Ise Lyfe Impresses in the Classroom
Posted Nov 21 2008
So yeah, if you have a chance to see him perform or book him, I whole-heartedly encourage it. Need more convincing? Check out what the students thought:
What made me stop and think was when he put up the words of 50 Cent and that it was so dumb talking about black on black crime but when we hear it we think its cool, but when we see the pictures of the persons killed we don't think it’s funny any more.-Douglas G.
(note: students were shown the autopsy photos of Malcolm X and Tupac Shakur)
One of his quotes that stuck with me was "Knowledge is strength and wisdom is power". This means that knowledge is an important value to have but it is worthless and powerless if one does not use it and apply it to daily struggles and situations…His message was inspirational and a shocker to me. I have become more critical of the things I see and the music I listen to. I appreciate Ise Lyfe coming to speak to us and I hope he returns. –Adrianne B.
It was a great learning experience to see somebody that came from the same neighborhood as me and actually become successful…It was like a turning point in my life and I hope I see him again.-Kassendra G.
I believe that his teachings are very powerful and that his teaching method is very effective. I didn't know a lot of stuff that he was talking about until looking at his slide show…I believe that if all the minorities knew in the things Ise Lyfe was saying and believed in his teachings we would have been had an African American president.-Greg B.
His usage of words is what caught my attention. I can’t speak for no one else, but what went on today was something I won’t forget.-Jenny Y.
And just so we don't sound like total groupies, there a few minor points of contention, but one thing I've respected about him is his willingness to discuss varying viewpoints so we’ll have to chop it up at some point. Also, in processing with students the next day, I got to hear their thoughts after they got over their initial excitement.
First off, let me say we're looking to have Ise come back and we're in about 98% agreement. The main two "beefs" students had with Ise was that some are huge Lil' Wayne fans and Ise spent a fair amount of time criticizing Wayne's image and listeners. Ise didn't totally demonize him, yet for fans who haven't heard a critical analysis of Wayne, it felt about harsh. I side with Ise on this one. If you're familiar with the Allegory of the Cave, this was a good example of that at work. Also, they admitted that they didn't catch everything that he said as he covered such a width swath of information. I told them that this was fine, as long as they got the gist. In learning new material, they may not catch everything, but each time they'll pick up new information. I felt like Ise did a great job in this area. Everything had a purpose and he explained his points. It was just a lot to take in if you didn’t have the background knowledge. Some themes he covered:
How fear is used to manipulate people, even when it goes against our common sense
The marketing of alcoholism in poorer communities
The marketing of Black male stereotypes
Contextualizing Obama's election—essentially, he's not the Messiah
Activism doesn't necessarily equal poverty
In a nutshell, I remain impressed with Ise at many levels. He did the little things right (showed up on time!), engaged the students, and taught them information that furthered their education. Why can't all our guests be like that?
Some good resources to learn more about Ise Lyfe:
Video clips (clean)
Why You Do What You Do