27 • 67 min
The Hands chopped it up with the Google Evangelist, Jaime Casap. We discussed the amazing work that he’s currently doing, as well as get Jaime’s thoughts on equity and access for poor and disenfranchised students during this Covid-19 pandemic. Take a…
Ep. 58: Live with THE Kaya Henderson
Apr 19 • 72 min
This was quite the episode! Kaya broke down key reflections form her time as Chancellor in DC. She came with so much wisdom and love for our community that it felt more like a masterclass on leadership. Take a listen and share. For more intimate content,…
Ep. 57: Schools out, instructional leadership, and student retention
Apr 13 • 72 min
The hands talk about the rift between New York’s governor and NYC’s mayor; the missing conversation about principal quality; and whether or not students should be retained a grade due to the pandemic. Join the Patreon for even more access: Patreon.com/8BH…
Ep. 56: These Are Trying Times
Apr 6 • 70 min
In this episode the fellas go deep on a few topics including: - Shaun King - Teachers working during spring break - COVID-19 Updates Listen, comment, and share. Also, check join our virtual book club over on Patreon. Patreon.com/8BH —- Send in a voice…
Ep 55: The Well-Spoken Episode & Other Topics
Mar 31 • 59 min
In this episode, the fellas went deep and explored everything from the new-education-normal via COVID-19 to how people feel about being told they’re well-spoken. We had a great time so join us by listening and sharing the convo with your friends. —- Send…
Ep. 54: The Quarantine Episode
Mar 23 • 71 min
In this episode, the fellas explore the new normal. They discuss how they are adjusting in these uncertain times. Take a listen and share it with a friend. Also, for more exclusive content, join the Patreon at Patreon.com/8BH. —- Send in a voice message:…
Ep. 53: Coronavirus vs Everybody
Mar 16 • 61 min
At an unprecedented time where the coronavirus is changing life for everyone, we decided to take it head on. We discuss everything from how families are coping to the inactivity of the president. This is a time where we all must step up for each other.…
Ep. 52: 8BH Live from Little Rock!
Mar 8 • 89 min
This was a special live episode. We got to spend time in Little Rock and it was amazing. Huge shout out to the Reform Alliance for bringing us out. We covered a ton in this episode including everything from holding your elected officials accountable to…
Ep. 51: Arresting 6 year olds, Presidential Elections, and the State of Education Journalism
Mar 2 • 60 min
In this episode, we discussed the viral video where a 6 year old girl is arrested and the fellas have some pretty strong takes. Then we shift our attention to the latest news from the presidential elections before analyzing the current state of ed…
Ep. 50: What Will It Actually Take to Get More Black Educators Into Your Schools and Districts?
Feb 23 • 74 min
Many schools and districts are announcing that they want more diversity in the teacher workforce. Far less are moving mountains to ensure the teaching and learning conditions for Black and Brown students and staff are anti-racist environments and…
Ep. 49: Nothing is Off Limits w/Dr. Boyce Watkins
Feb 17 • 68 min
You all are in for a treat. As the title suggests, we covered a ton of topics. Dr. Watkins came on the show and did not disappoint. Join us as we discuss educating Black folks, economics, politics in academia, the importance of Black ownership and more!…
Ep. 48: A Chat w/Baltimore City Public Schools CEO, Dr. Sonja Santelises
Feb 10 • 81 min
In this episode, the fellas chat with the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, Dr. Sonja Santelises. They discuss a wide range of topics including Baltimore’s push for equity, improving over time, and changing the narrative of Baltimore. Take a listen,…
Ep. 47: Black History Month, Black Politicians, and Comparing the Social Media Era with Yesteryear
Feb 3 • 64 min
Happy Black History Month!! In this episode, Charles and Sharif dive into a lot! The fellas start by highlighting a few Black leaders that meant a lot to each of them personally. Then the fellas veer into a video by Jason Riley called Blacks in Power…
Ep. 46: RIP Kobe & Gigi, Plus the Brightbeam Report
Jan 27 • 70 min
Man, this was a tough one. Recorded just hours after the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s death, the fellas got a chance to reflect. Life is short, love hard. Afterwards, we dive into the recent report put out by Brightbeam, The Secret Shame: How America’s…
Ep. 45: Live From NOLA & Discussing Parent Power
Jan 20 • 76 min
In this episode, the fellas got to travel to New Orleans to the amazing inaugural National Parents Union Parent Power 2020 Summit. The fellas discussed themes of parent agency and why parents must be at the forefront of improving our educational…
Ep. 44: New Year, Same Academic Madness
Jan 13 • 70 min
In this episode, the fellas take on 2 different issues. First, we discuss a school fight that went too far and resulted in a mother getting a black eye and then we dive into the difference between California textbooks and Texas textbooks. That’s right,…
Ep. 43: The Impotence of Choice: How Far Would You Go to Get Quality Education?
Jan 8 • 46 min
Welcome to the new decade! We missed you all. In this episode, the fellas discussed a school so in demand parents camped out to get their child a spot. The fellas discuss the importance of access and how far parents are willing to go to ensure their kids…
Ep. 42: Go Where You Are Celebrated, Not Tolerated
Dec 22, 2019 • 68 min
This episode is the return of our brother, Chris Stewart and he was in rare form!! In this episode, we covered a lot. First, we discussed the a group of privileged parents upset at potential boundary changes that would route more Black students to their…
Ep. 41: They Call Our Kids ‘Criminals’ | The Saga of Urban Dove
Dec 15, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode, the fellas discuss the saga surround Urban Dove School which has plans to move into a Jewish Community. Urban Dove is a charter school that serves students who failed the 9th grade. The past two tenants of the building have been Jewish…
Ep. 40: Everyone wins with more Black educators ft. Dr. Constance Lindsay
Dec 8, 2019 • 56 min
Our communities have always known the power of Black children having Black teachers in their lives. The numbers of Black teachers dropped significantly as a result of the Brown vs Board decision. While we’ve known the short -term impact of having Black…
Ep. 39: Sarah, In Her Own Words
Nov 26, 2019 • 51 min
Sarah Carpenter and the Powerful Parent Network lifted their voices at a rally where Elizabeth Warren was speaking and it is getting national news. Before major news outlets change the narrative, we wanted you all to hear straight from Miss Sarah…
Ep. 38: Agentic Black Mamas Address Warren & Her Education Plan
Nov 25, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode, the fellas dive into the protest by the Powerful Parent Network. Sarah Carpenter, friend of the show and guest of Episode 19, had a head on collision with Elizabeth Warren and the public response has been interesting to say the least.…
Ep. 37: Discussing Segregation, Black Education, and Truth LIVE in Minneapolis
Nov 17, 2019 • 65 min
In this episode, the fellas find themselves live in Minneapolis. The conversation touches on legislation attacking culturally affirming schools serving Black kids that have been designated as “segregated”. We also have a direct conversation about the…
Ep. 36 - Live from Texas!!
Nov 10, 2019 • 59 min
While Texas is known for doing everything bigger and better, we wanted to know if the same mantra is realized for their Black students’ achievement levels. Listen to this episode to determine #HowAreTheChildren Hit us up on Twitter @8BlackHands1 —- Send…
Ep. 35: White Folks, Please Stop Lecturing Black Folks About OUR Children
Oct 28, 2019 • 56 min
In this episode, the fellas dive deep into the paternalistic ways in which white folks and other entities of power try to explain Black children to Black people. As always, the fellas hold no punches nor leaves any stone unturned. Tune in for the realest…
Ep. 34: The Chicago Public Schools Strike & Chance the Rapper
Oct 21, 2019 • 59 min
In this episode, the fellows have a deep discussion on the latest CPS strike before debating a recent comment by Chance the Rapper. This was a necessary episode. Enjoy. Comment on the episode on Twitter: @8BlackHands1 —- Send in a voice message:…
Ep. 33: Revisiting The Revolt Summit
Oct 7, 2019 • 52 min
In this episode, Chris and Charles revisit the Revolt Summit in all its glory. Listen in to see where the fellas fell on the Killer Mike & Candice Owens exchange, and the need for more Black forums such as this. You can also view the full Revolt Summit…
Ep. 32 Loving Education Debates Amongst Black Folks w/Special Guest Dr. Bettina Love
Sep 30, 2019 • 74 min
In this episode, we got to chat with Dr. Bettina Love about her new book, We Want to do More than Survive, Black education, what she thinks we must do to ensure better education for Black children moving forward. We had a ton of LOVING debates (see what…
Ep. 31: 6-Year-Old Girl Arrested, Desks in Bathroom, & Broke Booker
Sep 23, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode, the fellas discuss a myriad of controversial topics in the world of education. First they discuss the arrest of a 6-year-old girl for having a tantrum in school while also discussing whether cops are even needed in schools. Then the…
Ep. 30: Live in DC w/Jalen Rose
Sep 14, 2019 • 44 min
Well, the fellas were on the rode once again and this time was blessed to interview Jalen Rose about all the amazing work he is doing at Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in his hometown of Detroit. Spoiler Alert, the big homie killed it and had smoke for…
Ep. 29: The Edupurist Takeover
Sep 8, 2019 • 54 min
While The Hands are preparing to go back on the road, Ray and his Edupurist Podcast took over our airwaves. Go support Ray and the Edupurist podcast. You can find more Edupurists pod episodes here: https://anchor.fm/raymond-ankrum1 and subscribe to the…
Ep 28: Emancipatory Education
Sep 2, 2019 • 61 min
This episode is all about emancipatory education. The fellas offer their thoughts and personal experiences to this term that deserves more attention. What is emancipatory education to you and where are you seeing it happen now? Share it with the 8 Black…
Ep. 27: Is Jay-Z Helping or Hurting the Movement? *Plus How This Informs Education in Black America
Aug 25, 2019 • 72 min
This is a special episode. It’s so special, in fact, that we gave you bonus material at the end of the episode. In this episode, we discuss the latest regarding Jay-Z and the NFL. Then we discuss how this affects the 8 million Black children in our…
Ep. 26: Recapping Our Live Pittsburgh, PA Show
Aug 19, 2019 • 52 min
Oh this one is a doozy! In it, we start out recapping the AMAZING State of Learning event in Pittsburgh, PA. In that live show (which we hope to put out soon) there was a bit of controversy and we discuss it here. Spoiler Alert: the Hands definitely…
Ep. 25: NAACP, What About the Black Kids in Cali featuring Christina Laster
Aug 12, 2019 • 60 min
In this episode, we welcome Freedom Fighter Christina Laster. She is the current Education Chair of the San Diego branch of the NAACP and she stands for Black children even when the state chapter doesn’t. Here, she tells her story and gives advice on what…
Ep. 24: Booker’s Betrayal
Aug 4, 2019 • 65 min
We send our thoughts to Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton. Then we discuss Booker’s flip flop on parent choice that led to a spirited debate about the Democratic Primary landscape. There was real (and productive) conflict. Strap in because this one is a wild…
Ep. 23: All The Smoke Featuring Dr. Charles Cole & Dr. Keith Benson
Jul 30, 2019 • 63 min
This episode originally appeared on Ray’s podcast, the Edupurist podcast. In honor of Charles’ birthday, we have decided to re-broadcast this episode. The birth of this episode came from a twitter disagreement, in which two sides of a passionate argument…
Ep. 22 - Stand & Fight ft. Dr. Howard Fuller
Jul 21, 2019 • 69 min
In this episode, we got to spend time with the man himself, Dr. Fuller. He gave us a ton of free game, history, and all the motivation one may need to stand up for Black education in this country. You can find Dr. Fuller on twitter: @HowardLFuller —- Send…
Ep. 21: Mayhem at Disneyland
Jul 15, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode, we discuss Chris’ controversial article about the melee at Disneyland and how we should respond as a community. We argued, we laughed, we agreed, we disagreed. Enjoy and join in. Twitter: @8BlackHands1 —- Send in a voice message:…
Ep. 20: EdReform is Dead, Now What? [Live from Vegas]
Jul 12, 2019 • 73 min
This was a special episode. The fellas were live and the crowd was all the way into it. Shout out to that AMAZING crowd. The room was a little loud and there’s a slight buzz BUT the content is fire. As always, please share and leave your comments. Enjoy!…
Ep. 19 The Memphis Lift on Why Parents Should be Leading the Movement
Jul 4, 2019 • 46 min
Ray and Charles got a chance to sit down with the most amazing group of parents in the game. We had an amazing conversation. Sarah Carpenter and her team are forces of nature. Unapologetic, knowledgeable, and just all out great for kids in Memphis. Check…
18: “Radical Binacity” of Whiteness and Ed Reform
Jun 24, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode, Charles and Ray dive deeper into the recent Atlantic article by billionaire Nick Hanauer as he has his “epiphany’ of sorts regarding the relationship between economic inequality and poor education. Needless to say, Charles and Ray had a…
17: When They See Us Discussion (Part 2)
Jun 12, 2019 • 41 min
PART 2 In this episode, we dive deep into the Limited Series Netflix show, When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. The convo grew and as a result, we turned it into two episodes. —- Send in a voice message:…
16: When They See Us Discussion (Part 1)
Jun 11, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode, we dive deep into the Limited Series Netflix show, When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay. The convo grew and as a result, we turned it into two episodes. So enjoy Part 1 and share your thoughts. —- Send in a voice message:…
15: Ep. 15 The Philly Show ft: David P. Hardy
Jun 2, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode, Ray and Sharif venture to Philly to talk to the “OG” David P. Hardy (@davidphardy) about all things Philly education. Great episode. Take a listen and continue to conversation on Twitter @8BlackHands1. —- Send in a voice message:…
14: Ep. 14 Black Education Under Attack in Cali
May 28, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, the fellas discuss the legislation on the table aimed to take charter schools out and the Black folks most impacted. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/8-black-hands-podcast/message
13: Ep. 13 Bernie’s Barking Again…
May 18, 2019 • 47 min
The team tackles Bernie’s advocacy to take away a wing of Black and Brown education. We have a LOT to say on that topic. Oh, and we know Charles’ mic sounds weird, we gotta get that kid a new one. Enjoy and always, continue to conversation with us on…
12: Ep. 12 Live from Oakland!!
May 12, 2019 • 51 min
We had the privilege of recording our first live show in Oakland at the Charter Collaborative Conference. We tackled a wide range of topics with the treatment of Black schools being one of them. Take a listen. If you like us, give up 5 stars on iTunes. It…
11: Ep 11: The Tale of the Assistant Principal and his trusty Sharpie
Apr 29, 2019 • 40 min
AP decides that his only recourse of action is to draw on a student in order to fix his haircut and get him back to class. Not once did he think to call this kid’s parents. Things like this happen to our kids all of this time, and we have to do a better…
10: Ep 10: Should principals be able to impose dress codes on parents?
Apr 29, 2019 • 35 min
Texas principal implements a dress code for parents. People are up in arms about the new dress code policy, as many feel it represents an archaic way of thinkings, as well as identity politics. Is this too harsh of a policy? Do principals have much more…
9: Ep. 9: Black Parents, You Are On Your Own
Apr 8, 2019 • 54 min
Let’s start this thing off right, WELCOME BACK TO THE VAINGLORIOUS CHRIS STEWART. Happy to have you back, brother. The fellas discuss why we say Black parents are on their own and ways they can be ready. No punches pulled, just straight talk in service of…
8: Ep. 8: TFA, Scapegoat Supreme
Apr 1, 2019 • 41 min
The 8 Black Hands tackle the issue of California trying to banish TFA…
7: EP 7: Oh Y’all Was CHEATIN’ Cheating - Operation Varsity Blues Scandal
Mar 17, 2019 • 51 min
In the midst of the greatest college admin scandal, the team breaks down their reactions and thoughts on where Black folks should go from here. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/8-black-hands-podcast/message
6: EP 6: Oakland Strikes Again - This time it’s personal
Feb 25, 2019 • 79 min
As the heat from teachers’ strikes in Oakland rises, things are turning violent. Charles Cole helps us understand the recent vandalism and threats to education advocates. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/8-black-hands-podcast/message
5: EP 5: Blackface, black history, and black education
Feb 17, 2019 • 28 min
What does black history month mean to us? It means we need to keep eyes on the prize and not be distracted by media reports of politicians in blackface. Our kids deserve our full attention. —- Send in a voice message:…
4: EP 4: The Oakland teachers are set to walk on struggling students
Feb 11, 2019 • 75 min
Here we go again. This time it’s Oakland that is bracing for a teachers strike that will disrupt the education of children who are already so far behind. To help us understand what is at issue we invited **Dr. Brian Stanley**, the former Executive…
3: EP: 3 What happens when our own friends and family hate charters and school choice?
Feb 6, 2019 • 44 min
Ray Ankrum’s piece “[Adressing Anti-School Choice Noise](https://everybodyluvsraymondsedblog.com/2019/01/26/addressing-the-anti-school-choice-noise/)” gets us talking about the people in our life and community how disagree with the education work we do.…
2: EP: 2 Teachers strike in Los Angeles, but not for us.
Jan 28, 2019 • 32 min
This past week we saw teachers in Los Angeles end their first strike in in 30 years. Did the parents and children in that city gain enough in the process? We discuss Citizen Stewart’s [piece on the…
1: EP 1: Dr. King, integration, billionaires, and the black church
Jan 22, 2019 • 78 min
In this first episode the crew (Ankrum, Cole, El-Mekki, and Stewart) introduce the show and talk about the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, public school integration, and the big money that funds anti-school choice activists. —- Send in a voice…