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Thoughtful Thursday: Winter Poems

Baby, it’s cold outside! As the first day of winter approaches, here in the Northeast the temperature has been dropping and the wind has been whipping up. We’ve gone from light breezes to gusty gales, and we have had our few first snowfalls. Just in time for the holidays! Today’s Thoughtful Thursday celebrates the chilly […]

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It’s Almost Halloween: Are Your Children Ready for Scary Movies?

With Halloween a week away, scary movies are all around. From “It” and Boo 2!A Madea Halloween” in the theaters to countless horror movies running on TV and available on demand, it will be pretty easy for your children to get their fill of frights over the next few days. But can they handle it? […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Poems of Protest and Resistance

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday brings poetry of the resistance. Generations of African American poets have given us clarity, purpose and direction in times of political crisis. Here are poems from three of our great poets: Claude McKay (1889-1948), Langston Hughes (1902-1967), and Nikki Giovanni (1943-). We need this poetry now more than ever. Share with your […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: A Brooks/Dungy Duet

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday presents a cool poetry combo: “We Real Cool”, a classic from Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), our first national Black Poet Laureate, and a poem inspired by this classic, “Because it looked hotter that way” by Camille T.Dungy (1972-), an award winning poet who teaches at San Francisco State University. Dungy’s poem is an […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Labor Day

We celebrate Labor Day, the first Monday in September, as the end of summer, and the return to work or school. But how did it come to be? Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It was established in 1894 as […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month

In honor of this being the first day of African-American Music Appreciation Month, Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to poetry about Black music. We’ve got a tribute to the blues by Langston Hughes (and yes, that rhyme was on purpose); award-winning poet Quincy Troupe commemorating the day Duke Ellington ascended to the pearly gates; and poet […]

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Educational Inspiration from Eagle Academy

Last week GCP had the pleasure of attending Eagle Academy Foundation’s annual awards breakfast where they celebrate the boys of their Eagle Academy schools and honor people who inspire their boys. The Eagle Academy Foundation supports a network of six all male, grades 6-12 college preparatory schools in challenged urban communities in the five boroughs […]

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Thoughtful Thursday: Celebrating Earth Day

Today’s Thoughtful Thursday celebrates Earth Day with poems from three wonderful and accomplished poets: Jane Yolen, Joy Harjo, and Lucille Clifton. In addition to being a celebrated poet, Jane Yolen (b.1939) is a science fiction and fantasy writer, editor and children’s author, whose stories use rhythm and rhyme in conjunction with elements of folklore and […]

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Oscar Snafus and “Presidential” Tweets: Teaching Our Sons the Power of Integrity and Grace

Some Life Lessons from the Oscars last night for us to pass on to our sons (and daughters): The importance of telling our stories: Tarrell Alvin McCraney, who along with Barry Jenkins won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Moonlight”, dedicated their Oscar to “all those black and brown boys and girls and non–gender […]

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Family Holiday Fun: Board Games!!

Holiday vacation time with the kids! At some point they are going to come up for air after playing with their new toys. When they do, grab the opportunity for some family fun by breaking out the board games. It is a great way to spend time together without any screens, and a good way […]

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