Tiye Naeemah Cort
Founder + Global Editor-in Chief,
One of the worst interview prompts you can give me is "Tell me about yourself."
I mean, where do I start? Do I start with the day I was born and how until the age of 7, I thought that I was Cuban because I have a sister who is and I didn't yet understand blended families? Do I begin by talking about my education and the many twists and turns that my path took before finally landing in about six figures of student loan debt? Maybe I should play it safe and talk about how many people see me as cool, calm, and collected even though I sometimes become very anxious when I'm the center of attention.
Hey, my name is Tiye. I'm a writer, artist, curriculum and instruction director, founder, global editor-in-chief, board member, and avid French fry connosieur. I'm somewhat of an adventurer in that I love to travel, try new things, and I embrace the idea of living in the moment. I try not to take myself too seriously, and I think that's a huge part of why I'm comfortable sharing my thoughts online in this space. I know a lot but I have so much more to learn, and I explore that thinking here.
Once upon a time, I was a teacher and a student, then I was a full-time student who studied literacy and education. While I loved being in the classroom in so many different ways, I also loved my life outside of those environments. I started to think about my research and how much it related to the lives that people live outside of traditional educational settings because- let's face it- research can be boring and tone deaf when it isn't relevant.
I used to write about teaching and my experiences inside the classroom. I was learning a lot there, but I was also seeing the way the world outside of my education and professional life was teaching me so much about society. That's when I started writing about my personal experiences, experimented with recapping episodes of one of my favorite shows at the time (Atlanta), and I watched my readership expand to include more people who wanted to know what I thought about things. Y'all liked what I was writing and I enjoyed sharing, so I kept the posts coming.
Fast-forward to mid-2018. I began Feminessay to share the thoughts of Black women all over the world. I moved back home to Boston after completing my doctoral coursework, and I began adjuncting for a couple of colleges. I set time aside to focus on school and my impending qualifying exams and dissertation, so my writing here tapered off into a very long pause. All of that time was well spent in research, reading, teaching, and preparation, but the dissertation never happened. In fact, school came to a sudden screeching hault for me in 2019 and I have since been focused on Feminessay and a few other professional endeavors that have given me a newfound greater appreciation for this space.
The Black Educator was my original dive into the blogging world and I am returning to this first love! I hope that y'all will continue to appreciate and interact with me and my thinking through this blog and, most importantly, I hope that you find it as entertaining and relevant as I do.
I look forward to more sharing, interaction, and your feedback on what I post here, so go ahead and read it all!