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Quassan Castro
Quassan T. Castro is a journalist, columnist, entertainment and culture critic, poet and author. Quassan hails from the streets of East Orange, New Jersey.

His work ranges from personal essays, fiction, poetry, music and book reviews, celebrity interviews and culture writing. Quassan is a social media manager for leading feminist, intellectual and acclaimed author, Dr. bell hooks. Quassan is an esteemed teacher of college writing and literature.

Quassan is an entertainment and news fanatic. With his first personal essay, My Father, The No-Show published at the age of seventeen, Quassan became one of the youngest male writers to write for a national magazine, Essence Magazine. His works are featured in top national magazines that include: Essence Magazine, Essence Magazine Online, Heart and Soul Magazine Online, BET (Black Entertainment Television), Black Enterprise, Everyday Feminism and Jet Magazine. He has interviewed celebrities from Mary J. Blige, Nia Long, Deborah Cox, J. Cole, Joe Budden, Marvin Sapp, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kevin Hart to Macy Gray and Shirley Gibson, Mayor of Miami Gardens. His style of interviewing has made him a favorite amongst celebrities and dignitaries. NJEA has also featured his work.

Made of Shade was his popular column blog where he reached millions of Jet Magazine readers online with his entertainment and culture critiques. Quassan is a writer for the widely popular Huffington Post.

His works have published in several college literary anthologies including: The Sundance Writer: A Rhetoric Handbook, Sundance Choice Composition and Structured Reading. Heavy weight writers included in some of the literary anthologies featuring Quassan are: Alice Walker, Tony Brown, Maya Angelou, Virgina Woolf, George Orwell, Nikki Giovanni, Naomi Wolf and Martin Luther King. Quassan is featured in the groundbreaking anthology Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence.

Entries by Quassan Castro

Grandmother to Child

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 1:40 PM

You sit
Wrapped in your Persian melon colored blanket
Rock back and forth
On that old rusty country porch
Whom the neighbors across the street
Once called
Rusty Oak
Spit tobacco
South of melancholy
Hair braids in...

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Disadvantaged Youth Most Affected By Loss of Summer Reading: Recommended Reading List

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Summer reading should be highly encouraged amongst all children during the academic school year as well as the summer. Precious learning is lost during the summer months for students who are not actively engaged in the process of reading.

Loss of knowledge in the summer months is commonly known...

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Mi Madre

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 11:07 AM

You ride
the silent subway
from Spanish Harlem to the Bronx at 4 a.m.
fists pound on the empty seat beside you
face-hardened like a solider in combat
lips locked tight

Pitch-dark windows stare back into your face of acrimony

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Heroes Should Never Replace Your Dad

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:36 PM

I wonder if you know the multi-colored rainbow
festering inside in each line of my eyes, gave way to a
choked charcoal color
as you gave birth to a new life with strangers
who cries must have not been louder than the cries

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35 Books All Educators of African American and Latino Students Must Read

(6) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 1:25 PM

Reading a body of work that offers effective insights to educators has proven to greatly assist educators with strengthening their teaching practices. We as educators must continually examine are teaching practices, and seek news ways of reaching are students.

Years of teaching with ineffective practices, as it relates to...

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Twelve Tips All Educators Must Know About Educating African American and Latino Students

(27) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 9:21 AM


In order to achieve success in the classroom with African American and Latino students, the educator must understand the population that he/she teaches, as well as consistently analyze if his/her teaching practices are effective. If you do not understand the population of students you...

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Mary J. Blige: A Mary Christmas Album and Reflections of Past Treasures

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 11:01 AM


Over 20 years ago, Mary Jane Blige stepped into the music business with distinction. Armed with gritty soulful vocals, honey blonde hair, street edge swag and a new blending of R&B/Soul infused with hip hop, Mary created a new path in music...

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Society, Art and Nature: Camille Seaman

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 5:10 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

As a society we encounter nature everyday. Nature and society are linked. A simple act of encountering nature daily becomes important and perhaps profound when we...

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To My Young Black Brothers in the Struggle

(26) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 12:16 PM

As I sit listening to Marvin Sapp's "Never Would've Made It," I think of how to find my words a home inside your psyche. I understand you come from a place of having your core picked into tiny pieces. A wounded psyche is what you carry when your core is...

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