Off and on for a year I have been substitute teaching in Palm Beach County public schools. Before that I worked in the Philadelphia school system for the better part of 2 years.
I have been inspired, frustrated, entertained, enraged, encouraged, and disillusioned in the process of working with the youth of America.
Last week I got B.O.B. new album. “The Kids” featuring Janelle Monae, is clear stand out in my opinion. It echoes how I feel about children in today’s society, particularly black children. There are so many odds stacked against these children it is easy to believe that “they don’t stand a chance”. That is of course a self defeating prophesy, if you believe that there is no hope-there will be.
Janelle’s verse provides an accurate assessment to the realities while also providing hope for the situation.
Sometimes its hard to grow
While living in fear of the unknown.
How can he ever give love,
When no love is in his heart.
A child can barely sleep at night,
Too worried bout tomorrow.
And what it behold, he drowned himself,
Deep down in his sorrow.
Will you run or will you show your life,
Tell a stories, live and try.
See it when were given hope,
That we would know we can grow.
I am looking forward to her album. Chick is GORGOROUS with a beautifully pure voice. She is very unique- exactly what music needs right now.