Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Home Trained 'Before Kennedy'

I first heard about Laban Carrick Hill after reading When the Beat Was Born, DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop.  You can learn more about this children's book from an interview I did with Laban and the illustrator Theodore Taylor III at Hip Hop Stacks click here.  

Home Trained.org is Laban's blog.  Below is a description about the blog.  It's a great storytelling destination by an incredible storyteller.  I call it a blog memoir, a perfect space to document story and for writers a space to exercise writing while giving people a chance to engage with memories and stories.  

I started reading the blog from the beginning, a post titled 'Family Omerta'.  My most recent read was the post titled 'Before Kennedy', to read click here.  It explores early memories through Laban's experience.  It's also the first time I've ever heard of the 'hippocampus' part of our brains.

As the semester wraps up, I thought about using the 'Me & My Baby Brothers' blog to share more family, friend, and community stories.  Every day there's a new story.  Something that pulls us back in time, or something that makes us think far into the future.  What a great way to document than through a free web property like Google blog.

Here's the description of Home Trained by Laban Carrick Hill.  We've added the Home Trained link to our Reading Bros links list to the right.  In addition, please visit Laban Carrick Hill at labanhill.com, we've added this link to the Writers category to the right.

"Laban Carrick Hill is exploring growing up in a family that was on the wrong side of the Civil Rights Movement and swung from prosperity to poverty. He is currently a high school teacher in Vermont. He is a co-director and co-founder of the Writers Project of Ghana, a nonprofit based in the Ghana and the US. Hill is the author of more than 40 books, including When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award); Dave the Potter: Artist, Slave, Poet (Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award), America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America (2007 Parenting Publications Gold Award), Casa Azul (NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age 2007), and Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance (National Book Award Finalist)."

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