JLove has authored or co-edited five books including: We Got Issues! A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life with Rha Goddess (New World Library, 2006); That White Girl which has been optioned for film (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, 2007); Conscious Women Rock the Page! Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change, with Marcella Runell Hall, E-Fierce, & Black Artemis (Sister Outsider Publishing, 2008); Love, Race, and Liberation: ‘Til the White Day is Done, with Marcella Runell Hall (Love-N-Liberation Press, 2010); and Occupying Privilege (Love-N-Liberation Press, 2012), winner in the social change category of the National Indie Excellence Awards.
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. Click to purchase Occupying Privilege: Conversations on Love, Race, & Liberation When you Occupy Privilege you’ll discover: The difference (and there are many!) between white privilege, white supremacy, racism, discrimination and more--knowledge is power! The stories and struggles of people of all color, their own relation to privilege, and how they are undoing it one poem, flow, rhyme, letter, beat, and day at a time. Here, the personal is political. How not to drown in the guilt of the history of whiteness in America. You are not alone in this work! Buy this book, support a movement! 100% of the proceeds from the first year of sales go to these six non-profit organizations fighting for racial justice and liberation. Rebel Diaz Arts Collective: A Hip-Hop community center in the South Bronx, NY that provides a safe space for cultural exchanges through performances, educational workshops, and multi-media training. www.rdacbx.org (Bronx, NYC) Groundwork: A white anti-racist collective dismantling white supremacy to achieve racial justice in our communities. www.groundworkmadison.wordpress.com (Madison, WI) The Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere(AWARE-LA): is an alliance of white anti-racist people working together to challenge racism and work for racial justice in transformative alliance with people of color. We take collective action to build white anti-racist and multiracial alliances to challenge the white supremacist system and all systems of oppression. www.awarela.org (Los Angeles, CA) The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond: An organization that focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone. www.pisab.org (New Orleans, LA) El Puente: New York’s most comprehensive Latino arts and cultural center inspiring and nurturing leadership for peace and justice. www.elpuente.us (Brooklyn, NYC) Catalyst: A center for political education and movement building. Committed to anti-racist work with mostly white sections of left/radical social movements with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment in white communities and building multiracial left movements for liberation. www.collectiveliberation.org (San Francisco, CA) CONTRIBUTORS: Sonia Sanchez, Tim Wise, Inga Muscio, Rosa Clemente, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Eddie Ellis, Margery Freeman, Jeff Chang, M1, Suheir Hammad, Jonny 5 (Flobots), Danny Hoch, Talib Kweli & his father Dr. Perry Greene, Dr. Pedro Noguera, April Silver, Dr. Marcella Runell Hall, Cameron Levin, Susan B. Goldberg, Dr. Jared Ball & his mother Arnette Ball, Baba Israel, Sofia Quintero, Esther Armah,...read more
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 Click here to purchase the book We Got Issues!: A Young Women's Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered...read more
'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 'Til the White Day is Done. Love, Race & Liberation Curriculum Guide . . “Love, Race and Liberation - ‘Til the White Day is Done” Co-Edited by JLove Calderon and Marcella Runell Hall with writers Piper Anderson, Tanesha Barnes, Andrea Dre Domingue, and Samantha Shapses Wertheim featuring Love Letters for Liberation by: Kahlil Almustafa, Esther Armah, Hector Calderón, Richard Chavolla, Suheir Hammad, Ariel Luckey, Peggy McIntosh, Pedro Noguera, Sofia Quintero, and Tim Wise including Exclusive Interviews from: Danny Hoch, Talib Kweli and his father Dr. Perry Greene, M1 from Dead Prez, Sonia Sanchez, and MC Serch Click here to purchase Love, Race, and Liberation; 'Til the White Day is Done . About the curriculum guide: The title of this guide gives a nod to the one of the greatest poets of the Twentieth Century. ‘Til the White Day is Done is a line from the 1926 poem Dream Variation’s by Langston Hughes. In the daytime universe of the poem the narrator dreams of flinging his arms wide in the face of the sun—an act of protest and resistance, of joy and celebration. ‘Til the White Day Is Done represents a commitment to end oppression in all forms- to eliminate the current “White Day.” White people are the world’s minority, yet white supremacy and racism are the scaffolding on which the American political and socioeconomic systems are built. This guide adds the new millennium piece of making sure the important elements of love and liberation are included in all conversations about race. This book was conceived by educator-activists JLove Calderon and Marcella Runell Hall in an effort to put action steps behind anti-racist rhetoric, in a move toward being truly and unapologetically pro-liberation–for everyone. Within the pages you will find love letters written to educators by some of the leading voices on contemporary issues of race and racism. There are also over twenty lesson plans, which range from the social construction of race, to the racialization of social media, to the prison industrial complex. This book is meant to catapult us to action, prompt dialogue, stimulate our minds and hearts, and provide educators with profound yet practical tools for creating social justice. Back to menu . Excerpts “…The problem is, when you leave your white community at home bereft of any thought provoking culture and activism, then your community grows up and becomes soldiers and senators and congressmen and even presidents. And they wind up making policy for us in New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. And then you complain and you rail about the right wing but the right wing is there because you left. That’s why the right wing is there. So you’re a...read more
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. Click to purchase Conscious Women Rock the Page: Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change Sample Lesson Plan | Visit Conscious Women Rock the Page...read more
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. Click here to purchase That White Girl: A Novel View a Preview | *That White Girl has been optioned for film....read more