Edweek

We welcome guest blogger Colin Lieu who works in the youth yoga and mindfulness space in New York City as an instructor and consultant across seven public schools and programs.

For the first time in history, a black writer-director was been nominated for Oscar awards in the trifecta of best picture, best director and best screenplay; the bittersweet history making film Barry Jenkins' movie, MOONLIGHT. Attention educators: witness a young man of color's social emotional growth at a crisis. But we don't need to turn to Hollywood to get schooled on adolescent angst. This from my own classroom:

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AsAmNews

It’s okay to serve Black communities, but please know: no one expects you to be Black.

Last weekend I attended the 2017 Yoga Service Council Conference where well-meaning yogis gathered to share ideas, learnings and research on how yoga and mindfulness can help support underserved communities such as youth, veterans and others.

Unless you’re Betsy DeVos, it’s easy to see how intersectionality slapped us in the face faster than a police officer reaching for their gun when approaching a Black teen.

In a workshop called, “Best Practices for Cultural Competency: A View from a Historically Black College”, the question covered in so many layers of White guilt finally came out. 

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