Tanikia Carpenter

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Chicago, Illinois

Tanikia Carpenter blogs about schools and life on Chicago’s South Side at Chicago Unheard. Her work has been featured on the TLC network, ESSENCE, and Huff Post LIVE, just to name a few. Tanikia is a regular contributor to Black & Married With Kids and the columnist of JET Magazine’s “Giving You the Gospel.” She is also the author of “When God Said Yes” and “The 30 Day Man Fast.”

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Posted May 26, 2016

From ‘Great Migration’ to ‘First Generation’

My grandparents traveled from Mississippi to Chicago during the Great Migration. My grandfather, Robert Thompson, was a hard worker who…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted Feb. 23, 2016

We Must Teach Our Black Children Their History

I asked them who was the first black president. They eagerly and confidently responded, “Dr. King!” I was extremely shocked…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted Feb. 11, 2016

The One Thing Beyonce Forgot to Address in ‘Formation’

Beyonce’s new video “Formation” is a loud celebration of Black culture, while artistically addressing racial injustices that continue to plague…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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