Tanikia Carpenter

Guest Blogger

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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…

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Posted Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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