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Occupying Privilege

 

"JLove Calderón addresses the often-ignored reality of “white privilege” and all that comes with it. If we are going to progress into an age of true equality and fairness everyone must examine how we can aspire to become a post-racial society."

-Russell Simmons
 

“Occupying Privilege is a necessary weapon in the war against unearned privilege and unmerited suffering. This volume—which brings together some of the most brilliant, committed, and principled cultural workers on the planet—provides us with the tools for thinking, struggling, and loving our way into new forms of freedom, justice, and healing. This book is an instant classic!”

            -Marc Lamont Hill, author of The Classroom and the Cell; Conversations on Black Life in America.
 

“Occupying Privilege is an essential resource for anyone working for our collective healing, survival and liberation.  Buy this totally inspiring and practical book and use its insights as a guide to getting together for racial and economic justice.”

            -Paul Kivel, educator, activist, & author Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. www.paulkivel.com
 

"In Occupying Privilege, JLove weaves together a multi-genre journey of political memoir, anthology, history lesson, and 'how to' for the radical yet necessary vision of global liberation for all people. Get it, spread it, do it."

 -Richard Nash, ex-Publisher, Soft Skull Press
 

"Original, fresh, and inspiring; a useful tool in the fight against racial injustice."

            -Eddie Moore, Jr.  Founder/Program Director of The White Privilege   Conference
 

"JLove radiantly intertwines personal journeys of struggle, power, privilege, transformation, and agency-- crafting a powerful, inspiring, useful, and healing message situated in social justice, love, and liberation. Occupying Privilege is a much needed and insightful dialogue by some of today’s most courageous, authentic, creative, and influential voices."

            -Michael Benitez Jr., social justice educator, activist, scholar
 

On That White Girl

"An honest look at a life worth reading. It was like reading a diary and wanting to reach out to the person writing…to befriend them, so that they see that they are not alone."

-M.C. Serch
 

"In JLove's masterful hands, Amber's story taps into the dramatic difficulties of simply trying to find one's unique place in a deeply fractured world. Here's a voice we've been waiting for."

- Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA
 

"JLove has the heart, the skills, and the underdog love to tell this deeply moving coming-of-age story the way it had to be told."

- Jeff Chang, winner of National Book Award and author of Can't Stop Won't Stop
 

"Don't get it twisted. That White Girl is more than just another hip hop roman-a-clef. Amidst Amber’s search for community, JLove drops many truths about race in the U.S., the challenges of growing up female and the power of this tribe called Hip Hop...The drama and controversy will hook you, no doubt."

- Black Artemis, author of the hip hop novels Explicit Content, Picture Me Rollin' and Burn
 

On Love, Race, Liberation

 

“This book is a grand tribute to the love of freedom and the courage to struggle for justice.  Don’t miss it!”

-Cornel West, Princeton University
 

"Race in America is complicated--and the role that Caucasian Americans play in it is like the craziest game of Twister you've ever seen. But with Love, Race, and Liberation; ‘Til The White Day is Done, JLove and Marcella don't get things twisted. In this world of GPS navigation, sometimes a map is the best way to go. Unfold it and get to where we need to be."

-Sacha Jenkins, co-author, ego trip's big book of racism
 

"What would you do if it were your child?" Just one of the multitude of provocative questions and issues raised in this exciting, innovative resource for teachers and trainers. Love, Race, and Liberation provides practical, accessible educational tools for use in classrooms and workshop sessions. These ready-to-use lesson plans
and compelling personal reflections will challenge learners to awaken their racial consciousness, engage in authentic dialogue about dynamics of race and racism, and develop the critical competencies and commitment to help create inclusive, socially just communities for all people.

-Kathy Obear, social justice educator and advocate, Social Justice Institute  (www.sjti.org)
 

"Calderon and Runell Hall are unmasking the hegemonic race machine that has corroded American education and are counteracting it with meaningful curricula, dialogue and hope. This collection not only aims at transforming the lives of our students, but most importantly the practice of our teachers".

-Michael Cirelli, Executive Director, Urban Word NYC
 

 “JLove, Marcella and there camp of educators have essentially taken the most popular voice of our youth, Hip Hop music and culture, and made a way of educating our youth by engaging them with music and a culture they love and respect.  Most teachers set in an urban environment know the power of Hip Hop and have tried to connect the culture …but have not been able to succeed because they do not have a grasp of the subtle nuances of Hip Hop... To put it bluntly, most teachers come across as fake and unnatural.  This course curriculum will make a teacher and their students connect on the most basic levels of course study, testing, and retention of information, due to the level of interest the students will take away from the classroom through the music and its natural rhythms. I only wish I would have had this type of education when I was coming up in school.  It would have worked wonders for me.”

-M.C. Serch

Conscious Women Rock the Page

 

"Mainstream media only covers about 2 percent of what Hip-Hop culture is really about. The authors of Conscious Women have assembled their collective knowledge, experience and insights to offer you access to the other 98 percent – or at least set you upon the right path. Necessary and long overdue, I couldn't suggest a stronger, more integrity filled team of artist-activists to do the job. Get prepared for an eye-opening journey!"

-Toni Blackman U.S. Hip-Hop Ambassador/Artist
 

“The revolution is coming and its advance guard will be powerfully conscious and self-reflexive women of the Hip-Hop generation! The struggle ahead demands a fist inside our hearts, and a critical way to re-envision ourselves as active agents for social justice. Read Conscious Women and join the revolution."

-Peter McLaren, author of Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Struggle for Revolution, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
 

"As an artist, activist and educator who has hosted shows for BET, HBO and NBC, I understand the power of media to enact social change. Educators would be doing their students and their families a disservice by not investigating how Conscious Women could enrich their curricula. This project is a powerful undertaking by Hip-Hop artists and educators who realize that we must meet our young people where they live. These are women who share my mission-using our culture to uplift. Brava to these ground-breaking writers for creating this revolutionary text!"

-Abiola Abrams, Art Filmmaker, TV Personality, Author

Occupying Privilege

Occupying Privilege

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...

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We Got Issues!

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...

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‘Til the White Day is Done

‘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...

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Conscious Women Rock the Page

Conscious Women Rock the Page

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...

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That White Girl

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...

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