Why I Dropped Everything And Started Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

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Brian Mooney

When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), I was in the middle of teaching a unit on Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye (1970). My freshmen students were grappling with some big ideas and some really complex language. Framing the unit as an “Anti-Oppression” study, we took special efforts to define and explore the kinds of institutional and internalized racism that manifest in the lives of Morrison’s African-American characters, particularly the 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove and her mother, Pauline. We posed questions about oppression and the media – and after looking at the Dick & Jane primers that serve as precursors to each chapter, considered the influence of a “master narrative” that always privileges whiteness.

Set in the 1940s, the Breedlove family lives in poverty. Their only escape is the silver screen, a place where they idolize the glamorous stars of the film industry. Given the historical context…

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Pain Myth #2

Ascent Physical Therapy

A few weeks I posted about 5 common myths about pain.  Over the next few posts I will try to explain why each is a myth.  Here is that list again if you didn’t see it or don’t remember it.

  1. Pain comes from a specific structure in your body, for example a joint, bone, or muscle.
  2. The amount of pain some is experiencing is directly related to the amount of structural damage or seriousness of an injury.
  3. Pain signals are sent from the body to the brain
  4. Pain is a completely physical experience, separate from thoughts or emotions
  5. Pain is in your head or psychosomatic if no physical injury or signs are present, for example negative scans or no obvious injury

We tackled the 1st myth (actually #3 on the list) in this post https://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/pain-myth-1/

Today I will talk about #1 on our list.  Pain does not need to come…

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Pain Myth #1

Ascent Physical Therapy

Last week I posted about 5 common myths about pain.  Over the next few posts I will try to explain why each is a myth.  Here is that list again if you didn’t see it or don’t remember it.

  1. Pain comes from a specific structure in your body, for example a joint, bone, or muscle.
  2. The amount of pain some is experiencing is directly related to the amount of structural damage or seriousness of an injury.
  3. Pain signals are sent from the body to the brain
  4. Pain is a completely physical experience, separate from thoughts or emotions
  5. Pain is in your head or psychosomatic if no physical injury or signs are present, for example negative scans or no obvious injury.

Today we will actually start with the third myth on the list “Pain signals are sent from the body to the brain.”

Many people believe that when something happens to…

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Judgement Or Love?

The Creator Writings

Do not allow yourself to become so jaded that you forget to see the person.  What your brain labels a delinquent, a drug user, a thief or any number of negative things is just a human underneath.  Each of you had your own path to walk and you do not know their circumstances, why they do what they do or how they are surviving in this moment. 

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can’t say that ya’ll ain’t been warned…but niggaz don’t listen…

HAYWIRE

Mac Dre – Pawns in the game (1992)

I did 5 years in the pen the whole time I was in
I stayed soaking up game and steady pushing my pen
I read about shit I never knew existed
Before I went to jail I had the whole thing twisted
But now I know and I’m finna expose
What really goes on behind closed doors
Them devils got a plot that’ll shock the nation
To control black power and population
Snake mother****as been running the game
That all started off with crack cocaine
They flooded neighborhoods where the black folks dwell
And got everybody using and trying to sell
When drug dealing increased then the killings increased
Then more young black brothers came up deceased
Senseless violence invaded the streets
They had us killing each other but we couldn’t peep
We was pawns in the game that the fools created

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4 Things To Reduce Chronic Pain

Ascent Physical Therapy

Earlier this summer we covered some of the ways pain and especially chronic pain works.  Of course the question begs, “OK so…What do I do about it?”

To review, in chronic pain situations what can happen is the nervous system gets sensitized.  An initial injury damages tissues, as a protective response, the brain sensitizes this area to guard it as it heals.  In some people even as the tissue heals, the nervous system continues to stay sensitized or even becomes more sensitized.  With this situation even normal movement can become painful reinforcing a situation of reducing function and continuing or increasing pain.  So we have tissues that may be healed properly, and are perfectly safe to move, but because the nervous system is sensitized, pain continues to be produced.

Research has shown that a number of things can reduce the sensitivity of the nervous system.  None of these are easy…

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“Europe” = West Asia?

knowledge of self

“Geographically, Europe is a tail to the Asiatic kite.” [1]

The word “Europe” derives from the roots ”eur-” + “op-” meaning “broad-faced”.

Why do people call the western portion of Asia “Europe”?

It’s not a continent.

South Asia is bigger, and has more people, ethnicities and languages, and it’s not considered a continent. The same goes for Southeast Asia, which is also not considered a continent. The same goes for China, and it’s only considered a country!

Nearly every West Asian language has its roots in another part of Asia.

Nearly every West Asian religion was founded in another part of Asia.

So why should West Asia be called “Europe” and classified as a continent?

Don’t tell me it’s because “Europeans” are white. First of all, nobody is white, or black. Have you ever seen a person the color of either of these hands?

black and white

In fact, there is no skin…

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