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The barbershops I go to now are just like the ones I went to when I was a teenager. Men that differ in age and ethnicity but overlap through culture sit in side chairs, waiting for their cut. The coat tree in the corner still exists…


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I’m not exactly exactly sure when I became such a book nerd. There was a time when I was really young that I loved reading followed by a time when I was a little older when I hated reading. A week into ninth grade English class Ms. Szuke assigned us…


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I almost forgot it was the night that The Lox would be facing Dispet until one of my boys texted, “y’all got your baggy white tees and Tims on yet?” This battle was one of the most anticipated in Verzuz history — which is a webcast series created by music…


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I got queasy this morning. When I unplugged the charging cord from my phone I realized it was now August. I stayed in bed instead of immediately getting out of my covers and rushing to drink water, brush teeth, and boil eggs, because I realized that…it was August. August, especially…


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In 2016, Sacramento Kings star forward, Demarcus Cousins, ranted after a 55-point game and victory for his team. “It’s getting ridiculous. It’s really ridiculous…Yes. This is ridiculous, man. Ridiculous,” he said during a post game interview. He was big mad at the referees who had seemed to develop a habit…


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I hate treadmills. I can’t stand the idea of them. I’m not a big fan of jogging either, but every few months a year I’ll catch a three, four, or six week wave where I’ll go outside on a consistent basis and get some miles in. But running in place…


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I’m tired. And it’s not because I’ve almost entirely lost interest in continuing on with the flawed form of teaching we call remote learning or emergency education. Losing interest is merely a symptom of the deeper anguish I feel from simply Being. I’m tired because every time I open my…


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I have grown accustomed to ordering books off of Amazon, but on this Sunday, I felt compelled to step inside a bookstore. I have this thing with that space: it functions as a restorative outlet to me. When my day to day gets too tenuous and I feel gripped by…


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Way back in the day, I remember a friend on my street, Sasha, who had a unicycle. We would be riding our bicycles around the block and he would be with us on his unicycle. He could do all the things we did on our bikes, like ride with no…


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I wonder if almost every teacher was an A+ student as a child. Or if the majority of folks who become teachers do so because school came easy to them; learning, following instructions, the entire process. Or if, at a young age, they internalized the precedency of conforming to institutional…

Matthew R. Morris

Educator, blogger, speaker, and Anti-Racism activist. The blog, www.matthewrmorris.com speaks to aspects of race, culture, and education.

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