The Shop: Using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Engage Black Male Residential Students (A Prelude)

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All words to describe a sacred space in the Black community. Lively conversations about the happenings of the day, the light buzzing of the clippers, and an air of fellowship among other Black males always awaited me in one of my favorite spots growing up: Kenny’s Barbershop! The barbershop was a safe space for me to feel ask questions and challenge both conventional/non-conventional thinking while also receiving a service. The ‘shop was where I earned my first job as a sweeper (term for the kid that would sweep up the hair off the floor and tidy up) as well as ran my own business of sorts selling cologne on the corner. The barbershop is a pivotal space for many Black males from different backgrounds growing up as it is one of the earliest places they engage with other Black men, understand fellowship, and have a…

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2 thoughts on “The Shop: Using Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Engage Black Male Residential Students (A Prelude)

  1. Barbershop was and never has been a safe space for gay black young men. Growing up i needed a safe space but that wasnt it. I get the draw that the barbershop has for straight males tho.

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    1. Hi! There’s an actual documentary called Shape Up that talks about this particular experience and I can admit that this is not talked about enough. I’m working on including these voices more in the next experience to better support and make the space more inclusive for our gay brothers.

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