Today I’m talking with Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton about their book, “None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators”.
In March of 2013, 35 educators in the Atlanta Public Schools were charged with racketeering and conspiracy—the same charges used to bring down the American mafia—for allegedly changing students’ answers on standardized tests. The youngest of the accused, Shani Robinson, had taught for only 3 years and was a new mother when she was wrongfully convicted and faced up to 25 years in prison….
Lak is a hip hop educator and emcee. He is also the CEO and founder of Smart HipHop Global. We will be talking about his album titled, “Lesson 2: Hip Hop & Education”.
The civil rights movement has become national legend, lauded by presidents from Reagan to Obama to Trump, as proof of the power of American democracy. This fable, featuring dreamy heroes and accidental heroines, has shuttered the movement firmly in the past, whitewashed the forces that stood in its way, and diminished its scope. Historian Jeanne Theoharis dissects this national myth-making, teasing apart the accepted stories to show them in a strikingly different light…..
Jabee is an Emmy-Award winning emcee, representing Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His rhymes have been recognized by Chuck D of Public Enemy and Sway Calloway on Sway In The Morning. In 2014, his commercial work earned Jabee a regional Emmy. We will be talking about his EP titled, “Thy Will Be Done”
RJ PAYNE is a phenomenal emcee, representing Philadelphia, PA. He has attracted the attention of numerous well-respected emcees/producers like Lord Jamar, Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, Black Thought, and that’s just a few. We will be talking about tracks from his extensive discography and much more.