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. 33: Revisiting The Revolt Summit
Oct 7 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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…