Author, educator, and producer of film and television, JLove Calderón has worked passionately on social justice, race and gender issues for the last 16 years. In settings that range from hip-hop ciphers to the college classroom, JLove is widely respected for her advocacy of “truth, love, and freedom” as guiding principles to inspire dialogue and action toward liberation for all people and the planet.
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That White Girl
That White Girl is a fresh and hard-edged novel chronicling a young woman’s quest for self-discovery while straddling two worlds, that of her middle-class Irish Catholic upbringing and her new family — the Crips, America’s notorious street gang.
What happens when a white girl flirts with the color lines and crosses the border into gang territory, where the bullets are in part real and the rules cannot be broken? JLove tells this incredible story inspired by her own remarkable life. Amber, a fearless white girl, has a passion for rap lyrics and an addiction to graffiti, but her journey begins when she becomes immersed in the power and grind of gang life after holding a gun to an innocent man’s head during a robbery.
That White Girl is a sharp and candid coming-of-age story, with hip-hop as its backdrop, that explores a young woman’s struggles and triumphs as she crosses boundaries, discovers her own limits, and finds a new way to express herself in a world divided into black and white.
View a Preview | Buy it Now | *That White Girl has been optioned for film. www.ThatWhiteGirlFilm.com
Conscious Women Rock the Page!
Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change (CWRP)
Four women have teamed up to support educators who wish to use hip hop fiction in their classrooms to explore social issues and promote activism among their students. CWRP is based on three hip hop novels praised for their treatment of substantive issues from race relations to dating violence in a genre often criticized for glorifying street life and perpetuating stereotypes.
The curriculum contains over thirty lessons which are appropriate for use in middle school classrooms through university campuses. The novels upon which CWRP is based are: That White Girl, by JLove, The Sista Hood: On the Mic by E-Fierce, and Picture Me Rollin’, by Black Artemis, and is edited by Marcella Runell Hall, co-editor of The Hip Hop Education Guidebook. CWRP contains lessons on multiple subjects and disciplines including English, social studies, ethnic studies, race relations, women’s studies, criminal justice and health and sexuality to name just a few. CWRP is a curriculum for educators who want to introduce popular media in their learning environments to engage their students on meaningful social and political issues, facilitate their empowerment, and inspire them to take action.
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We Got Issues!
A Young Women’s Guide to Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life
(New World Library, 2006) edited by Rha-Goddess and JLove Calderon
There is a movement brewing among America’s daughters. Women are branding their own form of social and political leadership. Young women have huge hopes and aspirations for themselves, and for their societies. They have limitless gifts to contribute and they have the talent and the right to make those aspirations realities. We stand firm that our growth from victim to vision is a universal process, and we celebrate the voices of all women. This book will explore the social, political and cultural landscape of young women’s leadership in this nation and take the reader on a journey through the hearts, minds, and souls of a new feminine generation as they speak honestly and courageously about the ten most pressing issues facing young women today.
“A beautiful, proud, lyrical, loving, defiant, truth-witnessing, joyful chorus of voices, some louder than a bomb, some rarely heard, all wanting a better world – We Got Issues! is what democracy sounds like.” - Jeff Chang, author Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, winner of the 2006 National Book Award
“Powerful, original, diverse, outrageous young women. Their voices literally pulse through the book. A manifesta, an invitation, a revelation.” –Eve Ensler, Creator of the Vagina Monologues & Founder of V-Day
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‘Til the White Day is Done
‘Til the White Day is Done is a multi-dimensional and interactive experience focusing on racism and white privilege through art, education, and entertainment. It includes an anthology, curriculum guide, feature length documentary, workshops, and a national “town hall” style tour.
This project includes the voices of Game-Changers, Paradigm-Shifters, Wisdom-Callers: Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli and his father, Dr. Perry Greene, April Silver, Rosa Clemente, Danny Hoch, Inga Musico, Jeff Chang, Tim Wise, Suheir Hammad, M1, Esther Armah, Baba Israel, Chuck D, MC Serch, Peggy McIntosh, Marcella Runell Hall and many more.
Curriculum Guide……Watch the trailer…………………….Watch MC Serch Speaks
Occupying Privilege; Conversations on Love, Race, & Liberation
A new book by JLove Calderon
In Occupying Privilege, today’s cultural icons–writers, activists, educators, and artists—offer unique and fresh perspectives on white supremacy, white privilege, and racial justice.
So, um, what the hell is white privilege anyway, and do I have it?
The short answer is if you’re white, yeah, you do. Good news is, there’s a lot we can do, together, to undo the power dynamics and racism which keep us from embracing freedom for all. Imagine if we could all agree that racism does exist, without the feelings of blame, shame, and guilt, then we could be in the business of changing it. This book will help you get there. A book for the people by the people, told through stories, conversations, letters, and essays, readers will learn about white supremacy, media’s spin control, (mis)education, the criminal IN-justice system, cultural appropriation, and racism’s continued impact on people of color and white people.
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